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Archives for July 2012

Estes Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Live Poultry Expands

The Salmonella Montevideo outbreak linked to live poultry produced by Estes Hatchery in Springfield, Mo., has now sickened 76 people in 22 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 17 people have been hospitalized. By state the case count is as follows: Alaska (1), California (2), Colorado (1), Florida (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Indiana (9), Iowa (2), Kansas (10), Kentucky (1), Massachusetts (2), Missouri (24), Nebraska (8), Nevada (1), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (4), South Dakota (1), Texas (1), Vermont (1), and Wyoming (1). Those who became ill through contact with chicks, ducks and other live baby poultry range in age from less than 1 year to 83 years old. Many, about 37 percent, are … [Read more...]

Paralytic Shellfish Poison Closes Recreational Harvest In Puget Sound

The Washington State Department of Health (WDH) has closed recreational shellfish harvesting in six counties near Puget Sound after dangerous levels of the biotoxin Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) were discovered. Commercially harvested shellfish are not included in the closure and should be safe to eat, according to public health authorities. The six counties affected by the recreational shellfish harvest closure are in the central and southern areas of the sound. They are: Jefferson, Island, Snohomish, Kitsap, King and Pierce counties. Warning signs have been posted at beaches in these areas. Shellfish included in the closure are: clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, geoduck, and other mollusks. Crab is not included in the closure, but “crab butter,” the yellow goo that clings to … [Read more...]

Publix Recalls Sub Sandwiches Made with Gills Onions

Publix Super Markets is recalling custom sub sandwiches made with recalled Gills Onions. The onions were recalled on July 19, 2012 for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall includes any custom made sub sandwiches with sliced onions sold at the Publix Deli department from July 7, 2012 through July 26, 2012. The onions were shipped to stores in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Publix stores in Florida are not included in this recall. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the sliced onions. But the problem with this recall is that it can take up to 70 days for a Listeria infection to manifest with symptoms. So many people do not associate their illness with the food they ate that actually caused it. If you have eaten any food with … [Read more...]

Spartan Stores Recall Products Containing Gills Onions

In the ninth derivative recall so far, Spartan Stores is recalling two products that contain Gills Onions. The onions, which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, were recalled on July 19, 2012. The recalled products include Three Bean Salad sold at the deli, and 10-ounce Broccoli Stir Fry sold in the product department. There has been no "confirmation" of illnesses associated with the consumption of these products reported to Spartan Stores. If anyone has eaten these products and gotten sick, they should contact their healthcare provider. Those products should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase for a full refund or replacement. If you have questions, you can contact Spartan Stores' Consumer Affairs at 1-800-451-8500. You can also contact Gills Onions … [Read more...]

USDA Unveils New Tool To Help Public Health Scientists Target Pathogen Risk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just unveiled a new tool called the Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) Guideline. It was developed with the EPA to help scientists improve the quality of data collected to protect consumers from pathogens in food and water. The Guideline focuses on infectious diseases associated with the GI tract and fecal or oral transmission of pathogens in food and water. Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, the USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety, said, "this new tool will help public health scientists target pathogen-related risks and prevent them from harming the public. We will continue to enhance the tools at our disposal to keep pace with evolving pathogens in our environment with … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Public to Avoid Recalled Cantaloupe for Possible Listeria

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to not eat cantaloupes processed by Burch Equipment LLC of North Carolina because the fruit may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The 580 cases of whole cantaloupes were shipped to establishments in New York and Maine, but the distributors may have shipped the cantaloupes to other states. Hannaford Supermarkets, which carries the cantaloupe, has stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. The cantaloupes have a red label displaying the words "Burch Farms" and the number "PLU #4319". And here's a twist: the FDA has learned that the cantaloupes were packed into sweet potato cartons. While no known illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these cantaloupes, the FDA … [Read more...]

Foodborne Illness Rates On The Rise

The five-year trend in foodborne illness rates is, for the most part, progressing in the wrong direction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) annual report on foodborne illness. Since 2007, incidence rates of  Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria and all but one strain of Shiga Toxin Producing E.coli  have increased. Only the incidence rate of  E.coli 0157:H7 has decreased, according to the newly released data. Since 2007, the number of laboratory-confirmed infections from E.coli 0157:H7 has decreased 15.5 percent. But infections from other pathogens that account for the bulk of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. are on the rise. Since 2007, the number of laboratory-confirmed infections from: Campylobacter has increased 15 percent,  Listeria has increased 14 … [Read more...]

Tita Corp. Columbian Style Cheese Recalled for Possible Staphylococcus

Productos Tita Corp. of New York is recalling Columbian style cheese for possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination. The cheese, produced under the brand name "Tita", is called "Quesito Colombiano." It is packaged in 8 ounce clear plastic pouches or tubs with a plant code of #36-8440 and stamped code of "AUG 10 2012" stamped beneath the label bar code. The cheese was distributed in the metropolitan New York area. A routine sample of the cheese by the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services was discovered to be contaminated with high levels of the bacteria on July 25, 2012. The manufacturer was told of the test results on July 28, 2012 and issued the recall. Staphylococcus aureus causes rapid onset food poisoning symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, retching, abdominal … [Read more...]

Wimberger’s Old World Bakery Recalls Products for Undeclared Allergens

Wimberger's Old World Bakery & Delicatessen is recalling many products because they contain undeclared milk, soy, and wheat, three of the major food allergens. Anyone allergic to those foods who eats the products may have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. THe products include Kaiser Rolls, Seeded Roll, Brat Buns, French Bread, Pretzel Rolls, Pretzels, Pizza Dough, Hoagie Rolls, and French Baguettes. even though not all of the products are Kaiser Rolls, all of the products were packaged in semi-transparent plastic bags identified "fresh from the OVEN SOUR DOUGH 12 KAISER ROLLS, NET WT 20 OZ, WIMBERGER'S OLD WORLD BAKERY 2321 Bott St., Colorado Springs, Colo 80904". The labels are yellow, white, and brown, with black print writing bearing the UPC number 7960540012. The … [Read more...]

Catswell Cat Food Recalled for Contamination

Arthur Dogswell LLC of California is recalling 1,051 cartons of Catswell brand cat food because it may contain propylene glycol. This chemical can cause anemia, which could result in serious injury. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled food is Catswell Brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins. The cartons were packed as either 10 or 50 packages per case. The food was distributed nationwide through retail outlets and mail order from April 13, 2012 to June 14, 2012. The recall was announced after routine surveillance samples showed possible contamination. The product is packaged in a re-sealable 2 ounce orange plastic bag with a clear window. The  lot codes are: SEW12CH032701/03c and SEW12CH032702/03c with a best before date of 09/10/13 and 09/11/13, … [Read more...]

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