August 26, 2016

Oysters Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella

Five Star Shellfish in Canada is recalling their large standard and mixed oysters because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are both Five Star Shellfish Inc. brand. The codes on the products are Harvest Date: 13-Aug-16 Harvest Location: PEI 1Q. There is no UPC number. The recalled products are Large Standard Oysters, and Mixed Oysters, both in 100 count packages. They were sold in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and possibly nationwide. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. The problem with contaminated oysters is that many people eat them raw, which makes them a greater risk. Throw the oysters away in a sealed or double bagged package so … [Read more...]

USDA FSIS Breaks Down 16 Years of Salmonella in 123-Page Report

Of the meat and poultry inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, Salmonella most commonly appears in chicken, ground beef and turkey. In that order. And Salmonella Kentucky is the most common strain of Salmonella. These are among the many findings in a 123-page report the agency compiled examining 16 years of Salmonella data. The report, entitled Serotypes Profile of Salmonella Isolates from Meat and Poultry Products January 1998 through December 2014, was published on the agency's website Friday. In the U.S., norovirus causes the most food poisoning, but Salmonella is the leading cause of bacterial food poisoning. Each year, Salmonella sickens about 1.2 million Americans. Of those about 19,000 are hospitalized and 380 die. In 2014, … [Read more...]

Mr. Rick’s Flouted Permit Rule For Years Before Salmonella Outbreak

Mr Rick's Catering, the source of a Salmonella outbreak in Washington state, operated for years without a permit, ignoring health department warnings to stop doing so even after being fined.  Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department named Mr Rick's in a warning it issued about the importance of choosing a caterer with a permit to operate. The event was attended by as many as 175 people, but not all of them are sick. The health department "has notified Mr. Rick’s Catering not to operate several times since 2012, and as a result of the incident in Snohomish County, recently issued a $710 fee for continuing to operate without a permit. In the interest of protecting public health, and because the business owner continues to advertise as a viable business, Tacoma-Pierce County Health … [Read more...]

Mr Rick’s Salmonella Outbreak Sickens Many in Washington

A Salmonella outbreak linked to food produced by Mr. Ricks Catering has sickened many people in Washington state. An investigation by the Washington Department of Health is ongoing. The outbreak could affect as many as 175 people. At least 20 people are sick after the July 2 wedding reception that was catered out of a home kitchen. Three of those people have confirmed Salmonella infections. Illnesses have been reported from King, Kitsap, Pierce, Spokane, and other counties. Information about a specific food source has not been identified, but all of those sickened may have eaten chicken at the event. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. Anyone who attended  the event in Snohomish County and develops these symptoms should … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: August 7, 2016

This week's food recalls include cheeses recalled after being identified as the source of an E. coli outbreak, frozen green beans recalled for Listeria and alfalfa sprouts recalled after being linked to a Salmonella outbreak. Food Recalls in the U.S. Pathogens Grassfields Cheese was recalled for E. coli after it was linked to seven illnesses.  The recall includes Gouda, Onion ‘n Garlic, Country Dill, Leyden, Edam, Lamont Cheddar, Chili Cheese, Fait Fras, Polkton Corners, and Crofters. Whole Foods was one of the retailers that sold the cheese. JML Ingredients Inc. of East Petersburg, PA is recalling IQF Cut Green Beans because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness … [Read more...]

Colorado Hard Hit by Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Sprouts

Colorado has been hard hit by a nine-state Salmonella outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts from Sprouts Extraordinaire of Denver. Thirteen people from Colorado have been sickened in an outbreak that includes 17 others from eight states. Five people have been hospitalized. Some of those sickened reported eating the contaminated sprouts at restaurants,  but health officials have not released the names of those establishments. The sprouts, which have been recalled, were sold in 5-pound boxes labeled “Living Alfalfa Sprouts.” Illnesses, which have been linked to two strains -Salmonella Reading and Salmonella Abony, were reported  from May 21 to July 20 from case patients who range in age from less than 1 year to 72. The case count by state is as follows:  Colorado (13), Kansas (8), … [Read more...]

Salmonella “Sproutbreak” Strikes Kansas for Second Time in 6 Months

An alfalfa sprouts Salmonella outbreak (sproutbreak) has struck Kansas for the second time in six months.  Eight people from Kansas are among the 30 sickened in nine states in an outbreak linked to contaminated alfalfa sprouts from Sprouts Extraordinaire in Denver. Many of those sickened, ate the contaminated sprouts at restaurants, but health officials have not released the names of those establishments. Five people have been hospitalized. A recall has been issued for the sprouts which are tainted with two strains: Salmonella Reading and Salmonella Abony.  Onset of illness dates range from May 21 to July 20. States reporting illnesses include: Colorado (13), Kansas (8), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Nebraska (2), New York (1), Oregon (1), Texas (1) and Wyoming (1). In February, … [Read more...]

Alfalfa Sprouts Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in 9 States

Alfalfa sprouts have been linked to a nine-state Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 30 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Many of those sickened reported eating the contaminated sprouts at restaurants,  but health officials have not released the names of those establishments. Five people have been hospitalized. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that alfalfa sprouts from Sprouts Extraordinaire of Denver are the likely source of this outbreak, according to the CDC. The company today issued a recall for the sprouts which were sold in 5-pound boxes labeled "Living Alfalfa Sprouts." Health officials say restaurants and other retailers should not serve the recalled sprouts. The outbreak includes two strains. Twenty four people have … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: July 31, 2016

This week's food recalls include an expansion of a frozen vegetable recall for Listeria, baking mixes for Salmonella, two beef recalls for E. coli, an expansion of the General Mills flour recall and more. These pathogens can cause serious illness and death. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. Food Recalls in the U.S. Pathogens General Mills expanded its recall of flours that may be contaminated with E. coli. Good Food Concepts, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct in Colorado, is recalling 2,606 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. These products are possibly linked to an E. coli outbreak in Colorado. Meijer is recalling some fresh salads and sandwiches because they may be contaminated with … [Read more...]

Hampton Creek Baking Mixes Recalled for Salmonellla

Hampton Creek baking mixes are being recalled for Salmonella. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported, however consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The recall was initiated after the company learned that one of its ingredients, Native Forest Coconut Milk Powder, which accounts for less than 1.31 percent of the mixes, tested positive for Salmonella. Hampton Creek notified Native Forest and their distributor. The recall includes the following mixes: 20 oz White Cake Mix with UPC 854829006886 and Sell By Date: 5/25/2017;  Cinnamon Roll Cake Mix with UPC 854829006442 and Sell By Date: 5/28/2017;  Chocolate Chunk Muffin Mix with UPC Code: 854829006565 and Sell By Date: 6/6/2017; Yellow Cake Mix with … [Read more...]

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