October 21, 2017

Mechanically Tenderized Steak Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Vantage Foods are recalling some mechanically tenderized steak for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. This type of steak has been injected with needles or blades to break up connective tissue, or has been injected with a marinade or tenderizer. This action can force pathogenic bacteria from the surface of the steak to the interior. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled products are Food Basics brand name. They are Mechanically Tenderized Hip Steak in variable sizes, with best before 2017OC17 and UPC number starting with 0 211030. The other recalled products is Mechanically Tenderized Steak FP in variable sizes, with best before 2017OC17 and UPC number starting with 0 224015. These steaks were sold … [Read more...]

Outbreak Investigated at North American Lighting Event in AL

A possible food poisoning outbreak at a catered event hosted by North American Lighting Co. in Muscle Shoals, Alabama is being investigated by the Colbert and Lauderdale County Health Departments, in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Health (ADH).   Thirty-six people have reported symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. The event was held on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Those sickened report vomiting and diarrhea lasting less than 24 hours. Officials are not saying what bacteria they suspect, but these symptoms, with such short duration and fast onset, are indicative of Clostridium perfringens food poisoning. These types of outbreaks typically occur at restaurants, institutions, and during catered events. Clostridium perfringens bacteria grow in food when the … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Southeast Michigan

The hepatitis A outbreak in Southeast Michigan continues to grow. As of October 12, 2017, there are 397 cases in City of Detroit, and counties of Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Wayne, and St Clair. Most of those patients have been hospitalized; 320, or 85.6%. And 15 people have died. Many of those sickened include the homeless, people with documented substance abuse, but some are healthcare workers and food workers. Most of the cases are male. Officials have not said if the four cases of food workers we have reported on are part of this larger outbreak. Those cases worked at the Meijer store in Mount Pleasant, Cardamom restaurant in Ann Arbor, and food workers at Uncle Paul’s Pizza at 21215 Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods, and Cabbage Patch Cafe & Catering at 15110 Kercheval … [Read more...]

Pacific Oysters Recalled in Canada for PSP

Some farm raised Pacific oysters are being recalled in Canada because they may contain a biotoxin that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). This naturally occurring toxin can cause difficulty walking, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis, and death. No illnesses have been reported in association with the consumption of these oysters. The oysters were sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, and possibly nationally. The processors of these oysters include Albion Farms and Fisheries Ltd. at 1900 No. 6 Road in Richmond, British Columbia. The products is farmed oysters in the shell. All sizes of product under P.O. number 87606 are recalled. These oysters were sold from October 9 to October 16, 2017, inclusively. The other recalled product is Union Bay Seafood Ltd. … [Read more...]

Spicely Organics Tarragon Recalled for Salmonella

Organic Spices is recalling Spicely Organics Tarragon because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The recalled product was distributed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin through retail stores and e-commerce. The product is packaged in 0.4 ounce glass jars with black caps. The best if used by date is 12/31/20 OTW100134, Routine sampling revealed the presence of the bacteria. If you purchased this product, do not consume it. Throw it away or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund.   … [Read more...]

Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola Recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that food company General Mills has issued a nationwide recall of two production runs of its branded “CASCADIAN FARM ORGANIC CINNAMON RAISIN GRANOLA” from store shelves and customer warehouses. This cereal product may contain almonds, a nut allergen that was not mentioned on the cereal box label. The cereal boxes affected by the recall are stamped with the plant code “JK” and “BETTER IF USED BY” dates of either “20MAR2018JK” or “21MAR2018JK.” Individuals who are allergic to almonds may become ill if they eat this cinnamon raisin granola cereal. They should either throw the cereal away or return the box to its place of purchase for a replacement or complete refund. … [Read more...]

California Declares State of Emergency in Hepatitis A Outbreak

The state of California has been dealing with the largest hepatitis A outbreak in the state's history. The virus is being spread person-to-person, but since several businesses have reported ill employees in the past few weeks, contaminated food may also be to blame. As of October 6, 2017, there are 576 cases of hepatitis A in that state. Three hundred forty-two people have been hospitalized, which is a very high number for this type of outbreak. And the number of vaccinations distributed by the California Department of Public Heath has reached more than 80,000. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency because of a lack of vaccines in the hepatitis A outbreak in that state that has killed eighteen people. This means the California Department of Public Health can buy and … [Read more...]

Toma Celena Raw Milk Cheese Recalled for Possible Listeria

According to news reports, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball is warning consumers not to eat Toma Celena Raw Milk Alpine Table Cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The cheese is made by Cooperstown Cheese Company in Milford. The recalled product is packaged in a white butcher paper covered wheel or in vacuum sealed plastic. The plant number on the product is 36-8524 and the code is 51017. All products with this code are recalled. The cheese was sold in Delhi, Hudson, Ithaca, Menands, Oneonta, Ontario, Peekskill, Phoenicia, Roxbury, and Tannersville, New York. A sample of the cheese was tested by the state food laboratory and was found to be contaminated. The company was told about this set on October 6, 2017 and the company … [Read more...]

Yummy Smoked Lake Trout Recalled After Botulism Illness in Canada

Yummy Market is recalling Yummy Market brand Smoked Lake Trout w/Pepper with Cracked Black Pepper for possible Clostridium botulinum contamination. It was sold from Yummy Market at 1390 Major Mackenize Drive West in Maple, Ontario. The recall was triggered by a consumer complaint. There has been one illness reported that may be associated with the consumption of this product. If you purchased it, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed package, or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling this product. You can see a picture of the recalled product at the CFIA website. Food contaminated with this toxin will not change the look, taste, smell, or texture of food. The bacteria that produces the toxin grows in anaerobic … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak At Bread & Butter Farm in Vermont

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Vermont has been announced in a recall notice on the USDA's website today. Two people were sickened after eating cooked beef burgers at an event at Bread & Butter Farm located in Shelburne, Vermont. FSIS was notified about this outbreak on September 30, 2017. Traceback information indicates that both patients ate ground beef products at that farm during an event that was supplied by Vermont Livestock Slaughter & Processing in Ferrisburg, Vermont. Illness onset dates ranged from September 18, 2017 to September 23, 2017. FSIS is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and the Vermont Department of Health to investigate this outbreak and will release more information as it becomes available. Vermont Livestock recalled 133 … [Read more...]

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