July 29, 2014

Paprika Sold at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Recalled for Salmonella


The TJX Companies Inc.of Framingham, Mass. is recalling “ecoato” Sweet Paprika Powder products for potential Salmonella contamination. The products were sold at Sold at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores in 17 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico.No illnesses have been reported but consumers should not use the recalled product as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The problem was discovered during testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company has alerted retailers to remove the product from store shelves and has temporarily suspended operations. The recalled product was sold in 160 gram, light green tin packages that were marked as lot #8147, with an expiration date of October 2015. The company estimates that roughly 150 units were sold between June … [Read more...]

CaCoCo Recalls Drinking Chocolate for Salmonella


CaCoCo of Grass Valley, Calif. is recalling its “Original” and “Global Warrior” drinking chocolate mixes for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall and none of the company's other products are affected. The recalled products were packaged in  8.14 oz. and 2 lbs. bags and sold to California distributors, retail outlets, and farmers markets. They have the following UPC numbers and expiration dates: OG99 091131352113 10/19/2014, OG100 091131352113 11/28/2014, OG101 091131352113 06/18/2015, GW99 091131352076 10/19/2014, GW100 091131352076 11/28/2014 and GW101 091131352076 06/18/2015. CaCoCo issued the recall after being notified by its supplier of Organic Carob Powder that there was a risk of Salmonella contamination. Salmonella … [Read more...]

Almond Butter, Sunflower Butter MarcoBars Recalled for Salmonella


GoMacro of Viola, Wis. is recalling almond butter and sunflower butter MarcoBars for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported at this time, but consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The recalled products are almond butter + carob bars with lot number 1634 and expiration 10 Mar 15 or lot number 1645 and expiration 18 Mar 15; and sunflower butter + chocolate bars with lot number 1646 and  expiration 18 Mar 15 and in a foil wrapper. These products were distributed across the country and internationally via retail stores, mail order and direct delivery. GoMacro was notified on July 23 by its supplier of carob powder, an ingredient in the company’s almond butter + carob bars, that one of their … [Read more...]

Snacks Made with Carob Powder Recalled for Salmonella

Rave Bites Carob Super Greens Salmonella Recall

Snacks made with carob powder that was recalled for possible Salmonella contamination have themselves been recalled. Dancing Star Brand is recalling the products. No illnesses have been reported in association with the consumption of these products. You can see the long list of recalled products with UPC numbers, production lot codes, and Julian dates at the FDA web site. They include Carob Supergreens Chunks of Energy, Date Flax with Turmeric Chunks of Energy, Rave Bites Carob Supergreens, Rave Bites Date Flax with Turmeric, and Bulk organic Carob powder. You can also see the product labels at the FDA site. If you purchased these items, do not eat them. Dispose in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Earth Circle Organics Recalls Organic Carob Powder for Salmonella


Earth Circle Organics has been notified by its supplier of a recall of Organic Carob Powder due to possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses associated with the consumption of this product have been reported to date. These are the Organic Carob Powder SKU numbers, lot numbers, UPC numbers, and Expiration Dates of the recalled products. CRBP16ow with Lot #s 3642; 3404; 3221; 3267; UPC number 894932002283 and Exp. Date 6/5/2015. CRBP5lb with Lot #s 3405 and 3262; UPC number 894932002733  and Exp. Date 6/5/2015. CBP20lb with Lot #s 3487; 3387; 3292; UPC number 813313011485 and Exp. Date 6/5/2015. Finally, CRBP55lb with Lot #s  201901; 196201; 194801; 188901; 0786; UPC number 894932002740, and Exp. Date 6/5/2015. No other Earth Circle Organics products are affected by this recall. … [Read more...]

Cornell Develops Faster Salmonella Detection


Scientists at Cornell University have developed a way to detect Salmonella bacteria faster, which could help solve food poisoning outbreaks much more quickly. The Cornell Food Safety Lab, led by dr. Martin Wiedmann and research associate Henk den Bakker, worked with the New York State Department of Health on the next-generation DNA sequencing techniques. The traditional method of identifying outbreak strains of bacteria, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) is not always precise enough to identify specific pathogen strains, including their relationships to each other and if they have a common origin. With Salmonella Enteritidis, for example, 85% of strains can be grouped into five PFGE types. Instead, rapid whole-genome sequencing gives doctors and public health officials much … [Read more...]

Salmonella Likes Bruised Blueberries

Frozen Berry Mix

Salmonella can grow on bruised blueberries kept at shipping or retail display temperatures, according to a new study in the Journal of Food Protection. The study was conducted by researchers at the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Citrus Research and Education Center at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida, Strawberries and blueberries harvested at or near full-ripe maturity and softer than those that are not as ripe and therefore more susceptible to bruising during harvest and transport. The researchers wanted to see how E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella behaved on bruised fruit and intact fruit at shipping temperature, 35.6˚ F, and retail display 59.9˚ F. So they The bruised the berries inoculated them with bacteria and … [Read more...]

Antibiotic Resistant Salmonella Paves the Way for Typhoid Fever Resurgence

Resistant Salmonella and typhiod fever

Antibiotic resistant Salmonella is paving the way for a resurgence in typhoid fever, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report, which compared antibiotic resistance levels during 2012 to levels between 2003-2007, found that the bacteria that causes typhoid fever, Salmonella typhi, increased resistance to quinolone drugs 68 percent in 2012. Typhoid fever is a serious illness spread by contaminated food and water. Symptoms usually develop one to two weeks after exposure and last up to four weeks. They include lasting fever that becomes constant, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, lethargy,  headache, and loss of appetite. Some patients also have chest congestion, constipation and a skin rash. In rare cases, internal bleeding or death can … [Read more...]

Sprouts Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella

Fresh Sprouts Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Fresh Sprout International are recalling fresh bean sprouts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Sprouts are often contaminated and have caused many illnesses because of the way they are grown in a warm and moist environment. The FDA recommends that no one who is at risk for foodborne illness consume uncooked sprouts. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Fresh Sprouts brand fresh bean sprouts in 454 gram/1 pound containers. The UPC number is 8 27468 00100 0 and the code on the product is 14/JUL/07. The product was sold in Ontario. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a closed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

FDA: Know the Risks of Raw Food Pet Diets

FDA says no to raw pet food

The FDA has released advice for consumers about the risks of feeding raw diets to their pets. Not only can your pets become ill, but you can too, either through contact with contaminated food or if your pet sheds pathogenic bacteria. Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes are two bacteria found in raw diets that are especially dangerous to pets and humans. Raw pet food is meat, bones, and organs that have not been cooked. FDA does not believe feeding raw pet foods to animals is "consistent with the goal of protecting the public from significant health risks." The agency recommends cooking raw meat and poultry to kill pathogenic bacteria before you give the food to your pets. One of the problems with a raw food diet is that people think it's natural for animals to eat raw meat. Feral … [Read more...]

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