October 22, 2014

Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers Recalled for Possible Salmonella


Bailey Farms of North Carolina is recalling 6,215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled peppers were distributed to Meijer, Inc. Customers may have purchased the peppers from October 14 to October 19, 2014 at Meijer stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The product was also distributed to Publix Super Markets Inc., Merchants Distributors, Inc., Walmart, Food Lion, Flavor 1st Growers and Packers, US Foods, Military Produce Group, LLC., C&S Wholesalers, John Vena, Inc. and Harris Teeter. Consumers may have purchased the peppers between October 2 and October 21, 2014. Check with the stores listed to verify if the product you purchased is subject to … [Read more...]

GAO Reoprt: USDA Efforts to Protect Consumers from Salmonella, Campylobacter in Poultry Lacking


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service isn't doing enough to protect Americans from poultry contaminated with the pathogens Salmonella and Campylobacter, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  More than 2 million Americans are sickened by Salmonella and Campylobacter every year and poultry contaminated with those pathogens causes more deaths than any other commodity. The report,  requested by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in March, outlines four flaws in the USDA's efforts to reduce pathogen contamination of poultry and makes four recommendations to address them. For example,  the USDA  guidelines to control Salmonella and Campylobacter on poultry farms, … [Read more...]

Saba Shark Cartilage Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination


AMS Health Sciences is recalling 2014 bottles of Saba Shark Cartilage Complex because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses or complaints have been reported to the company to date. The recalled product is Saba Shark Cartilage Complex in black screw-top bottles with the brand name "saba" in red letters, the product name "shark cartilage complex" in white letters, and a net quantity statement of "500 mg 60 capsules" in small white letters. The lot number is 416349 and the expiration date is 08/16, printed in black letters inside a white rectangle. The product was sold to consumers through Saba for Life internet site from February to August 2014. One bottle from this lot of the product tested positive for Salmonella bacteria. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection … [Read more...]

Salmonella Strikes Conference at Living Word Tabernacle in NC

Salmonella Living Word

Salmonella may have sickened as many as 50 people who attended a church conference at Living Word Tabernacle Church in Bessemer City, NC, according to the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Seven people have confirmed cases of salmonellosis and tests results are pending on others who attended the conference October 1-5. “Our public health staff is working closely with the church, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and the community,” said Chris Dobbins, DHHS director. “Our priority is to identify those who have fallen ill, ensure they have received proper medical attention, and work together to identify a source so we can educate and prevent future outbreaks of this nature.” Salmonellosis is an infection that develops when food or beverages … [Read more...]

Did Salmonella Sicken 50 People in Gastonia, North Carolina?

Salmonella Gastonia

About 50 people who attended a gathering at the Living Word Tabernacle in Gastonia, NC last week got food poisoning, one of them has a confirmed case of Salmonella poisoning, according to the Gaston County Health Department. County health authorities are collaborating with the state health department, working late into the evening on their investigation of the outbreak which may involve residents from other states. They are gathering samples and information from those sickened and expect to release a summary of what they have learned tomorrow. At this point, a food source for the outbreak has not been identified. Food served at the event may have been supplied by more than one vender. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramping, … [Read more...]

Inspectors Find Salmonella, Flaws Inside Almond Butter Plant

The MaraNatha almond butter plant linked to a national outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup was observed to have food safety flaws ranging from hard-to-clean floors, imperfect almond-moving equipment, a hand-washing issue and a dirty food-contact surface, according to FDA inspection documents obtained by Food Poisoning Bulletin. The observations of five FDA inspectors cover visits they made to the plant in Ashland, Oregon, from July 15 through August 29. The top finding was a positive result from floor swabs that found Salmonella bacteria under two different cooling towers. The towers handle pasteurized almonds. A variety of MaraNatha brand almond butters were recalled by the inspired Natural Foods plant on August 19 because of potential contamination with Salmonella. Also recalled by … [Read more...]

CSPI Petitions USDA to Declare Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Adulterants


The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is petitioning the USDA to declared four antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella bacteria adulterants under federal law. The petition was filed on October 1, 2014.  The petition is a refiling of one filed in May 2011 which was denied by the USDA. One reason the USDA gave for the denial is that "ordinary cooking is sufficient to kill Salmonella", even though cross-contamination is one way the bacteria contaminates food in the home. This new petition provides the agency with more evidence as support. As evidence, CSPI gave USDA recipes from the New York Times, Food Network, Epicurious, and other sources for pork, lamb, and chicken with cooking times indicative of rare or medium-rare temperatures. CSPI has documented 19 outbreaks … [Read more...]

In Canada, More Chia & Flax Seed Powder Recalled for Salmonella

Organic Traditions Flax Seed Powder Salmonella Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Advantage Health Matters is updating their recall of flax seed powder and chia seed powder for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these specific products, but there was a Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. and Canada this summer linked to these types of products that sickened at least 83 people. The recalled products are all Organic Traditions brand. They include Sprouted Flax Seed Powder, in 227 gram sizes with product code AHM626140818D and UPC number 8 54260 00626 1; and in 454 gram sizes with product code AHM553140818D and UPC number 8 54260 00553 0. Also recalled is Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder in 227 gram sizes with product codes AHM621140808D, AHM621140811D, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Cases Reported in South Carolina


At least nine cases of Salmonella poisoning have been reported in Beaufort County, SC  including one case matched to a national cluster, according to The Island Packet. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has had eight reports of gastrointestinal illness,  lab tests have confirmed that the source is Salmonella. The food source has not been determined. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with state health officials to determine if an additional case is linked to a national outbreak. Officials have not said if the outbreak is one that has not yet been announced to the public or if it is one of two ongoing Salmonella outbreaks being investigated by the CDC. One is linked to live poultry from a mail order hatchery in Ohio and the other is linked to … [Read more...]

In Canada, Sausages Recalled for Salmonella Contamination

REA Sausage Salmonella Recall

Marini Foods Limited is recalling REA brand and Bona brand sausages because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. They were sold in Ontario. The recalled products are REA Sweet Cacciatore Sausage in these sizes: 10 pack with code 4237.233 and UPC number 8 41571 04233 0; 4 pack with code 4237.233 and UPC number 8 41571 04233 0; 2 pack with code 4237.233 and UPC number 8 41571 04233 0; and Loose pack with code 4237.233 and no UPC number. Also recalled is Bona Sweet Cacciatore Sausage. None of these products have UPC numbers, and the code on all of them is 4237.233. The 10 pack, 2 pack, and loose pack sizes are recalled. If you have purchased any of these products, do not eat them. … [Read more...]

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