February 11, 2016

Paolini’s Sausage Products Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Paolini's Sausages and Meats are recalling some sausage products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. The products were sold and distributed by Paolini's Sausage and Meats in Calgary, Alberta, and may have been sold by other retailers in Alberta up to and including February 5, 2015. The products may have been sold pre-packaged or have been clerk-served, and were sold both with and without a label. If you aren't sure whether or not you have a recalled product, check with the grocery store where you bought it. The recalled products are Hungarian Farmer Sausage, Hot Hungarian Farmer Sausage, Mexican Twist Sausage, Buffalo Hungarian Sausage, Wesfalian Smokies, Onion Mettwurst/Frishe Zweibel Mettwurst, Fine Mettwurst, … [Read more...]

Congresswoman DeLauro Concerned About Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) wrote a letter dated February 5, 2106 to the acting commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Stephen Ostroff, about the ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to imported cucumbers. Food Poisoning Bulletin told you two weeks ago that the CDC had updated their investigation into the outbreak and stated that 50 more ill persons had been sickened in the last two months. The continuation of the outbreak is puzzling, since the cucumbers in question were recalled in September 2015 and the vegetable does not have a long shelf life. The letter expresses DeLauro's concerns about the outbreak, and states that "this is a public health crisis." She adds that the FDA "needs to do everything within its power to expeditiously identify the ongoing source of … [Read more...]

Organic Pastures Recalls Raw Milk

Organic Pastures, the dairy in California that has been at the center of recalls before, is recalling raw milk produced at their facility. They state that this is not a state-mandated recall, but is being conducted "in abundance of caution." There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products, or why the product is being recalled. The recalled products include whole milk with use by date of 1/23/16 and lot code 20160105-1, and whole milk with a use by date of 1/26/16 and lot code 20160106-2. The milk "may have been released" to the northern and central coast areas of California, and were not sold in southern California, according to the press release. If you purchased this product, do not drink it. Throw it away or … [Read more...]

Marin Pasta Works Recalls Uninspected Pork Products

Marin Pasta Works of California is recalling 491 pounds of pork ravioli products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. The recalled products are 12 ounce vacuum-packaged packages containing pieces of "Sausage, Parm and Spinach Ravioli" with Best By Dates of February 4 to March 4, 2016. They were produced between January 4, 2016 and February 4, 2106 and distributed to retail locations in California. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away or return it to the place where you bought it for a refund. FSIS is taking steps to make sure that the product is no longer available to consumers. … [Read more...]

DeLauro and Slaughter Criticize USDA Salmonella Standards

Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) have released a statement on the USDA's finalization of new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products, as well as raw chicken breasts, legs, and wings. They are critical of the standards since they do not declare Salmonella as an adulterant. The statement from Congresswoman DeLauro reads, in part, "while the new federal standards announced by the USDA are progress in fighting foodborne illness, implementing these standards alone is not enough to keep American consumers safe. The USDA should immediately declare Salmonella as an adulterant as part of their work to protect consumers and reduce public health threats." Congresswoman Slaughter said in a statement, "the USDA … [Read more...]

TF Foods Recalling Fried Bean Snack for Undeclared Peanuts

TF Foods of California is recalling "Fried Bean Snack" (Na-Pia-Jo) because it may contain undeclared peanuts, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to peanuts could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is packaged in a 10.60 ounce clear plastic bag. It was distributed nationally in retail stores between November 2015 and the beginning of February 2016. The recall was initiated after the company changed its recipe which added peanuts, but did not change the labeling. Sales have been suspended until the problem has been corrected. If you purchased this product and are allergic to peanuts, do not eat it. Throw it away or return to the place of … [Read more...]

What’s With Norovirus in Overland Park?

There are three norovirus outbreaks in Overland Park, Kansas that are being investigated by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. At least 628 people have been sickened so far in these outbreaks. Norovirus is very common, especially in the winter months. The virus is very contagious and easily transmitted through contact with food and surfaces, and from person-to-person. When people stay indoors more often in the colder weather, it's very easy to pass the virus around and contract it. The first outbreak is among people who visited the New Theatre Restaurant in mid-January 2016. At least 600 people have been sickened in that outbreak. Most of those sickened were at the facility between January 15 and 19, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Estill County, Kentucky

The Estill County Health Department is investigating a Salmonella outbreak in that area that has sickened at least 41 people. Nineteen of those people have been confirmed as having a Salmonella infection. Six of those patients, including at least one child, have been hospitalized, and three are currently still in the hospital. The Estill County Health Department is working with the Kentucky Health Department to try to discover the source of the outbreak. Isolates from patients are going to be tested with pulsed field-gel-electrophoresis to determine the DNA of the outbreak strain and where it came from. The Environmental Program Director at the Estill County Health Department, Kenny Cole, told Lex18.com that "all of the 19 positive cases, the one thing they do have in common, they had … [Read more...]

Margaritaville Banana Cream Pie Filling Recalled for Salmonella

The Jel Sert Company of Illinois is voluntarily recalling 52 cases of Margaritaville Banana Cream Pie Filling that was used for sales samples and gift packages distributed nationwide because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. There have been no reported illnesses related to this product to date. The product was not available to consumers on store shelves, but only through directly provided sales samples and gift packages. The recalled product is Margaritaville Banana Cream Pie Filling in a 4.16 ounce carton. The lot number on the cartons is WC5257, the UPC number is 7239202925, and the Best before date is September 2017. This recall was issued out of an abundance of caution after the supplier of the banana chips used in the filling notified Jel Sert of possible … [Read more...]

H-E-B Ice Cream Recalled for Possible Foreign Material

H-E-B is voluntarily recalling its Caramel Pecan Turtle Ice Cream because it may contain wood pieces. This can cause injuries and can be a choking hazard. There have been no reports of any injuries or illnesses in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is H-E-B Creamy Creations Caramel Pecan Turtle Ice Cream. The UPC number of the recalled product is 0 4122051877 7. The sell by dates of the recalled products are: SELL BY: 20 APR(APR)16, SELL BY: 10 MAY(MAY)16, SELL BY: 07 JUN(JUN)16, and SELL BY: 18 JUL(JUL)16. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. … [Read more...]

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