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Archives for January 2013

Did CDC Food Poisoning Study Give Produce A Bum Rap?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study of 11 years of food poisoning outbreaks this week. The report claims that produce in general and leafy greens in particular cause more food poisoning outbreaks than other foods. But did the CDC give veggies a bum rap? On Tuesday, the CDC issued an early release of a report appearing in the March 2013 edition of Emerging Infectious Disease entitled: “Attribution of Foodborne Illnesses, Hospitalizations, and Deaths to Food Commodities by using Outbreak Data, United States, 1998–2008.”  The study looked at foodborne illness outbreaks from 1998–2008. Of the 13,352 food poisoning outbreaks that occurred during this time, the specific food source was only identified in 37 percent of them or 4,887 outbreaks. These were … [Read more...]

Isabella Foods Recalls Tamales Because of Undeclared Wheat and Soy

Isabella Foods of Texas is recalling 685 pounds of tamales because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products contain wheat or soy that re not declared on the label. The products that are recalled are 36 ounce packages containing 12 "Isabella Foods of El Paso Green Chicken Tamales" with the establishment number "P-13389" inside the USDA mark of  inspection. Also recalled are 36 ounce packages containing 12 "Isabella Foods of El Paso Red Pork Tamales" with the establishment number "EST. 1960" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were made through January 18, 2013 and sold to institutions and retail stores in the El Paso, Texas area. The problem was discovered during a routine label review by an FSIS in-plant inspector. Soy and wheat were subcomponents of some of the … [Read more...]

Yolanda Quality Foods is Recalling Pasta for Undeclared Wheat and Milk

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers allergic to wheat and/or milk to not eat Yolanda Quality Foods brand pasta products because it contains those allergens. The presence of the allergens is not declared on the label. The recalled products include 12 ounce packages of Classic Gnocchi with code GN12 for wheat and milk, 12 ounce packages of Cheese Tortellini with code TIC12 for wheat, and 12 ounce packages of Spinach Tortellini w/Cheese with code TIS12 for wheat. Also recalled are 12 ounce packages of Cheese Tortelloni with code TOC12 for wheat, 12 ounce packages of 12 Jumbo Florentine Ravioli Classic with code JCF12 for wheat, and 10 ounce packages of Classic Large Square Ravioli Mushroom with code LSM12 for wheat. In addition, 10 pound bulk cases of … [Read more...]

Research Finds Sweet Tooth Plus Bitter Supertasters More Likely to Have Metabolic Syndrome

A study examining the effects of having both a sweet tooth and extreme sensitivity to bitter flavors (supertaster) has found that they correlate with increased incidence of metabolic syndrome. That syndrome includes extra weight around the middle and upper parts of the body, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol levels, and insulin resistance. It puts people at higher risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, and coronary artery disease. Those with only a sweet tooth or sensitivity to bitter foods actually have a lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Researchers found that those who are sweet liking (SL) and supertasters (ST) should try to increase fiber intake and reduce caloric beverage intake to combat the risk posed by this syndrome.  Scientists believe that these tasting profiles … [Read more...]

E. coli Recall: Veal Trimmings May be Contaminated

San Jose Valley Veal of California is recalling about 1,260 pounds of veal trimmings that may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7. There have been no reports of illness associated with the consumption of this product. The problem was discovered when a customer tested a shipment of the veal and reported "non-negative" results. The recalled product is 60 pound cardboard box cases of "SAN JOSE VALLEY VEAL AND BEEF INC." boneless beef veal trimmings. The boxes may contain case codes L-1 11112," "L-1 11212," "L-1 11512," "L-1 11612," "L-1 11712," "L-1 11812" or "L-1 11912" and may also bear the establishment number "EST. 2828" inside the USDA mark of inspection.  The veal was produced between November 1 and November 9, 2012, and transported to a federal facility for further … [Read more...]

USDA Lists Stores That Sold Head Cheese Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a list of retailers that sold tainted head cheese linked to a Salmonella outbreak that sickened six people in Louisiana. Stallings Head Cheese Co., Inc., of  Houston issued a recall of 4,700 pounds of hog head cheese on January 24 after health officials discovered Salmonella infections in six people who had eaten it. Head cheese, is a jellied loaf made of pieces of a cow or pig’s head, feet, tongue and heart. It originated in Europe as a way use as much of a slaughtered animal as possible. The Norwegians call it “sylte” and use cutlery to eat slabs of it drizzled in vinegar. In the US, it’s generally eaten as a cold cut. The recalled products include 10-oz. packages of Richard’s Hog Head Cheese that have  ”Use by 2 1 2013″ or “Use … [Read more...]

FDA Sends Warning Letter to Trillium Farms Egg Production Facility

The FDA has sent a warning letter to Trillium Farms LLC egg production facility in Ohio for "serious violations of the Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation Regulation." This failure causes the shell eggs to be considered adulterated. The facility induced molt in a flock, but then did not perform environmental testing for SE in the poultry house as required by law. The facility also did not monitor for rodents by appropriate methods, and did not have a definitive Biosecurity Plan for taking action. They also did not maintain records documenting compliance with refrigeration requirements. Eggs must be held at or below 45 degrees F within 36 hours of lay. The letter was dated November 29, 2012. The facility had fifteen … [Read more...]

Raw Flour Can Cause Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Most savvy cooks know that raw eggs, meat, poultry, and shellfish should be handled with care because they most likely contain pathogenic bacteria. So they wash their hands after handling these products, take care to avoid cross-contamination, and sanitize surfaces after cooking. Cooking those foods will kill the pathogenic bacteria. But did you know that uncooked flour can also be contaminated with pathogens? A study published in Foodborne Pathogens and Disease found that a cluster of Salmonella cases occurred in New Zealand in October 2008 linked to wheat-based poultry feed raw material. And raw flour caused an E. coli outbreak in the U.S. in 2009 that sickened 77 people in 30 states. In that case, the flour was in raw refrigerated,prepackaged cookie dough. Scientists found … [Read more...]

Smoked Salmon Listeria Recall-A-Thon Continues: Whole Foods 2

Whole Foods Market is expanding its smoked salmon recall for potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes to include an additional lot code. The black and gold, flat, rectangular, vacuum-sealed 4 oz packages of Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon with UPC code 0 99482 40880 0  were sold in 18 states: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island Texas, and Utah. The lot codes now included in the recall are 7425A2297A. and 7425A2298B. No illnesses have been reported related to these lot codes. But a sample of the product has tested positive for Listeria. This recall, an expansion of a January 25 recall, is the latest in long string of smoked salmon … [Read more...]

Cow Chips Dried Beef Jerky Recalled for Undeclared Wheat

BPT Products Inc of New Mexico is recalling 213 pounds of beef jerky products that contain wheat, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. There have been no reports of adverse reactions associated with the consumption of this product. The products recalled include 1.5 ounce bags of "Cow Chips Dried Beef Original Flavor", 1.5 ounce bags of "Cow Chips Dried Beef Adobo Flavor", 1.5 ounce bags of "Cow Chips Dried Beef Adobo Flavor Hot Habañero", 1.5 ounce bags of "Carne Seca Nativo Dried Beef Adobo Flavor", and 1.5 ounce bags of "Carne Seca Nativo Dried Beef Adobo Flavor Hot Habañero." The products have the establishment number "Est. 40357M" inside the USDA mark of inspection and a sell by date between "2/6/2013" and "7/18/2013" on a sticker on the back of the … [Read more...]

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