October 25, 2014

Salmonella Outbreaks When Raw is Mistaken for Cooked

Salmonella Outbreak Chicken Kiev

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Antioch Farms frozen chicken Kiev that has sickened at least six people in Minnesota likely arose from mistaken identity. Some brands of frozen chicken kiev are fully cooked and just need to be heated. The frozen entrees associated with this outbreak were pre-browned but raw, as stated on the label. This isn’t the first time such confusion has led to an outbreak. “The problem arises when consumers don’t realize that they are handling and preparing a raw product,” said  Dr. Carrie Rigdon, an investigator for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture  Dairy and Food Inspection Division. Between 1998 and 2008, six Salmonella outbreaks were linked to similar products, according to Minnesota health officials. And, in 2011, 190 people in six states were … [Read more...]

Giant Food Recalls Several Hot Peppers for Possible Salmonella

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Bailey Farms recalled Serrano Peppers yesterday after discovering they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Today, Giant Food has expanded that recall to include more types of peppers. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled peppers are Serrano, Anaheim, Red Cherry Hot and Finger Hot Peppers. The PLU number is 4691. They were sold at Giant Food Stores on or after October 9, 2014. If you purchased any of these peppers from Giant Food stores, do not eat them. Discard them in a closed or double-bagged container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. You can throw away the peppers and bring the receipt to Giant stores. You can't see, smell, or taste Salmonella bacteria and it does not make food look, smell, or taste spoiled. The symptoms of a … [Read more...]

Salmonella, Campylobacter Cases Rise in Australia as Overall Food Poisoning Rates Decline

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Salmonella and Campylobacter poisoning cases are on the rise in Australia, even as the overall rate of food poisoning there declines, according to a new study. Campylobacter and Salmonella are commonly associated with poultry and dairy products. Food poisoning is common in Australia, where one in five people suffer a bout each year, similar to the U.S. where one in six people are stricken annually. For this study, researchers included 23 pathogens in their analysis of a decade of data from 2000 to 2010. For most of the illnesses, about 80 percent of them, the specific pathogen was unknown. For illnesses where the pathogen was known, 93 percent were attributed to just four pathogens: E.coli, Camplobacter, Salmonella and norovirus. Overall the number of cases of food poising dropped … [Read more...]

Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers Recalled for Possible Salmonella

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

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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

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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

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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...]

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