February 23, 2018

Fareway Chicken Salad, Made by Triple T Specialty Meats, Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Triple T Specialty Meats of Ackley, Iowa, is recalling about 20,630 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Typhimurium. A Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to this product, sold to consumers as Fareway chicken salad, has sickened more than 100 people in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The Iowa Department of Public Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, and Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory determined that there is a link between the chicken salad from Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc. and this outbreak. So far, 37 confirmed case-patients have been identified in Iowa. The chicken salad was purchased from January 4, 2018 to February 9, 2018, in various weight containers from the deli sections in Fareway grocery … [Read more...]

FDA Publishes Risk Profile of Pathogens and Filth in Spices

Did you know that spices can contain pathogenic bacteria and filth? The FDA has published the 2017 Risk Profile of Pathogens and Filth in Spices to "describe the nature and extend of the pubic health risk posed by consumption of spices in the U.S." The report identifies the most commonly occurring microbial hazards in spices, and evaluates the current mitigation and control options. There have been recalls of these types of products for possible bacterial contamination in the past few years. In October 2017, for example, Spicely Organics recalled tarragon for possible Salmonella contamination. And in 2014, some Costco pepper was recalled, also for Salmonella. The draft risk profile did identify Salmonella as the pathogen most commonly associated with human illness that was … [Read more...]

Recall of Smokehouse Pet Product Dog Treats for Possible Salmonella Expands to Include Beefy Munchies

Smokehouse Pet Products is recalling all sizes and all package types of pet treats labeled "Beefy Munchies" because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. That company recalled a limited amount of that product on February 9, 2018 and that recall has been expanded. The product was distributed nationwide through distributors selling to different retailers. The product comes in individual bags, resealable bags, and plastic tubs. The plastic tub is labeled "Beefy Bites." All sizes and types of packaging will include a UPC number, lot number, and a best if used by date stamped on the back. No illnesses, pet or human, have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The Colorado Department of Agriculture found the pathogenic bacteria in two 4-ounce packages of "Beefy … [Read more...]

FDA Investigates Pattern of Contamination in Darwin’s Natural and ZooLogics Raw Pet Foods Made by Arrow Reliance

The FDA is investigating a pattern of contamination in some raw pet foods made by Arrow Reliance. This includes Darwin's Natural Pet Products and ZooLogics Pet Food. Four recalls of those products have been issued from October 17, 2016 to February 10, 2018. You can see the list of these recalls at the FDA web site. Positive findings of Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes bacteria triggered all of the recalls. In the most recent recall, Arrow Reliance/Darwin's Natural recalled ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41957) and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41567) because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The products are one sold only through direct-to-consumer sales. The FDA has investigated six complaints of … [Read more...]

Redbarn Pet Products Recalls Bully Sticks for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Redbarn Pet Products of California is voluntarily recalling Bully Sticks because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue to date. The recalled products is Redbarn's 7-inch Bully Stick in three pack. The product was sold in pet specialty retail stores. The recalled item is in a 2.4 ounce, green plastic bag marked with an expiration date of 112120ABC stamped on the side. The product UPC number is #7 85184 25105 8. The Colorado Department of Agriculture found that a single sample collected from a retail location tested positive for the pathogenic bacteria. The lot code was tested at the company's lab and by a third-party testing facility. Those tests were negative. Nevertheless, the company is recalling the product … [Read more...]

Two Pet Food Products Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Two pet food products have been recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. One of the recalled products has no illnesses linked to it; the other has had two reported illnesses. The first recall is for Smokehouse Pet Products, recalling limited lots of "Beefy Munchies." The product is sold in 4 ounce bags with UPC number 78565857957 and lot number 449294 and with a best used by date of 10/25/19 stamped on the back. They were sold in Washington, Michigan, North Carolina and Colorado through distributors selling to various retailers. Routine sampling by the Colorado Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of the pathogenic bacteria in two packages of the product. No illnesses have been reported to date with this recall. The second recall is for Raws for Paws Ground Turkey … [Read more...]

Food & Water Watch Finds Privatized Inspection System Produces More Contaminated Chicken

Food & Watch Watch has analyzed the USDA's regulatory sampling for Salmonella bacteria in the country's poultry slaughter plants, and has found that more contaminated chicken is being produced. Thirty percent of plants operating under the new privatized system have failed the performance standard for that pathogenic bacteria. The New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) removes USDA inspectors from slaughter lines. Company employees are now responsible for inspections, under this system. Just one USDA inspector is on each line, and that person must inspect three birds per second. The final rule, proposed in 2012, was published in 2014. USDA argued that this inspection system would reduce the incidence of Salmonella contamination. Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & … [Read more...]

Bhugga, Candy Made with Sesame Seeds, is Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella

The recall of sesame seeds in Canada for possible Salmonella contamination has been updated to include a secondary product. Bhugga, which is a type of dessert, is being recalled in Ontario. This product is made with sesame seeds. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The previous recalls were for some IHF brand sesame seeds, HelloFresh brand sesame seeds, and sesame seeds sold at ARZ Fine Foods and Bulk Food Stop. The product was sold at three Rajthani Sweets & Restaurants facilities in Ontario. The first is at 2260 Bovaird Dr. E #106, in Brampton, Ontario; the second is at 811 Bovaird Dr. W #106, in Brampton, Ontario, and the third is at 2658 Islington Ave., in Etobicoke, Ontario.  The recalled product does not have a brand name. The common … [Read more...]

Coconut Tree Shredded Coconut Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella

Three recall notices have been posted on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website about recalls of Coconut Tree shredded coconut for possible Salmonella contamination. This product is linked to a Salmonella outbreak in the United States. No illnesses have been reported to date in Canada in association with this product. The first recall notice was posted January 24, 2017; the recalling companies are Hen Long Market Oriental Food Co. Ltd., Thai United Food Trading Ltd., and Three Dolphins Wholesale.  All packages sold up to and including that date are recalled. Green Field Frozen Shredded Young Coconut in 227 gram packages with UPC number 7 12190 99714 4 is recalled. Captain's Choice Shredded Coconut in 454 gram packages, with UPC number 8 934791 920105 is recalled. Captain's Choice … [Read more...]

Recall of Sesame Seeds in Canada for Possible Salmonella Updated

The recall of sesame seeds in Canada for possible Salmonella contamination has been updated to include more products. Now, HelloFRESH brand and IHF brand seeds are also recalled. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. Iqbal Halal Foods is recalling IHF brand sesame seeds. The recalled products include Sesame seeds, white, in 200 gram packages. The code on the product is 2-1217, and the UPC number is 4 72253 10069 0. Also recalled is Sesame seeds, white, in 400 gram packages. The code on that product is 4-1217, and the UPC number is 4 72253 10069 1. They were sold at Iqbal Hala Foods in Toronto, Ontario. The HelloFRESH brand sesame seeds were included in the HelloFERSH brand Toasted Brown Rice Bowl meal kit that was delivered to customers on January 9 … [Read more...]

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