May 23, 2017

Study Finds Warmer Ocean Waters Linked to Domoic Acid Production

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released information about a study that showed the risk of domoic acid shellfish poisoning is increasing because of warmer West Coast ocean conditions. These conditions are supporting the increase of the marine algae that produce that toxin. Domoic acid found in shellfish can cause serious and fatal food poisoning. A NOAA-supported research team, led by Oregon State University scientists, is developing a new method to predict these toxic outbreaks on a large scale. Morgaine McKibben, scientist at Oregon State University and lead author of the study, said, "We describe a completely new method to understanding and predicting toxic outbreaks on a large scale, linking domoic acid concentrations in shellfish to ocean conditions caused … [Read more...]

Chicken & Rice Guys E. coli Outbreak: CA County Launches Food Truck Safety Campaign

An E. coli outbreak that may involve Chicken & Rice Guys food trucks in Boston, Massachusetts in April 2017 sickened at least 14 people. Those sickened ate either at the Chicken & Rice Guys restaurants or at one of the five food trucks the company operates in the Boston area. According to the last report about this outbreak, ten of the 14 sickened were hospitalized because they were so sick. Now, across the country in Kern County, CA, Kern County Public Health Services is launching a new food safety awareness campaign that focuses on mobile food vendors. It's called "Safe Eats on Kern Streets," and the plan is to inform consumers about food truck safety. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who is representing clients sickened in the Chicken & Rice Guys outbreak said, "food … [Read more...]

Bialetti Coffee Presses Recalled for Laceration Hazard

Bialetti coffee presses are being recalled because the glass beakers can break during normal use, posing a laceration hazard. There have been three reports of the glass beakers breaking and cutting fingers; some consumers have needed stitches. The Bialetti coffee presses are a glass beaker in a plastic frame with a stainless steel metal plunger. They were sold in blue, green, black, and red and hold eight cups of water. The plunger is stainless steel metal and mesh with a polypropylene lid and handle in matching color to the frame. The coffee press exterior measures 6.5 inches by 9.5 inches and the interior of the glass beaker measures 7 inches by 3.75 inches. The polypropylene lid has 14 vents in the bottom of the rim to strain fluids, while pouring. The Bialetti icon and logo are … [Read more...]

Lasagna Product Recalled by Italian Gluten Free Food CL for Undeclared Egg

“Chef Luca’s Lasagna Al Forno – Baked Cheese Lasagna” has been recalled after one consumer suffered anaphylaxis shock on May 12th, 2017, after eating it. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Italian Gluten Free Food CL initiated the recall after investigating the incident and discovering that the lasagna may contain the undeclared egg allergen. Italian Gluten Free CL is headquartered in Merrick, New York. The ingredients list and required allergy warning on the 15-ounce (425 grams) packages of the lasagna did not declare the presence of eggs. The packaging sleeve, labelled as “Chef Luca’s LASAGNA AL FORNO ‘Gluten Free’ and “All Natural,” No Preservatives, Lower Calorie, and Lower Cholesterol,” is marked with the Product Code “CL-LAS” and one of the following lot … [Read more...]

Global Garlic Recalls Queso Fresco for Listeria

Global Garlic of Miami, Florida is recalling 227 units of Queso Fresco/Whole Milk cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The cheese was distributed through retail stores in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas in Florida, and in Fairdale, Kentucky. It was sold in a 16 ounce plastic bag. The cheese is "DE MI PAIS" brand with an expiration date of September 19, 2017. If you purchased it, do not eat it. Throw the cheese away in a double bagged or sealed package in a secure garbage can, or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund. Clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution to kill bacteria. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can grow at refrigerator … [Read more...]

Veal Imported From Netherlands Recalled for Possible E. coli O103

The USDA-FSIS is issuing a public health alert because about 424 pounds of raw veal products imported from the Netherlands may be contaminated with E. coli O103. This non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing bacteria can cause serious illness and death. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products include boxes of chilled “Boneless Veal Cap” with case code Londbos05597422 and lot code 0001, boxes of chilled “Boneless Veal BHS” with case code Londbos05597426 and lot code 0005, boxes of chilled “Boneless Veal Inside” with case code of Londbos05597439 and lot code 0006, and boxes of chilled “Boned In Veal Rack Chop” with case code SELEDEL05593535 and lot code 0012. They were shipped to a distributor and distributed to restaurants … [Read more...]

Queso De La Costa Cheese Recalled for Possible Listeria

La Nice Products of Florida is recalling 6,000 pounds of cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The cheese was distributed in California through supermarkets and other retail stores. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled products were distributed in one pound (16 ounce) opaque plastic bags with the name: Quesos De La Costa Queso Duro Blando Hard Soft Cheese. The name is surrounded by an orange border and there is a small cow on the label. It is a white cheese. The cheese has an expiration date of August 31, 2017 and UPC number 8 52304 74023 2. The lot number is 254. The recall is a result of sampling by the Florida Department of Agriculture. If you purchased this cheese, do not eat it. Throw it away in … [Read more...]

Traditions Meat and Poultry Entrees Recalled for Listeria

Valley Innovative Services of Mississippi is recalling about 130,071 pounds of meat and poultry frozen entree products that included a waffle that was recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled products include 11.40-ounce three compartment tray packages containing “Traditions Creamy Chicken Patty & Waffle with Four Seasons Vegetables and Cabbage” with the following production dates: 6/6/2016, 7/13/2016, 8/15/2016, 10/12/2016, 12/21/2016 and 4/11/2017; and the following sell-by dates: 6/6/2017, 7/13/2017, 8/15/2017, 10/12/2017, 12/21/2017 and 4/11/2018. Also recalled is 11.35-ounce three compartment tray packages containing “Traditions Creamy Chicken Patty & Waffle with Rib Meat … [Read more...]

Green Chile Concepts Recalls More Burrito Products for Possible Listeria

A recall of Green Chile Concepts burritos for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination was posted on the USDA web site. Now the FDA has added information about more Green Chile Concepts products added to that recall. This recall is for some of the company's burritos that are sold frozen, refrigerated, or served hot in some convenience stores, vending machines, and retail locations nationwide. The products were shipped to distribution centers in California, Illinois, Oregon, and South Dakota. The product was distributed in packages of 12 units per master case under the following labels and codes with a master case production date between March 8 and May 10, 2017, and individual item codes with Julian dates between 17067 and 17130. The recalled products include Fiesta with item … [Read more...]

Wegmans “Food You Feel Good About” Potato Salad Recalled for Undeclared Egg

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that A.S.K. Foods, Inc., based in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, has recalled a single lot of its “Wegmans Family Pack Food You Feel Good About Potato Salad.” This product may contain the egg allergen, which is not declared on its labeling. It was sold at Wegmans Food Markets in Massachusetts, New York, and Erie, Pennsylvania. This mislabeling occurred when the ingredient and nutrition label from A.S.K. Foods’ “Greek Pasta Feta Salad” was affixed to containers of the potato salad. This product was sold in 48-ounce (3 Lb. / 1.36 KG) clear plastic containers labelled as “Wegmans Family Pack Food You Feel Good About Potato Salad.” The packages are stamped with a “Sell By” date of “5/7/17 3379-4” and the UPC code “77890 24678” on a side … [Read more...]

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