October 9, 2015

Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cucumbers Grows to 732

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The Salmonella Poona outbreak linked to cucumbers imported by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce has grown to 732 sick persons, with four dead. One person has died in Oklahoma, adding to the death toll of one person each in Arizona, California, and Texas. Maryland was added to the states included in the outbreak, bringing the total number of states involved to 35. One hundred fifty ill people have been hospitalized, which is a rate of 28%, higher than the typical 20% hospitalization rate in these outbreaks. The case count by state is: Alabama (1), Alaska (14), Arizona (114), Arkansas (11), California (192), Colorado (18), Hawaii (1), Idaho (24), Illinois (9), Indiana (3), Iowa (6), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Maryland (1), Minnesota (37), Missouri (11), Montana (14), … [Read more...]

As Salmonella Outbreak Grows, Aspen Foods Recalls More Breaded Chicken


Chicken Kiev, Chicken and Broccoli and Chicken Cordon Bleu are being recalled by Aspen Foods of Chicago after more Salmonella illnesses were linked to the products. The recall follows one issued July 15 after a Salmonella outbreak linked to the products, which has now sickened five people, was first announced.   The recalled products have the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were produced between August 25, 2015 and September 17, 2015 with “best if used by” dates of August 23, 2016 to December 15, 2016. They were sold under a variety of brand names including Acclaim, Antioch Farms, Buckley Farms, Centrella Signature, Chestnut Farms, Family Favorites, Kirkwood, Koch Foods, Market Day, Oven Cravers, Rose, Rosebud Farm, Roundy’s, Safeway … [Read more...]

Sunkist Frozen Mango Fruit Sorbet Bars Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Sunkist Mango Sorbet Bar Allergen Recall

Dean Foods is voluntarily recalling Sunkist brand Frozen Mango Fruit Sorbet Bars because they may contain undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to milk or is lactose intolerant could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No complaints or reactions have been reported to date. The recalled item is Frozen Mango Fruit Sorbet Bar - Gluten Free. They are sold as 74 ml bars, six bars per box. The codes include: Plant code of 18-1681B, Best Before 2016 APR 27, Best Before 2016 APR 28, and UPC number 851819003030. They were sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. The code date is on the right side flap of the box. If you purchased this product … [Read more...]

Cheerios Recalled for Undeclared Wheat


General Mills is recalling some boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios because they contain undeclared wheat, one of the major food allergens. People with celiac disease and those allergic to wheat could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. Wheat flour was inadvertently introduced into the gluten-free oat flour system at their plant in Lodi California. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are Honey Nut Cheerios with these "Better If Used By" dates: 12JUL2016LD, 13JUL2016LD, 14JUL2016LD, 15JUL2016LD, 16JUL2016LD, 17JUL2016LD, 18JUL2016LD, 19JUL2016LD, 20JUL2016LD, 21JUL2016LD, 22JUL2016LD, 23JUL2016LD, 24JUL2016LD, and 25JUL2016LD. Also recalled are … [Read more...]

Do You Eat Fish? Learn About Ciguatera Food Poisoning

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You don't often hear about ciguatera food poisoning, unless you are part of the fishing industry. This naturally occurring toxin found in fish can cause serious foodborne illness. Cooking does not deactivate the toxin, so even properly cooked seafood can make you sick. In the past few years, there have been several outbreaks and recalls related to this toxin. This type of food poisoning is responsible for the highest reported incidence of foodborne illness outbreaks linked to finfish around the world, according to a study published in Toxicon by Robert Dickey and Steven M. Plakaas. The algae that produces the toxin is usually located in the tropics, but these harmful algal blooms have been occurring in Texas, Florida, South Carolina, and Miami in recent years. As coral reefs deteriorate … [Read more...]

Food Safety Tips for Hurricane Joaquin Areas


If you live in an area that is affected by Hurricane Joaquin, the USDA has food safety tips for you. This hurricane has killed seven people in South Carolina and has caused extensive flooding. These types of weather events cause power outages that could compromise the safety of food. If you do lose power, keep appliance thermometers in the refrigerator and freezer to ensure that temperatures remain 40°F or lower in the fridge, and 0°F or lower in the freezer. Water frozen in one quart containers can keep food safe for a few hours. Dry ice or block ice is a good solution too. If the power goes out, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A closed refrigerator will keep food safe for four hours, and a full freezer will hold a safe temperature for about 48 … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Filed Against Fig & Olive Restaurant for Salmonella Illness

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The law firm Pritzker Olsen, which underwrites Food Poisoning Bulletin, is representing a client who filed a lawsuit against the Fig & Olive restaurant chain after she was seriously sickened with a Salmonella infection. She ate at the Fig & Olive Washington D.C. location on August 31, 2015. Her dinner included croquettes with truffle oil. Two days later she became violently ill and was hospitalized for four days. She requires continuing medical treatment to this day. The Salmonella outbreak at the Fig & Olive restaurants in Washington D.C. and Melrose Place, Los Angeles, California, has sickened almost two hundred people. More cases are waiting confirmation with laboratory analysis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken over the case from the … [Read more...]

Two Tortilla Chip Brands Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Recalled Taco Chips

Two brands of tortilla chips, On the Border Cafe Style and Wyandot, which makes Always Save, Meijer, Better Made, Wendy's, and 7-Eleven, are being recalled for undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to milk could have a serious reaction if they consume these products. One type of the chips distributed by Wyandot Inc. were sold in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi, Kansas, California, and Canada between September 3 and September 11, 2015 under the brand names listed above. A customer found cheese curls, a product made with milk, mixed in the bag with the tortilla chips. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with package sizes, use by date, and UPC number. You can also see pictures of product … [Read more...]

Dog Food Recalled for Possible Salmonella and Listeria Contamination

Puppy Eating Dog Food

K-9 Kraving Dog Food is voluntarily recalling their Chicken Patties Dog Food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, although listeriosis, the illness caused by Listeria bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest. The recalled product was shipped between July 13 and July 17, 2015 and distributed to retail stores only in Maryland. No other K-9 Kraving Dog Food products are affected by this recall. Pets can be sickened with Salmonella and Listeria bacteria, and there is a risk to people handling contaminated pet products. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea that may be bloody, abdominal cramps, and fever. A Listeria monocytogenes infection in dogs can cause lack of … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Fig & Olive Restaurants Remains a Mystery

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The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreaks at Fig & Olive restaurants in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, California remain a mystery. At least 174 people have been sickened after eating at those restaurants, and more cases are being investigated. We don't know what caused the outbreak, if the outbreaks at both restaurants are caused by the same serotype or genetic strain of Salmonella, or if other restaurants that are part of the Fig & Olive chain are involved. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken over the investigation, even though they have not released a report on the outbreak. The Washington D.C. Department of Health has taken environmental and food samples from the Fig & Olive restaurant in that city, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public … [Read more...]

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