July 29, 2016

Chestnut Farms, PT Farm, Miles Smith, Robie Farm Beef Recall for E.coli

A New Hampshire E. coli outbreak has triggered a recall of beef products sold under the brand names: Chestnut Farms, PT Farm, Miles Smith and Robie Farm. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as E. coli can cause serious illness and death. Those most at risk for E. coli infections are children, seniors, people with compromised immune systems and pregnant women.The outbreak includes 14 people who consumed the contaminated meat at various locations. The recall, by PT Farm, of North Haverhill, N.H., includes 8,800 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled products include ground beef, ground beef patties and other sub-primal cuts sold in various weights and various sizes and packed in cardboard boxes produced between … [Read more...]

13 Now Sick in New Hampshire E. coli Outbreak

Updated July 27: A recall has been issued for beef products from PT Farm of North Haverhill, N.H. A New Hampshire E. coli outbreak linked to ground beef now includes 13 people, according to state health officials who are still working to determine the source of the ground beef. Those who became ill consumed the meat at various locations. "It is important for people to avoid eating under-cooked ground beef whether at home or at a restaurant. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to severe illness with this infection,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. State health officials are working the the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tracj teh source of the outbreak. Symptoms of an E. coli infection, … [Read more...]

CDC Food Safety Tips at Fairs and Festivals

Foodborne illness increases during summer months and outbreaks are often linked to fairs and festivals. To help everyone safely enjoy their time at the fair, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled some food safety tips. One of the biggest things to keep in mind, according to the agency, is that food safety issues are the same no matter where food is being prepared and served. People preparing food prepared outdoors, or in a truck need to use the same safety controls they would in a kitchen- such as storing food at the proper temperatures, avoiding cross-contamination, monitoring temperatures and keeping, hands, utensils and work surfaces clean. Before buying food from a festival vendor, the CDC advises, ask yourself the following questions:  Does the … [Read more...]

USDA: Meat, Poultry Food Poisoning Dropped 12 Percent in 6 Years

The most significant changes to the food safety system since the 1950s, enacted during the Obama administration, led to a 12 percent drop in the rate of food poisoning from meat, poultry and processed egg products,  according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administartion (USDA). From 2009 to 2015, better testing methods, an emphasis on mislabeling, and improved scientific processes have helped the agency to more quickly identify food that is contaminated with pathogens or is mislabeled, the agency said. "The United States has the strongest food safety system in the world, and over the past seven years it has grown even stronger. We're better now at keeping unsafe food out of commerce, whether it's made unsafe because of dangerous bacteria, or because of an allergen, like peanuts or wheat," … [Read more...]

Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix Recalled for Possible E. coli O121

Continental Mills is recalling Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix, which contains flour recalled by General Mills for possible E. coli O121 contamination. This is the second secondary recall of products using this flour. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recall of this product, although there is a nationwide outbreak of E. coli O121 illnesses linked to General Mills flour. The recalled products include Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix in a 28 ounce carton. The best by dates for that product are between 3/30/2018 and 6/16/2018. The UPC number for the product is 041449001289. The other recalled product is Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix in a 3.5 pound bag. The best by date code on that product is either 4/27/2018 or 4/28/2018. The UPC number is 041449001487. The … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Filed in E. coli Outbreak at Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill

A lawsuit has been filed in connection with the E. coli outbreak linked to Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill in Chicago. Attorneys from the national food safety law firm PritzkerOlsen, who have been contacted by five of the 50 who became ill after eating at the restaurant, filed suit on behalf Maria Terese Loparco, a resident of Cook County. The suit was filed today, July 8,  in Cook County Circuit Court (Case No. 2016-L- 006752). On June 25, Loparco ate two chicken tacos and two steak tacos from Carbon, according to the suit. By June 28, she began experiencing chills, stomach cramping, and other flu-like symptoms. By June 30, the gastrointestinal symptoms had worsened to include bloody diarrhea. By the end of the day on June 30, the "diarrhea was pure blood," according to the complaint. … [Read more...]

Carbon E. coli Outbreak: 50 Sick, 14 Hospitalized

The E. coli outbreak linked to Carbon Live Fire Mexican grill has expanded to include 50 people hospitalizing 14 of them, according to a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Public Health. The restaurant, located at 300 W. 26th Street in the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, has been closed until the investigation is complete. The food source of the outbreak has not yer been identified. Health officials urge anyone who ate restaurant and develops symptoms of an E. coli infection which include abdominal cramping and diarrhea that can be bloody, to seek medical attention and mention exposure to shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC).  E. coli infections should not be treated with antibiotics or anti-diarrheal medications as they can worsen symptoms or cause life-threatening … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: July 3, 2016

This week's food recalls include an expansion of the recall issued for General Mills flours associated with an E. coli outbreak, more products recalled for sunflower seeds linked to a Listeria outbreak, recalls for others pathogens and undeclared allergens. Consumers should check recall information carefully. Food Recalls in the U.S. Pathogens General Mills of Minneapolis, MN has expanded a recall of flour associated with a multistate E. coli outbreak that now includes 42 cases in 21 states. The expansion of the recall was triggered after a newly-reported illness was associated with  raw dough or batter linked to flour produced last fall. Health officials from the FDA and the CDC warn consumers not to eat raw products containing flour as pathogens such as E. coli O121 are only … [Read more...]

E. coli at Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill Sickens 25 in Chicago Area

An E. coli outbreak at Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill has sickened at least 25 people in the Chicago area, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. At least five people who ate at the restaurant, located at 300 W. 26th Street in the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, have been hospitalized. Health officials urge anyone who ate restaurant and develops symptoms of an E.coli infection which include abdominal cramping and diarrhea that can be bloody, to seek medical attention and mention exposure to shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC).  E. coli infections should not be treated with antibiotics or anti-diarrheal medicines as they can worsen symptoms or cause life-threatening complications such as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which causes kidney failure, seizure, … [Read more...]

General Mills Flour E. coli Outbreak Expands: 42 Sick in 21 States

The E. coli outbreak linked to General Mills flour has expanded to include 42 people in 21 states, an increase of four cases and one state, Indiana, since the last update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency reported today.  Also today, the Minneapolis-based company expanded the recall of Gold Medal Flour, Signature Kitchens Flour, and Gold Medal Wondra Flour to include additional lots. The recall expansion was triggered after a newly-reported illness was associated with raw dough or batter linked to flour produced last fall. Health officials have isolated the outbreak strain of shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC O121) was isolated from samples of General Mills flour collected from the homes of people who were sickened in Arizona, Colorado, and … [Read more...]

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