May 24, 2015

Kenosha, Wisconsin Los Corrales Salmonella Outbreak Grows


According to the Kenosha County Division of Health, the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 60 people may be associated with the Supermercado Los Corrales market in Kenosha, Wisconsin. That supermarket is at 3933 52nd Street in Kenosha. The source of the outbreak has not been definitively confirmed as of May 19, 2015. Those sickened purchased and ate food, particularly pork carnitas, from that market over Mother's Day weekend earlier this month. So far, two people have tested positive for the same strain of Salmonella bacteria. The investigation started on May 15, 2015 when the Division of health received positive Salmonella lab reports. Salmonella infections are reportable illnesses. Public health officials are currently interviewing patients and more lab testing is … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Listeria Agreements Require Ice Cream ‘Test and Hold’

Kansas Blue Bell Listeria Lawsuit

Listeria patients who were treated at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita as part of the Blue Bell ice cream outbreak, and hospital officials themselves, may be interested to hear that Blue Bell will be prohibited from distributing future products until sampling tests indicate that the ice cream is safe. The so-called "test-and-hold'' method is mandated under an agreement between Blue Bell's CEO Paul Kruse and the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Listeria agreement lays out conditions under which Blue Bell's ice cream facilities in Brenham will be allowed to resume production after a massive ice cream Listeria recall and shutdown of commercial manufacturing. A separate but similar agreement will apply the same standard to Blue Bell's plant in Broken Arrow, … [Read more...]

FDA Report on Blue Bell Broken Arrow, OK Ice Cream Plant

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream FPB

The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream has sickened 10 people and killed three of those patients. The FDA has issued a report on each of Blue Bell's facilities after extensive inspections and investigations. We told you about the Brenham, Texas facility inspection report last week. Now here are details on the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma facility. The initial recall of Blue Bell ice cream was for product made at the Brenham facility. But officials in Kansas conducted an investigation at the Via Christi hospital kitchen after a Listeria outbreak there earlier this year. An unopened single serving cup of Blue Bell ice cream taken from the hospital kitchen contained the pathogenic bacteria. That ice cream was made in the Broken Arrow plant. The inspection report … [Read more...]

Hua Zhi Zing Gourd Candy Recalled for Undeclared Sulfites


A&S Food Trading of Brooklyn, New York is recalling Hua Zhi Ying brand Gourd Candy because it contains undeclared sulfites. People who are allergic to this ingredient, and people with asthma, could become seriously ill if they consume this product. The consumption of 10 mg of sulfites per serving can cause anaphylactic shock in some asthmatics and in sulfite sensitive people. The candy contains 33.22 mg of sulfites per serving. No illnesses have been reported to date. The product is Hua Zhi Ying brand Gourd Candy in a 250 gram uncoded, clear plastic package. It was distributed in New York state. The candy is a product of China. If you purchased this product, do not eat it if you have asthma or if you are sensitive to sulfites. Discard it or return to the place of purchase for … [Read more...]

Canned Seafood Recalled in Canada

Vasco de Gama Seafood Recall

Vasco Da Gama brand canned seafood is being recalled in Canada for "the potential presence of dangerous bacteria". The notice at the CFIA doesn't specify which bacteria may have contaminated these products. You can see the long list of recalled products at the CFIA web site. They were sold nationally at the retail level. They include Mussels in Marinade sauce, Octopus and Squid in Garlic Sauce, Portuguese Sardines in Vegetable Oil, Mackerel Filets in Olive Oil, Portuguese Sardines in Hot Sauce, Small Sardines in Tomato Sauce, and Horse Mackerel in Vegetable Oil, among others. All are Vasco Da Gama brand. You can also see pictures of the recalled items at the CFIA site. If you purchased these items, do not eat them. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. The symptoms … [Read more...]

PritzkerOlsen Files First Blue Bell Listeria Lawsuit

Blue Bell Listeria Lawsuit

PritzkerOlsen, a national food safety law firm, has filed the first lawsuit stemming from the Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream. The suit was filed on behalf of David Philip Shockley, a 33-year-old Maryland man who developed Listeria meningitis that left him with severe neurological impairment. The suit was filed May 19 in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Texas Austin Division. In 2013, Mr. Shockley was 31 years old and living in Houston, Texas where he worked as the Associate Executive Director and Nursing Facility Administrator at a retirement community that served single serving Blue Bell ice cream and other Blue Bell ice cream products, according to the complaint. While at work, Mr. Shockley regularly consumed Blue Bell products, he also purchased Blue … [Read more...]

Los Corrales Pork Carnitas Suspect in Kenosha Salmonella Outbeak

Pork carnitas from Los Corrales grocery store in Kenosha, Wis. are suspected in Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 20 people, according to a report by WISN news.  Small children were among those who became so ill they were hospitalized. Some of those who were sickened reported buying and eating pork carnitas on Mother's Day, May 10, before they became seriously ill. The Kenosha County Health Department is working with the Wisconsin Department of Health on the outbreak. The meat counter at the store has been closed for an indefinite period of time while the investigation continues. Salmonella poisoning causes vomiting and diarrhea that can be bloody. Symtoms, which usually appear between six and 72 hours after exposure can last for a week. A small percentage of invasive … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Salmonella Outbreak May be Associated with Meat


According to WISN 12 News, the Salmonella outbreak in Kenosha, Wisconsin may be associated with meat from a local grocery store called Los Corrales. At least 20 people have been sickened in this outbreak so far. All of the patients said they ate meat products from that store and then got sick. Officials are investigating this outbreak, interviewing patients, and conducting inspections and collecting samples. The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and nausea. Most people get sick within eight to seventy-two hours of exposure, and most recover within a week. But some people get so sick they must be hospitalized. There is no word on whether any of the patients in this outbreak have been hospitalized. If you have experienced these … [Read more...]

WTO Rules Against U.S. on COOL. Again.


The World Trade Organization has ruled against the United States appeal on an October 2014 ruling delcaring country-of-origin labeling (COOL) in violation of international trade law. U.S. lawmakers want to repeal the legislation. The report issued May 18, 2015 is the fourth and final ruling on COOL. The legislation requires that all livestock from Mexico, Canada, and the United States is separated from birth and identified as to origin on the label. Canada and Mexico are against COOL, saying that it reduces the value of their exports. The ruling lets Canada and Mexico impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods this summer that could reach into the billions of dollars. Supporters of COOL want to work with Congress to make changes with the legislation to bring it into compliance. Most … [Read more...]

Wegmans Recalls Ready to Cook Meat Products


Wegmans is recalling ready to cook meat products because they contain undeclared milk and soy, two of the major food allergens, that are not listed on the label. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses or reactions have been reported. The recalled products were sold in the Ready To Cook section of the service case of the meat department. All of the products with a Use By date up to and including May 19, 2015 are recalled. The products containing undeclared milk and soy are: Herb Stuffed Pork Chops with UPC number 26060800000; Herb Stuffed Chicken Breast with UPC number 260806000000; Herb Stuffed Pork Roll with UPC number 26081700000; and Herb Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with UPC number 26082100000. Products recalled for undeclared soy are: Apple Raisin Stuffed Pork Chops with … [Read more...]

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