April 29, 2016

Matlaw’s Raw Shrimp Recalled for Salmonella

The FDA's Weekly Enforcement Report for the week of April 20, 2016 contains a recall for 1604 cases, or 32,080 pounds of Matlaw's Raw EZ Peel Deveined Shell on Shrimp for possible Salmonella contamination. This product was sold in 2 pound plastic bags and the shrimp is 8 to 12 count per pound (large shrimp). The recalled product has the lot number and best by date of: 20860R 20001Q Best By 02 23 17. In addition, the production codes and best by dates of: Production Code 26021023515; Best By 02 26 17 Production Code 26021023815; Best By 02 25 17 Production Code 26021023715; Best By 02 27 17 Product.ion Code 26021023915; Best By 02 28 17 Production Code 26021024015; and Best By 02 24 17 production Code 26021023615 are recalled. The shrimp was sold in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, New … [Read more...]

More People Get Sick From Contaminated Pet Food Than Pets

The FDA sent a warning letter to Answers Pet Food on March 17, 2016, warning them that their product was contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Detailed Answers Chicken, 8 ounce raw chicken patties, were contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, and Detailed Answers Chicken Formula, 2 pounder, was contaminated with Salmonella Kentucky. In that letter, FDA states that their concerns with Salmonella-contaminated pet foods include health of pets and health of people. The letter states, "it is more common to have human illnesses linked to contaminated pet food or treats than it is to have an animal illness. The association between human outbreaks of salmonellosis and Salmonella-contaminated pet foods is well established by the CDC." Salmonella in pet products can sick people in … [Read more...]

CVS Recalls Gold Eblem Abound Tea for Salmonella

CVS Pharmacy has recalled select cases of Gold Emblem AboundOrganic Spiced Herbal Tea because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The recalled product is labeled “Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea 1.41 oz” and was packed in 1.4 oz cartons. The recalled product has a best by date of 18 Mar 2018 with a UPC code 0 50428 541043. No other best by dates are affected. The product was available at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide. Symptoms of Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In some cases, the infection can travel from the intestinal tract to the bloodstream producing more severe illnesses . … [Read more...]

Dutch Farmstead Cheese Recalled for Salmonella

According to the FDA's Weekly Enforcement Report for the week of April 13, 2016, Dutch Farmstead Gouda cheese has been recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. This product was sold in Texas, and distributed by Dutch Cheesemaking of Farwell, Texas. The recall began on March 8, 2016. The recalled product is Dutch Farmstead Cheese Smoked Plain Gouda with code information "Sell by August 6, 2016." The product tested positive for Salmonella bacteria. If you purchased this cheese, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package so other people and animals can't eat it, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling this cheese. … [Read more...]

Often Linked to Salmonella Illnesses, Turtles Are Not Good Pets

Turtles are frequently linked to Salmonella illnesses and should not be purchased as pets, health officials warn. Two Salmonella outbreaks linked to tiny pet turtles have sickened at least 51 people in 16 states, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Small turtles have long been associated with Salmonella infections, especially in children. For this reason, the sale of turtles with shells of less than four inches in length has been banned since 1974. Many of the case patients in these outbreaks reported buying the small turtles from street vendors. Unfortunately, children are disproportionately affected by Salmonella outbreaks linked to turtles. About half of the illnesses in these outbreaks affected children 5 and under. Epidemiologic … [Read more...]

CDC Lab Worker Acquired Salmonella Infection at Work

A laboratory worker at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acquired a Salmonella infection at work. Scientists and researchers at BSL-2 laboratories, where this incident occurred, work with "common and treatable causes of illness." Preliminary tests indicate that the worker was infected with a strain of Salmonella which matched the strain being worked on at the lab. [Editor's humorous side note: I am not saying that this is how this infection occurred, but this incident reminds me of television shows that show characters eating and drinking in laboratories. One of the first things my microbiology professor at college told us is that you never drink or eat in a lab. Ever.] The workers is now recovered and back at work at the CDC. No other staff were exposed, based on … [Read more...]

Imported Foods Most Often Rejected: Seafood, Veggies, and Fruit

The USDA has released a report detailing the foods the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) most often rejects at our nation's ports for problems. They are seafood/fish products, vegetables/vegetable products, and fruit/fruit products. The countries that have the most shipments refused are Mexico, India, and China. Data for this report was analyzed over the years 2005 to 2013 and was compared to data from the years 1998 to 2004. In addition, refusals of spices, flavors, and salts doubled between 1998 to 2004 and 2005 to 2013. The FDA only inspects about 1% of the 60,000,000 tons of food imported into this country every year. Inspectors target certain facilities and firms and certain types of products that have a higher risk for pathogenic bacterial contamination or other type of … [Read more...]

Smallbatch Pets Recalls Dog Food for Salmonella and Listeria

Smallbatch Pets is recalling some of their dog food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. They are recalling one lot, or eighty cases, of frozen dog duckbatch sliders. The recalled product is sold frozen in 3 pound bags. The product has lot number CO27, best by date of 01/27/17, and UPC number 713757339001. The "Best By" date is located on the back of the package below the seal. The products were sold in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington state through pet food retailers and distributors between 2/23/16 and 3/10/16. FDA testing of the product collected at a distributor revealed the presence of the pathogenic bacteria. If you purchased this product, do not feed it to your pet. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package so … [Read more...]

Garden of Life Salmonella Outbreak Spreads to 20 States, 27 Now Sick

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Garden of Eden raw meal replacement and shake mixes has expanded to include 27 people in 20 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the last update on February 15, the outbreak has spread to five more states and sickened nine more people. On February 1, 2016, the Utah Public Health Laboratory confirmed the presence of Salmonella in an open container of Garden of Life RAW Meal organic shake product collected from a case patient. Further testing by Utah and Oklahoma health officials confirmed that Salmonella isolates collected by the states matched the outbreak strain A recall of certain lots of the product was issued on January 29, 2016  and expanded on February 12, 2016.  The recall includes chocolate, … [Read more...]

Ashland Food Recalls Organic Raw Macadamia Nuts for Salmonella

Ashland Food Co-op in Ashland, Oregon is recalling Organic Raw Macadamia nuts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product. The Co-op was notified by their supplier of the bulk Organic Raw Macadamia nut recall. The Co-op sold the Organic Raw Macadamia nuts in random weight bags between January 5, 2016 and February 4, 2016. The nuts have a one month shelf life if refrigerated. They were packaged in clear cellophane bags of different weights with an AFC bulk label. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Some consumers may have the nuts in their freezer. Throw the nuts away, even if you plan to use them in cooked recipes, in a sealed or double bagged container. Or you can return them to the … [Read more...]

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