August 30, 2015

Kapowsin Meats Expands Salmonella Pork Recall, Suspends Operations


Linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 152 people, Kapowsin Meats of Graham, Wash., is expanding its recall of pork products and suspending operations. The recall now includes 523,380 pounds of pork products that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. The U.S Food and Drug Administration Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has been monitoring the plant since the initial recall August 13, 2015. FSIS inspectors feel the company has made insufficient progress in addressing food safety issues since the initial recall. The recall now includes whole hogs for barbeque and pork products including pork offal, pork blood, and pork trim. The recalled products, which have the establishment number “Est. 1628” inside the USDA mark of inspection, … [Read more...]

Jansal Valley Raw Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Salmonella

Jansal Valley Macadamia Nut Salmonella Recall

Sid Wainer and Son of Massachusetts is voluntarily recalling Jansal Valley brand Raw Macadamia Nuts because they 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 Jansal Valley Raw Macadamia Nuts, packaged in a plastic bag. They were sold in both one pound and eight ounce sizes, with Lot code 469566. They were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail order. Random third party testing found the bacteria in a one pound package. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged container, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

The Risks of Rare Ground Beef: Consumer Reports


Consumer Reports has released a new report about the risks of eating undercooked ground beef. Their new test results prove that eating rare or medium-rare ground beef can make you seriously sick. Up to 28% of Americans eat raw or undercooked ground beef, according to Dr. Hannah Gould, epidemiologist at the CDC. All meat is contaminated with some pathogenic bacteria, most commonly Enterococcus, E. Coli, or Staphylococcus. When beef is ground, that bacteria on the surface of the beef cuts is mixed all through the product. And then when the ground beef is not cooked to well done, or 165°F, you run the risk of getting sick. Between 2003 and 2012, there were almost 80 outbreaks of E. coli O157 linked to contaminated beef. Those outbreaks sickened 1,144 people, hospitalized 316, and killed … [Read more...]

Deep Coriander Recalled for Salmonella


Deep brand Coriander powder produced by Chetak New York company of Edison, NJ is being recalled for Salmonella. The recalled product was sold in 14.1 oz jars. Consumers who have purchased this product should not us it as Salmonella can cause serious illness. Those most at risk for Salmonella infections are young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of an infection include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. The recalled products were distributed to retail stores nationwide from July 30, 2015 to August 13, 2015. The recalled products were sold in 14.1oz clear plastic jars marked with the UPC number 011433134347 on the rear of the package. No illnesses had been reported at the time of the … [Read more...]

Stores That Sold Whole Hogs Recalled for Salmonella


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has compiled a list of stores in Washington, Oregon and Alaska that sold whole hogs recalled for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased these products should not prepare or eat them, as Salmonella can cause serious illness. A Salmonella outbreak linked to these products has sickened 134 people in Washington. Sixteen people have been hospitalized. Who became ill attended pig roasts or other events where pork from whole roasted hogs was served. Health officials have linked the outbreak to whole hogs prepared by Kapowsin Meats of Graham, Wash. On August 13, the company issued a recall for whole hogs produced on various dates between April 18, 2015 and July 27, 2015. Symptoms of a Salmonella … [Read more...]

Pork Tainted With Multi-drug Resistant Salmonella Sickens 134 in Washington


Multi-drug resistant Salmonella in whole pork used for pork roasts has sickened at least  134 people in Washington, according to  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sixteen people have been hospitalized. All patient cultures of the the outbreak strain Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- i were resistant to multiple drugs used to treat bacterial infections. Health officials, using epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings, have linked the outbreak to pork produced by Kapowsin Meats of Graham, Wash. On August 13, the company recalled approximately 116,262 pounds of whole pigs that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. Those sickened reported onset of illness dates from April 25, 2015 to August 1, 2015. They range in age from 1 to 90, with a median age of … [Read more...]

FDA Releases NARMS Report on Antibiotic Resistance


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its 2012-2013 National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Integrated Report. The report focuses on major food born pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics important in human medicine, and on multidrug resistant pathogens. NARMS screens for non-typhoidal Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli, and Enterococcus. Salmonella and Campylobacter are the leading causes of bacterial food poisoning. The report reveals "mostly encouraging findings, with some areas of concern." About 80% of human Salmonella isolates are not resistant to any of the tested antibiotics. This number has not changed in the past 10 years. In addition, Salmonella multi-drug resistance has not changed, and the number of multi-drug resistant Salmonella … [Read more...]

Northwest Farm Cat Food Recalled for Salmonella

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Northwest Farm Food Cooperative of Washington is recalling frozen raw cat food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date. The recalled product has the production code Jul12015B. It was sold in 50 pound blocks and cases of six 10 pound chubs, packaged in a white plastic bag labeled Cat Food. There is no UPC number. The production code is found on the outside of the case.  It was sold from Northwest Farm Food Cooperative at 1370 S. Anacortes Street in Burlington, Washington 98233. Pets with Salmonella could be lethargic and have diarrhea that may be bloody, fever, and vomiting. Some pets can be carriers and be infected but show no symptoms; they can pass the bacteria to other animals and people. … [Read more...]

Izzie Macs! Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Salmonella

Izzie Macs Macadamia Nuts Salmonella Recall

Mahina Mele Farms is recalling Izzie Macs! Macadamia nuts in various sizes because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products were distributed to retail stores from May 26 - 29, 2015 mostly on the East Coast and in Hawaii. The lot number for all of these products is 016. They include Izzie Macs! Macadamia Nuts, salted, in 6 ounce packages with UPC number 689076792677, and in 16 ounce packages with UPC number 689076792974. The same product was also sold unsalted, in 6 ounce packages with UPC number 689076793575, and in 16 ounce packages with UPC number 689076792776. In addition, bulk macadamia nuts, salted and unsalted, whole and in pieces, are recalled. They were packaged in 5 pound bags with no UPC number, but … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Triggers USDA Public Health Alert About Pig Roasts


A Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 90 people in Washington has triggered a USDA public health alert for whole pigs used at pig roasts. The whole pigs used for pig roasts have been associated eight Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i- illness clusters throughout the state. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea that can be bloody, fever, chills, abdominal pain and vomiting. For some people, serious bloodstream infections can also occur. Case patients in Washington report onset of illness dates ranging from April 25, 2015 to July 21, 2015. A team from the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) is joining  the investigation in Washington state this week. "Roasting a pig is a complex undertaking with numerous potential food handling issues," the U.S. Department of … [Read more...]

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