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Archives for February 2013

Recall: Even Marshmallow Eggs Get Salmonella

Update March 3: This recall has been canceled. Further testing has shown that the candy is free of Salmonella. Zachary Confections, Inc. is recalling certain production lots of its Zachary Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs for possible contamination with Salmonella. To date, there have bene no illnesses associated with the recalled product. The problem was discovered during routine testing performed by the company. A test on a finished product indicated the potential for Salmonella contamination. The company is recalling all lots of product that may have been affected. The products under recall are packaged in white egg crates with purple, green and yellow lettering. The specific Case UPC number is 1 00 75186 31797 3, the Unit UPC number is 0 75186 15797 8, the Code Dates are … [Read more...]

Consumers Warned About Consuming Bivalve Shellfish in California

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops from Marin County. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been found in mussels in this region. These naturally occurring toxins can cause illness or death. Cooking does not destroy this toxin. This warning is in addition to the annual mussel quarantine that was extended on October 31, 2012 for Del Norte and Humboldt counties. That quarantine is still in effect. Commercially harvested and sold clams, mussels, scallops and oysters are safe to eat, as long as the sources are approved. Only state-certified commercial shellfish harvesters and dealers can sell these products, which are subject to frequent testing by the … [Read more...]

Applegate Chicken Sausage Recalled for Foreign Materials

Schmalz's European Provisions of New Jersey is recalling Applegate Organics Chicken and Apple Sausage because they may contain small pieces of plastic. There have been three consumer complaints about this issue, but no reports of injury at this time. The recalled products were sold in 12 ounce vacuum packages. The date on the package is "Use or Freeze by 03/17/13". The establishment number "P-5411" is inside the USDA mark of inspection. The sausages were produced on January 24, 2013, and sold in retail stores nationwide and through limited internet sales in New Jersey. If you purchased these sausages, do not eat them. Return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Anyone concerned about an injury from the consumption of this product should contact a healthcare provider. For … [Read more...]

E. coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in Canada Grows to Eight Patients

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that another person has been sickened in the E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak linked to recalled Gourmet Meat Shoppe frozen beef burgers. The case count is now as follows: Ontario (4), Alberta (2), Manitoba (1), Saskatchewan (1). All of the patients are recovering or have recovered. All of the recalled burgers have been removed from store shelves, but consumers most likely still have some in their home freezers. Public health officials are asking that you check your freezer to see if you have the recalled products. If you do, throw them out or return them to the store. Do not eat them.The symptoms of an E. coli 0157:H7 infection include severe stomach cramps, watery and/or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and a mild fever. Up to ten percent of … [Read more...]

Gibbon MN Farmer Faces More Raw Milk Charges

Michael Hartmann of Gibbon Minnesota is facing more criminal charges for selling unpasteurized dairy products. In 2012, Mr. Hartmann pled guilty to charges resulting from a 2010 E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak linked to his raw milk and other dairy products. At least a dozen people were sickened in that outbreak. The only common food in that outbreak was the raw milk from Hartmann's farm. The specific strain of E. coli 0157:H7 in the patients was also found in cows and in multiple sites at the Hartmann farm. That particular strain of E. coli bacteria, identified by DNA, had not been previously found in Minnesota. The charges against him were dropped in the plea deal. That October 2012 agreement stipulated that he comply with state licensing and labeling laws that forbid the off-farm sale of … [Read more...]

FDA To Cantaloupe Growers: Prepare To Be Inspected

After two major food poisoning outbreaks in two years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging the cantaloupe growers to review their practices and to make sure they are doing all they can to prevent dangerous pathogens form contaminating their melons. In a letter to growers, the agency is also telling growers it will be conducting inspections of some operations to make sure these efforts have been made. Combined, the cantaloupe Listeria outbreak of 2011 and the cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak of 2012 sickened more than 400 people. Thirty six people died.  In both outbreaks, investigators discovered unsanitary conditions in the packinghouses. “Due to our observations at cantaloupe packinghouses, we urge the cantaloupe industry to review its current operations in the … [Read more...]

Bruce Foods Expands Enchilada Sauce Recall for Wheat and Soy

Bruce Foods Corporation of Louisiana is recalling mislabeled cans of red enchilada sauce because they contain undeclared wheat and soy. This recall is being expanded to include product sold in Indiana. The product is already recalled in Virginia and Minnesota. The 10 ounce Food Club Red Enchilada Sauce could contain Green Enchilada Sauce instead, which has wheat and soy. Those with an allergy to wheat and/or soy could have a serious allergic reaction if they consume this product. The recalled sauce has code GES 462449 and a best before date of 12/3/2016. No illnesses have been reported to date. If you purchased this sauce, return it to the place of purchase for a refund. For questions, call Larry Thibodeaux at Bruce Foods at 1-337-365-8101 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CT. … [Read more...]

Lion Pavilion Recalls Ginger Slices for Undeclared Sulfites

Lion Pavilion of New York is recalling Grassplot Ginger Slices because they contain undeclared sulfites. Anyone who is sensitive to sulfites runs the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The ginger slices are sold in a 100 gram (3.5 ounce) clear plastic bottle. The product is uncoded and was distributed nationwide. The ginger slices are a product of China. Routine sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors found the presence of sulfites in the product. Just 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving can cause severe reactions, including anaphylactic shock, in some people with asthma. If you purchased this product and are sensitive to sulfites, return it to the place of purchase for a refund. For … [Read more...]

Waxman and Slaughter Introduce Antibiotics Bill

Congresspersons Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) have introduced a bill into Congress to better monitor antibiotic use in animals. The bill, H.R. 820, the Delivering Antimicrobial Transparency in Animals (DATA) Act, will provide information on the amount of and use of antibiotics given to animals raised for human consumption. Rep. Waxman said in a statement, "the widespread use of antibiotics in animals is a vital public health issue. We need to learn more about how these drugs are being used. With this information, scientists will be able to better pinpoint the relationship between the routine use of antibiotics in humans and the development of dangerous resistant bugs that can harm humans. This knowledge will inform scientists and Congress and start us down the path to … [Read more...]

Poland Spring Bottled Water Warning in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is recommending that anyone who has purchased Poland Spring 3- or 5- gallon water bottles check them for gasoline odors before using. Clean water should not have any type of chemical smell; it is odorless. After Hurricane Sandy, when gasoline shortages were reported in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, some people used large water bottles to hold gasoline. Bottled water companies have since detected returned and recycled water bottles with gasoline residue and fumes. The companies have measures in place to remove those bottles from reuse, but a "very small number" of contaminated bottles did make it through the detection process. Those levels of gasoline are "not likely to result in long-term health effects" … [Read more...]

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