August 30, 2016

Willis Eagle Brand Mut Gung Sweetened Ginger Recalled for Undeclared Sulfites

Willis Ocean Inc. of Brooklyn, NY, is recalling Willis Eagle brand MUT GUNG SWEETENED GINGER for undeclared sulfites. People with sulfite sensitivities should not consume this product as they run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they do. The recalled product was sold in round, clear plastic containers with a net weight of 7 oz. with the UPC 8935129760691. It was imported from Vietnam and distributed from May 2012 through July 2016 to retail stores in Florida. At the time of the recall, there had been no reports of illness. The problem was discovered by the State of Florida during routine sampling. Consumers affected by the recall can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund … [Read more...]

Land O’ Frost Smoked Sausage Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

WFSP Foods of Decatur, Ala. is recalling Land O’ Frost brand bacon and cheddar smoked sausages because they contain the undeclared allergen, milk. People with allergies of sensitivities to milk should not eat these products as they risk serious allergic reaction if they do. The recall includes 18,672 pounds of pork and chicken sausage products sold in 13.5-oz. packages labeled “Land O’ Frost Simply Savory Bacon & Cheddar Smoked Sausage.”  They have a “BEST BY: DEC. 04 2016,” a packaging date of 06/07/16, the establishment number “EST. 45411” and wer shipped to retail locations nationwide. A retail store employee discovered the problem. At the time of the recall, there had been no reports of illness. Consumers affected by the recall can return the product to the place or purchase … [Read more...]

Listeria Recall for Vegetables Sold at Walmart, Winn Dixie, QuickTrip and More

A Listeria recall has been issued for fresh-cut vegetables sold at Walmart, Winn Dixie, QuickTrip, Spinx, Freshpoint, Bi-lo, Harris Teeter and Publix. Consumers who have recently purchased fresh-cut vegetables from these stores should check recall information carefully. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported, however, products covered by the recall should not be consumed as Listeria can cause serious illness or death. Country Fresh of Conroe, Texas, issued the recall of  30,000 cases of various vegetable products after being notified that tests conducted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture as part of a routine sampling program were positive for Listeria. The recalled products were shipped to retailers with stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, … [Read more...]

Saffron Road Frozen Chicken Entrees Recalled for Glass, Plastic Pieces

Sentry Foods of Tucker, Ga.  is recalling Saffron Road brand frozen chicken entrees that may contain glass fragments or plastic pieces. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. The recall includes 21,570  pounds of frozen chicken entrées packaged on March 17, March 18, April 30, and May 13 and shipped to retail locations in Indiana, Texas, and Pennsylvania.  The establishment number “EST. P-19031” appears inside the USDA mark of inspection or is printed on the side of the container. The recalled products, in 10-oz. tray pack in boxes include: Saffron Road “LEMONGRASS BASIL CHICKEN WITH BASMATI RICE” with a “Best By” date of “08-19-2017” and lot number 0219-00207-016; Saffron Road “LEMONGRASS BASIL CHICKEN WITH BASMATI RICE” with a “Best By” date of … [Read more...]

35 Sick in Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A Outbreak

The Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A outbreak now includes 35 people, an increase of seven cases since the last update from the Virginia Department of Health. The most recent report of onset of illness is August 19, according to a health department spokeswoman. At of Friday, August 26, 2016, the 35 cases had been reported in four parts of the state: 14 in Northern Virginia, 5 in Northwest Virginia, 10 in Eastern Virginia, and 6 in Central Virginia. The outbreak has been linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt. Anyone who has ordered a smoothie or other food containing frozen strawberries from at a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in recent weeks should see a doctor and mention exposure to Hepatitis A. Symptoms of a Hepatitis A infection include: fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, … [Read more...]

CDC: Dole was First Listeria Outbreak Linked to Leafy Greens

The Dole Listeria outbreak evaded initial detection because leafy greens had never before been linked to a Listeria outbreak and were not included on food history questionnaires used in interviews of the first case patients, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Information (CDC). The deadly outbreak, linked to bagged salads produced at Dole’s plant in Springfield, Ohio and sold under a variety of brand names ended in April after sickening 33 people in the U.S. and Canada In  the U.S., 19 people were sickened and one of them died, according to the CDC. In Canada, 14 people were sickened and three of them died, although health officials in Canada have not been determined if Listeria was the cause of those deaths. All case patients in both countries were … [Read more...]

FDA Found Listeria Monocytogenes at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

The FDA sent a warning letter to Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream's frozen flavor base Ohio manufacturing facility on August 9, 2016. The inspection that prompted the letter took place on January 25, 2016 through February 9, 2016. That letter states that "your frozen flavor base products are adulterated" because "FDA laboratory analysis of the environmental swabs found the presence of Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes), a human pathogen, in your facility. " A recall of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams was initiated for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in April, 2015. All of the company's ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream sandwiches in all flavors and containers were recalled, and all scoop shops were closed. No illnesses were ever reported in connection to these … [Read more...]

American Foods Beef Brains Recalled for Risk Materials

Green Bay Dressed Beef, doing business as American Foods Group of Green Bay, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 7,420 pounds of beef brain products that may be contaminated with specified risk materials. Customers who took delivery of these products should not use them. The beef brains were produced on various dates between April 24 and August, 11 and sold in 15-unit cases marked with the packaging code 06400 and labeled “AMERICAN FOODS GROUP BEEF BRAINS <30.” The recalled products have the establishment number “EST. 410” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped to a distributor in California. At the time of the recall there had been no confirmed reports of illness.   … [Read more...]

Hawaii Scallop Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickens 228

The hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii linked to imported frozen raw scallops has now sickened 228 people, according to an update by the Hawaii Department of Health. That is an increase of 22 cases since last week. All of the cases have been in adults. Fifty-eight people have been hospitalized because the illnesses are so severe. Illness onset dates have ranged from 6/12/16 to 8/16/16. There will probably be more cases identified in the coming weeks, since the incubation period for the virus is 2 weeks to 50 days, and the the product believed responsible for the outbreak stopped being sold in mid-August. The source of the outbreak is focused on Oahu. Public health inspectors found that raw scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants on the islands of Oahu and Kauai were the likely … [Read more...]

How Does Hepatitis A Get on Strawberries?

The hepatitis A outbreak in Virginia that is linked to strawberries imported from Egypt and allegedly used in smoothies sold at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations in that state is raising questions about how the virus is transmitted. The hepatitis A virus is very hardy and contagious. But how does it get on fruit? In 2013, a large nationwide hepatitis A (HAV) outbreak sickened at least 165 people. Those illnesses were linked to Townsend Farms frozen berries that were sold at Costco stores. Traceback investigations found that pomegranates in that product, imported from Goknur, Turkey, were the source of the virus. The genotype of hepatitis A in that outbreak was very rare on the American continent, but common in the Middle East. The food and drinks that are most likely to be … [Read more...]

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