August 31, 2014

Two People Ill, Associated with VR Green Farms Jarred Food in CA

VR Green Farms Botulism Recall

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat VR Green Farms jarred food products because they may have been contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. The jars were not properly processed. Consuming food contaminated with botulinum toxin can lead to serious illness and death. Two people are sick with botulism poisoning that officials suspect may be associated with the company's Pine Nut Basil Pesto. The symptoms of botulism poisoning include double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and dry or sore throat. If no treatment is received, symptoms will include descending paralysis, usually symmetrical, followed by trouble breathing. Infants with botulism poisoning appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. If … [Read more...]

Foster Farms Salmonella Litigation Rests on Vast Evidence

Chicken Salmonella Lawyer

Food poisoning litigation experts representing victims of the Foster Farms chicken Salmonella outbreak have a mountain of evidence contained in inspection and review documents from the United States Department of Agriculture. Firms like Pritzker Olsen Attorneys, a national food safety law firm that has collected tens of millions of dollars for victims of past Salmonella outbreaks in the U.S., have been compiling the data for the purpose of filing legal complaints for clients. Based on an interview with Pritzker's Foster Farms Salmonella lawyer Ryan Osterholm, here's a breakdown of pertinent findings already obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Three Foster Farms manufacturing plants on the West Coast have been … [Read more...]

California has 33 Cases in Townsend Farms Hepatitis A Outbreak

Pomegranate Seeds Hepatitis A

The Townsend Farms hepatitis A outbreak has sickened at least 79 people nationwide. The outbreak is growing daily. The state of California has at least 33 of the outbreak cases. Fourteen people have been hospitalized, which is an unusually high number. Other states included in this outbreak are Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington. The state has published an info sheet with information known to date about the affected products along with the retail distribution list of those products. The recalled products were sold at Costco stores under the name "Townsend Farms Brand Organic Antioxidant Blend" and at Harris Teeter stores under the name "Harris Teeter Brand Antioxidant Berry Blend." The Harris Teeter product was not sold in California, but was sold in … [Read more...]

California Warns Consumers to Avoid Seafood Harvested in Northern Channel Islands

Mussels

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers to not eat recreationally harvested mussels and clams, commercially or recreationally caught anchovy and sardines, or internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught crab and lobster from the northern Channel Islands. The Islands are offshore of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Dangerous levels of the nerve toxin domoic acid have been detected in some of those species. The toxin may also be present in other species of shellfish, crustaceans, and fish in that area. Domoic acid is a naturally occurring toxin that can cause illness or death in human beings. Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning usually occur with 30 minutes to 24 hours after eating contaminated seafood. Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, … [Read more...]

Organic Pastures Raw Milk Recalled Ater Campylobacter Turns Up In Tests

Milking cows

A raw milk recall for products produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County and a quarantine order has been announced after Campylobacter was detected  during routine testing,  California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones. has announced. No illnesses have been reported in conjunction with this recall. The recalled products include Grade A raw cream, Grade A raw milk and Grade A raw skim milk, all with a labeled code date of SEP 13. Retailers must immediately pull these products from store shelves and consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product they might have purchased. Inspectors from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) found the bacteria in a sample of raw cream during routine testing conducted as part of routine inspection and sample … [Read more...]

Erin Brockovich Chemical Still in California Drinking Water, NRDC Files Suit

Water-glass-feature

It’s been more than 10 years since Julia Roberts made Erin Brockovich a household name. But the cause that made Brockovich famous is still making headlines. In a lawsuit filed against the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) yesterday, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Working Group say the agency has failed to protect Californians from hexavalent chromium in drinking water.  Brockovich proved industrial pollution contaminated drinking water sickening residents of Hinkley, California during the 1990s. CDPH was supposed to have established a safe drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium eight years ago, but hasn’t done so, the NRDC says. “Millions of Californians are drinking toxic water today due to government neglect,” Nicholas Morales, … [Read more...]

California Cantaloupe Growers Adopt New Safety Program

cantaloupe-salmonella

There  has never been a foodborne illness outbreak associated with cantaloupe grown in California and growers there want to keep it that way. The California Cantaloupe Advisory Board, an industry leader in food safety since developing best practice measures after a Salmonella outbreak linked to imported melon 20 years ago, voted this week to adopt a new food safety program. The measures are meant to bolster consumer confidence in cantaloupe after the Listeria outbreak linked to melon grown in Colorado that sickened 146 people and killed 35. The group worked with the California Department of Agriculture throughout the winter to revise existing federal safety guidelines for melons collaborated with other industry associations to develop international cantaloupe food safety … [Read more...]

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