March 20, 2018

Two Products Recalled for Undeclared Nuts

Two products have been recalled for undeclared nuts; one for undeclared peanuts and tree nuts; the other for undeclared tree nuts. Peanuts and tree nuts are two of the major food allergens. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. The first recall is from Ciolo Foods, for Ciolo Nut-Free Basil Pesto. The product contains undeclared pine nuts and walnuts. Anyone who is allergic to those ingredients could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. The pesto was distributed to limited stores in Colorado, Utah, and Kansas. The product is in a 7 ounce square clear container label as "Nut-Free Basil Pesto." It has the lot number BV431291 ink-coded on the side of the container and has a best by date of 5/9/18. The second recall is from Midwest … [Read more...]

Researchers at North Carolina State University Find Compounds That may Fight Listeria Bacteria

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found new compounds that "may be effective in containing the virulence - or ability to produce disease - of Listeria, a well-known bacterium that can cause severe food poisoning and even death." The research is a proof-of-concept study, which is an "early stage of clinical drug development when a compound has shown potential in animal models and early safety testing," according to the NCBI. One strain of Listeria bacteria, called monocytogenes, can cause serious illness in humans. The studies are used to estimate whether the compound may have significant efficacy in other diseases. The researchers know that inhibiting a certain enzyme that Listeria bacteria produces dramatically modify the bacterial cell surface. And this reduced … [Read more...]

Smoked Rainbow Trout Products Recalled in Canada for Possible Botulism

Tarini Brothers Meat and Fish Market is recalling some Smoked Rainbow Trout products in Canada because they permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. That bacteria produces the botulism toxin. These product were sold from the Tarini Brothers Meat and Fish Market at 1055 Lorne Street in Sudbury, Ontario. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The recalled products are all packed on dates up to and including 15.02.18. The package sizes of these products are variable. They include Smoked Rainbow Trout with a UPC number that starts with 020270; Cajun Smkd Rainbow Trout with a UPC number that starts with 020271; LP (lemon pepper) Smkd Rainbow Trout with a UPC number that starts with 020272; and Dill Smkd Rainbow Trout with a UPC number that starts … [Read more...]

Heartland Catfish Company Recalls Catfish for Possible Adulteration

Heartland Catfish Company of Mississippi is recalling about 69,016 pounds of Siluriformes fish (catfish) products that may be contaminated with leucomalachite green, a residue of concern. This compound is a metabolite of malachite green, a fungicide. The levels in the fish violate standards for human consumption. No confirmed illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with package sizes, daycodes, and product codes at the USDA web site. The products have the establishment number "EST. 45777" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail locations in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, and Vermont. The problem was discovered on March 8, 2018, after FSIS sampling results … [Read more...]

Oregon Food Bank Recalls Chia Seeds for Potential Rodent Dropping Contamination

Oregon Food Bank of Portland, Oregon is recalling 22,201 pounds of chia seeds that were donated to the food bank, because they may be contaminated with rodent droppings. No known illnesses are associated with this product, but the use or consumption of the seeds could present a health hazard. The chia seeds were distributed in Oregon and Clark County, Washington through the Oregon Food Bank Network. The product is packaged in one pound plastic poly film bags with a twist-type closure or a re-sealeable pouch. All of the seeds distributed in that type of packaging between November 1, 2017 and March 9, 2018 are part of this recall. This issue was discovered through a consumer complaint of finding foreign material in the product. The product still in inventory at Oregon Food Bank was … [Read more...]

Some Kratom Powder Products Recalled in Wake of Salmonella Outbreak

Last week, the CDC warned the public about a Salmonella  I 4,[5],12:b:- outbreak that was linked to kratom powder. Forty people in 27 states have been sickened in this outbreak; fourteen people have been hospitalized. On Saturday, March 10, 2018, the FDA released an announcement stating that PDX Aromatics Kratom Powder has been recalled because it may have been contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The California Department of Public Health found certain lots of the product contaminated with the bacteria. One confirmed case of Salmonella food poisoning has been associated with PDX Aromatics products. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with the brand, package weight, and lot codes at the FDA web site. The brands include Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul … [Read more...]

Burrito Delight Salmonella Outbreak in Weld County, Colorado Increases to 37 Sick

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Burrito Delight restaurants in Weld County, Colorado has now sickened 37 people. That's an increase from 35 people as reported in the last update on March 1, 2018. The illnesses have occurred during February and March of this year. Four of those patients have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. The restaurant has voluntarily closed both of its locations in Fort Lupton and Dacono, and they will remain closed until the investigation is over. Both of those locations are north of Denver, Colorado. Public health officials are still investigating the specific source of the outbreak; they are still focusing on possible food sources. The case count by county is: Weld (27), Larimar (3), Boulder (3), Morgan (1), Adams (2), and … [Read more...]

Shigella Outbreak Associated with Eric Gorbman Catering in Seattle, Washington

A Shigella outbreak in Seattle, Washington is associated with Eric Gorbman Catering. At least 17 people are sick in this outbreak, which occurred at private Bar Mitzvah parties catered by that facility at Temple Beth Am and Temple Beth Shalom in Seattle. One person has been hospitalized. And one of the ill persons has a lab-confirmed Shigella infection. At least two catering employees have reported illnesses, but they ldid not report being ill while they were working those events. Public Health - Seattle & King County say that it is likely that they were exposed at the event rather than being the source of this outbreak. More food items were brought potluck style by attendees. If you or someone in your family attended an event at either temple on Saturday, March 3, 2018 and … [Read more...]

Trichinellosis Outbreak in California Was Linked to Consumption of Privately Raised Raw Boar Meat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a study about a trichinellosis outbreak in California last year that was linked to consumption of privately raised raw boar meat. The study was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for the week of March 2, 2018. In January 2017, 12 cases of trichinellosis were reported among people who attended an event in December 2017. Larb, a traditional Loatian raw pork dish, was served. The pork came from a domesticated wild boar which was raised and slaughtered on private farm in Northern California. Leftover samples of the food revealed Trichinella spiralis. Nine of those patients were hospitalized with sepsis. Seven had acute kidney injury. Trichinellosis is a parasitic infection. It used to be linked to … [Read more...]

Redbarn Pet Products Expands Recall of Dog Chews for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Redbarn Pet Products is expanding their voluntary recall of dog chew products for possible Salmonella contamination that was issued on February 9, 2018. Now, all lots of product that were made with raw material from a single supplier are recalled. The recall is for products that were distributed from March 2017 to February 2018. The raw material was used to produce Redbarn, Chewy Louis, Dentley's, and Good Lovin' brand products. The recalled products have best by dates ending in BC. Twenty-four SKUs are affected by this recall. You can se the long list of recalled products, along with the item number and UPC number, at the FDA web site. The products are all Redbarn brand Bully Sticks and Steer Sticks; Chewy Louie Bully Stick; Good Lovin' Bully Stick; and Dentley's Bully Stick. Check … [Read more...]

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