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Archives for November 2012

Mankato Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Sick Najwa’s Catering Employee

According to the Mankato Free Press, an ill food service worker or workers was the source of a norovirus outbreak at the Greater Mankato Growth banquet that sickened 30 to 40 people at the Mankato Civic Center on November 13, 2012. The food service provider, Najwa's Catering, was the source of the outbreak. Public health officials were not able to trace the norovirus source to one particular person. The Minnesota Department of Health told the food service provider of protocols they need to follow when employees are ill. Norovirus causes gastroenteritis, with symptoms of vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache, fever, chills, and muscle aches. The symptoms usually start 24 to 48 hours after exposure.   The virus is easily transmitted from person to person and … [Read more...]

Advent Calendar Chocolates May be Contaminated with Mineral Oil

When I watch television shows such as "Unwrapped", which detail how many popular foods are made, I always wonder exactly how facilities keep those huge machines clean enough to handle food. How are the machines oiled? What about the fuel used to power the machines? As it turns out, the German consumer group Stiftung Warentest analyzed the chocolates in some Advent calendars available for sale in Germany and found mineral oil residues. The oil most likely came from products used to lubricate machines or from recycled packaging. No illnesses have been reported associated with this issue, and the German Confectionary Association says there is no health concern. But aromatic mineral oil is contaminated with carcinogens. At the low level found in the candies, there would be no immediate … [Read more...]

Troll Smokehouse Jalapeno Vienna Sausages Recalled for Undeclared MSG

Tri City Cheese and Meats of Michigan is recalling about 271 pounds of Jalapeño Vienna Sausage products because they contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), that is not declared on the label. MSG is a sub-ingredient used in the spice blend, but was not listed on the final product label. There have been no reports of adverse reactions linked to the consumption of this product. The product is 1 and 2.5 pounce Cryovac bags of "Troll Smokehouse Fully Cooked Jalapeño Vienna." The product has the establishment number "EST. 32015" inside the USDA mark of inspection. It was produced October 18, 2012 through November 6, 2012, and packages have a sell by date of "12/17/12" through 01/03/13". It was distributed to retail establishments in Michigan. If you have purchased this product and are … [Read more...]

Veggie Patch Meatless Burgers Recalled for Possible Listeria

Veggie Patch is recalling its Veggie Patch Ultimate Meatless Burgers because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  The FDA has not released this information, and there is no word whether or not anyone has been sickened by this product. The product is sold in 9 ounce packages. The UPC number is 61012900211, with a sell by date of January 12, 2013. It was sold at Stop & Shop, Giant Food Stores, Martin's, and Giant of Maryland stores. If you have purchased this product, return it to the place of purchase for a refund. The symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning include a flu-like fever and muscle aches, upset stomach or diarrhea, stiff neck, headache, loss of balance, and confusion. Those in high risk groups can become seriously ill with listeriosis. … [Read more...]

Sunland Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak Over

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney linked to Sunland's Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter appears to be over. The last illness was reported on September 21, 2012. A total of 42 people from 20 states were infected with the outbreak strain of the bacteria. Sixty-one percent of ill persons were children under the age of four. Ten people were hospitalized in this outbreak. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who has been contacted by some victims of this outbreak, stresses that these illnesses were completely preventable and solely the responsibility of Sunland and its distributors. "Peanut butter is easily contaminated with Salmonella and other bacteria. The facilities that produce it and those who distribute it … [Read more...]

Lab Tests On 60 McDonald’s Employees In Salmonella Outbreak

The owners of the McDonald's franchise in Bloomington, Ill. that has been linked to a Salmonella outbreak are paying for lab testing on 60 employees and the wages of all employees scheduled to work while the restaurant remains closed during the investigation,  a spokeswoman for the McLean County Health Department told Food Poisoning Bulletin. During their investigation, health officials found no contamination on food or environmental surfaces, but were able to determine from interviews that the source of the outbreak could have come from an employee or employees who worked their shifts while they were sick, she said. Each employee had to submit two stool samples for testing, results of 120 tests should be available by the middle of next week. Testing is being performed by McDonald's … [Read more...]

FDA Says Rapid Response Helped Contain Sunland Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration has released a consumer update, stating that their rapid response helped contain the Salmonella Bredeney outbreak linked to Sunland peanut butter. The product that caused the outbreak was Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt. The outbreak sickened 41 people in 20 states. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who has represented people in outbreaks like this, said, "Sunland had a responsibility to produce their peanut butter in a clean and safe environment. Ready to eat foods especially must be wholesome and free of contamination, or people will get sick." The outbreak was originally spotted in early September 2012, when reports of Salmonella Bredeney infections began. Many of those sickened were children, which raised a red flag with … [Read more...]

Sukhis Red Curry Vegetables Recalled for Undeclared Shrimp

Sukhi's Gourmet Indian Foods is recalling Red Curry Vegetables because it contains undeclared shrimp, one of the major food allergens. The problem was an error on the label. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. The product has lot code 3390113612, a use by date of 5/14/2013, and UPC number 7-67226-02901-6. The product was shipped to distributors in California, Texas, Minnesota, and Georgia from 5/21/2012 to today. A customer complaint alerted the company to the problem. Some boxes of a single lot of Red Curry and Vegetables contained Yellow Curry with Shrimp. If you are allergic to shrimp and purchased this product, return it to the place of purchase for a refund. FOr questions, call 1-888-4SUKHIS from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm PT Monday … [Read more...]

CDC Releases Information about 2011 Salmonella Bovismorbificans Tahini Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released information about a 2011 outbreak of Salmonella Bovismorbificans that was linked to hummus and tahini. On September 27, 2011, three isolates of that particular strain were identified by the District of Columbia Public Health Laboratory. The outbreak sickened 23 people in seven states and the District of Columbia. This strain of Salmonella is quite rare in the United States. Nine people who were sickened with the outbreak strain of the bacteria were interviewed by public health officials. All had eaten at restaurants in the District of Columbia or northern Virginia less than two weeks before becoming ill. Dates of illness onset ranged from August 19 to November 21, 2011. On May 30, 2012, traceback information revealed that … [Read more...]

Salmonella Stanley Outbreak Closes McDonald’s in McLean County Illinois

The McDonald's restaurant on South Main Street in Bloomington Illinois has closed voluntarily because of a link with a Salmonella Stanley outbreak in McLean County.  The outbreak is also linked to other restaurants in central Illinois. The McLean County Health Department reports that human transmission may be the source of the bacteria rather than a specific food or foods. There is a confirmed link between one outbreak case and the McDonald's in question.  Public health officials are waiting for more lab results before they proceed with the investigation. The Illinois Department of Public Health is also investigating the outbreak. Patrons of restaurants reported becoming ill from October 18 to November 11, 2012. The employees of the McDonald's restaurant are being tested to see if … [Read more...]

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