May 30, 2015

What do Peter Pan and Blue Bell Have in Common?


One is peanut butter, one is ice cream. One was contaminated with Salmonella, the other with Listeria. Still, there are similarities between the Peter Pan peanut butter and Blue Bell ice cream food poisoning outbreaks. Peter Pan was in the news this week because the company that makes it, ConAgra Grocery Products LLC, a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods Inc.,  pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with a 2006-2007 Salmonella outbreak that sickened 700 people. ConAgra admitted that it had shipped contaminated food across state lines and agreed to pay a criminal fine of $8 million and to $3.2  million in asset forfeiture. “No company can let down its guard when it comes to these kinds of microbiological contaminants.  … [Read more...]

Natural Grocers Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Salmonella

Natural Grocers Macadamia Nuts Salmonella Recall

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets of Colorado is recalling two lots of Natural Grocers brand Macadamia nuts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled items are raw macadamia nuts in 10 ounce packages. They were packed on dates 15-041 and 15-056; those Julian dates are the only recalled dates. The UPC number is 0000080657552. The product was distributed to Natural Grocers' 96 stores in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. If you purchased this item, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return to the store for credit or refund. … [Read more...]

Raw Tuna Salmonella Outbreaks Strike 5 States Twice


For the second time in three years, a Salmonella outbreak has been linked to raw tuna and five states have been part of both outbreaks. Residents of California, Mississippi, Virginia, Wisconsin and Illinois were part of the 2012 outbreak linked to a raw ground tuna product called tuna scrape and the current outbreak. In 2012, 425 people in 28 states were part of the outbreak which was the largest of 2012. Fifty five people were hospitalized.  The product, called tuna scrape or Nakaochi Scrape, because it is scraped from the bones of the fish, was used to make sushi, sashimi and other seafood dishes.  It was produced in India and distributed in the US by Moon Marine USA Corporation. Health officials have not identified the specific source of the tuna in this outbreak and do not have … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Raw Tuna Sickens 53 in Nine States


Raw tuna is the likely source of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 53 people in nine states, according to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ten people have been hospitalized. Those sickened reported onset of illness dates ranging from March 5, 2015 to May 3, 2015. A common brand or supplier of raw tuna has not been identified, so there are no recommended precautions for restaurants, retailers, or consumers. But the CDC recommends that those at high risk of food poisoning including children under 5, seniors, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems. Despite its name, the rare outbreak strain Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+),  does not cause paratyphoid fever, enteric fever, or typhoid fever. Symptoms of an infection … [Read more...]

Los Corrales Pork Carnitas Suspect in Kenosha Salmonella Outbeak

Pork carnitas from Los Corrales grocery store in Kenosha, Wis. are suspected in Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 20 people, according to a report by WISN news.  Small children were among those who became so ill they were hospitalized. Some of those who were sickened reported buying and eating pork carnitas on Mother's Day, May 10, before they became seriously ill. The Kenosha County Health Department is working with the Wisconsin Department of Health on the outbreak. The meat counter at the store has been closed for an indefinite period of time while the investigation continues. Salmonella poisoning causes vomiting and diarrhea that can be bloody. Symtoms, which usually appear between six and 72 hours after exposure can last for a week. A small percentage of invasive … [Read more...]

CDC: 71 Food Poisoning Deaths in 2014


Food poisoning killed 71 Americans last year and sent 4,445 to the hospital, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The news about trends in illnesses associated with various pathogens such as E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella and Campylobacter was a mixed bag. Compared with 2006–2008, the 2014 incidence was: 32 percent lower for Shiga toxin–producing E. coli (STEC) O157; 22 percent lower for Yersinia;  52 percent higher for Vibrio, 13 percent higher for Campylobcater and about the same for other pathogens. While there were fewer illness from Shiga toxin–producing E. coli (STEC) O157 and Salmonella Typhimurium in 2014 than there were in the 2006–2008 and the 2011-2013 reporting periods,  the incidence of non-O157 STEC and Salmonella Infantis … [Read more...]

OC Raw Dog Brand Frozen Turkey and Produce Food Recalled for Salmonella


OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is  recalling 2055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased this product should not feed it to their dogs. Salmonella in pet food can cause illness in pets who eat it and humans who handle it. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.  Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. The recall is limited to Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulations that were packaged into 6.5 lb. Doggie Dozen Patties and 5 lb. Bulk Bags with the lot number 1511 and use by date of 10/8/15.  These products … [Read more...]

Aurora Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Salmonella

Macadamia nuts sold under Aurora and other brand names are being recalled for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased these nuts should not eat them as they risk serious illness if they do. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infections can travel to the bloodstream producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. At the time of the recall no illnesses had been reported. The recalled product was distributed to retail stores in: CT, DC, DE, KY, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, WV. Aurora … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Tuna Sushi Sickens 9 in Arizona


A Salmonella paratyphi outbreak linked to raw tuna sushi has sickened nine people in Arizona, three of whom have been hospitalized, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Several other states are investigating outbreaks of the same strain including California and New Mexico. Arizona health officials say a rare strain of Salmonella paratyphi in raw minced or ground tuna used to make spicy tuna rolls and other sushi is the likely source. The nine Maricopa County cases reported onset of illness between April 3rd to April 16th. “We are early into the investigation, but from the interviews we have completed with those who have gotten sick, there are multiple restaurants involved,” said Dr. Bob England, director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health. … [Read more...]

Sushi Salmonella Outbreak in New Mexico Sickens Six


A Salmonella outbreak has sickened six people in New Mexico, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. The agency is working with the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department and the New Mexico Environment Department on an investigation of the outbreak the source of which is likely sushi containing raw fish. “People at risk of severe illness associated with Salmonella paratyphi, including the elderly and very young and anyone who is immunocompromised, are urged to not consume any raw seafood product,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH in a statement about the outbreak.  “Anyone with nausea, diarrhea (with or without blood), abdominal cramping and fever, especially after recently eating raw fish, should seek medical attention.  Healthcare … [Read more...]

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