July 31, 2014

Groups Urge Congress to Reject Enlist Duo Herbicide


Consumer groups, scientists, and doctors are urging congress to pressure the Obama administration to reject an application for "Enlist Duo ™ which is a new toxic herbicide made of 2,4-D and glyphosate. The EPA is reviewing an application for this compound from Dow AgroSciences. This herbicide would be used on millions of acres of farm fields in combination with genetically engineered crops that would tolerate the compound. The Center for Food Safety states that this herbicide would put human and environmental health at risk. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, has been linked to cancer development in people, and 2,4-D was used in Agent Orange, the herbicide that has sickened many Vietnam vets. Dr. Philip Landrigan of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine said, "exposures to … [Read more...]

In Canada, Coffee Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Old Village White Coffee Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Chuang's Company are recalling coffee because it contains undeclared milk. Anyone with an allergy to milk could have a serious reaction if they consume this product. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported in relation to the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Old Village White Coffee in 600 gram (15 sticks x 40 grams) packages. All codes where milk is not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number is 8 888353 362530. It was sold in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and possibly nationally. If you purchased this product and are allergic to milk, do not eat it. Return it to the place of purchase or discard. If you are not allergic to milk, this product is safe to consume.   … [Read more...]

Paprika Sold at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Recalled for Salmonella


The TJX Companies Inc.of Framingham, Mass. is recalling “ecoato” Sweet Paprika Powder products for potential Salmonella contamination. The products were sold at Sold at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores in 17 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico.No illnesses have been reported but consumers should not use the recalled product as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The problem was discovered during testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company has alerted retailers to remove the product from store shelves and has temporarily suspended operations. The recalled product was sold in 160 gram, light green tin packages that were marked as lot #8147, with an expiration date of October 2015. The company estimates that roughly 150 units were sold between June … [Read more...]

Serving Up Maggots and Other Gross Food Stories


A food poisoning outbreak sickened 150 inmates at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson, MI who,  in a scene right of the Shawshank Redemption, were served food crawling with maggots. Twice in one week.  The outbreak leads this month's edition of the Neews, food safety stories that put the eew in news. The Parnall outbreak focussed attention on Philadelphia food service provider Aramak which has drawn fire from politicians and families of inmates for longstanding problems. Michigan Corrections Organization (MCO) union, SEIU Local 526M had been reporting problems with the company for weeks before the outbreak. One letter writer to Food Poisoning Bulletin who has a loved one at Parnall said the facility often serves the inmates rotten food and runs out of food at mealtimes. Mark … [Read more...]

Puritan Turkey Breasts Recalled for Undeclared Allergen


Puritan Foods Co. Inc. of Boston is recalling approximately 2,476 pounds of raw boneless turkey breasts because they contain an undeclared allergen, milk. Consumers who have an allergy to milk should not eat these products as they risk severe allergic reaction if they do. At this time there have been no reports of illness. The recalled product is: Puritan raw boneless turkey breasts  in various weights with pack dates of June 11 and July 18, 2014 and the establishment number “P-5933” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The product sold the product to hotels, restaurants and institutions in the New England area. The problem was discovered by U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service personnel during a label check. The product does not usually contain milk, but on … [Read more...]

USDA Issues Alert For Restaurant Breaded Chicken


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert for breaded chicken produced by VU Foods of Kansas City, Mo. which was not inspected but sold to restaurants. Meat that is not inspected is considered unfit for human consumption by the USDA. Because VU Foods would not recall the products, the USDA FSIS has issued an alert. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the chicken products. The products included in the warning bear the establishment number “P-45038” inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the label. Some labels also state that the products were distributed by Tact Foodservice or US Foods, those products were sent to distributors and labeled for “Use in Restaurant Only.” The alert covers the following … [Read more...]

Minnesota E. coli Investigators Busy on Two Fronts

MN E. coli Attorney

The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating two unrelated toxic E. coli outbreaks at the same time -- one on the Fond du Lac Reservation involving type O157:H7 and the other involving E. coli O111 at Applebees restaurants. In both outbreaks, officials are trying to pinpoint the source of contamination even while victims in the Applebees outbreak have launched an Applebees E. coli lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. The Applebees outbreak was announced July 14 in a press release that alerted customers of the chain who ate there since June 20 to report if they suffered bloody diarrhea or severe diarrhea within days of their meal. Fifteen people have been confirmed as case patients, including four who were hospitalized, but Health Department spokesman Doug Schultz has … [Read more...]

Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli Recalled for Undeclared Allergens


Carmel Food Group of Hayward, Calif. is recalling  of Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli for undeclared allergens. No illnesses have been reported  in connection with this recall, but consumers with allergies to milk, egg, or soy should bot eat this product as they run the risk of severe allergic reaction if they do. The recall is prompted by a labeling mistake. Only frozen packages with SELL BY APR 09 2015 are affected. The recalled product is Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli, in an 8 oz size and  the UPC# 7-85030-55557-6. The product involved was distributed through retail stores nationwide. Consumers with can return the product to the place of purchase for a refund, or contact the company with further questions.     … [Read more...]

CaCoCo Recalls Drinking Chocolate for Salmonella


CaCoCo of Grass Valley, Calif. is recalling its “Original” and “Global Warrior” drinking chocolate mixes for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall and none of the company's other products are affected. The recalled products were packaged in  8.14 oz. and 2 lbs. bags and sold to California distributors, retail outlets, and farmers markets. They have the following UPC numbers and expiration dates: OG99 091131352113 10/19/2014, OG100 091131352113 11/28/2014, OG101 091131352113 06/18/2015, GW99 091131352076 10/19/2014, GW100 091131352076 11/28/2014 and GW101 091131352076 06/18/2015. CaCoCo issued the recall after being notified by its supplier of Organic Carob Powder that there was a risk of Salmonella contamination. Salmonella … [Read more...]

Almond Butter, Sunflower Butter MarcoBars Recalled for Salmonella


GoMacro of Viola, Wis. is recalling almond butter and sunflower butter MarcoBars for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported at this time, but consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The recalled products are almond butter + carob bars with lot number 1634 and expiration 10 Mar 15 or lot number 1645 and expiration 18 Mar 15; and sunflower butter + chocolate bars with lot number 1646 and  expiration 18 Mar 15 and in a foil wrapper. These products were distributed across the country and internationally via retail stores, mail order and direct delivery. GoMacro was notified on July 23 by its supplier of carob powder, an ingredient in the company’s almond butter + carob bars, that one of their … [Read more...]

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