April 17, 2014

Salmonella Outbreak from Imported Cucumbers Sickened 84


A Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico that sickened 84 people in 2013 ended one year ago. The outbreak, which began in January 2013 and ended in April 2013 sickened 84 people in 18 states. Seventeen people were hospitalized. Although about 1.3 million Americans contract Salmonella infections every year, the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul was one rarely seen in the U.S. with less than five cases reported annually. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which include fever, diarrhea, and vomiting can last up to 10 days. But long-term health problems, such as reactive arthritis, inflammation of the heart, spine, tendons and eye membranes can also stem from these infections. Public health investigators, who used pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to … [Read more...]

Recall of Peppercorns for Salmonella in Canada Updated

Pusateris Peppercorns Salmonella Recall

The recall of black peppercorns in Canada for Salmonella has been updated to include an additional product. Organic Connections, which recalled Frontier, 365 Everyday Value, and Simply Organic black peppercorns, is now recalling Pusateri's Fine Foods Organic Whole Black Peppercorns. The product is sold in 245 gram containers, with lot number 040203-002 and UPC number 6 28240 51655 8. The product was sold in Ontario at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Return it to the place of purchase for a refund or discard in a sealed container. The CFIA is investigating the problem and more products may be recalled if data warrants it.   … [Read more...]

Chile Molido Puro and Rojo Recalled for Possible Salmonella


Fernandez Chile Company of Colorado is recalling Chile Molido Puro and Chile Rojo because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. You can read the Spanish version of the recall at the FDA web site. No illnesses have been reported in connection with these recalled products. The products are Chile Molido Puro in 4 ounce containers with UPC number 77601-10011, and 6 ounce containers of Chile Rojo with UPC number 77601-10053. They were distributed in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and California. Some of the chains that received the products include King Soopers, Safeway, City Market, and independent grocers. The 4 ounce Chile Molido Puro is in a clear plastic bag with an expiration date of 01/2017 on the back. The 6 ounce Chile Rojo is in a clear plastic bag … [Read more...]

Swanson Health Products Recalls Cilantro for Salmonella

Swanson Cilantro Salmonella Recall

Swanson Health Products is voluntarily recalling Swanson Premium Brand Full Spectrum Cilantro (Coriander) because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The product was sold through several different methods. It was sold at the Swanson Health Products retail store at 109 Broadway North in Fargo, North Dakota; shipped directly to online or mail-order customers; or held for pickup by the consumer at Swanson Health Products headquarters. It was sold between November 21, 2013 and January 31, 2014. The lot numbers are 203921 and 204888, with a manufacturing date of 11/2013. The item number is SW1112. The company's supplier, UST Corporation notified Swanson Health Products about this problem. The raw material … [Read more...]

Dried Basil Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Lisy Basil Salmonella Recall

Lisy Corporation of Florida is recalling dried basil because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recalled product. The recalled basil is Lisy Sweet Basil (Albahaca) in 6 ounce containers. The item number is 1132, the lot numbers are A013 0518 and A014 0518. The UPC number is 0 96786 30032 8. It was distributed starting on January 15, 2014 in retail stores in New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Maryland. Routine sampling by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in the herb. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Return it to the place of purchase for a refund. The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea that may be bloody. Some people can … [Read more...]

Natural Grocers Recalls Peppercorns for Possible Salmonella

Natural Grocers Peppercorns Salmonella Recall

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets of Colorado is recalling multiple lots of Natural Grocers brand Organic Black Peppercorns as it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Several other recalls of black peppercorns are underway at this time. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Natural Grocers brand Organic Black Peppercorns, provided by Frontier Natural Products Co-op. The recalled product is packed in clear plastic bags with the Natural Grocers label. The Julian packed-on dates are: 28-14, 13-14, 351-13, 336-13, 322-13, 305-13, 290-13, 281-13, 266-13, 252-13, 245-13. The peppercorns were distributed to Natural Grocers' 80 stores in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and … [Read more...]

In Canada, Peppercorns Recalled for Possible Salmonella

365 Peppercorns Salmonella Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection AGency (CFIA) is recalling several varieties of black peppercorns because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with these recalled products. The products are Frontier Organic Whole Black Peppercorns, and Whole Black Peppercorns Organic in two sizes. Simply Organic Black Peppercorns in various sizes are recalled, as well as 365 Everyday Value Black Peppercorns in various sizes sold at Whole Foods Market. To see the sizes, UPC numbers, and product codes, please visit the CFIA web site. You can also see pictures of the recalled products there. The recall was triggered by a recall in the U.S. by Frontier Natural Products Co-op. If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Return them to … [Read more...]

Salmonella Infection in Childhood Risk Factor for IBS


Food poisoning in childhood is a risk factor for developing other diseases later on. Anyone who has suffered an E. col infection, for instance, is at risk for kidney and heart problems, as well as high blood pressure that can lead to strokes and heart attacks. Now a study has found that contracting salmonellosis gastroenteritis during childhood increases the risk of developing irritable bowl syndrome (IBS)and functional dyspepsia (FD) as an adult. The study, published in the journal Gastroenterology, looked at a group of children who had been sickened in 1994 with Salmonella enteritidis. The 1,811 patients affected buh that outbreak lived in Bologna, Italy. The patients were sent a questionnaire 16 years after the outbreak. A cohort study was designed, randomly selecting a group of 250 … [Read more...]

Sprouts Farmers Market Recalls Peppercorns for Possible Salmonella

Sprouts Peppercorns Salmonella Recall

Sprouts Farmers Market is recalling peppercorns sold under the Sprouts name and Frontier and Simply Organic brand names because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The first recalled product is Sprouts Farmers Market Organic Black Peppercorns in 2.12 ounce containers. The UPC number is 8-74875-00425-4 and the lot code is 3287. The expiration date is October 2016. They were distributed to Sprouts Farmers Market stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. The recall was initiated after a sample taken during routine testing by the FDA found the presence of the pathogenic bacteria. As an extra precautionary measure, the company is … [Read more...]

Radio Waves Kill Salmonella Bacteria in Raw Eggs

Raw egg

A study published in Agricultural Research magazine has found that radio waves can kill Salmonella bacteria in raw eggs without affecting taste or texture. Since one of every 20,000 eggs produced in the U.S. has a high risk of being contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria, and since many people eat raw or undercooked eggs, this is an important finding. At least 3,750,000 contaminated eggs are sold every year in this country. Salmonella bacteria are killed by heat. Pasteurized eggs are safer, but they can be difficult to use, especially since the egg whites do not whip to the same volume as untreated eggs. Pasteurized eggs are immersed in hot water and held at a minimum temperature for about an hour to kill the pathogenic bacteria. In the study, scientists tested 4,000 fresh shell … [Read more...]

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