September 17, 2014

Maggots in School Lunches in KY and TN

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High school students in Kentucky and Tennessee found maggots in their school lunches this week. A student at Overton High School in Tennessee made an Instagram video of the maggot wiggling around on the plate, WMC Action News 5 reported. Other students also reported finding maggots in their food. Shelby County Schools sent a statement to the station that read; "It has been reported on some news outlets that multiple students are now claiming to have found maggots in their lunches this week at Overton High School. It is true that we have confirmation of one student finding an insect in a single meal. This is certainly regrettable; however, we do want to be very clear that there have been no maggots found in any meals this week. The temperatures at which our food is prepared and served … [Read more...]

E. coli HUS Strikes 3 Children in Hardin County, KY

Three Hardin Cty children have HUS

Three Hardin County, Ky. children are among a group of five who have been hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening complication of E.coli infections that causes kidney failure, seizure, stroke and coma. The children, who range in age from 18 months to 10 years old, are part of an outbreak that also includes one child from Nelson County and another from Oldham. Hardin and Nelson counties are in the central part of the state. Oldham is northeast of Louisville on the state's border with Indiana. Health authorities have not yet identified a source of the outbreak or determined if the cases may be linked to recent cases in Oregon and Washington. Three Oregon children with E. coli infections were hospitalized with HUS at the beginning of this month. Aubrie … [Read more...]

Claude’s Beef Jerky Recalled for Undeclared Wheat, Fish

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Jerky By Art of Albuquerque, N.M. is recalling an undetermined amount of beef jerky products because they were produced without the benefit of inspection and contain the undeclared allergens wheat and anchovies. There have been no reports of illness associated with this product. The recalled products were sold in vacuum-packed plastic bags labeled Claude’s Beef Jerky with Red Chile. The establishment number “EST. 34270”  appears inside the USDA Mark of Inspection, were. Most of the products were sold through online sales. The problem was discovered during an ongoing investigation into the establishment. Anyone  with health concerns about a reaction to this product should contact a healthcare provider.   … [Read more...]

British Pantry Sausages Recalled for Undeclared Milk

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Interbay Food Company of Woodinville, Wash., is recalling approximately 4,820 pounds banger-style pork sausage products because they contain an undeclared allergen, milk. Consumers with a milk allergy should not eat these products. The recalled products include: 1-lb. refrigerated packages (5 links per package)  of  The British Pantry Ltd., British Style Bangers; 1-lb.refrigerated packages 16 links per package of  The British Pantry Ltd., British Style Bangers and 5-lb. Logs of  The British Pantry Ltd., British Style Bangers. The products were cooked in a Redmond, Wash., restaurant and sold to the general public. The products contain bread crumbs that came from a vendor who listed wheat, soy and milk on the label, but the label for the bangers does not list milk as an … [Read more...]

Diaper Full of Blood, E.coli HUS Strikes 3rd Child in Oregon

Is watermelon or petting zoo the source of E. coli HUS clusters in OR and KY

Aubrie Utter, 3, is the third Oregon child to be diagnosed wit E.coli HUS kidney failure since the end of August, KATU-TV reports. Aubrie's  parents think the cases may be related, all three children spent time near the South Santiam River and all three ate watermelon they bought from a Walmart in Lebanon before they got sick. Aubrie celebrated her birthday at Waterloo Park on August 23.  They used a park tap to wash hands and another to fill water balloons. Later that night, Aubrie woke up with a stomachache and diarrhea. They brought her to a clinic, and just like Serena Profitt's family, they were told it was a virus and sent home. Aubrie got worse. Katie Hendricks said when she opened her daughter's diaper and found it full of blood, they brought Aubrie back to the clinic and … [Read more...]

E. coli HUS Strikes 5 Children in Kentucky

E. coli HUS 5 Sick in KY

Five Kentucky children have been hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening condition that develops in some young children with E. coli infections, according to the Courier-Journal. The children, who are from three counties, are all being treated at Kosair Children's Hospital. The state health department is investigating the cluster of illnesses, but has not yet determined the source. Kidney failure, seizure and stroke are all possible complications of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a condition that develops in about 15 percent of pediatric E. coli infections. Children under 10 are at most at risk for HUS because their immune systems have not fully developed. Blood transfusion or dialysis is sometimes used to treat patients with HUS including Brad Sutton, … [Read more...]

FOIA Request Reveals Food Safety Violations at Foster Farms

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A consumer advocacy group has made public 300 pages of USDA food safety violations at Foster Farms during the time the company was linked to a Salmonella outbreak that sickened 634 people. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) obtained the reports through a Freedom of Information Act request. Among the findings in the heavily redacted reports were: fecal material, metal fragments and unidentified foreign matter on chicken carcasses and, in the plants, mold, cockroaches and pooling water due to a floor drain clogged with chicken skin. Most surprising, according to Jonathan Kaplan, director of NRDC’s food and agriculture program, was that violations continued after October 7, 2013, when USDA issued a Public Health Alert about Salmonella on the company's chicken and threatened … [Read more...]

Food & Water Watch Sues USDA to Stop Poultry Rule

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Food & Water Watch sued the USDA yesterday to stop implementation of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rules, which would replace government food safety inspectors with company employees. Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, said in a statement, "these rules essentially privatize poultry inspection, and pave the way for others in the meat industry to police themselves." These rules come on the heels of the huge Foster Farms chicken Salmonella outbreak which sickened thousands of people over many months. Many people in that outbreak were hospitalized because the seven strains of Salmonella Heidelberg on those products were resistant to several strains of antibiotics. The NRDC just released USDA-FSIS inspection reports on Foster Farms which showed that … [Read more...]

In Canada, Premier and Konrads Spices Recalled for Salmonella

Premier Herbs Salmonella Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Premier Ingredients are recalling many different varieties of herbs and spices from the market because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The products were sold in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products include PRemier Herbs Italian Seasoning, Herbs Fine Provencal, and Premier Oregano and Oregano Rubbed. The recall also includes Konrads.ca Oregano, Italian Herb, and Herbs Fine Provencal. You can see the package sizes, best before dates, and UPC numbers at the CFIA web site. The recalled Premier products all have best before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016 inclusive.The recalled Konrads.ca products all have … [Read more...]

More Chia and Flax Seed Powder Recalled for Salmonella

Organic Traditions Chia Salmonella Recall

The Salmonella outbreak linked to chia powders in the United States ended last month, but just yesterday the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalled more Organic Traditions chia and flax seed powder for possible Salmonella contamination. The products are made by Advantage Health Matters and were sold nationally. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder in 227 gram containers. The codes are AHM/SFCB19014, AHM621140814N;, AHM621140815D, and AHM621140825D and the UPC number is 8 54260 00621 6. The same product is also sold in a 454 gram size, with codes on the product of AHM/SFCB19014, AHM547140815D, and AHM547140825D and UPC number 8 54260 00547 9. If you … [Read more...]

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