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Archives for May 2013

Hepatitis A Outbreak Associated with Berries Sold at Costco

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is working with the CDC and FDA to investigate an outbreak of hepatitis A cases associated with frozen mixed berries purchased from Costco. About 30 cases of the illness have been reported from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California. Illnesses were first reported on April 29. The most recent case was reported on May 21, 2013. It takes about 30 days for symptoms to appear after exposure to the virus. Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries purchased from Costco appear to be the source of this outbreak. The blend includes cherries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, raspberries, and strawberries. A formal recall has not been issued, although Costco has removed the product from its shelves. The risk of … [Read more...]

Unapproved Genetically Engineered Wheat Found Growing in Oregon

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced this week that genetically engineered glyphosate-resistant wheat plants have been found growing in Oregon. This is the same Roundup resistant wheat variety that was field-tested by Monsanto from 1998 to 2005 but was rejected. There are no GMO wheat varieties approved for sale or commercial production in this country or anywhere else at this time. While this discovery is not a food safety concern, it does highlight one of the concerns of the anti-GMO movement: that these altered genes will find their way into other wild plants. THe FDA, meanwhile, states that "this variety is as safe as non-GE wheat currently on the market." This discovery may mean that the Plant Protection Act has been violated. This law states … [Read more...]

Teavana Recalls Glass Tea Tumblers for Burn Hazard

Teavana is recalling their glass tea tumblers because of burn and laceration hazards. The tumblers can break or shatter unexpectedly, posing injury hazards.  You can see pictures of all of the recalled tumblers, as well as the model name, SKU/Product codes, and UPC numbers at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. The tumblers are double-walled beverage glasses. Most models have removable stainless steel tea infuser baskets, removable lids, and ornamental etchings on the inner wall. They were packaged in color-coordinated cylindrical packages. Some were sold as part of a tea gift set. The products were made in China. There have been 302 reports of the glass breaking or shattering, including six reports of lacerations and burns when the tumblers broke during use. Injuries … [Read more...]

Family Cow Recalled Raw Milk Sold in 7 Allegheny County Locations

Recalled raw milk produced by Family Cow farm in Chambersburg, PA was distributed at seven locations in Allegheny County, according to the Allegheny County Health Department, which is advising residents to discard the milk due to potential contamination with Campylobacter.  At least five people who drank the raw milk developed campylobacteriosis, a bacterial infection that causes diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal cramping. State health officials found the outbreak strain in a bottle of the raw milk taken from the farm and have determined that the raw milk is the source of this outbreak. The farm has halted raw milk production while the outbreak investigation is underway. The recalled raw milk was packaged under The Family Cow label in plastic gallon, half- gallon, quart and pint … [Read more...]

Cheryl’s Recalls Pumpkin Cookies for Undeclared Peanuts

Cheryl's' of Ohio is recalling 10,588 individually wrapped Buttercream Frosted Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookies because they contain undeclared peanuts, one of the major food allergens. Some of the packages of the Pumpkin Cookies contain Fudge Buttercream Frosted Peanut Butter Cookie. No illnesses have been reported to date. The cookies are each 1.6 ounce and sold at Cheryl's retail stores in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, as well as Cheryl's website in April and May 2013.  The cookie label does state "Produced in a plant that also handles Peanuts and Tree nuts." If you purchased this product and are allergic to peanuts, discard it and contact Cheryl's for a refund. For questions and more information, contact Joseph Pittito at 516-237-6131 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm ET. … [Read more...]

Farm Rich E. coli Outbreak Ends

The E. coli outbreak linked to frozen Farm Rich products has ended after sickening 35 people in 19 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  However, because the recalled products have a long shelf life, some consumers may still have them in their freezers and should not eat them, the agency cautions. Laboratory testing on Farm Rich products from patients' homes established that Farm Rich brand frozen food products were the source of this outbreak. Rich Products issued an expanded recall in early April  to include all  products under the brand names Farm Rich, Market Day, and Schwan’s that were manufactured at its Waycross, Georgia plant between July 1, 2011 and March 29, 2013. The recalled products have "best by" dates ranging from January 1, 2013 to … [Read more...]

Sacramento Mulvaney’s Norovirus Outbreak Updated

The outbreak of norovirus at Mulvaney's restaurant in Sacramento we told you about in March has been confirmed and updated. Laura McCasland, Communication & Media Officer of the Sacramento County Department of Health & Human Services told us that 138 people were sickened in this outbreak. The ill persons ate at the restaurant between Friday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 26, 2013. During the week of February 17 to February 24, 2013, at least six food service workers reported that they were ill. People started gettting sick between Friday, February 22, 2013 and Thursday, February 28, 2013. The cause of the illness was norovirus. The restaurant was inspected February 13, 2013 and passed. Public health officials suspect that the foods that are associated with the risk of … [Read more...]

FSMA Imported Foods Rule Takes Effect Today

One of the new rules mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is being put into effect today. the "Information Required in Prior Notice of Imported Food" is now a final rule and is the law of the land. This rule is designed to stop contaminated food at U.S. borders. If a food that is waiting for clearance into the country has been refused entry by another country, it will be rejected at the border. Food importers must follow this rule, which was originally put into place in 2002 after 9/11. The rule states, "for purposes of this regulation, FDA considers 'refused entry' to mean a refusal of entry or admission of human or animal food based on food safety reasons, such as intentional or unintentional contamination of an article of food. This is consistent with the intent of … [Read more...]

Lightlife Farmer’s Market Veggie Burgers Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Lightlife Foods is recalling a limited number of Lightlife Farmer's Market Veggie Burgers because they contain milk, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Some of the Veggie Burger packages may have been filled with Black Bean Burgers, which contain milk. The product was shipped to food stores and distributors nationwide. Anyone who has an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is sold in 12.0-ounce packages, four burgers to the package. The UPC number is 4345480525, Lot Codes are 5483220300 and 5483221700, and best if used by dates are JULY 16, 2013 and JULY 30, 2013. If you purchased this product and are allergic to … [Read more...]

Holiday Inn Salmonella Food Poisoning Victims File Lawsuits

Two of 99 Salmonella food poisoning victims have filed lawsuits against the Holiday Inn Bordeaux, a North Carolina hotel, and Aromas Hotels LLC.  The lawsuits, filed in Cumberland County Superior Court, allege the women, both residents of Fayettevelle, NC contracted Salmonella infections after eating at the Cafe Bordeaux in the hotel at 1707 Owen Drive. The lawsuits (case numbers 13 CVS 4175 and 13 CVS 4176) seek compensation for the women, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. Both women are part of the Salmonella outbreak associated with eating food prepared in the Holiday Inn Bordeaux kitchen on May 7-8. The food was served on the premises at banquets, in the Cafe Bordeaux and in the All American Sports Bar and Grill, … [Read more...]

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