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Archives for October 2012

After Salmonella Outbreak, Mango Industry Examines Itself

After an August Salmonella outbreak linked to imported mangoes sickened 127 people, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to step up inspections of the fruit. Now, the mango industry is mango is trying to figure out best food safety protocols. In a letter to mango producers, National Mango Board President William Watson said a risk assessment was scheduled to begin later this month.  “Food safety expert, Sergio Nieto-Montenegro, Ph.D. of Hispanic Workforce Management will visit facilities in the producing countries as well as receiving warehouses here in the U.S. to identify opportunities for improvement. He will work with each of the FMOs in the producing countries, as well as government officials, to get the most complete input. This report along with industry input will … [Read more...]

Chicken Enchiladas Recalled for Foreign Materials

Food Source, L.P. of Texas is recalling 11,400 pounds of frozen chicken enchilada products that may contain foreign materials that are small fragments of plastic. Two consumer complaints were received about this issue. No reports of injury have been reported related to the consumption of this product. The product is 57-ounce boxes of "Bremer Party Size White Meat Chicken Enchiladas." The cartons have the establishment number "P-13130" inside the USDA mark of inspection, and UPC number 0-41498-16921-3. The products have a "best by" date of 9/30/13. They were packaged on August 31, 2012 and shipped to retail stores in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. If you have purchased this product, return it to the store for a refund. For questions and more information, call Richard … [Read more...]

Zi Xiu Tang Success Recalls Capsules for Unapproved New Drugs

Zi Xiu Tang Success LLC is recalling four lots of Classic Xi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen Capsules and three lots of Ultimate Formula Capsules because they contain undeclared Sibutramine. This is a previously controlled substance that was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010 for food safety reasons. This drug increases blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant health risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke. The Bee Pollen product is marketed as a dietary supplement used as a weight loss aid. It is packaged in bottles of 60 capsules. The UPC number is 6937000700019 with lot numbers 04/15/2012, 05/15/2012, 06/15/2012 and 07/15/2012. It was distributed from May 1 to October 17, 2012 … [Read more...]

Halloween Food Safety

Halloween is here! This fun holiday is a childhood favorite. But there are some food safety rules parents need to follow to keep everyone healthy. FoodSafety.gov has some tips to keep Halloween treats safe, not scary. And the FDA has "Lucky 13: Tips for a Safe Halloween" to read. If your kids go out to get candy, don't let kids eat while they are trick-or-treating. You should inspect the treats before they try them. Try to get them to eat something healthy before they venture out. Go to neighborhood homes where you know the people. Second, kids should not accept any treats that are not commercially wrapped. That means no homemade popcorn balls or other treats. When you get home, inspect the treats. Look for signs of tampering on products, such as pinholes, tears in the wrapper, or … [Read more...]

E.coli Outbreak At Pumpkin Patch Petting Zoo Sickens Four

Four children who visited the petting zoo at Willow Grove Gardens Pumpkin Patch have tested positive  for E.coli, Hilary Gillette-Walch, nurse manager for the Cowlitz County Health Department told Food Poisoning Bulletin this afternoon. At least one of the children, who are all under ten, was hospitalized. Results from lab tests show one child was infected with the strain E. coli 0157:H7, results from tests to identify the strains of E.coli that infected of the other three children are pending. It could be weeks before health officials know  with certainty if all four children were poisoned by the same strain, said  Gillette-Walch. Symptoms of an infection include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea which can sometimes by bloody. The bacteria can be picked up by petting an animal and then … [Read more...]

BT McElrath Chocolatier Recalling Peanut Butter Pave

BT McElrath Chocolatier, Inc. is recalling seasonal peanut butter pave because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was made with ingredients produced by Sunland, Inc. that have been recalled. Sunland's Trader Joe Valencia peanut butter is linked to a Salmonella Bredeney outbreak in the United States. There have been no confirmed illnesses associated with these recalled products. The products are 2 and 5 piece Peanut Butter Pave in these lots: Lot #12031 with Best by date of 4-30-12, and UPC numbers 693868102117 and 69386905312. Lot #12046 with Best by date of 6-15-12 and UPC numbers 693868102117 and 69386905312. Lot #12159 with Best by date of 10-7-12 and UPC numbers 693868102117 and 69386905312. And Lot #12201 with Best by date of 11-26-12 and UPC numbers 693868102117 … [Read more...]

Food Safety After the Hurricane

Flooding is the main concern after the hurricane in the northeast United States. USA.gov has detailed flood response and recovery information. The USDA and FDA have information for consumers about food safety and getting food to eat after a disaster. Many people are without power after Hurricane Sandy. A freezer will keep food safe for 48 hours only. After that time, the food will start to thaw and will become unsafe. If ice crystals still remain in the food, it is safe to freeze; otherwise discard it. You can also use a thermometer to see if the temperature of the food is below 40 degrees F. If it is, it's safe to consume and/or freeze. When in doubt, throw it out! Do not eat food that has come into contact with flood water. Discard any food not in a waterproof container, such as those … [Read more...]

Cleveland County Fair Outbreak Update for 10/29/12

The Division of Public Health of the New York Department of Health and Human Services in North Carolina has updated the E. coli outbreak linked to the Cleveland County Fair. Now 106 people are ill, including 65 children and 41 adults. Thirteen people have been or are currently hospitalized. One child has died as a result of the infection. The case counts are as follows by county: Cleveland County (61), Gaston County (15, including one death), Lincoln County (14), Catawba County (2), Union County (2), Rutherford (7), York County, South Carolina (2), Cherokee County, South Carolina (3). The new cases are in Gaston County and Rutherford. E. coli bacteria produces shiga toxins, which destroy red blood cells and can cause serious complications including hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). … [Read more...]

Premium Nutritional Products Recalls Bird Food

Premium Nutritional Products is recalling ZuPreem Fruitblend™ with Natural Fruit Flavors maintenance formula bird foods for medium/large birds and for large birds. The product has exceedingly high calcium levels, low phosphorus, and high vitamin D concentration that could pose a significant health risk to birds. Consumption of food from these lots may make birds sick and can be fatal. Symptoms include decreased activity level or appetite, increase in water consumption or watery droppings. The two recalled lots are 598405052 and 598405072. You can see the SKU numbers, product descriptions, UPC numbers, lot codes, and "Use By" dates at the FDA site. You can also see all of the product labels at that site. The products were shipped between 5/21/12 and 8/23/12 nationwide to pet … [Read more...]

Schoep’s Ice Cream Recalls Kay’s Vanilla Bean

Schoep's Ice Cream Company of Wisconsin is recalling Kay's Classic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream because it contains pecans, an allergen, that is not declared on the label. No illnesses have been reported to date. But anyone with an allergy or sensitivity to tree nuts could have serious or life-threatening reactions if they eat it. The ice cream is sold in 48 ounce round containers. The UPC number is 0-87848-13021 with a Best if Used By Date of 02/28/14. The product was shipped to Food City and Super Dollar stores in Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. If you have purchased this product and are allergic to tree nuts, return it to the place of purchase fora full refund. For questions, call 1-800-891-6411 extension 71.   … [Read more...]

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