November 1, 2014

Fresh Cilantro Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination


Shenandoah Growers of Virginia is recalling one lot of fresh cilantro for possible Salmonella contamination. The company is recalling 465 plastic clamshell containers of the herb that were shipped to distributors in Maryland and Alabama on October 8 and 9, 2014. The recalled product is Shenandoah Growers brand conventional fresh-cut cilantro, sold in 0.75-ounce plastic clamshells. Also recalled is Giant brand conventional fresh-cut cilantro in 2.5-ounce plastic clamshells. They have the lot code "15 273283" on the package front. Because the cilantro is very perishable, the recalled herb is probably not available in stores any more, but consumers may have it in their refrigerators. No illnesses have been reported to date. Testing by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer … [Read more...]

Chicken Kiev Salmonella Outbreak Raised Red Flag in MN


When six people in Minnesota developed Salmonella poisoning after eating Antioch Farms frozen raw chicken Kiev, health officials suspected it wasn't a clear-cut case of user error.  Labeling changes for frozen products containing raw meat or poultry enacted in 2008 had completely eliminated outbreaks associated with such products. Then this one came along. Dr. Carlota Medus, epidemiologist for the Foodborne Diseases Unit at Minnesota Department of Health, told Food Poisoning Bulletin that that raised a red flag. Something must have changed with the chicken. As per the 2008 label rule, the packages of chicken Kiev were clearly marked as raw and did not have microwave instructions. During interviews, some patients said they carefully followed cooking instructions.  This could mean that … [Read more...]

Raw Cashew Pieces Recalled for Possible Salmonella


Chetak of New Jersey is recalling 11,320 packages of "Deep Raw Cashew Pieces" because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The recalled product is "Deep Raw Cashew Pieces" sold in three sizes. They were distributed nationwide in retail stores from March 12, 2014 to October 21, 2014. The 7 ounce package UPC number is 011433133104; the 14 ounce package UPC number is 011433133111 and the 28 ounce package UPC number is 011433133128. The packages are clear plastic and the UPC number is on the back. Routine testing by the FDA uncovered this problem. If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Discard in a closed container or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Z Natural Foods Organic Carob Powder Recalled for Salmonella


Z Natural Foods of West Palm Beach, Fla. is recalling 55 lbs of Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder  for potential Salmonella contamination. No illnesses had been reported at the time of the recall but consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as it could cause serious, sometimes fatal infections. Young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems are most at risk for food poisoning. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include fever, diarrhea that is sometimes bloody and abdominal cramps. In some cases, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis. The recalled product, Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder, was available  only through web … [Read more...]

Chicken Kiev Linked To MN Salmonella Outbreak Sold at Cub Foods

Salmonella Outbreak Chicken Kiev

Frozen chicken Kiev linked to a Salmonella outbreak that sickened six people in Minnesota was sold at Cub Foods and possibly other stores. Consumers who have purchased Antioch Farms Chicken a al Kiev should not eat it as they could become seriously ill. Salmonella is a bacteria frequently found in the intestines of animals and is shed in their feces. When food contaminated with those feces is eaten, an infection called salmonellosis can develop. Symptoms, including fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, usually develop between six and 72 hours of exposure and last about a week. In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required. These patients are at risk for developing a more serious, sometimes fatal, infection that spreads from the intestines to the blood … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreaks When Raw is Mistaken for Cooked

Salmonella Outbreak Chicken Kiev

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Antioch Farms frozen chicken Kiev that has sickened at least six people in Minnesota likely arose from mistaken identity. Some brands of frozen chicken kiev are fully cooked and just need to be heated. The frozen entrees associated with this outbreak were pre-browned but raw, as stated on the label. This isn’t the first time such confusion has led to an outbreak. “The problem arises when consumers don’t realize that they are handling and preparing a raw product,” said  Dr. Carrie Rigdon, an investigator for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture  Dairy and Food Inspection Division. Between 1998 and 2008, six Salmonella outbreaks were linked to similar products, according to Minnesota health officials. And, in 2011, 190 people in six states were … [Read more...]

Giant Food Recalls Several Hot Peppers for Possible Salmonella


Bailey Farms recalled Serrano Peppers yesterday after discovering they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Today, Giant Food has expanded that recall to include more types of peppers. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled peppers are Serrano, Anaheim, Red Cherry Hot and Finger Hot Peppers. The PLU number is 4691. They were sold at Giant Food Stores on or after October 9, 2014. If you purchased any of these peppers from Giant Food stores, do not eat them. Discard them in a closed or double-bagged container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. You can throw away the peppers and bring the receipt to Giant stores. You can't see, smell, or taste Salmonella bacteria and it does not make food look, smell, or taste spoiled. The symptoms of a … [Read more...]

Salmonella, Campylobacter Cases Rise in Australia as Overall Food Poisoning Rates Decline

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Salmonella and Campylobacter poisoning cases are on the rise in Australia, even as the overall rate of food poisoning there declines, according to a new study. Campylobacter and Salmonella are commonly associated with poultry and dairy products. Food poisoning is common in Australia, where one in five people suffer a bout each year, similar to the U.S. where one in six people are stricken annually. For this study, researchers included 23 pathogens in their analysis of a decade of data from 2000 to 2010. For most of the illnesses, about 80 percent of them, the specific pathogen was unknown. For illnesses where the pathogen was known, 93 percent were attributed to just four pathogens: E.coli, Camplobacter, Salmonella and norovirus. Overall the number of cases of food poising dropped … [Read more...]

Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers Recalled for Possible Salmonella


Bailey Farms of North Carolina is recalling 6,215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled peppers were distributed to Meijer, Inc. Customers may have purchased the peppers from October 14 to October 19, 2014 at Meijer stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The product was also distributed to Publix Super Markets Inc., Merchants Distributors, Inc., Walmart, Food Lion, Flavor 1st Growers and Packers, US Foods, Military Produce Group, LLC., C&S Wholesalers, John Vena, Inc. and Harris Teeter. Consumers may have purchased the peppers between October 2 and October 21, 2014. Check with the stores listed to verify if the product you purchased is subject to … [Read more...]

GAO Report: USDA Efforts to Protect Consumers from Salmonella, Campylobacter in Poultry Lacking


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service isn't doing enough to protect Americans from poultry contaminated with the pathogens Salmonella and Campylobacter, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  More than 2 million Americans are sickened by Salmonella and Campylobacter every year and poultry contaminated with those pathogens causes more deaths than any other commodity. The report,  requested by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in March, outlines four flaws in the USDA's efforts to reduce pathogen contamination of poultry and makes four recommendations to address them. For example,  the USDA  guidelines to control Salmonella and Campylobacter on poultry farms, … [Read more...]

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