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Archives for December 2012

Outbreaks on Two Cruise Ships in the Caribbean

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that there are illness outbreaks on two Christmas cruises in the Caribbean. One outbreak is on the Cunard Line Queen Mary 2, with voyage dates of December 22, 2012 to January 3, 2013. The second is the Princess Cruises Emerald Princess, with voyage dates of December 17 to December 27, 2012. The cause of the outbreaks has not been determined, but it may be norovirus, which often strikes enclosed areas such as cruise ships and nursing homes. On the Cunard Line cruise, 201 out of 2,613 passengers, and 14 out of 1,255 crew have reported illness of vomiting and diarrhea. The causative agent is unknown at this time. The crew is disinfecting the ship, and an extra medical staff and a public health officer have been sent to the … [Read more...]

Smoked Salmon Recalled for Possible Listeria

Delifish S.A. is recalling cold smoked salmon products because they may contain Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no reports of illness associated with the consumption of this product. The following brand names are affected: Black Bear of the Black Forest Smoked Salmon in 1 pound packages, with UPC number 810230000493.  Food Service Cold Smoked Salmon Trim in 1 pound packages; Einstein Darn Good 4 ounce Retail packages with UPC number 099892315200. Also recalled is Food Service Whole Smoked Side in 3-5 pound pack, and Silver Source Smoked Salmon Foodservice 2-3 pound smoked fillet. Royal Fjord Smoked Salmon Toppers in 6 ounce packages with UPC number 810230000561 are recalled, along with Royal Fjord Sliced Smoked Salmon Loin in 12-14 ounce packages and Item #42925. Finally, HEB 4 … [Read more...]

Largest Multi-State Food Poisoning Outbreaks Of 2012: #1

A Salmonella outbreak linked to raw, scraped tuna was that largest multi-state food poisoning outbreak of 2012, based on the total number of people sickened.  The outbreak, which was announced in April, sickened 425 people in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Produced in India and distributed in the US by Moon Marine USA Corporation, the raw, yellowfin tuna product, known as Nakaochi Scrape, is tuna backmeat that is scraped from the bones of tuna. It looks like raw ground tuna and is used in sushi, sashimi, ceviche, and other dishes. Those sickened ranged in age from less than 1 year to 86 years old. The median age was 30. Sixty percent of case patients were female. At least 55 people were hospitalized. No fatalities were reported. There were two outbreak strains. Most of … [Read more...]

10 Largest Multi-State Food Poisoning Outbreaks Of 2012

The 10 largest multi-state food poisoning outbreaks of 2012 poisoned 1,071 people in 45 states. Various strains of just three pathogens- Salmonella, E.coli and  Listeria were the cause of the 10 largest multi-state foodborne illness outbreaks, based on the total number of people sickened.  Six of them were caused by Salmonella, three by E.coli and one by Listeria.  These dangerous bacteria  made their way into unsuspecting consumers through a variety of food sources including  meat, cheese, fish, peanut butter, fruit and vegetables. Three of the foods: tuna, cheese and mangoes were imported.  Five of the food sources: cantaloupe, ground beef, spinach and spring mix, clover sprouts, and peanut butter, were produced domestically. (The specific food source for two of the outbreaks was not … [Read more...]

More Holiday Food Safety Advice from the FDA

The FDA is offering holiday food safety advice to help keep you and your family safe and healthy during the season. They have several food safety videos, a food safety success kit, and information about ready-to-cook foods, and general tips. If you are hosting a party or a meal for anyone in a high risk group, it's critical that you are very careful about food safety. Those people include older adults, infants, young children, pregnant women, people with any chronic illness such as HIV/AIDS and cancer, and those who take medication to suppress their immune systems. Following the four basic food safety measures to the letter can help prevent foodborne illness. Always keep everything clean, separate foods to avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to a safe final internal temperature, … [Read more...]

In Canada, Pie Crusts Recalled for Undeclared Egg

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Kinnikinnick Foods Pie Crusts because they contain undeclared egg, one of the major food allergens. No illnesses have been reported associated with the consumption of this product. The pie crust is in 290 gram packages. Each packge contains two 8-inch pie crusts. The UPC number is 6 20133 00600 9 and the best before dates are 2013NO20, 2013NO21, 2013DE11, and 2013DE14. The product was distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario, but may have been distributed nationally. If you have purchased this product and are allergic to eggs, return it to the place of purchase for a refund. For more information and questions, call 780-424-2900 or the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.   … [Read more...]

Largest Multi-State Food Poisoning Outbreaks Of 2012: #2

A Salmonella outbreak linked cantaloupe produced on an Indiana farm was second largest multi-state food poisoning outbreak of 2012, based on the total number of people sickened. With three fatalities, it was also one of the deadliest. The outbreak, which was announced in August, sickened 261 people in 24 states and put 94 people in the hospital- the most hospitalizations of any outbreak during 2012. Two strains of Salmonella were involved in the outbreak. A total of 228 people were sickened by Salmonella Typhimurium, and 33 were sickened by Salmonella Newport. The three deaths were in Kentucky. Public health investigators traced the origin of the outbreak to Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. in Owensville, Indiana. A recall of the melons was announced on August 22. Environmental swabs … [Read more...]

Holiday Leftovers Storage Times and Tips

After the holidays, many people have lots of leftovers in their fridge. Using them up makes good sense economically.  But how long do these foods last? FoodSafety.gov has a convenient chart that will help you keep your family safe. Most cooked meats last three to five days in the fridge. After that time, they should be frozen for longer storage. Make sure you properly wrap the foods in freezer wrap and containers, label them, and freeze at 0 degrees F or below. Salads and side dishes last three to five days as well. Once you've properly stored leftovers, you must follow rules to thaw and reheat them safely. The USDA offers tips on this topic. Frozen foods can be reheated without thawing; the reheating time is just going to be longer. Be sure that leftovers reach 165 degrees F, and … [Read more...]

GE Salmon: What Can You Do?

We've received several letters from readers who are concerned about the FDA possibly approving genetically engineered (GE) salmon, and what they can do about it. There are many petitions circulating, asking the government to do more studies and reconsider before approving the first engineered animal. You can also contact your representatives in Congress and tell them how you feel about this issue. Wenowah Hauter, Director of Food & Water Watch, has written a book called Foodopoly. In it, she describes some of the potential problems and concerns with what she calls "frankenfish". The salmon is created by inserting the genes of ocean pout, so the fish grows to market size in half the time. Since the FDA has no regulatory process for legalizing these animals, they are using the process … [Read more...]

Largest Multi-State Food Poisoning Outbreaks Of 2012: #3

A Salmonella outbreak linked mangoes imported from Mexico was the third largest multi-state food poisoning outbreak of 2012, based on the total number of people sickened. The outbreak, which was announced in August, sickened 127 people in 15 states. The mangoes were distributed throughout the US and Canada and sold at various retail stores. On August 29, 2012, Splendid Products of Burlingame, Calif., the US distributor, issued a recall for Daniella brand mangoes with the PLU numbers: 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584 or 4959. The recalled mangoes were sold at various retail stores throughout the U.S. Two weeks after the recall, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put the Mexican supplier of the mangoes, Argicola Daniella of Sinloa, Mexico on import alert, meaning the company’s mangoes … [Read more...]

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