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Archives for May 2012

Peach Granola Recalled for Undeclared Cashews

OSKRI Corp. of Wisconsin is recalling "Peach Granola" because it may contain undeclared cashews, a tree nut that is one of the major food allergens. Product details: Peach Granola 3.53 ounce flexible plastic bag UPC number 666016111743 Marked with this stamp: P 3/3/12 EXP 9/9/13 LOT 75 No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. The problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the production process. If you are allergic to tree nuts and have purchased this product, return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. For questions, contact Alisha Smith of Oskri's Quality Department at 1-920-648-8300. … [Read more...]

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Most Common Cause of Pediatric Kidney Failure

According to a study published in the May issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is the most common cause of acute kidney failure in children in the United States. FoodNet, the Foodborne Disease Active Surveillance network, was the source of the statistics. Surveillance is difficult because there is no single diagnostic test to diagnose HUS. The study examined pediatric HUS cases from 2000 to 2007 and found that in 627 cases, more than 90% occurred after a diarrheal illness and most were caused by infections of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 0157:H7 (STEC). An average of 78 cases were reported every year; most (66%) occurred in children less than than five years old; of those cases, 64% were in children less than two years old. About 93,000 Americans … [Read more...]

FDA Warning Letters For 5/30/12

These FDA warning letters for the week of May 30, 2012 list food facilities with food safety violations that are of interest to consumers. These letters are sent after a facility is inspected, to give the owners guidance and time to fix violations. 1. Seco Spice Ltd. of Berino, New Mexico. Inspectors found Salmonella bacteria in this facility, in 21 subsamples. The bacteria was found in the grinding room and milling room, and in other areas. The letter states "this was not the first time FDA investigators collected environmental samples from your facility that were found to be positive for Salmonella anatum." The inspection also found "dead beetle-like insects too numerous to count" on totes containing green chile flakes. 2. Sushi Boy, Inc. of Gardena, California. This facility had … [Read more...]

Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Chicks and Ducks

The CDC is reporting an outbreak of human Salmonella infections linked to live poultry. Outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Lille have sickened 93 people in 23 states. Eighteen people have been hospitalized, and there has been one death that may be related to the outbreak and is under investigation. The outbreak began in February 2012. Case counts are as follows: Alabama (3) Georgia (3) Illinois (1) Indiana (2) Kentucky (4) Louisiana (1) Maine (2) Maryland (1) Massachusetts (1) Michigan (1) Nebraska (1) New Jersey (1) New York (13) North Carolina (9) Ohio (26) Pennsylvania (9) Rhode Island (1) South Carolina (1) Tennessee (4) Texas (1) Vermont (1) Virginia (6) West Virginia (1) The government … [Read more...]

New Salmonella Strain Linked To Diamond Dog Food, Lawsuit Filed

A second strain of Salmonella has been linked to Diamond Dog Food, the source of a Salmonella Infantis outbreak that has sickened 15 people in nine states over the last seven months, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has been collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the investigation into the outbreak since the beginning of April when it discovered Salmonella Infantis, the rare outbreak strain, in an unopened package of Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice Formula for Adult Dogs and prompted a recall by the company. Using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, or PFGE, public health investigators were able to identify the DNA "fingerprints" of Salmonella bacteria and determine that the strain in the dog food was a genetic match … [Read more...]

Long Term Effects of Pediatric HUS

An article published in Clinical Infectious Diseases concludes that children who develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) after E. coli poisoning must have years of follow-up testing to monitor for signs of long-term health complications. The study, titled "Need for Long-term Follow-up in Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli-Associated Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Due to Late Emerging Sequelae" is an important finding for parents of children who have developed HUS. Researchers found that even when patients had fully recovered, they must be closely monitored for at least five years to detect health problems Researchers followed 619 pediatric patients over six years in Austria and Germany and noted that "thirty percent of HUS patients presented with hypertension, impaired renal function, or … [Read more...]

Cottage Food Industry Guidance

The cottage food industry is growing in America. This industry, where people make food at home and sell it directly to the public, is limited to foods with a lower potential for foodborne illness, including baked products and jams. The foods can't be sold in retail stores, through the internet, by mail order. The laws and rules governing these sales vary by state, even though the FDA Food Code states that "Food prepared in a private home may not be used to offered for human consumption in a food establishment." It's up to the individual proprietor to make sure she is complying with local and state regulations, including zoning ordinances. So the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) has prepared a guidance document of "best practices" to help potential entrepreneurs and local … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Filed Against Diamond Pet Foods

The law firm of Pritzker Olsen, P.A. filed what is believed to be the first lawsuit against Diamond Pet Food Processors and Costco Wholesale Corporation for damages caused by pet food contaminated by Salmonella.  The lawsuit was filed on Monday in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey (case number 3:12-CV-03127-JAP-LHG) on behalf of an infant who was hospitalized with a Salmonella Infantis infection. The pet food in question, Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables, has been the subject of a nationwide recall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with state and local health departments have identified an outbreak of human illnesses linked to this and several other brands of dog food produced by … [Read more...]

After Deadly Listeria Outbreak, Jensen Farms Files Bankruptcy

Jensen Farms, the source of the 2011 cantaloupe Listeria outbreak that killed 35 people and sickened a total of 146 people in 38 states, has filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code. Documents filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Denver on May 25, show that the farm, based Holly, Colorado, which earned about $5 million a year in 2009, 2010 and 2011, has between 50 and 99 creditors and faces seven personal injury lawsuits and 12 wrongful death suits. The farm’s total assets are estimated to be between $1 million and $10 million while its total liabilities are estimated to be between $10 million and $50 million. Eric S. Jensen is listed as president of ESJ Inc., and general partner. The cantaloupe Listeria outbreak linked to the farm was one of … [Read more...]

Chicken of the Sea Recalling Oysters

Chicken of the Sea International is recalling six UPC numbers of oyster products packed under different brand names because they were imported from Korea. The FDA has banned frozen, fresh, and canned oyster products from that country because the harvesting waters were contaminated with human waste and norovirus was found in the area. Product details: Chicken of the Sea Whole Oysters 12/8 ounce UPC number 4800000267 Chicken of the Sea Oyster Pieces 24/8 ounce UPC number 4800000069 Pacific Pearl Whole Oysters 12/8 ounce UPC number 7175902112 Ace of Diamonds Whole Oysters 24/8 ounce UPC number 7760015508 Pacific Pearl Smoked Oyster Water 12/3.75 ounce UPC number 7175902119 The company is asking consumers and facilities to … [Read more...]

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