May 27, 2018

Rosa DeLauro Asks FDA For More Info on Rose Acre Farms Egg Recall and Salmonella Outbreak

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has sent another letter asking for more information on the Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled Rose Acre Farms shell eggs. An earlier letter was sent to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on April 19, 2018. That outbreak has caused at least 35 infections in 9 states and 11 hospitalizations since the last update last week. Rose Acre Farms has recalled more than 200,000,000 eggs in response to this Salmonella outbreak. This is the largest egg-related Salmonella outbreak in this country since 2010. She wrote, "I continue to be concerned with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) investigation and response to the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak related to shell eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms. In my previous April 19 letter, I requested … [Read more...]

Justice Department Files Complaint Against Food Distributors Euroline Foods and Royal Seafood Baza

The United States Department of Justice of the Eastern District of New York has filed a civil complaint in a federal court in Brooklyn, seeking to permanently enjoin Euroline Foods, LLC, and Royal Seafood Baza, Inc., for violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The complaint was filed at the request of the FDA. The suit alleges that those facilities processed and distributed ready-t0-eat fish and fishery products, vegetable salads, and cheese products in a facility that was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The complaint states that the defendants "failed to put in place adequate measures to reduce the risk of health hazards such as L. monocytogenes, Clostridium botulinum, and scombrotoxin." United States Attorney Donoghue said in a statement, "Food processors … [Read more...]

Ziyad Brothers Recalls Tahini For Possible Salmonella

Ziyad Brothers is recalling Tahini because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The product was distributed nationwide. It is sold in 8, 16, and 32 ounce and half gallon containers. The jars are labeled "Tahini Sesame Paste." The lot codes and use by/expiration dates are printed on the white jar cap. The recalled products are Ziyad Tahini Sesame Paste in 1/2 gallon glass jars, with lot number 35417, product code A0071, and UPC number 074265003076; Ziyad Tahini Sesame Paste 32 ounce glass jars, with lot number 00318, product code A0072, and UPC number 074265001553. Also recalled is Ziyad Tahini Sesame Paste 16 ounce class jars, with product code A0073, lot numbers 35317, 35417, 35517, and 35617, and … [Read more...]

Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak Linked to Dried Coconut Ends With Fourteen Sick and Lawsuits

The multistate Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that is linked to dried coconut products is over with fourteen sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, government officials are warning consumers that these recalled products have a long shelf life and may still be in consumer's homes. Anyone who is not aware of this recall and outbreak could still get sick. As of May 18, 2018, the outbreak appears to be over. The recalled dried coconut products include Organic Go Smile! Raw Coconut, Go Smiles Dried Coconut Raw, and Natural Grocers Coconut Smiles Organic with various lot numbers and UPC numbers. Look at this list carefully and make sure you don't have any of these products in your home. One of the issues with this recall is that some of the coconut items … [Read more...]

Hickory Harvest Recalls Fruit and Nut Mix Products for Possible Listeria

Hickory Harbest Foods of Akron, Ohio is recalling some lots of their fruit and nut mix products for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection to this issue. The recall is for six products. They are: 9 ounce Hickory Harvest Island Fruit Mix in a plastic resealable bag with lot number 032019 and UPC number 0-36232-06052-9; 9 ounce Heinens Organic Nut Mix in the company's plastic deli tubs with lot number 031919 and UPC number 0-36232-01871-1; Liberty Snacks 1.3 ounce Raw Almonds in plastic tube nut bag with lot number 031919 and UPC number 8-04879-17157-7; 1.6 ounce Liberty Snacks Almond Raisin Mix in plastic tube nut bag with lot number 032019 and UPC number 8-04879-17158-4; 1 ounce Natural Pistachios in plastic tube nut bag with lot … [Read more...]

Newton County Officials Name Georgia Caterer Associated with Salmonella Outbreak; Lawsuits Possible

The Newton County Health Department in Georgia has released an update on the Salmonella outbreak in that area that has sickened at least 70 people and hospitalized 4. The first outbreak was reportedly among attendees at a closed, invitation-only event that was held on April 28, 2018. The caterer that provided food for that event was Plain Nuts Catering & Deli. All food and drink items along with other possibilities of exposure were investigated. Officials also developed a survey and sent it out to attendees. During the investigation, more cases of illness were reported, which included one case of Salmonella poisoning. those people did not attend that event but did eat food that was prepared by Plain Nuts Catering & Deli. Then on May 15, more illnesses, including a … [Read more...]

Smoked Fish Products Sold from Four Seasons Marketplace in Canada Recalled for Botulism

The food recall warning in Canada for smoked fish products recalled for possible botulism contamination has been updated. More products have been added to this recall. No illnesses are reported in connection with this problem. The recalled products were sold at Four Seasons Marketplace at 4099 Erin Mills Parkway in Mississauga, Ontario. All codes sold refrigerated from this retail location are recalled. They include Nanuk Smoked Pacific Salmon - Coho Salmon in 140 gram packages, with UPC number 0 57841 00515 2. Also recalled is BOS Mackerel Fillets - Naturally Smoked, in variable package sizes, with UPC numbers that start with 0204004. BOS Atlantic Salmon - Naturally Smoked in 170 gram packages is recalled, with UPC number 8 33417 00040 6, as is BOS Roasted Atlantic Salmon - Naturally … [Read more...]

FDA and Lawyer Explain Why Deadly Romaine E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Is Unsolved

The FDA has issued a report on the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that is linked to romaine lettuce. A least 172 people in 32 states are sick in this outbreak. One person in California has died, 75 people have been hospitalized, and 20 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. While FDA officials have identified Harrison Farms of Yuma, Arizona as the grower and sole source of the whole-head romaine that sickened eight in the Anvil Mountain Correctional Facility in Nome Alaska, they do not know where in the supply chain the contamination occurred. It could have been in the fields, during harvest, during processing, or during transport. The issue in this outbreak is that the romaine lettuce that would have made people sick wasn't available at exposure locations when ill people … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Newton County, GA Sickens 70, Hospitalizes 4; Some May Sue

A Salmonella outbreak in Newton County, Georgia has sickened at least 70 people and hospitalized four, according to the Gwinett Newton Rockdale County Health Departments. Officials are investigating a confirmed outbreak. The first illness was reported to the county on May 4, 2018. The source of the pathogenic bacteria has not been determined. Investigators are interviewing patients, trying to find commonalities among those who are sick, including what foods they ate in the past week, where they ate them, and other pertinent activities. Many of the patients have been to urgent care or have seen their primary physicians. Four people have been hospitalized because their illness is so severe. In a Salmonella outbreak, patients are usually hospitalized because of dehydration or … [Read more...]

Kent Quality Foods Recalls Hot Dogs and Sausages for Undeclared Soy

Kent Quality Foods of Michigan is recalling about 308,430 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog and sausage products because they are misbranded and do not indicate the products contain soy, one of the major food allergens, on the label. Anyone who is allergic to soy could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No reactions or illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. These products were produced on various dates from September 9, 2017 through April 29, 2018. You can see the long list of 44 recalled products, along with lot codes and labels at the USDA web site. Recalled products include Eisenberg Smoked Sausage with Processed Cheddar Cheese and Jalapeños, B&W Foods Franks, Pal's Sudden Service Franks, Kent Quality Foods Beef Franks, Texas Chili … [Read more...]

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