September 1, 2014

Dole Spinach Recalled for Undeclared Walnuts

Dole Baby Spinach Recall

Dole is recalling some bags of spinach and baby spinach because they may be contaminated with walnuts, one of the major food allergens. Anyone with an allergy to walnuts or tree nuts could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. The recalled products are DOLE Baby Spinach in 6 ounce bags with UPC number 071430009642. All of the Best-By dates on these packages are 9/4/2014. The bag codes are: B2311020, B2311021, B2311022, and B2311023. Also recalled are DOLE Spinach in 8 ounce bags with UPC number UPC 071430009765. All bags have the Best-By date of 9/4/2014. The bag codes are B2311020, B2311021, B2311022, B2311023, B2311024, and B2311025. The walnut fell from a tree into spinach bins … [Read more...]

In Canada, Cheese Recalled for Staphylococcus Toxin

LAlpette Sheep Cheese Recall

The Canadian Fodo Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Ferme Floralpe Inc. are recalling L'Alpette cheese from the market because it may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is L'Alpette soft ripened sheep cheese in 160 gram containers. The code on the product is Lot 333 Best Before: 14 10 31. There is no UPC code. It was sold at the retail level in Ontario and Quebec. Food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin will not look, smell, or taste spoiled. Symptoms of Staphylococcus food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and fever. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Texas Cyclospora Outbreak Source is Cilantro from Mexico, Again

cyclospora texas

Cilantro from Mexico is the source of a cyclospora outbreak in Texas for the second straight summer. At least 126 people in Texas contracted infections from eating food contaminated with the parasite before health officials declared an end to the outbreak late yesterday. Last year, 270 Texans contracted cyclosporiasis from cilantro grown in the same area identified the source this year, Puebla, Mexico. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted traced the source to Puebla by starting at a four investigations at four restaurants in Texas where some of the illnesses were reported.  The agency has increased surveillance sampling on cilantro imported that region and is working with Mexican officials to narrow the source to a specific farm or growing area.  It is possible that … [Read more...]

CDC: Cyclospora Sickens 304 in 19 States

Cyclospora in 19 states

Food contaminated with cyclospora sickened at least 304 people in 19 states this summer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of the illnesses, 133, are in Texas where health authorities have identified cilantro imported from Puebla, Mexico as the source of the illnesses. Cilantro from Puebla, Mexico was also the food source of a 2013 cyclospora outbreak in Texas that sickened 270 people. Cyclospora is a parasite found in tropical or sub-tropical regions. If ingested in its mature state, the parasite causes an infection called cyclosporiasis.  Only about 150 of these infections are reported nationwide each year. Normally associated with travel. Epidemiological and traceback investigations conducted at four restaurants in Texas indicated fresh … [Read more...]

In Canada, Prosciutto Speck Recalled for Possible Listeria

Marc Angelo Prosicutto Speck Listeria Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Concord Premium Meats are recalling smoked Prosicutto Speck because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled product is Marc Angelo Smoked Prosciutto Speck in 100 gram containers. The code on the product is Best Before: 14 NO 02, and the UPC number is 6 27907 05740 3. It was sold in Ontario and Quebec at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a double bag or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures. If you … [Read more...]

Pedigree Dog Food Recalled for Possible Foreign Material

Pedigree Dog Food Recall

Mars Petcare is recalling 22 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food because it may be contaminated with foreign material. The bags were produced in one facility and shipped to one retail customer. The 15 pound bags were sold between August 18 and 25, 2014 in 12 Dollar General stores in Magnolia and Vicksburg in Mississippi; Perryville and Cabot in Arkansas; Memphis in Tennessee; and Baton Rouge, Calhoun, Hineston, Jonesville, Pineville, and Slaughter in Louisiana. They may contain small metal fragments. The fragments aren't embedded in the food itself, but could present a risk of injury if consumed. The UPC number is 23100 10944. The lot code is 432C1KKM03 and a best before date of 8/5/15. No other Pedigree products are affected by this recall. If you purchased this … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Campylobacter Illnesses for Second Time at Utah Farm

Campylobacter in raw milk

Campylobacter in raw milk products from Ropelato Dairy in Weber County Utah has caused an outbreak of illness for the second time since 2010. Since May, at least 45 people have become ill after drinking the milk or cream. There have been two cases reported from residents in California and Idaho and 43 cases from Cache, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber counties in Utah. The farm's license to sell raw milk has been temporarily suspended. In 2010, nine people from Weber, Davis and Cache counties contracted campylobacteriosis after drinking the milk. The farm's license was also temporarily suspended at that time. Symptoms of campylobacteriosis include diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, headache, nausea and vomiting.  These symptoms can last up to a week. “In some severe cases, … [Read more...]

Chicken Cutlets Recalled for Listeria Risk

Chicken cutlet Listeria Recall

Mom’s Chicken Extra Thin Cutlets are being recalled for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, according to  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). TNUVA USA of Fairfield, N.J. is recalling approximately 8,316 pounds of the product which was shipped to a distributor in New Jersey. There have been no reports of illness. The recalled products were sold in 28.8-oz. bags labelled MOM’S CHICKEN EXTRA THIN CUTLETS, THIN-CUT BREADED CUTLET SHAPED CHICKEN BREAST PATTIES. The bags are marked with the Israeli establishment number “209," the expiration date  February 18, 2015, and the UPC number on the packaging: 843426005866. FSIS personnel discovered the problem during routine testing and held the product so that it did not enter commerce. FSIS … [Read more...]

Margaret Holmes Greens Recalled for Questionable Seals

Margaret Holmes Turnip Greens Recall

McCall Farms Incorporated is recalling canned Margaret Holmes Turnip Greens and Mixed Greens because of questionable seals. The product was distributed to retailers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. The recalled products are Margaret Holmes Turnip Greens in 14.5 ounce cans with UPC number 41443 10251, and Margaret Holmes Mixed Greens in 14.5 ounce cans with UPC number 41443 11271. The products were packaged on the same day and have a five digit production lot code of F13EX on the top of the can. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Dispose of the products; do not return to the store. Contact McCall Farms for a replacement or full refund. … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in England Sickens 247 People

Raw egg

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b in England has sickened almost 250 people, according to Public Health England. That is an increase from 158 cases reported in early August 2014. The government also stated that overall case reporting slowed over the past week. Public health officials say that "there is now evidence to indicate that cases in Europe with the same strains of Salmonella infection were associated with consumption of eggs from a single source. This egg supply also reached distributors and food outlets in England, but at this stage we cannot conclusively demonstrate that this is the infection source in this country." The case count by region is as follows: Hampshire (99 cases), London (30 cases), Cheshire and Merseyside (39 cases), and West Midlands (54 cases). … [Read more...]

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