April 17, 2014

New Device Sniffs Out Decomposing Food


A new device called PERES can tell if your food is rotting. Please note that this device does not detect pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella; it just detects volatile organic compounds that decaying or decomposing beef, pork, and poultry gives off. The device has four sensors to check temperature, humidity, ammonia, and volatile organic compounds. Bluetooth technology transmits data to a smartphone or tablet, which displays results. Most food that is rotten or not fresh can be detected with a keen sense of smell. Pathogenic bacteria do not emit any type of gas or odor and food contaminated with Salmonella, E. coli, or Listeria will not smell, look, or taste bad. If you don't have a good sense of smell, this device may be a good investment. But it won't help protect … [Read more...]

Nutriom Expands Egg Product Recall for Salmonella


Nutriom of Lacey, WA is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg products for possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. Eating  food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a food poisoning infection. Symptoms of salmonellosis, which include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, usually develop within 12 to 72 hours after exposure and last up to seven days. At this time, illnesses associated with the recalled product had not been reported to the company or to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). The dried egg products included in the expanded recall were produced from Jan. 2013 through Jan. 2014, and bear the establishment number “INSPECTED EGG PRODUCTS … [Read more...]

Strawberry Sorbet Recalled from Kroger, Jay C Stores


Private Selection Sweet Strawberry Sorbet sold at Kroger and Jay C stores is being recalled because it contains an allergen, milk, not listed on the label. People with milk allergies should not eat this product as they run the risk of severe reaction if they do. At the time of the recall, two people with allergies had reported adverse reactions after consuming the product. The product is safe to consume for people without milk allergies. The recalled product was packaged in 16 fluid ounce containers with a code date of Aug 11, 2015 and UPC 11110 52108 and sold at Kroger and Jay C stores in the following states only: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia (along the Ohio border). Other … [Read more...]

At Easter, Keep Cats Away from Lilies, Dogs Away from Chocolate

Cat and Dog

We cover food safety for animals at Food Poisoning Bulletin. The FDA is concerned bout them too, so are issuing a warning for cat and dog lovers about things that are common for Easter celebrations. Make sure that all member of your family stay safe. For humans, read our post about food safety and Easter eggs. White lilies, a common household plant, are very toxic to cats. (Tiger lilies, day lilies, and lily of the valley are toxic to dogs.) Make sure, if you choose to have any for your house, that your cat does not eat or touch any part of the plants. The entire plant, including leaf, pollen, and flower, is toxic. Symptoms of lily toxicity in cats include lethargy, vomiting, and loss of appetite. These symptoms will begin within a few minutes of eating any part of the plant. Kidney … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak from Imported Cucumbers Sickened 84


A Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico that sickened 84 people in 2013 ended one year ago. The outbreak, which began in January 2013 and ended in April 2013 sickened 84 people in 18 states. Seventeen people were hospitalized. Although about 1.3 million Americans contract Salmonella infections every year, the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul was one rarely seen in the U.S. with less than five cases reported annually. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which include fever, diarrhea, and vomiting can last up to 10 days. But long-term health problems, such as reactive arthritis, inflammation of the heart, spine, tendons and eye membranes can also stem from these infections. Public health investigators, who used pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to … [Read more...]

In Canada, Chocolate Inchi Seeds Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Inchi Seeds Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Advantage health Matters are recalling Dark Chocolate Inchi Seeds from the marketplace because they contain milk that is not declared on the label. Milk is one of the major food allergens. Anyone with an allergy to milk could have a serious reaction if they consume this product. The recalled product is Organic Traditions Dark Chocolate Sacha Inchi Seeds in two sizes. All product codes are recalled. The 100 gram size has a UPC number of 8 54260 00709 1. The 150 gram size package has a UPC number of 8 54260 00718 3. If you are allergic to milk do not consume these products. Return them to the place of purchase for a refund or discard. No illnesses have been reported to date in association with the consumption of these products. … [Read more...]

FDA’s Plan to Allow Ionizing Radiation in Crustaceans Criticized


The FDA is amending food additive regulations to allow the "safe use of ionizing radiation on crustaceans" to control foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life. The petition to allow this method of controlling pathogens was submitted by the National Fisheries Institute. The government agency says the decision is based on potential toxicity, the effect of irradiation on nutrients and potential microbiological risk that may result from treating the fish. Crustaceans include crab, shrimp, lobster, crayfish, and prawns. Ionizing radiation is used to treat cancer patients and in X-rays and CT scans. At the maximum dose of 6.0 kiloGray, the treatment will "reduce, but not entirely eliminate" the number of pathogenic microorganisms on crustaceans. The update does state that "irradiation is … [Read more...]

Research at Texas A&M Studies E. coli on Leafy Vegetables


Research at Texas A&M is looking at E. coli contamination on leafy vegetables.  The research looks at how the likelihood that a crop will be contaminated by E. coli before harvest is strongly influenced by both farm management and environmental factors. The study is published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Contaminated produce is the most common source of food poisoning in this country. Between 1998 and 2008, of the 68,000 food poisoning illnesses that were assigned to one of the 17 food commodities, 13% were associated with leafy greens. And the number of illnesses caused by leafy greens is increasing, from 6% in 1999 to 11 percent in 2008. The study, led by Dr. Renata Ivanek,  cross-referenced environmental data with information from farms in several … [Read more...]

Recall of Peppercorns for Salmonella in Canada Updated

Pusateris Peppercorns Salmonella Recall

The recall of black peppercorns in Canada for Salmonella has been updated to include an additional product. Organic Connections, which recalled Frontier, 365 Everyday Value, and Simply Organic black peppercorns, is now recalling Pusateri's Fine Foods Organic Whole Black Peppercorns. The product is sold in 245 gram containers, with lot number 040203-002 and UPC number 6 28240 51655 8. The product was sold in Ontario at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Return it to the place of purchase for a refund or discard in a sealed container. The CFIA is investigating the problem and more products may be recalled if data warrants it.   … [Read more...]

FSIS Administrator Misinterpreted NIOSH Line-Speed Study


John Howard, director of the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), sent a letter to Al Almanza, FSIS administrator last week, telling him that the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service misinterpreted findings of a NIOSH study evaluating worker safety vis a vis increased line speeds at poultry processing plants. That study looked at worker injuries and disorders and waivers of line-speed restrictions at a Pilgrim's Pride plant. Poultry plant line workers use a combination of "highly repetitive and forceful movements that places employees at an increased risk for upper extremity WMSDs (work related musculoskeletal disorders)." NIOSH conducted an evaluation of employees who worked at the plant that was granted a waiver for regulatory line speeds under the … [Read more...]

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