April 27, 2015

Black & White Cookies Sold at Starbucks Recalled for Undeclared Milk


Black & White cookies sold at Starbucks are being recalled for undeclared milk.  People with milk allergies or sensitivities should not eat these cookies as they run the risk of a serious or life-threatening reaction if they do. The recalled cookies, sold in 12 states and Washington D.C., were made for Starbucks by Sweet Sam's Baking Company of Bronx, NY. The company is recalling all lots of Starbucks Black & White Mini Cookies sold stores operated by Starbucks on or before Thursday, April 23rd, 2015.  The recalled cookies were sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania,  South Carolina,V irginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. They were sold in 2.0 oz. (56 g) clear film packages containing two cookies. The words … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Plants to Get Intensive Cleaning, Retraining, Re-engineering

Blue Bell Ice Cream Deaths

Blue Bell Ice Cream announced an intensive cleaning, retraining and re-engineering plan to start next week to exterminate Listeria monocytogenes  -- the pathogen that led to a deadly outbreak of listeriosis in Kansas. Three people in Wichita are dead after contracting the disease last year. The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked the illnesses to consumption of milkshakes made from Blue Bell ice cream from Brenham, Texas. Another cluster of listeriosis in Texas has been tied to Blue Bell ice cream made in Oklahoma. The company also has a manufacturing plant in Alabama and recently announced a complete recall of all its ice cream after once again finding the pathogen in line samples of its products. “We intend to make a fresh start,'' said Blue Bell CEO and … [Read more...]

Doctor: Death Toll in Church Potluck Botulism Outbreak Could Rise


The botulism outbreak linked to a potluck dinner at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church could claim more lives, according to  a doctor treating the victims at the Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio.  "These people are really ill, and the care is supportive," Dr. Andrew Murry told the Eagle-Gazette. Health officials are still trying to determine the food source of the outbreak which has killed one person and sickened at least 18 others. So far, the list of possible suspects includes 20 items. Botulism is caused by a nerve toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which is found in soil and dust. Symptoms include: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, muscle weakness, descending paralysis, difficulty … [Read more...]

Chicken at Subway Sandwich Shops Recalled for Plastic Pieces


Grilled chicken served at Subway sandwich shops in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and Texas is being recalled because it may contain plastic pieces. The chicken was prepared by West Liberty Foods of Tremonton, Utah. The company has contacted the restaurants impacted in this recall. About 34,075 pounds of grilled chicken breast products produced on February 4, 2015 are being recalled. They were shipped in 25-lb. cardboard boxes containing five  5-lb plastic bags labeled “SUBWAY FULLY COOKED GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST PATTY WITH RIB MEAT.” The establishment number “EST. 34349 or P-34349” appears inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was discovered after the company received complaints from consumers who found small pieces of white plastic in the product. There had been … [Read more...]

Puppy Starter Kit Dog Chews Recalled for Salmonella

Pet food recall

FH Publications/Nylabone Products is recalling one lot of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product. The recalled Puppy Starter Kit comes in a 1.69 ounce package. They were distributed nationwide, to Canada, and through one domestic online mail order facility. The product has Lot number 21935, the UPC number 0-18214-81291-3, and expiration date of 3/22/18 on the back of the package. If you purchased this product, do not give it to your dog and do not handle it. Discard in a sealed container so other animals can't eat it, then wash your hands well with soap and water. If your dog shows signs of illness, take him to the veterinarian. People can contract Salmonella by handling … [Read more...]

Jamba Smoothie Kits, Frozen Veggies Recalled for Listeria


Inventure Foods, Inc. is recalling some of its Fresh Frozen line of frozen vegetables and some varieties of Jamba "At Home" line of smoothie kits for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The products did not test positive for Listeria, but the pathogenic bacteria was found at the company's Jefferson, Georgia facility. No confirmed illnesses have been linked to these products to date, but Listeria food poisoning can take months to appear after infection. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with UPC numbers and pack size. The recalled Fresh Frozen vegetables include Italian Green Beans, Butter Beans, Zipper Peas, Cut Okra, Purple Hull Peas, Sliced Zucchini, Cut Broccoli, Diced Celery, Sliced Carrots, Mustard Greens, and Chopped Spinach, … [Read more...]

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Recalled for Listeria


Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is voluntarily recalling all ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream sandwiches in all flavors and containers because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The company is stopping sales and closing scoop shops until all products are safe. The products were distributed in the U.S. to retail outlets, including food service accounts and grocery markets, and online. The recall includes all products with the "Jeni's" brand name. The contamination was discovered by random tests conducted by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this pathogenic bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. If you purchased any of these products, throw them away in a sealed … [Read more...]

Royal Frozen Food Recalls Blintzes for Undeclared Milk

Royal Frozen Food Blintzes Recall

Royal Frozen Food is recalling more of its blintzes for undeclared milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of a life-threatening reaction if they eat these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are Cherry/Potato/Potato Mushroom Blintzes sold in various sizes. They were made on various dates before April 16, 2015. The first is 20 ounce plastic trays containing ten pieces of "Royal Frozen Food, Blintzes with Cherry" with UPC number 6 0723830021 8. The second recalled item is 20 ounce plastic trays containing ten pieces of "Royal Frozen Food, Blintzes with Potato" with UPC number 6 0723830020 1. And the third is 20 ounce plastic trays containing ten pieces of "Royal Frozen Food, Blintzes with Potato Mushroom" with UPC number 6 0723830020 1. … [Read more...]

Ossie’s Fish Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Ossies PIckled Lox Dairy Recall

SM Fish Corp of New York is recalling Ossie's fish products because they contain undeclared milk and eggs, which are two of the major food allergens. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. The first recall is for Ossie's Pickled Lox & Cream for undeclared eggs. The product was distributed to retail stores in New York and New Jersey. The product is packaged in 8 ounce clear plastic containers with UPC number 739885104113 and date code "06/04/15" on the bottom of the tub. The second recall is for Ossie's Herring in Sourcream and Ossie's Pickled Lox Dairy Products for undeclared milk. The Herring in Sourcream is sold in 8 ounce clear plastic containers with UPC number 739885114174 and date code "06/08/15". Ossie's Pickled Lox Dairy is sold in 8 ounce … [Read more...]

What Scientists Say about Listeria and Pregnancy

Listeria Pregnancy Lawsuit

Bidart Bros. Listeria caramel apple outbreak was a grim reminder about the special threat listeriosis poses to expecting mothers and their babies. As analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  eleven of the 35 illnesses attributed to the outbreak were pregnancy-related, with one case resulting in a fetal loss. One of the expecting mothers passed the Listeria bacteria to her fetus and the baby was born with an infection that required a month of  treatment in the neo-natal intensive care unit of Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Vanitha Janakiraman, writing in Obstetrics and Gynecology, provided in-depth information about the relationship between Listeria food poisoning and pregnancy. Infection from the pathogen is rare, but 20 more times common in … [Read more...]

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