September 29, 2016

Raw Milk: A Risky Food

It never ceases to amaze me why people drink raw milk. Raw milk, as all should know, is unpasteurized. Pasteurization is the process by which milk, juices and other products are heated in order to kill off dangerous pathogens. Without pasteurization, bacteria that harm or even kill people remain in the milk. Pasteurization, a simple procedure that’s been used for about 150 years, is absolutely effective. Pasteurization does not affect the taste of milk. It does not reduce or degrade milk’s beneficial and nutritional qualities. Any claims that it does have been debunked by scientists and physicians. The only people who claim raw milk is good for you are people who ignore science. The only people who claim pasteurization makes milk less nutritious ignore science. This is … [Read more...]

Bikaji Chowpati Bhelpuri Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Krishna Food Corporation of New Jersey is recalling 16 cartons of Bikaji Chowpati Bhelpuri for possible Salmonella contamination. This product is an Indian street food made of puffed rice, vegetables, and a tamarind sauce. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Bikaji Chowpati Bhelpuri, net weight 300 grams or 10.58 ounces. The batch number is 2016 F97, and the Best Before date is June 2017. It is packaged within a pouch pack. The product was distributed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania at the retail level. Tests conducted by the FDA show the product is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, according to the FDA notice. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away or take it back to … [Read more...]

Censea Frozen Shrimp Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Censea Inc. is recalling its Shell On Black Tiger Frozen Shrimp imported from Vietnam because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. Testing by the Arizona Department of Health Services indicated the presence of Salmonella bacteria. The shrimp are sold raw and must be cooked before eating. The recalled product is 8/12 Headless Shell On Black Tiger Frozen Shrimp. The brand is A-PAC and the case pack is 6 x 4 block frozen (24 pound Master Carton), not labeled for retail sale. The date code is 36009V. The product was distributed to wholesale, retail, and restaurant locations in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, and Texas. If you … [Read more...]

Recall of Oysters and Quahogs for Possible Salmonella in Canada Updated

The recall of Atlantic Shellfish Products brand oysters and quahogs for possible Salmonella contamination in Canada has been updated with more information. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. They were sold in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec, and may have been sold nationally. The recalled products all have the brand name Atlantic Shellfish Products, and there is no UPC number. They include Malpeque Standard Oysters in 25 count packages, with codes Process Date: 30-Aug-16, Shipping Date: 30-Aug-16, Lot #: 243/2/158, and Harvest Location: PE4C. Also recalled is Lg. Standard (Oysters) in 40 count packages, with codes Process Date: 01-Sep-16, Shipping Date: 01-Sep-16, Lot #: 243/2/158, and Harvest Location: PE4. South … [Read more...]

Candy Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Bulk Barrel in Cherryhill Village Mall in Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are recalling No Sugar Added Almond Butter Crunch for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is No Sugar Added Almond Butter Crunch with no brand name. The sizes are variable, and there is no code or UPC number on the product. It was sold in bulk from Bulk Barrel, 301 Oxford Street West, Unit 76C, London, Ontario, from September 2 to September 7, 2016. This recall was triggered by a recall in another country. If you purchased this candy, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package in a secure garbage receptacle so other people and animals can't eat it, or take it back … [Read more...]

Oysters Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella

Atlantic Shellfish Products and the CFIA are recalling oysters from the marketplace in Canada for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The products were sold in Quebec and may have been sold nationally. The brand name for all of the recalled products is Atlantic Shellfish Products Inc. None of the products have UPC numbers. The recalled products include Malpeque Choice Oysters in 140 count packages, with Process Date: 30-Aug-16, Shipping date: 30-Aug-16, LOT #: 243/1/201, and Harvest Location: PE4C. Also recalled is Malpeque Choice Oysters in 100 count packages, with Process Date: 30-Aug-16, Shipping date: 30-Aug-16, LOT #: 243/1/201, and Harvest Location: PE4C. Malpeque Choice Oysters in 80 count … [Read more...]

Drug Resistance in One Salmonella Strain Grows; Others Remain Low

Findings from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) has found that overall drug resistance in Salmonella bacteria is low, except for one serotype. NARMS is a partnership between the CDC, the FDA, the USDA, and state and local health departments, that tracks antibiotic resistance in bacteria that cause human disease and are transmitted commonly through food. The report states that overall, antibiotic resistance in Salmonella bacteria is low, but multidrug resistance in one serotype is increasing. Multidrug resistance in Salmonella is 9.3%, a bit higher than the 2009-2013 average of 9%, but down from 11% in the 2004-2008 report. Resistance to one of the drugs used to treat severe Salmonella infections, ceftriaxone, dropped from 3% to 2%. But multidrug … [Read more...]

Asher’s Chocolate Recalls Candy for Possible Salmonella

Asher's Chocolates/Lewiston, Inc., an affiliated partner of Chester A. Asher Inc., is recalling many different types of chocolate candies for possible Salmonella contamination. The products were made in the company's Lewiston, Pennsylvania facility. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. In addition, no products manufactured by C.A. Asher Inc./Asher's Chocolate of Souderton, Pennsylvania are involved in this recall. The candies were distributed nationwide in retail stores. A single sample from routine testing found the bacteria in a group of products. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with UPC numbers, lot numbers, and package sizes, at the FDA web site. They include Milk Chocolate Pretzel Pieces, Keystone … [Read more...]

Yu Yee Black Pepper Recalled for Salmonella

Summit Import Corp. of Jersey City, NJ, is recalling Yu Yee brand Black Pepper Powder for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it as Salmonella can cause serious sometimes fatal infections. The recall pepper was packed in clear plastic 19.4oz bottles with the lot No. WH76 and distributed to some Asian retail stores on the East Coast. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody.  Those most at risk are children, seniors, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions or compromised immune systems. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported.   … [Read more...]

Diamond Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Snyder's-Lance is recalling Diamond of California Macadamia Nuts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. An FDA-contracted laboratory found the bacteria in a 4 ounce package of chopped macadamia nuts. The voluntary recall is limited to multiple production codes of two products. The production code is on the front of the package. The recalled products include Diamond of California Chopped Macadamia Nuts in a 4 ounce package. The UPC number is 010300345848 and the Lot Number/Best Before Date combinations are 16137D331S/16 NOV 2017, 16138D331S/17 NOV 2017, and 16158D331S/06 DEC 2017. Also recalled is Diamond of California Macadamia Halves & Pieces in 2.25 ounce packages. The … [Read more...]

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