December 6, 2016

Valley Milk Products Seized by U.S. Marshals

The FDA announced yesterday that U.S. Marshals seized more than 4,000,000 pounds of dried milk products made by Valley Milk Products LLC of Strasburg, Virginia. The company is owned by the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association in Reston, Virginia. The U.S. Department of Justice filed the complaint, on behalf of the FDA, in the U.S. District Court for the Virginia Western District, alleging that the seized products are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  The products that were seized include dry nonfat milk powder and buttermilk powder. They were packaged in 40 and 50 pound bags for further manufacturing and were worth nearly $4 million. The FDA inspected the facility from July to September 2016 and found poor sanitary practices. The … [Read more...]

Damaged Salad Leaves Massively Stimulate Salmonella Growth

A study published this month in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, conducted at the University of Leicester, shows that juices from damaged salad leaves "massively" stimulate Salmonella growth. In fact, that lab study shows that those juices increase Salmonella growth 2,400 fold over a control group. The leached juices also increased the bacteria's ability to form a strong, wash-resistant attachment to salad leaves and they enhance the pathogen's virulence, increasing its ability to cause illness. This is all bad news for bagged salad lovers. Between 2000 and 2007 in the United States, there were 38 Salmonella outbreaks associated with leafy greens that sickened 1,409 people. Leafy greens and Salmonella as a produce-pathogen pair is the second most common risk for outbreaks. … [Read more...]

4C Grated Cheese Recalled for Possible Salmonella

4C Foods Corporation is voluntarily recalling 4C grated cheeses for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The products were packaged in 6 ounce vacuum sealed glass jars. They have best by dates between November 12, 2016 and November 12, 2018. The products were packaged in cases of either 6 or 12 jars per case. The recalled products are: 4C All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese with UPC number 41387-33126; 4C All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese with UPC number 41387-37126; 4C All Natural 100% Imported Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese with UPC number 41387-77126; and 4C HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese with UPC number 41387-32790. Also recalled is 4C HomeStyle All Natural … [Read more...]

Marine Agrifuture Recalls Products for Possible Salmonella

Marine Agrifuture of Kahuku, Hawaii is recalling three products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This facility is linked to a Salmonella outbreak in Hawaii among people who ate Limu Poke, or raw fish with seafood. Fourteen people were sickened in mid-October in this outbreak. The Hawaii State Department of Health traced the seaweed back to Marine Agrifuture and found the bacteria in packaging and processing tanks and in the farm environment. The recalled products include Kahuku Ogo in plastic bags of various weights from 0.5 pounds to 35 pounds. They were sold from November 2, 2016 and before. Robusta Ogo is also recalled, sold in plastic bags in weights from 0.5 pounds to 35 pounds, sold from November 2, 2016 and before. Sea Asparagus is recalled, sold in 4 … [Read more...]

Ran-Cher Acres Goat Cheese Recalled for Salmonella in Canada

Ran-Cher Acres is recalling their goat cheese in Nova Scotia, Canada 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 Ran-Cher Acres Goat Cheese in 170 gram packages. There is no UPC number on the product. All of the flavors of this product, including plain, chive, dill, herb provence, garden herb, garlic & cayenne, Italian blend, onion blend, herb & garlic, and peppercorn are being recalled. If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Throw them away or take them back to the place of purchase for a full refund. Then wash your hands with soap and water after handling these products.   … [Read more...]

California Schools Received Cucumbers Recalled for Salmonella

According to a notice posted on the Kern County, California website, cucumbers that have been recalled for Salmonella have been served at schools in the area. Hospitals in that county and two restaurants may also have received the cucumbers. According to Bakersfield.com, Prime Time Produce did not alert local health officials about the recall. That facility told its local distributor, which told officials about the recall. Prime Time Produce has issued a voluntary product recall for some lots of the cucumbers that were delivered to many different facilities in Bakersfield.  The cucumbers may have been served in salad bars at these schools between October 19 and October 28, 2016: Bakersfield City Schools Greenfield Union School District Cato Middle School Granite Point … [Read more...]

SHRI SHIVA Recalls Sambar Powder for Possible Salmonella

SHRI SHIVA Foods of New York is recalling MTR Sambar 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 product, MTR Sambar Powder, was sold in 200 gram packages, with Lot Number 15J27C, MFD.27.10.15. It was sold between January 2016 and October 2016 through one wholesaler in New York and one wholesaler in Ohio. The FDA discovered the potential contamination through product sampling. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged container, or take it back to the store where you bought it for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Sinbad Foods in Detroit Recalls Tahini for Possible Salmonella

Sinbad Foods at 6251 Haggerty Road in West Bloomfield Township, near Detroit, Michigan, is recalling tahini, or sesame paste, for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled products include one pound containers of Tahina Telkef with numbers 0200004506472 and 0200004406413 in the barcode. The two pound containers are also recalled; they have the number 0200000406295 in the barcode. These products were packed on October 7, 016 and have a sell by date of December 5, 2016. The Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development discovered the contamination in routine testing. If you purchased this product in either size, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed container so other people … [Read more...]

Osage Gardens Micro Greens Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Osage Gardens is recalling Osage Gardens Organic Micro Greens 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 Osage Gardens Organic 2 ounce Micro Greens packaged in a clear plastic clamshell. The label on the bottom has the UPC number 709376615008 and affected products are dated with Julian codes from 266 to 279’. They were distributed to Whole Foods stores in Colorado and Kansas. The recall is a result of routine sampling by the FDA, which found that the product contained the bacteria. Osage Gardens has stopped production and distribution of this product and is conducting an investigation. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a … [Read more...]

Raw Milk: A Risky Food

It never ceases to amaze me why people drink raw milk. Raw milk, as all should know, is unpasteurized. Pasteurization is the process by which milk, juices and other products are heated in order to kill off dangerous pathogens. Without pasteurization, bacteria that harm or even kill people remain in the milk. Pasteurization, a simple procedure that’s been used for about 150 years, is absolutely effective. Pasteurization does not affect the taste of milk. It does not reduce or degrade milk’s beneficial and nutritional qualities. Any claims that it does have been debunked by scientists and physicians. The only people who claim raw milk is good for you are people who ignore science. The only people who claim pasteurization makes milk less nutritious ignore science. This is … [Read more...]

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