November 28, 2014

Bean Sprout Salmonella Outbreak Hits Massachusetts Hard

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A 10-state bean sprout Salmonella outbreak has sickened 68 people, many of them in Massachusetts. In a outbreak update released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the case count by state was as follows: Connecticut (4), Maine (3), Massachusetts (31), Montana (1), New Hampshire (4), New York (5), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (10), Rhode Island (6), and Vermont (3). Health officials say the Montana case contracted the infection while traveling to the East Coast. During patient interviews, case patients, who range in age from less than one year to 83 years old, reported onset of illness dates ranging from September 30, 2014 to November 10, 2014. Fifty-six percent of those sickened are female. There have been 11 hospitalizations. Health officials have linked the … [Read more...]

Sprout Salmonella Outbreak Includes 3 in Maine

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Three people in Maine are part of a 10-state Salmonella outbreak. The outbreak has been linked to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc. of Brooklyn has sickened 63 people in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Eleven people have been hospitalized. A recall has not been issued for the sprouts which were distributed to Asian restaurants and other establishments in nine states on the East Coast (all of the above except Montana. The single case patient there is believed to have contracted the infection while visiting the East Coast.) Wonton Foods stopped production and shipment of the sprouts on November 21, and made its last shipment it made was November 18. Consumers who have purchased these … [Read more...]

FDA’s Consumer Advice on Bean Sprout Salmonella Outbreak

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is offering advice to consumers as a 10-state Salmonella outbreak unfolds on the East Coast. At least 63 people in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont have been diagnosed with Salmonella infections. Eleven people have been hospitalized. The outbreak has been traced to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc of Brooklyn. They were distributed to Asian restaurants and other establishments in nine states on the East Coast (all of the above except Montana. The single case patient there is believed to have contracted the infection while visiting the East Coast.) Wonton Foods has not recalled the sprouts but claims to have contacted companies that took delivery. The … [Read more...]

No Recall for Bean Sprouts that Sicken 63 with Salmonella

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Although Salmonella in bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods has sickened 63 people in 10 states, a recall for the tainted product has not been issued. The company told federal officials that its last shipment of the product was November 18 and that it had contacted Asian restaurants and other establishments on the East Coast that received the product. But it did not issues a recall. Nor has it made public a list of  companies that served or sold the sprouts. Headscratching as that may seem, a similar situation happened with both of the other outbreaks linked to sprouts this year. Last month,  an outbreak from sprouts tainted with Listeria killed two people. Still, the producer Wholesome Soy Inc. of Chicago did not issue a recall. In fact, it kept making and distributing sprouts. And in … [Read more...]

In New Hampshire, Salmonella from Bean Sprouts Sickens 4

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Four people in New Hampshire with Salmonella poisoning are part of a 10-state outbreak linked to contaminated bean sprouts.  All four people said they ate the sprouts at restaurants. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that most of the 63 people who are part of the outbreak so far ate sprouts at Asian restaurants before becoming ill, the names of those establishments have not been disclosed. Health authorities say they have notified restaurants that received shipments of sprouts from Wonton Foods Inc. in Brooklyn not to use them. Traceback investigations have implicated Wonton Foods as the producer of the tainted sprouts, but the company has not yet issued a recall. The 10 states included in the outbreak are: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Sickens Dozens in Third Bean Sprout Outbreak of 2014

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For the third time this year, bean sprouts have been linked to a multistate food poisoning outbreak. In May, it was E.coli on clover sprouts. In October,  it was Listeria on mung bean sprouts.  Now it's Salmonella on nonspecified bean sprouts. The outbreak has sickened at least 63 people in the following 10 states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Montana case likely contracted the infection on a visit to the East Coast. Onset of illness dates range from September 30, 2014 to November 8, 2014. Health officials were able to interview 42 of those sickened, most of them remembered eating bean sprouts at "Asian-style food service establishents" before they became ill, according to the Centers for … [Read more...]

Avocados Recalled for Salmonella

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According to an FDA enforcement report, avocados packed by Unity Groves are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. This is an "ongoing" recall, dated the week of November 19, 2014. There isn't much information about the recalled avocados, other than they are packed in a brown cardboard box with green print. There are no known lot codes. The recall is for 80 cases with 32 whole avocados in each case. The recall initiation date is 10-30-2014 and the avocados were distributed in Texas. The label on the cardboard box reads "Unity Groves Pride of the Redlands Florida Avocados 25399 SW 157 Ave Homestead, FL 33031." Latin Specialties got the avocados on October 10, 2014 If you purchased avocados in Texas in the last month, ask your grocer if they received this recalled … [Read more...]

CDC Probes for Source of Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the Massachusetts Department of Health to determine the source of a multistate cluster of Salmonella illnesses, according to MyFoxBoston.com. Health officials say they will provide more information once a food source is identified. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, which include fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, usually develop between six and 72 hours of exposure and last about a week. But, in some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required.  For these patients, the risk of developing a more serious, sometimes fatal, infection that spreads from the intestines to the blood stream is elevated. Each year,  1.2 million Americans are sickened by Salmonella, and 400 people die. Children under … [Read more...]

Lundberg Brown Rice Flour Recalled for Salmonella

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Lundberg Family Farms announced that is is voluntarily recalling some bags of Brown Rice Flour because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No serious illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled products are Eco-Farmed Brown Rice Flour with UPC number 0 73416 00550 1 and Organic Brown Rice Flour with UPC number 073416 00500 6. The flour was distributed in retail store bulk bins, and sold in 25 pound bulk bags, between November 4 and November 12, 2014 in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Nevada, and through mail order. The recalled 25 pound bags have these lot numbers: 141027, 141028, 141029, and 141030 on the bottom seam. If you purchased these products, discard them in a sealed container so animals … [Read more...]

Raw Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Possible Salmonella

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Marathon Ventures is recalling raw macadamia nuts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The FDA discovered the problem through routine testing. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The raw nuts were sold under the Shurfine, Western Family, HyVee, Market Pantry, Pear's Gourmet, Cash-Wa Distributing, Pegler Sysco, and Mayan Gold brand names. They were sold after March 11, 2014 through grocery, food service, and other retail outlets nationwide. THe recalled products include Macadamia Diced Nuts, Macadamia Nuts, Chopped Macadamia Nuts, and Macadamia Nuts Raw. You can see more information about the recalled products including the UPC numbers, package sizes, and product codes at the FDA web site. If you purchased … [Read more...]

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