September 16, 2014

Black Pepper Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Fresh Finds Black Pepper Salmonella Recall

Gel Spice Company of New Jersey has voluntarily recalled 16,443 cases of ground black pepper 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 Fresh Finds Ground Black Pepper in 3.53 ounce plastic jars. It was distributed through Big Lots Retail Stores in all states except Alaska and Hawaii. FDA sampling revealed that the finished product contained the pathogenic bacteria. The best by dates for the recalled product that are printed on the neck of the bottle include the dates of 6/30/17, 7/01/17, 7/02/17, 7/22/17, and 7/23/17. The UPC number is 4 11010 98290 1. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a doubled bagged container or return to the … [Read more...]

Tomatoes Sold at Coscto, Safeway Recalled for Salmonella

Salmonella prompts recall of tomatoes sold at Costco, Safeway

Taylor Farms is recalling  Expo Fresh Roma tomatoes for possible Salmonella. The tomatoes were sold at  Costco stores in: Los Angeles and Hawthorne, California;  Tacoma and Lynwood stores in Washington, and Las Vegas.  Only tomatoes packed on Sept. 5 or Sept. 6 are affected by the recall. The recalled tomatoes were also included in Sicilian Vegetable Salad served at deli counters at Safeway, Vons and Pavilions grocery stores in California, Nevada and Arizona. The salad kits had use-by dates of Sept. 20 and Sept. 21. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. The problem was discovered during routine testing. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.   … [Read more...]

In Canada, Premier and Konrads Spices Recalled for Salmonella

Premier Herbs Salmonella Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Premier Ingredients are recalling many different varieties of herbs and spices from the market because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The products were sold in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products include PRemier Herbs Italian Seasoning, Herbs Fine Provencal, and Premier Oregano and Oregano Rubbed. The recall also includes Konrads.ca Oregano, Italian Herb, and Herbs Fine Provencal. You can see the package sizes, best before dates, and UPC numbers at the CFIA web site. The recalled Premier products all have best before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016 inclusive.The recalled Konrads.ca products all have … [Read more...]

More Chia and Flax Seed Powder Recalled for Salmonella

Organic Traditions Chia Salmonella Recall

The Salmonella outbreak linked to chia powders in the United States ended last month, but just yesterday the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalled more Organic Traditions chia and flax seed powder for possible Salmonella contamination. The products are made by Advantage Health Matters and were sold nationally. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder in 227 gram containers. The codes are AHM/SFCB19014, AHM621140814N;, AHM621140815D, and AHM621140825D and the UPC number is 8 54260 00621 6. The same product is also sold in a 454 gram size, with codes on the product of AHM/SFCB19014, AHM547140815D, and AHM547140825D and UPC number 8 54260 00547 9. If you … [Read more...]

Study on Prevalence of Listeria, Salmonella and E. coli in Pet Food

Cat and Dog

The Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), with the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) and its Microbiology Cooperative Agreement Program (MCAP) labs have conducted a study to look at the prevalence of selected bacteria in pet foods. The goal was to help the Center for Veterinary Medicine prioritize future testing, and increased FERN screening for foodborne pathogens in pet food that may be a significant health risk to consumers.Six FDA FERN MCAP labs analyzed more than 1,000 samples over 2 years. The labs tested for Salmonella, Listeria species, E. coli O157:H7, and Shiga toxin-producing strains of E. coli (STEC). Dry and semi moist dog and cat foods were purchased from local stores in Phase 1. Raw dog and cat foods, exotic animal feed, and jerky … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Reading Summer Festival in Michigan

County Fair

Forty one people who attended the Reading Summer Festival between July 31 and August 3 contracted Salmonella infections, according to the Hillsdale Daily News. There were eight laboratory confirmed cases and 33 probable cases associated with the food served at the county fair on Michigan's southern border. Health authorities have not identified the food source because notifications of illness began nine days after the festival and there weren't many leftovers to test. Many of those who were sickened were in their seventies. Seniors, children and those with compromised immune systems are at special risk for Salmonella poisoning which causes fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms usually develop within 12 to 72 hours of exposure and  can last up to a week. In some cases, a serious, … [Read more...]

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...]

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