May 27, 2016

Organic Pastures Raw Dairy Recalled Again for Salmonella

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is recalling raw milk and cream produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County again. This time the recall is for possible Salmonella contamination. Testing confirmed the presence of the pathogenic bacteria in raw whole milk and raw skim milk. No illnesses have been reported at this time. Under the recall, Organic Pastures Dairy brand raw milk, raw skim milk, and raw cream labeled with a USE BY date of JUN 01 2016 is to be pulled immediately from store shelves. Consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product remaining in their refrigerators and not to consume them. CDFA inspectors found the bacteria as a result of product testing conducted in a follow to a previous recall order on May 9, 2016. Salmonella … [Read more...]

WI Reports Salmonella Illness From Online Sale of Recalled Shake Mix

An online sale of recalled Garden of Life RAW Meal and Shake Replacement has resulted in at least on Salmonella case in Wisconsin, according to the state's agriculture department. The product had been linked to a Salmonella outbreak in January and February of 2016. Garden of Life recalled the contaminated product from the market, reformulated the recipe to omit the problematic ingredient and changed the packaging so consumers could distinguish the product from the recalled version. But some people are selling the recalled product on eBay, Amazon and other online retail sites. Wisconsin health officials are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the latest illness, including tracing the source of the contaminated product. Consumers who have this product … [Read more...]

Wonderful Pistachio Salmonella Outbreak Ends With 11 Sick

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Wonderful pistachios has ended after sickening 11 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The pistachios were recalled on March 9, consumers who have purchased them should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. Food Poisoning Bulletin alerted the agency to some discrepancies in a report earlier today and the agency is working to correct the information, so some specific information about the outbreak is not yet available. We do know that state and federal health officials used DNA “fingerprinting” to identify 11 case patients. And that three cases reported from Alabama and Arizona initially included in the outbreak were ruled out,  while new ones, caused by a second strain of Salmonella, were … [Read more...]

CDC: Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Tiny Turtles Expand

Salmonella outbreaks linked to tiny pet turtles have expanded, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In October 2015, the CDC reported two Salmonella outbreaks linked to tiny turtles that had sickened a total of 51 people. There are now four outbreaks that have sickened a total of 133 people in 26 states between January 16, 2015 and April 8, 2016. Thirty eight people have been hospitalized. Most of of those sickened are children. Because small turtles have long been associated with Salmonella infections, especially in children, the sale of turtles with shells of less than four inches in length has been banned since 197. Many of the case patients in this outbreak reported buying the small turtles from street vendors. Public health investigators used the … [Read more...]

New Moon Tea Recalled for Salmonella in Canada

New Moon Tea is recalling two of its products in Canada because it could be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. They were sold in British Columbia and also through internet sales. The recalled products are all New Moon Tea Co. brands. They include Sunrise Tea in 25 gram and 50 gram packages. There is no UPC number. Those products were sold from January 2015 through May 18, 2016. Also recalled is Turmeric Tonic in 26 gram packages. There is no UPC number on that product, and it was sold from October 2015 to May 18, 2016. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Throw them away in a sealed container or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Wash your hands carefully after … [Read more...]

Does Antimicrobial Spray Used by Poultry Industry Kill Salmonella or Just Hide It?

Does antimicrobial spray used by the poultry industry kill Salmonella or just temporarily hide it? A new study suggest the latter. The study, Effect of Simulated Sanitizer Carryover on Recovery of Salmonella from Broiler Carcass Rinsates, published in the May edition of the Journal of Food Protection suggests that antimicrobial sprays and rinses may create false negatives in Salmonella testing. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) dipped broiler carcasses into one of five sanitizer solutions and tested them at  0-, 1-, and 5-minute drip-time intervals. At the 0- and 1-min drip time equivalents, no Salmonella was found in three of the five sanitizers studied. But at the 5-min interval, one of the sanitizers had … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: May 15, 2016

Here's the weekly food recall roundup for the week ending May 15, 2016. There were still many recalls of foods containing frozen vegetables for possible Listeria contamination. There is an outbreak of listeriosis linked to recalled CRF Frozen Foods products. The secondary recalls continue to come in. There were also many recalls of products containing sunflower seeds for Listeria contamination. There is no outbreak associated with those recalls. Remember that if you bought any of these products recalled for Listeria, that you should clean out wherever the product was stored with a mild bleach solution to kill bacteria. Listeria can grow at refrigerator temperatures, and freezing will not kill it. In addition, if you ate any of these recalled products, watch yourself for the … [Read more...]

Montero Farms Recalls Habanero Peppers for Salmonella

Montero Farms of McAllen, Texas is recalling Orange Habanero Peppers because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Contamination was found after routine FDA testing. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The recalled item is Orange Habanero Peppers that come in 8 pound cardboard boxes. The lot number is 41142-41143 on the top of the box. In total, 154 boxes of the peppers are being recalled. They were shipped to Indianapolis, Indiana and to McAllen Texas from April 28, 2016 to the current date. If you purchased these peppers do not eat them. Throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. … [Read more...]

CDC Changes Source of Alfalfa Sprout Salmonella Outbreak, Ends Investigation

The Salmonella outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts has ended after sickening 26 people in 12 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eight people were hospitalized. State and federal health officials initially identified Sweetwater Farms of Inman, Kansas as the source of the outbreak, but have since discovered that the source of the outbreak was a contaminated seed lot used by multiple sprouters. The CDC has not released information on the outbreak since it was first announced on February 23, 2016. At that time, 13 people in four states were infected with the outbreak strain Salmonella Muenchen: in Kansas (5), Missouri (3), Oklahoma (3), and Pennsylvania (2). And state and federal health officials said traceback investigations from multiple … [Read more...]

Organic Pastures Raw Products Recalled Again for Salmonella

Organic Pastures raw milk and cream is being recalled by the California Department of Food and Agriculture for possible Salmonella contamination. This is not the first time this dairy's products have been recalled for bacterial contamination. Their products have been recalled for Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacter contamination. Several outbreaks in the past few years have been linked to Organic Pastures products. No illnesses have been reported in this latest recall. The state has also issued a quarantine order after they confirmed the presence of Salmonella in raw cream. All of Organic Pastures Dairy brand raw milk, raw skim cream, and raw cream labeled with a code date of May 18 is to be pulled from retail shelves. Consumers are "strongly urged" to dispose of any product in their … [Read more...]

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