July 5, 2015

Salmonella from Live Poultry Linked to Four Outbreaks


Salmonella from live poultry has been linked to four multistate outbreaks. Forty states are affected by the outbreaks which have sickened 181 and hospitalized 33. Most of those sickened reported tending to backyard flocks before becoming ill. The outbreaks have been linked to live poultry from multiple hatcheries sold at 17 different feed supply stores. "Many ill people in these outbreaks reported bringing the live poultry into their homes, and others reported kissing or cuddling with the live poultry.These behaviors increase a person’s risk of a Salmonella infection," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By state the cases reported are as follows: Alabama (17), Arizona (3), Arkansas (4), California (3), Colorado (2), Delaware (2), Georgia (4), Indiana … [Read more...]

Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chicken Kiev, Chicken Cordon Bleu

Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota has been linked to raw, frozen, pre-browned, breaded chicken products including Chicken Kiev and Chicken Cordon Bleu. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert about the products, but has not released brand names or stores where the products may have been sold. Health officials are investigating two Salmonella illness clusters linked to the items may be labeled "chicken cordon bleu" or "chicken Kiev."  The illness onset dates range from May 9, 2015 to June 8, 2015. FSIS is working with Minnesota agriculture and health officials on an investigation of the outbreak.  Information on how many people have been sickened or hospitalized has not been released. It does not appear that a … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Parasite Sickens 90 in 22 Texas Counties

Cyclospora Outbreak

At least 90 people in 22 Texas counties have been food contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite. All but 12 of those illnesses have been reported in the last two weeks. Health officials are not yet sure of the food source. Cyclospora is a parasite normally found in tropical or sub-tropical areas. If ingested in its mature state, it causes an infection called cyclosporiasis.  On average,  150 cases are reported nationwide each year, most of them are associated with travel to developing countries. This is the third straight year that Texas has been hit with a cyclosporiasis outbreak. Both previous outbreaks were linked to cilantro imported form the the Puebla region of Mexico. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last two months and include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, … [Read more...]

Humane Society Files Complaints Against Costco’s Egg Supplier

Eggs FPB

The Humane Society of the United States has filed complaints with the FDA and FTA over Costco's egg supplier Hillandale Nearby Eggs. The complaints call for asking the feds to investigate potential "violations of federal false advertising and health and safety laws." The complaints allege that Hillandale farms "deceived consumers concerned about animal welfare and that the filthy and unsanitary conditions at Hillandale present serious food safety concerns." An undercover investigation found that hens were locked in cages so tightly they couldn't spread their wings. Live birds were forced to be in the same cages as dead birds, and fly infestations were common throughout the facility. The depiction of the farm on Hillandale's Nearby Eggs cartons show hens roaming in a pasture. The … [Read more...]

Shrimp Products Recalled in Canada for Undeclared Allergens

Shrimp Fried Rice Milk Recall

Choice Canning Company in Canada is recalling Tastee Choice brand Shrimp Sorrentino and Shrimp Fried Rice because they may contain milk and gluten, two of the major food allergens, that are not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to or sensitive to those ingredients, including celiac patients, may have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date. The recalled products are both Tastee Choice brand. The first is Shrimp Sorrentino in 680 gram packages. All codes where milk is not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number of that product is 7 46167 84001 0. Also recalled is Shrimp Fried Rice in 680 gram packages. All codes where milk and gluten are not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number for … [Read more...]

Tarheel Q Salmonella Outbreak Case Total Now 248; One Dead

Restaurant Salmonella Outbreak

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, there are 248 people in 6 states sickened with a "diarrheal illness" after eating at the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, North Carolina. Those symptoms are consistent with a Salmonella infection. This data is current as of July 1, 2015. Most of those sickened live in Davidson and Davie counties. Lab testing indicates that a BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who got sick at the beginning of this outbreak are both positive for Salmonella Typhimurium. Both samples have the same PFGE pattern. More than 50 additional clinical specimens are at the state lab, waiting results. The food that contained the bacteria may have been improperly cooked, may have been contaminated after cooking through … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Sickens 84 in Texas

Cyclospora Outbreak

A cyclospora outbreak has sickened 84 people in Texas. The illnesses have been reported from 20 counties. Travis County, which includes the city of Austin, has reported the most cases with 37. Cyclospora is a parasite normally found in tropical or sub-tropical areas. If ingested in its mature state, the parasite causes an infection called cyclosporiasis.  Only about 150 of these infections are reported nationwide each year, most of which are  associated with travel. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last two months and include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms.  Treatment with the antibiotic combination Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX),  sold under the … [Read more...]

BBQ at Tarheel Q Linked to Salmonella Outbreak, 216 Sick

Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella Typhimurium strain found in a sample of BBQ from Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, NC matches a strain found in one of the 216 customers who became sick after eating there, according to the North Carolina Health Department.  At least 12 people have been hospitalized. Residents from 15 North Carolina counties and five other states are involved in the outbreak. But most,  77 percent, are form Davidson and Davie counties in North Carolina. Health authorities say the outbreak was linked to food served at the restaurant, located on Highway 64, after June 6 with about 82 percent of cases occurring between June 16th and June 21st. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms typically last four to seven … [Read more...]

In Canada, Polish Dried Sausage Recalled for Listeria


Old Fashioned Meat and Deli at 532 Cleveland Crescent S.E. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada is recalling Polish dried sausage because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but illnesses caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled item is Polish dried sausage, with no brand name in variable size packages. They were sold from June 10, 2015 up to and including June 24, 2015. The product was sold clerk-served without a label or coding. If you aren't sure whether or not you purchased this product, contact the retailer. If you did purchase this product, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution to kill any remaining … [Read more...]

Free Range Snack Trail Mix and Macadamia Nuts Recalled

Free Range Island Trail Mix Salmonella Recall

Rocky Mountain Foods is recalling some lots of Free Range Snack Co. Island Fruit and Nut Trail Mix and some lots of Macadamia nuts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled items are Free Range Snack Co. Island Fruit and Nut Trail Mix in 16 ounce tubs. The UPC number is 0-76958-55077-5 and the best by date is 11/15/2015. Also recalled are Free Range Snack Co. Macadamia nuts sold in bulk. There is no UPC number for that product. The best by date range is 4/15/2016 - 5/28/2015. These products were sold at stores in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

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