October 1, 2014

Wisconsin School Cancels More Football due to Campylobacter


The Durand School District is continuing to reschedule various student activities as the western Wisconsin community grapples with a sweeping outbreak of Campylobacter food poisoning. According to the official school calendar, Monday's C-squad and junior varsity Panther football games against Amery have been canceled. Meanwhile, school volleyball matches canceled last week have been rescheduled for Thursday. The moves were made as the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene continues to offer testing for any ill students and staff. The most recent school district announcement notes that the source of the outbreak is still actively under investigation by the Pepin County Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. "To date, Campylobacter has been detected in multiple … [Read more...]

U.S. Marshals Seize $5 Million of Raw Kratom


U.S. Marshals have seized more than 25,000 pounds of raw kratom material worth more than $5 million from Rosefield Management, Inc. in Van Nuys, California.  Kratom is a botanical substance native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.  It is not approved in the U.S. for any medical use but is marketed for its opioid-like analgesic effects and in the treatment of morphine and heroin addiction. Consumption of kratom can cause health problems including respiratory depression, nervousness, agitation, aggression, sleeplessness, hallucinations, delusions, loss of libido, tremors, skin hyperpigmentation, nausea, vomiting, constipation and severe withdrawal signs and symptoms. “We have identified kratom as a botanical substance that poses a risk to public health and has the … [Read more...]

Beef Jerky Recalled For Lack of Inspection


Delicious brand beef jerky is being recalled because it was produced without the benefit of inspection. Consumers who have purchased these products, sold at small retail stores in the Albuquerque,  should not eat them. The recalled products were sold in 2.5 once and 5 ounce plastic bags labeled DELICIOUS BEEF JERKY Lemon Pepper Seasoned Beef Jerky with the  "use-by" date 0911155 and the  “EST. 34408” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The problem was discovered by a friend of food inspector purchased the product and the inspector recognized that the product should not bear the mark of inspection. There have been no reports of adverse reactions or illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.   … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Coffee Cake Recalled for Undeclared Nuts


Whole Foods is recalling Plain Streusel Coffeecake produced and sold at the Bedford, Massachusetts store because it contains an undeclared tree nut allergen.  Consumers who have a sensitivity or allergy to nuts should not eat this product as they could experience a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. The coffee cake contained pecans as an ingredient. The recalled product has  "Sell By" dates from September 19 and September 30, 2014. The coffee cake was sold in the store between Friday, September 19 and Thursday, September 25, 2014. Signage was posted at the store to alert customers. No allergic reactions or illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. Consumers with allergies who have purchased product from Whole Foods Market Bedford can return it for a … [Read more...]

Bravo Pet Food Recalled for Salmonella

Cat and Dog

Bravo of Manchester, CT is recalling Bravo turkey and chicken pet foods for potential Salmonella contamination. People who have purchased these products should not use them as pets who eat it could become ill and people who handle it could also become ill. Salmonella poisoning symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Anyone who develops these symptoms after handling the food should contact a healthcare provider. Pets with Salmonella infections may seem lethargic,  have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some will also have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. The recalled products include: Raw Food Diet Bravo! Turkey Blend for Dogs and Cats with the product number: 31-102. It was sold in  2 lb. (32 OZ) … [Read more...]

Bread Crumbs Recalled for Undeclared Wheat, Soy and Milk


Bread crumbs produced by Dominguez Foods Washington Inc. of Zillah, Washington are being recalled for undeclared wheat, soy, and milk. People with allergies to these ingredients should not eat this product as they risk serious or life-threatening reaction if they do. The bread crumbs or "SU COCINA" PAN MOLIDO were distributed to two retail stores in Oregon and two retail stores in Washington. The bread crumbs were sold in 8 oz. cellophane packages with yellow labels and orange print and the UPC 6 79790 05912 5. There have been no illnesses reported in association with this recall. The problem  was discovered during an inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.. … [Read more...]

Salmonella Cases Reported in South Carolina


At least nine cases of Salmonella poisoning have been reported in Beaufort County, SC  including one case matched to a national cluster, according to The Island Packet. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has had eight reports of gastrointestinal illness,  lab tests have confirmed that the source is Salmonella. The food source has not been determined. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with state health officials to determine if an additional case is linked to a national outbreak. Officials have not said if the outbreak is one that has not yet been announced to the public or if it is one of two ongoing Salmonella outbreaks being investigated by the CDC. One is linked to live poultry from a mail order hatchery in Ohio and the other is linked to … [Read more...]

Center for Food Safety: The Truth About Produce Wash


Center for Food Safety has written about produce wash, those treatments for washing fruits and vegetables that are promoted as a way to avoid food poisoning. Many foodborne illness outbreaks are linked to fresh product, and consumers want to keep their families safe. So do produce washes work? CFS states "it turns out the produce washes aren't any better than water. Multiple studies have found that produce washes such as Fit and Earth Friendly are no more effective in cleaning produce than regular tap water. In a study of three commercial washes, University of Maine researchers found that distilled water was equally if not more effective in removing microbes such as bacteria and mold." Scientists at the Univeristy of Maine tested Fit, Ozone Water Purifier XT-301, and J0-4 … [Read more...]

Food & Water Watch Asks SEC to Stop GMO Salmon Misinformation


Food & Water Watch is asking the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the FDA to stop AquaBounty's "campaign of misinformation" on its GMO salmon. That agency states there is misleading information in AquaBounty Technologies' newest regulatory filings with the SEC, including that the genetically engineered salmon will not require a label. The FDA has not made a decision about whether or not the product will need to be labeled. The letter from Food & Water Watch states that "AquaBounty has not sufficiently corrected the vast majority of the problems that we originally identified [in the first complaint]. Potential investors remain at risk because of the missing or misrepresentative disclosures and the untrue statement." There is strong consumer opposition to … [Read more...]

In Canada, Sausages Recalled for Salmonella Contamination

REA Sausage Salmonella Recall

Marini Foods Limited is recalling REA brand and Bona brand sausages because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. They were sold in Ontario. The recalled products are REA Sweet Cacciatore Sausage in these sizes: 10 pack with code 4237.233 and UPC number 8 41571 04233 0; 4 pack with code 4237.233 and UPC number 8 41571 04233 0; 2 pack with code 4237.233 and UPC number 8 41571 04233 0; and Loose pack with code 4237.233 and no UPC number. Also recalled is Bona Sweet Cacciatore Sausage. None of these products have UPC numbers, and the code on all of them is 4237.233. The 10 pack, 2 pack, and loose pack sizes are recalled. If you have purchased any of these products, do not eat them. … [Read more...]

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