June 29, 2016

Gillibrand, Slaughter, DeLauro, Feinstein to USDA: Revise Pathogen Testing

The USDA must revise poultry pathogen testing methods to improve accuracy and better protect public health, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Dianne Feinstein and Representatives Rosa Luisa DeLauro and Louise Slaughter said in a letter to USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack. The group penned the letter after learning from a recent report that antibacterial sanitizers used to kill pathogens on poultry carcasses may cause false-negative results for Salmonella. “We have to be vigilant when it comes to monitoring the safety of our food. This report is a reminder of the importance of good and efficient oversight when it comes to maintaining a safe food supply.” said Sen. Gillibrand, (D- NY). “We should never be placed in the position to question testing results in our poultry. The USDA … [Read more...]

New Research Reduces Salmonella in Meat by 90%

New research conducted at the University of Nevada, Reno in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources has reduced Salmonella bacteria in meat products by 90%. Assistant Professor Amilton de Mello is using bacteriophages, which are natural predators of the microorganisms. Professor de Mello said, "we were able to reduce Salmonella by as much as 90% in ground poultry, ground pork, and ground beef. We're excited to be able to show such good results. Food safety is an important part of our work and Salmonella is one of the most prevalent bacteria in the nation's food supply." Salmonella food poisoning sickens one million Americans every year, hospitalizes 19,000 and kills almost 400. It is one of the most common causes of food poisoning worldwide. The … [Read more...]

Frozen Rad Cat Raw Diet Pet Food Recalled for Salmonella and Listeria

Radagast Pet Food is recalling four lots of frozen Rad Cat Raw Diet products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. These bacteria can sicken the animals eating the products and there is a risk to human health as well. People can contract Salmonella and Listeria from pets who carry the bacteria, whether or not they are sick, by petting them, or by coming into contact with feces or saliva. In addition, surfaces exposed to the recalled products can become contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with package sizes, lot numbers, best by dates, and UPC numbers. They include Rad Cat Raw Diet Grass-Fed Beef, Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken, and Rad Cat Raw … [Read more...]

Salmonella Recall for Macadamia Nuts Sold at Whole Foods in CA, NV, OR, WA

Marin Foods Specialties Inc has issued a recall for raw macadamia nuts sold at Whole Foods stores in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington for possible Salmonella contamination. People who have purchased these nuts should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The product,  labeled as “Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts,”  was packaged in 6 oz clear plastic tubs with “best by” dates ranging from  8/21/16 through 11/6/16, and a UPC code of 99948200132. Those most at risk for Salmonella infection include young children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of an infection include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In some cases, the infection can travel to the bloodstream producing more severe illnesses … [Read more...]

Crescent Brand Raw Pistachios Recalled for Salmonella

Crescent Specialty Foods, Inc. of Everett, WA is recalling 6 oz. bags of Crescent brand raw pistachios for Salmonella. The recalled product was sold in n 6 oz. clear, plastic bag with Crescent Nuts & Dried Fruits Pistachio Raw label attached with UPC code 8 95296 00103 5  from October 21, 2015 – May 2, 2016. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Some cases, where the infection gets into the bloodstream, can produce more serious illness and complications including arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported. The product was distributed to retail stores and on-line stores in Oregon and … [Read more...]

Crown Brand Dried Cocoa Herbs Recalled for Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Benjamin Fine Foods are recalling Crown Brand Dried Coco Herbs 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 Crown brand Dried Coco Herbs in 100 gram containers. The UPC number of the recalled product is 8 98989 77813 9, and the code on the product is exp: 22-09-2016. It was sold in Ontario at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not use it. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged container so other people and animals can't get at it, or return it to the store where you bought it for a full refund. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling the product. … [Read more...]

Two Hospitalized in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ajuua’s in Odessa

Two people have been hospitalized in a Salmonella outbreak linked to Ajuua's Mexican restaurant in Odessa, Texas. As many as 20 others may have been sickened. The Ector County Health Department began receiving reports of illness on Friday, June 3.  The restaurant has been temporarily closed, but may reopen as soon as tomorrow. One of the people who was hospitalized told NewsWest9 that she was taken to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa after losing consciousness in the shower. She told the station that she and her friends suspected salsa as the source of illness. Health officials have not yet released information about the potential source of contamination. The restaurant has been temporarily closed, but may reopen as soon as tomorrow. the owner told NewsWest9. Symptoms of a … [Read more...]

Nature Made Recalls Vitamins for Possible Salmonella or Staph

Pharmavite LLC is recalling specific lots of Nature Made® products for possible Salmonella or Staphylococcus aureus contamination. Both Salmonella and Staph aureus can lead to food poisoning. The recall was initiated after the company found that testing for these pathogens was not completed properly on these batch lots. The recalled products include certain lot numbers of Nature Made® Adult Gummies Multi in 90 and 150 count bottles; Nature Made® Adult Gummies Multi + Omega-3 in 150 count bottles. Also recalled are lot numbers of Nature Made® Adult Gummies Multi for Her plus Omega-3s in 100 and 150 count bottles, and Nature Made® Super B Complex w/C & Folic Acid Tablets in 140, 460, and 360 count bottles. You can see the identifying information of the recalled products, including … [Read more...]

Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Live Poultry, Again

Four the fourth time in five years, Salmonella from contact with live poultry has sickened hundreds of Americans. Seven separate simultaneous Salmonella outbreaks are currently linked to backyard flocks of chickens and ducks. At least 324 people in 35 states have been sickened, 66 have been hospitalized and one person has died, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says Salmonella "was not considered to be a contributing factor in the reported death." The majority of those sickened, 88 percent, were children 5 years of age or younger. Those sickened contracted Salmonella infections after handling live poultry infected with the bacteria and then not washing hands before touching their faces, eating or preparing food. The state-by-state breakdown of cases is as … [Read more...]

Organic Pastures Raw Dairy Recalled Again for Salmonella

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is recalling raw milk and cream produced by Organic Pastures Dairy of Fresno County again. This time the recall is for possible Salmonella contamination. Testing confirmed the presence of the pathogenic bacteria in raw whole milk and raw skim milk. No illnesses have been reported at this time. Under the recall, Organic Pastures Dairy brand raw milk, raw skim milk, and raw cream labeled with a USE BY date of JUN 01 2016 is to be pulled immediately from store shelves. Consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any product remaining in their refrigerators and not to consume them. CDFA inspectors found the bacteria as a result of product testing conducted in a follow to a previous recall order on May 9, 2016. Salmonella … [Read more...]

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