August 20, 2017

Eggs from LaBar Poultry Farm in Michigan Recalled for Salmonella

Eggs from LaBar Poultry Farm in Manistique, Michigan are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This recall has been reported by several news sources, but there is no information about the recall on any of Michigan's government sites. A foodborne illness outbreak investigation led officials to the farm. Salmonella bacteria were found during environmental sampling. The eggs are packaged in cartons of one dozen each. The label is "LaBar Poultry Farm," with dates August 30, 2017 or September 30, 2017. They were distributed to restaurants, grocery stores, and to consumers in the counties of Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Luce, Mackinaw, Marquette, Menominee, and Schoolcraft. The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, … [Read more...]

Brucella Outbreak in Texas From Raw Milk

A Texas resident has been diagnosed with brucellosis and has been hospitalized after consuming raw milk from K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, Texas in Wise County.  An investigation by Texas Department of State Health Services has determined that milk from that facility is "the most probable source of the infection." K-Bar Dairy is a licensed raw milk dairy. Officials are investigating additional illnesses that may be connected to this product. That milk and other dairy products sold by that facility are being recalled. Anyone who has consumed milk or other products from that dairy since June 1 is at high risk of a Brucella infection. The press release states that, "People who consumed milk from this dairy but have no symptoms should discuss the issue with their provider and monitor … [Read more...]

German Chocolate Cakes Recalled for Undeclared Pecans

In St. Louis, Missouri, Scnucks Bakery has announced an allergy alert for thirteen German chocolate cakes. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), these cakes may contain pecans that were not noted on the product labeling. The one-pound cakes, labeled “SCHNUCKS BAKERY DELUXE PETITE CAKE CHOCOLATE ICED YELLOW,” were distributed in plastic cake domes to 12 Schnucks retail stores in the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. The specific stores affected by the recall are located in Granite City, IL, Belleville, IL, Edwardsville, IL, Cherry Valley, IL, DeKalb, IL, Evansville, IN, Newburgh, IN, Des Peres, MO, Overland, MO, Forissant, MO, and St. Louis, MO. The containers are marked with a “Sell By” date of 8/12/17 – 8/14/17 and the UPC code 41318 31168. People who … [Read more...]

Why Undercooked Oysters Can Make You Sick

Public Health-King County is telling consumers why raw oysters can make you sick. Jenny Lloyd, one of the epidemiologists who has been investigating foodborne illness outbreaks linked to oysters in that state, answered some questions. The current outbreaks in Seattle have been caused by Vibrio bacteria. That bacteria lives in marine waters. Their numbers increase during the warm summer months, which explains the current crop of outbreaks. Since oysters are filter feeders, the bacteria concentrate in their flesh. Eating raw or undercooked shellfish, especially oysters, is the main risk for contracting this illness. Most seafood should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F. Fish should be opaque and separate easily when tested with a fork. Clams, mussels, and oysters should … [Read more...]

Luvo Chicken Chile Verde Recalled for Misbranding

Luvo Inc. is recalling about 4,805 pounds of poultry products because they are misbranded. The package is labeled as Chicken Child Verde, but contains turkey Meatloaf, which is made with eggs and anchovies (fish), that are not declared on the label. No illnesses have been reported to date. The problem was discovered after consumers complaints of the wrong meal in the package. The recalled product is 10 ounce retail cartons containing LUVO Steam in Pouch A Little Spice Chicken Chile Verde with white chicken, black beans, and polenta. The lot code is 2018JUN13A, with a best before date of June 13, 2018. The products have the establishment number "424" inside the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors in California, Florida, … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak After Mesa County Fair in Grand Junction, CO

At least eight people are sick with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections after visiting the Mesa County Fair in Grand Junction, Colorado, according to a news release by Mesa County Public Health. The fair was held from July 25 to July 29, 2017. This type of pathogenic bacteria is common in cattle, sheep, and goats, according to the press release. People can get sick when they come into contact with these animals, their bedding, fence railings, or anything in the surrounding environment. The animals shed E. coli in their feces, and it can get onto their coats or contaminate anything in the area. Public health officials have also been in contact with child care providers and health care providers to try to determine the magnitude of the outbreak and prevent further illnesses. … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Wisconsin Linked to Peas Sold at Farmers Markets

Seven people in four counties are sick with Salmonella infections in Wisconsin after eating fresh shell peas purchased at farmers markets. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and four local health departments are investigating this outbreak. Four of the patients live in Brown County. Those sickened ate fresh shelled (loose) peas purchased from farmers markets in Madison, Fond du Lac, and Green Bay on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Anyone who purchased shelled peas from these farmers markets from July 19 to August 15, 2017 should throw them away, even if they have been frozen. The farmers markets are Dane County Farmers Market in Madison located on the capital square (Saturdays) or Martin Luther King Blvd … [Read more...]

Deadly Papaya Salmonella Outbreak Has Sickened 141

The deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to imported Maradol papayas has now sickened at least 141 people in 19 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirty two more ill people from 15 states have been added to the investigation since the last update last Friday. Three more states have now reported patents: Illinois, Ohio, and Texas. The case count by state is: Connecticut (5), Delaware (4), Iowa (2), Illinois (2), Kentucky (3), Louisiana (2), Maryland (8), Massachusetts (6), Michigan (1), Minnesota (4), North Carolina (3), New Jersey (27) New York (39), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (4), Pennsylvania (8), Texas (7), Virginia (14), and Wisconsin (1). Forty-five ill persons have been hospitalized. One death was reported from New York … [Read more...]

Pop Up Food Vendors During Eclipse Need License

It's difficult to imagine that this month's eclipse has anything to do with food safety, but the Oregon Health Authority is telling pop up vendors who want to sell food during the event that they need a license. Many people take advantage of natural events such as the eclipse to make some money. If you want to sell food or beverages that's fine, but make sure that you follow and obey state and local health and food safety regulations, even if you are selling something you think are as innocuous as nachos. Check with county health departments about licensing requirements before you offer any food or drink for sale. Some county officials have told OHA that are concerned that pop up vendors may not even be aware that licenses are required before selling food to the public. When these … [Read more...]

Ohio Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Mama C’s Donuts in Maumee

A norovirus outbreak that has sickened to more than 300 people has been linked to food from Mama C's Donuts and Coffee in Maumee, Ohio, according to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. During a news conference, officials also said that 19 people have been sickened through person-to-person contact. The restaurant is cooperating with the investigation, according to health officials. The facility could reopen this afternoon, after thorough cleaning. All of those sickened, except those sickened with secondary infections, had eaten food from the restaurant between Augusts 4 and August 8, 2017. Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski said, "the issue comes back to when the product stopped being sold and consumed. We're expecting that to be probably Tuesday. I wouldn't think we … [Read more...]

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