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Archives for January 2012

Tahina Recalled in Canada Because of Possible Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Phoenicia Group of St-Laurent, Quebec are voluntarily recalling Alkanater brand Tahina (sesame seed paste) because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Product details: Alkanater brand Tahina Sold in 454 gram containers UPC number 6 92551 00002 0 Codes "Prod: 5/7/2011" and "Exp.: 5/7/2013" Other 454 gram containers of Alkanater brand Tahina with an additional code "Lot: TT3N-281011" inkjetted on the container are not affected by this recall. There have been no reported illnesses connected with the consumption of this product. But remember that food contaminated with Salmonella may not look different or have an off aroma. Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, with symptoms such as high fever, vomiting, nausea, severe … [Read more...]

FDA Takes Action Against New York Manufacturer of Mexicali Cheese

The FDA wants a judge to block the maker of Mexicali cheese from operating in its New York manufacturing facility because of "persistent unsanitary conditions" that contributed to the spread of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The agency's legal action in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York is against Mexicali Cheese of Woodhaven, N.Y., and two of its officers. A civil complaint seeks a permanent injunction in hopes of protecting consumers from possible food poisoning. The lawsuit follows an FDA Warning Letter to the company in October 2010 and a recall of "Queso Cotija Cheese" in August of the same year. The Warning Letter was issued after three days of inspection at the plant found Listeria in five locations along with numerous food safety violations, including … [Read more...]

Indiana Senate Proposes Legalizing Sale of Raw Milk

On January 30, 2012, the Indiana state Senate passed language that would let small dairy farmers in the state sell raw, unpasteurized milk. The wording was added to Senate Bill 398. Farmers with less than 20 cows could register with the state and sell the raw milk for human consumption. At this time, it's only legal in that state to sell raw milk for consumption by pets. The author, Senator John Waterman (R-Shelburn) said he was raised on raw milk and also said that since equipment used to hold the milk is now stainless steel, "it's safer than it was then." Senator Jean Leising, a Republican and former nurse, said that raw milk poses a danger to public health. Senator Brent Walz (R-Indianapolis) compared raw milk to alcohol and tobacco, saying the state allows the sale of the … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak Grows Again

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting that the number of people sickened by Campylobacter associated with raw milk from Shankstead Ecofarm in Franklin County has risen to 20. There are now 16 confirmed cases in Pennsylvania, and 4 confirmed cases in Maryland. The farm has voluntarily stopped production of raw milk until testing is complete. A formal recall has not been announced, but officials say anyone who bought the milk after January 1, 2012 should discard it. Raw milk for sale must be labeled with a warning about possible health risks. Campylobacteriosis, the infection caused by Campylobacter, is usually caused by consuming contaminated water, raw milk, undercooked poultry, or from cross-contamination. Complications from campylobacteriosis include Guillain-Barre … [Read more...]

Vitaflo USA Recalling Renastart

Vitaflo USA is voluntarily recalling Renastart cans because some of the product has been labeled incorrectly. This product is a powdered medical food given to pediatric kidney patients. Product details: Renastart 14.11 ounce (400 gram) cans Batch Number 12832 The batch number is stamped on the bottom of the can Shipped throughout the United States from December 29, 2011 through January 26, 2011 There have been no illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. Renastart is given to children one year and older. All other Vitaflo and Renastart products other than cans with the batch number 12832 are safe. This product is sold only in the United States, and only under the name Renastart. The company found that some of the cans labeled Renastart actually contained … [Read more...]

USDA Doubtful They Can Pinpoint Source of Contaminated Hannaford Ground Beef

The USDA said last Friday, January 27, 2012, that they don't believe they will be able to pinpoint the source of the Salmonella-tainted beef the Hannaford chain used to make ground beef. That beef caused an outbreak that sickened 19 people in December 2011 with an antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria. The USDA and FDA can track down the original source of contaminated food "90% of the time", according to Richard J. McIntire, a spokesman for the Food Safety and Inspection Service, a branch of the USDA. The government has said that "high risk practices" used by the store, such as grinding together beef from various sources and trimmings from meat sold in the store, contributed to the outbreak. The store also had slack record-keeping of beef sources that made it impossible to … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak Widens in Pennsylvania, Maryland

Another six people have been infected with the pathogen Campylobacter in a food poisoning outbreak that Pennsylvania and Maryland health officials have associated with the Family Cow raw milk produced at the Shankstead Ecofarm in Franklin County, Pa. News reports from the region say a total of 12 illnesses have now been linked to consumption of the unpasteurized milk that Family Cow sells at more than 20 health food stores and more than 25 drop points in south-central Pennsylvania, around Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and in eastern Pennsylvania. In Maryland, 4 people have fallen ill, while 8 in Pennsylvania have been sickened. The farm has temporarily suspended raw milk sales pending microbiological testing results. Meanwhile, consumers are still advised by public health officials not … [Read more...]

Bin Bin Rice Cracker Recall Expands in Canada

The Canadian Food Agency (CFIA) is expanding the January 27, 2012 recall of Bin Bin brand Rice Crackers to include more products. The crackers contain egg, one of the major allergens, which is not declared on the label. Product Size Retail UPC Number Bin Bin brand Snow Rice Crackers 150 gram 8 852098 700124 Bin Bin brand Rice Crackers Jumbo Bag 450 gram 8 852098 701510 Bin Bin brand Rice Crackers 450 grams 6 84431 00113 5 The products have been distributed throughout Canada. There has been one illness reported due to the consumption of these products. For questions, call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday. You can see all the product pictures at the CFIA site. … [Read more...]

Purple Poop Makes Quite A Splash

When an artist, a designer and seven Cambridge University biology undergraduates team up, what do you get? Purple poop. Or yellow, or green, or red, or blue. Those who maybe inclined to pooh-pooh such an idea should know that the technology developed by one such collaboration of artists and scientists goes well beyond giving the ho-hum stool sample a punch of color What they actually developed is  E. chromi, an engineered strain of E. coli that secretes color in the presence of pollutants. Like many kinds of bacteria, E. coli are sensitive to environmental pollutants. By equipping them with a pigment-producing device that switches on in the presence of certain toxins, the team of scientists and artists created a way to use bacteria as an inexpensive, user-friendly biosensor. For … [Read more...]

Walgreens Recalling Chocolate Covered Raisins for Undeclared Allergens

Walgreen Co. is voluntarily recalling some lots of Walgreens Chocolate-Covered Raisins because the package actually contains Walgreens Bridge mix with peanuts, almonds, and soy. The product manufacturer, GKI Foods Inc in Brighton, Michigan, is also cooperating in this recall. Product details: Walgreens Chocolate-Covered Raisins 13-ounce package Best by date of "Oct 42012A1" Blue and white plastic bag UPC number 04902245661 Item number 280217 Sold in: Arizona California Connecticut Walgreens Retail Stores in the Northeastern U.S. Walgreens Retail Stores in the Western U.S. If you have purchased this product and are allergic to tree nuts, soy, and/or peanuts, return the product to Walgreens for a full refund. There has been one illness reported in … [Read more...]

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