August 28, 2014

Salmonella, E.coli Cases in MN Linked to Contact with Animals

Petting zoo E. coli outbreak

Salmonella and E.coli infections from contact with animals have been reported in Minnesota this summer. Sone of the illnesses were from pets, others were from petting zoos. Thirteen people who visited petting zoos at county fairs during July in Minnesota were sickened by E.coli.  Lab test showed that source of the illnesses was the Zerebko Zoo Tran traveling petting zoo which made appearances at the Nashwauk 4th of July Festival, July 3-5 , the Polk County Fair, July 9-13; the Rice County Fair, July 15-20;  and the Olmsted County Fair, July 21-27. Two of the 13 who were sickened developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can cause kidney failure. Three Minnesotans were part of a 36-state Salmonella outbreak linked to pet bearded dragons. The lizards that are native to Australia … [Read more...]

In Canada, Nut Butter Recall Updated to Correct Codes

Trader Joe's Almond Butter Salmonella Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is updating the recall of MaraNatha and Trader Joe's nut butters for possible Salmonella contamination to include the correct codes on the products. The codes are marked with an asterisk (*) in the list at the CFIA web site. The recalled items are MaraNatha almond butter and peanut butter in various sizes, flavors, types and codes, and Trader Joe's raw unsalted almond butter in creamy and crunchy varieties. No illnesses have been reported to date in Canada, but four illnesses in the United States may be associated with the recalled MaraNatha and Trader Joe's products recalled in that country. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Discard in a double bagged or closed container or return to the place of purchase for a … [Read more...]

Pet Lizards Sicken 166 With Rare Salmonella Strains

Salmonella Outbreak Bearded Dragons

A Salmonella outbreak linked to pet bearded dragons has ended after sickening 166 people in 36 states, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  At least 44 people were hospitalized. Bearded dragons are lizards native to Australia. Their unusual look and bright color have made them popular pets. The outbreak strains, Salmonella Cotham and Salmonella Kisarawe, are extremely rare. Since 1963,  just 0.01 percent of all human isolates in the U.S. have been Salmonella Cotham, according to the CDC. That works out to about 25 cases annually. Salmonella Kisarawe is also rarely reported. Salmonella can cause serious illnesses. Symptoms generally appear within six to 72 hours of exposure and can last up to a week. In this outbreak, onset of illness … [Read more...]

Trader Joe’s and MaraNatha Nut Butters Recalled in Canada Too

MaraNatha Almond Butter Salmonella Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling MaraNatha and Trader Joe's brand almond butters and peanut butters for possible Salmonella contamination. There is a recall in the United States of some of these products; four people are ill in what may be an associated Salmonella outbreak. You can see the long list of recalled products at the CFIA web site, along with package sizes, UPC numbers, and codes and "best by" dates. The products are MaraNatha almond and peanut butters in various types, including raw and roasted, and Trader Joe's almond butter. You can also see pictures of all of the recalled product labels at that site. If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Discard in a double bag or return to the place of purchase for a refund. There have been no … [Read more...]

McCormick Recalls Ground Oregano for Possible Salmonella

McCormick Oregano Salmonella Recall

McCormick is recalling 1,032 cases of Ground Oregano for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. This recall does not affect any other McCormick Ground, Whole, or Oregano Leaves products. The recalled product is Ground Oregano in 0.75-ounce bottles. The UPC number is 0 523561 6 and dates are best by AUG 21 16 H and best by AUG 22 16 H. The item number is 900356. The product was shipped to Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South … [Read more...]

More Organic Carob Powder Recalled for Possible Salmonella


Sunfood of California is recalling organic carob powder because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Organic Carob Powder in 1 pound, 20 pound, and 55 pound white poly bags. The recalled powder has these lot numbers: 140321,140416,140509,140516,140609,140616, and 140623. The UPC number is 803813-04429 8 and the expiration date is 6/5/2015. The product was distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail order. Routine testing by the company's supplier revealed the possibility of Salmonella in the product. Production has been suspended while the FDA and the company try to find the source of the problem. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. … [Read more...]

Brooks Tropicals Recalls Avocados for Possible Salmonella


Brooks Tropicals of Florida is recalling 401 boxes of fresh, green-skinned avocados because a routine sampling by the FDA found Salmonella bacteria, according to The Grower. Only fruit shipped with the lot number 2610 is included in this recall. No illnesses connected to the consumption of this product have been reported to date. The fruit was shipped to Florida, New York, Illinois, Georgia, and New Jersey. The company thinks that no product is on store shelves, since the product was packed on July 15, 2014, and they are now well beyond the average shelf life of avocados, which is about 10 days. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in double bagged containers or return to the place of purchase for a refund. The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Live Poultry Expands, 300 in 42 States Sick

Live Poultry Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella outbreak linked to live poultry has sickened at least 300 people in 42 states and Puerto Rico, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's 49 new cases and five more states since the last update on June 27. Sixty four people have been hospitalized. The 49 new cases were reported from the following states: Alabama (2), Arizona (1), Colorado (1), Georgia (3), Idaho (2), Iowa (1), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Nebraska (3), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), North Carolina (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (4), Puerto Rico (1), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (3), Vermont (1), Virginia (8), Washington (1), and West Virginia (4). The total case count is as follows: Alabama (8),  Arizona … [Read more...]

Peanut Corporation of America Trial Begins


The trial of executives of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) began last Friday in Albany, Georgia. Stewart Parnell, Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson are on trial for 76 felony counts that include allegations of fraud and conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and causing unbranded and adulterated peanut butter and paste to be placed in interstate commerce. No one is being charged with directly causing death in the huge Salmonella outbreak six years ago. The peanut products produced by PCA were contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. In late 2008 and early 2009, at least 714 people were sickened by PCA products across the country. Nine people died in this outbreak. The son of one of those people who died, Nellie Napier, was a Pritzker Olsen client. Randy Napier became an advocate … [Read more...]

Green Vibrance and Rainbow Vibrance Recalled for Salmonella

Green Vibrance Salmonella Recall

New England Greens of Connecticut is recalling 10 lots (53,740 units) of Green Vibrance and Rainbow Vibrance after a former raw material supplier recalled Organic Parsley Leaf Powder for possible Salmonella contamination. There is only a small chance that these products are contaminated, but the recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution. No illnesses associated with these products have been reported to date. The lots of Green Vibrance and Rainbow Vibrance were distributed nationwide through brick and mortar and online health food and natural product retailers. They are packaged in white, high density polyethylene canister jars ranging in size from 20 ounce to 51 ounce. One lot of Green Vibrance capsules, 240 per bottle, is also included in the recall. One lot of Green … [Read more...]

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