October 19, 2017

Archives for June 2013

Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreaks: 4 in 4 Months

A Campylobacter outbreak associated with raw milk produced on a farm in Cambridge, MN is the fourth Campylobacter raw milk outbreak in four months.  The outbreak, which has sickened at least six people,  prompted officials to temporarily halt on-farm sales of raw milk while they investigate and issue a statewide consumer advisory. Campylobacter is a bacteria that is transferred via the fecal-oral route, meaning those who develop Campylobacter infections have ingested microscopic amounts of animal feces. Pasteurization kills bacteria that cause disease, but raw milk is not pasteurized. Symptoms of a Campylobacter infection, called campylobacteriosis, include abdominal cramping, vomiting and diarrhea. These infections can pose serious risk for some people, especially young children, … [Read more...]

Harmony Chai Recalls Tea for Possible Botulism

Harmony Chai is recalling its Concentrated Black Spiced Chai and Decaffeinated Rooibos Chai because it may not be properly processed and could possibly be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. There have been no reported illnesses to date in connection with the consumption of this product. Concentrated Black Spiced Chai is in 22 ounce (650 ml) amber glass bottles with UPC number 0510501311. It's also in 64 ounce (1892.7 ml) amber glass jugs with UPC number 0510501301. Decaffeinated Roobios Chai is in 22 ounce (624.25 ml) amber glass bottles with UPC number  9450402431 and 64 ounce (1892.7 ml) amber glass jugs with UPC number 0510501301. (That last UPC number may be incorrect; we contacted the FDA to ask about it.) The product was sold through farmers market,s grocery stores, … [Read more...]

Townsend Farms Expands Frozen Berry Blend Recall

Townsend Farms is expanding its recall of Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend that is linked to a hepatitis A outbreak in eight states. There is a "clear association" between the hepatitis A illness outbreak and one lot of organic pomegranate seeds used in the recalled product. The lot was imported from Turkey through Goknur and Purely Pomegranate, Inc. The product has been tested and the results to date have not detected hepatitis A. The recalled product is a 3 pound bag with UPC number 0 78414 40444 8. The recall codes are on the back of the package with the words "BEST BY" followed by the code T122114 sequentially through T053115, followed by a letter. That means a "best by" date of 12/21/14 through 5/31/15. All letter designations are included in this recall. Epidemiological … [Read more...]

FDA Detains Pomegranate Seeds Imported from Goknur of Turkey

The FDA is detaining shipments of pomegranate seeds from Goknur Gida Maddeleri Ithalat thracat Tic (Goknur Foodstuffs Import Export Trading) of Turkey when they are offered for import into the country. This action is from the investigation into the hepatitis A outbreak linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry and pomegranate mix sold at Costco stores. That outbreak has sickened 127 people in eight states as of June 27, 2013. The FDA and CDC have determined that the most likely vehicle for the virus is a common shipment of pomegranate seeds from Goknur used by Townsend Farms to make the product that was recalled in June. The seeds were also used to make the recalled Scenic Fruit Company Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. Michael R. Taylor, deputy … [Read more...]

Dianne Feinstein Introduces Legislation to Protect Antibiotics

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced legislation to combat antibiotic resistant superbugs that develop when farm animals are given non-theapeutic doses of the drugs. The Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013 directs the FDA to prohibit the use of human antibiotics given to healthy animals if doing so jeopardizes human health. The measure is also sponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The bill would require agriculture producers and drug companies to demonstrate that antibiotics are used to terat "clinically diagnosable diseases", not just to make animals gain weight or compensate for poor growing conditions. Feinstein said in a statement, "antibiotics are the closest thing … [Read more...]

Townsend-Costco Hepatitis A Outbreak Count Now at 127

For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have used the word "linked" to refer to the multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections and Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries sold at Costco stores. Now 127 people have been sickened in this outbreak. Fifty five people have been hospitalized. The investigation has revealed that the most likely vehicle for the hepatitis A virus is a common shipment of pomegranate seeds from Turkey used by Scenic Fruit Company to make the recalled Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels and by Townsend Farms to make their recalled product. The pomegranate seeds from this shipment were the only ingredient common to all of the recalled products. The case count per state in this outbreak is: Arizona (17), … [Read more...]

In Canada, Baby Food Recalled for Mycotoxin

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Wonder Berry North America are warning the public not to consume certain baby cereal products imported from Russia because they may contain mycotoxin HT-2. There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of these products. The products were distributed in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. All lot codes of UMNITZA (in Russian language) brand baby cereal products from the Russian Federation are affected. You can see the list of products, sizes, and UPC numbers at the CFIA web site. The products include Buckwheat, 7 Grains, 5 Grains, Corn, Rice, and Wheat baby cereal. HT-2 is a mycotoxin produced by the Fusarium species of mold. It can grow in grains and cereals. The toxin causes nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. For more … [Read more...]

Bubba’s Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Dip Recalled for Undeclared Fish

ECRS, LLC of Florida is recalling 12,560 pounds of chicken dip products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The products contain anchovies, one of the major food allergens. No reports of illness have been received to date. The recalled products are 8-ounce containers of Bubba's Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Dip with the establishment number "P-21299" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced and packaged on April 10, 2013. Also recalled are 16-ounce containers of the same product with the same establishment number with 8 pieces per case. Expiration dates are from June 25, 2013 through September 24, 2013. The products were produced and packaged from March 21, 2013 through June 21, 2013. The dip was distributed to retail grocery stores and through … [Read more...]

Food Poisoning Outbreaks Show Need For New FSMA Import Rules

The number of cases in the hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berry mix that contains imported pomegranate seeds continued its steady climb this week as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued final reports on two Salmonella outbreaks linked to imported foods- cucumbers from Mexico and tahini paste from Turkey. Over the last few months, these three outbreaks have sickened at least 222 people- killing one of them, as proposed food safety rules for imported foods gather dust in Washington. Two and a half years after President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) almost nothing has happened. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was tasked with filling in the details of the food safety reforms outlined in FSMA, but so far only two proposed … [Read more...]

Judge Orders FDA to Complete FSMA Rules by June 2015

Federal Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the U.S. District court of Northern California rejected the FDA's proposed timeline for completion of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) timeline and ordered the agency to publish all regulations by June 30, 2015. In her decision, Hamilton wrote, "the court finds defendant's 'target timeframes' to be an inadequate response to the request that the parties submit a proposal regarding deadlines that can form the basis of an injunction." The FDA was sued by the Center for Food Safety in August 2012, which applauded the Judge's decision today. George Kimbrell, CFS senior attorney said in a statement, "this is a critical victory for consumers, farmers, and the public health. The Court's decision will ensure FDA cannot unduly delay these life-saving … [Read more...]

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