October 19, 2017

Archives for December 2011

Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens Gain Traction in 2011

Antibiotic resistant pathogens made headlines in 2011 both as the source of major foodborne illness outbreaks and as the poster child for regulatory reform. There were major outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria throughout the world this year: In Germany, an antibiotic resistant strain of E. colisickened 1500 people and killed 18. In the United States, at least four multi state oubreaks that sickened a total of 385 people were caused by antibiotic resistant strains: The Hannaford Salmonella ground beef outbreak. The St. Louis romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak. The Schreiber Processing Kosher broiled chicken liver Salmonellaoutbreak. The Cargill ground turkey Salmonella outbreak. U.S. consumer groups agitated for antibiotic-resistant strains to be … [Read more...]

FDA Says No Trace of Cronobacter in Enfamil Formula

The FDA has said they have found no trace of Cronobacter in Enfamil powdered baby formula. The formula was voluntarily recalled last week when a 10-day-old Missouri infant died after being fed the formula. Four infants became ill with Cronobacter, which only rarely causes illness. Two infants, one in Florida and one in Missouri, died of Cronobacter illness in the last two weeks. Two other infants developed Cronobacter infection, but have since recovered. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a joint statement on Friday which states, "Based on test results to date, there is no need for a recall of infant formula, and parents may continue to use powdered infant formula, following the manufacturer's directions on the printed label." Cronobacter was … [Read more...]

Giant Food Voluntarily Recalls Miller’s Shredded Cheese

Giant Food Corporation in Landover, Maryland has removed Miller's Shredded Cheese packages from store shelves because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Giant's was notified by its supplier about the possible contamination. The cheeses were sold in Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets. Product details: All products have expiration dates of June 5, 2012 through September 4, 2012 Haolam Shredded Cheddar Cheese in 8 ounce packages, with UPC number 2663826200 Haolam Shredded Mozzarella Cheese in 8 ounce packages, with UPC number 2663800264 Haolam Shredded Pizza Cheese in 8 ounce packages, with UPC number 2663826300 Miller's Shredded Cheddar Cheese in 8 ounce packages, with UPC number 7881236950 Miller's Shredded Mozzarella Cheese in 8 ounce … [Read more...]

Kroger and Smith Stores Recall Iceberg Lettuce

Kroger and Smith Stores are recalling Grower's Express iceberg lettuce because of possible Salmonella contamination. The bacteria was found in a field next to the grower's property in Arizona. The lettuce hasn't tested positive for Salmonella. There may be as many of 1,000 heads of lettuce in this recall. The recall was first considered a "Class I" recall, which means that the product "could cause serious health problems or death". The recall was downgraded to "Class II", a voluntary and precautionary recall for products that "might cause a temporary health problem, or pose only a slight threat of a serious nature" after the Salmonella source was not the lettuce, but an adjacent field. The Smith's grocery stores involved in the recall are in these … [Read more...]

More Illnesses in Hannaford Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak

The Hannaford ground beef Salmonella outbreak has resulted in four additional confirmed illness since the supermarket chain announced a recall of store-ground hamburger on December 15. The CDC is reporting a total of 19 patients from seven states, including four from Maine. The outbreak is centered in the Northeast put includes confirmed cases in Kentucky and one in Hawaii. It underscores two public health issues: The growth of antibiotic-resistant pathogens in food and a chronic traceback problem involving incomplete meat grinding logs kept by retailers that mix their own hamburger. Hannaford, a Maine-based chain with 179 stores in the Northeast, is recalling an undetermined amount of ground beef sold in its meat cases due to possible contamination from Salmonella … [Read more...]

Shamrock Foods Beef and Chicken Recalled

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says Shamrock Foods of Phoenix, Arizona is recalling 7,500 pounds of marinated beef and chicken because of improper labeling. The beef contains soybeans, sulfites, and wheat, and the chicken contains milk, wheat, and sulfites. These ingredients are known allergens, which were not declared on the label. The FSIS discovered the problem during a routine inspection. Product details: Products were sold in Arizona Produced from December 1, 2011 through December 29, 2011 Cases containing two 10-pound packages labeled as "Chicken, breast double lobe marinated randoms" The chicken has an identification number of 2844671 Cases containing two 10-pound packages labeled as "Beef chuck, shoulder clod 1/2" slice marinated USDA … [Read more...]

Food Safety Modernization Act in 2012

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 was signed into law by President Obama in January 2011. Some of the statutes in that law are going into effect in 2012. The government has already completed some tasks: A consumer-friendly, easy-to-search web site for product recalls was launched. The Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE), dedicated to rapid response of foodborne illness outbreaks was created. A new agency, the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, was established to train companies about the new rules and regulations. Draft guidances for many new regulations were issued for the public's comment. Final guidance on egg safety and other products were published. This law was the first significant new legislation on food regulations and safety … [Read more...]

Food Establishments Warned to Not Alter Routines During Testing for Listeria

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has warned food establishments to not alter their routine sanitation, manufacturing, and food safety procedures during tests for Listeria. If practices are altered during tests, FSIS's ability to accurately assess the safety of the food is compromised. The notice was published December 28, 2011. FSIS tests include Routine Risk-Based Listeria monocytogenes (RLm) Sampling and Intensified Verification Testing (IVT). These tests can indicate important information about the establishment's sanitary conditions. RLm sampling is done at ready-to-eat (RTE) production facilities only once every four years. IVT is conducted when a product is found to be contaminated, or when other food safety issues are … [Read more...]

Baraka Apricot Candies Recalled Because of Undeclared Sulfites

U.B.C. Food Distributors in Dearborn, Michigan, are recalling "Baraka Apricot Candies" because of undeclared sulfites, which are a preservative. The state of New York found the sulfites during routine sampling. Package labels did not declare sulfites as preservatives because of a "temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes." Product details: Baraka Apricot Candies Net weight 14.08 ounce (400 grams) Product of Lebanon Cellophane package with expiration date/lot number 5/2013 UPC number 822514223719 Distributed nationwide to retail stores from July 20, 2011 to December 21, 2011 No illnesses or injuries have been reported in connection with this product. Anyone with a sensitivity to sulfites who eats these candies can experience serious or … [Read more...]

Alert for Listeria in Cheese

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has issued an alert to consumers to avoid some cheese and milk products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Cheese sold by Cedar Market in Norwood, Massachusetts, and Bahnan's in Worcester, Massachusetts, are part of the alert. You can see photos of all the cheese labels at the FDA site. Product details: All products have the brand name "Fromagerie Marie Kade" Establishment number 1874 Akawi cheese, with "best before" date of March 8, 2012 Baladi cheese, with "best before" date of February 8, 2012 Halloom, with "best before" date of May 1, 2012 Moujadale, with "best before" date of May 4, 2012 Shinglish cheese, with "best before" date of November 7, 2012 Tresse cheese, with "best before" date of … [Read more...]

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