February 26, 2015

Most Campylobacter Outbreaks Caused by Dairy or Chicken

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Most Campylobacter outbreaks are caused by contaminated chicken or dairy products, according to a new federal study by the Food Safety Analytics Collaboration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The study was conducted to provide information that can be used to develop better food poisoning prevention measures. Of the 952 outbreaks attributed to one pathogen during the 14-year study period, 161 were Campylobacter outbreaks. Dairy products were the source of 106, or two thirds, of all Campylobacter outbreaks.  Chicken was the source of 24 of them. Vegetable row crops, seven.  Turkey and seafood were each the source of five. Seeded vegetables, three. Beef, fruit and poultry … [Read more...]

Dalhart X10 Steakhouse Salmonella Cases Double, 59 Now Sick

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Salmonella has sickened 59 people in Dalhart, Texas, a small town in the northwest corner of the panhandle. At least 52 of those cases have been linked to the X10 in Texas Woodfire Grill Steakhouse. The total number of cases has doubled since the outbreak was announced one week ago. The popular restaurant, located about 90 miles northwest of Amarillo, voluntarily closed for a cleaning after the initial 30 cases were reported and was cleared by the health department to reopen. Health authorities say no new cases occurred after the cleaning.Health authorities are still investigating the outbreak and  trying to determine its source. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure and include headache, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. … [Read more...]

Dairy Products are Most Common Source of Listeria Outbreaks

Roos cheese recalled after it is linked to deadly Listeria outbreak.

Dairy products were the most common source of Listeria outbreaks that occurred between 1998 and 2012, according to a new federal study by the Food Safety Analytics Collaboration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The study was conducted to provide information that can be used to develop better food poisoning prevention measures. Of the 952 outbreaks attributed to one pathogen during the 14-year study period, 24 were Listeria outbreaks. Dairy products were the source of half them. Turkey was the source of four; pork and sprouts each caused two; and beef, chicken, fruit and row crop vegetables each caused one. The fruit outbreak, the cantaloupe Listeria outbreak of 2011, sickened … [Read more...]

Toledo Was a Hub in the 2014 Wolverine Beef E. coli Outbreak

Toledo Wolverine Beef E. coli

Toldeo E. coli cases from Wolverine ground beef accounted for more than half of Ohio's confirmed illnesses in the 2014 outbreak that also hit Michigan and other states. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department confirmed three cases, including two people who ate at the same restaurant. The local health agency investigated a fourth instance of E. coli infection at the time of the outbreak, but it was determined not to be associated with the particular outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 that was making other people sick. In all, Ohio recorded five illnesses traced to ground beef from Detroit's Wolverine Packing Company, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. The Toledo case patients were ages 19, 23 and 42 and at least two of them were hospitalized. Two of the three … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in 2013 Linked to Jouni Ground Beef

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A Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak in 2013 was linked to ground beef produced by Jouni Meats and sold at Gab Halal Foods. At least 22 people in 6 states were sickened in this outbreak. Half of all ill persons interviewed were hospitalized, which is a very high number. Usually only about 20 to 25% of sick people are hospitalized with Salmonella infections. Fred Pritzker, a prominent food safety attorney who represents consumers sickened in these outbreaks said, "no company should produce, and no store should sell, any foods that contain enough pathogenic bacteria to make someone sick." The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and cramps, diarrhea, chills, fever, headache, muscle pains, and blood in the stool. People usually get sick six to … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at X10 Woodfire Steakhouse in TX

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According to Carrie Williams, Director of Media Relations at the Texas Department of State Health Services, at least 30 people are sick with Salmonella infections in connection with the X10 Woodfire Steakhouse Restaurant in Dalhart. The restaurant closed voluntarily the week of February 9, 2015 and was sanitized. It has since been cleared for reopening. Anyone who ate at that restaurant and experienced the symptoms of a Salmonella infection, including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, muscle pains, and blood in the stool, should contact their doctor. Long term complications of a Salmonella infection, even after recovery, can be severe, including reactive arthritis. Ask for a stool sample test that should be examined for Salmonella. Attorney Fred … [Read more...]

Wraps Recalled for Undeclared Milk and Yellow #5

El Popocatepetl Wraps Recall

El Popocatepetl Ind. is recalling some sandwich wraps because they may contain undeclared milk and Yellow #5. No illnesses have been reported to date. You can see pictures of product labels at the FDA web site. The recalled products were sold in Illinois, primarily in the Chicago area. They include 8 inch Sundried Tomato Wraps with UPC number 0 20784 99505 7 and any best by date of April 1, 2015 and before.  Also recalled are 8 inch Spinach Flavored Wraps with UPC number 0 20784 58314 8 and the same best by dates. Finally, 8 inch Chipotle Wraps with UPC number 0 20784 78248 0 is recalled. Any product with the best by date of April 1, 2015 and before is recalled. If you purchased this product and are allergic to milk and/or sensitive to Yellow #5 do not eat it. Discard or return to … [Read more...]

Jimmy John’s Evergreen Sprouts E. coli Outbreak in 2014 Sickened 19

Clover sprouts are the source of an E.coli outbreak at Jimmy John's

An E. coli O121 outbreak in 2014 linked to Evergreen raw clover sprouts that were served at Jimmy John's, the Pita Pita, and Daanen's Deli, sickened 19 people, according to government officials. Those people lived in six states. Forty four percent of patients were hospitalized; there was no recall; no one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome; and there were no deaths. The outbreak case count by state was: California (1), Idaho (3), Michigan (1), Montana (2), Utah (1), and Washington (11). Thirteen of the sixteen people interviewed reported eating raw sprouts the week before they got sick. Traceback investigations concluded that contaminated raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts of Idaho was the likely source of this outbreak. After a meeting with the FDA, the company … [Read more...]

Candy Smoked Salmon Recalled for Listeria in Canada

Candy Smoked Salmon Listeria Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and City Fish are recalling Salish Seafoods brand Candy Smoked Salmon for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest. The recalled product is Salish Seafoods Candy Smoked Salmon in variable size packages. There is no UPC number. The codes on the product are Lot # 6936 Packed On JA.30.15. Some product packages may not have the same brand or product name as described, or a brand name at all. Some may have been sold clerk-served from deli counters with or without a label or coding. If you purchased smoked salmon in Alberta, British Columbia, or Saskatchewan from February 7 through February 15, 2015, check with your … [Read more...]

Hummingbird Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Recalled

Hummingbird Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Recall

Hummingbird Wholesale in Oregon is recalling 110 jars of Hummingbird Brand Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Butter because it may contain undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product has HW Item number N270, lot number 15023, and UPC number 6-96859-11035-1. It was sold to retail stores in California, Oregon, and Washington state, and directly to consumers in Oregon. The Chocolate Hazelnut Butter is sold in 1 pound (454 gram) glass jars. The dates on the stickers on the jars are 1/27/15 through 2/19/15. A supplier changed ingredients without notice to include milk in the chocolate used to make the Hazelnut Butter. If you purchased this product and are allergic to milk, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of … [Read more...]

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