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Archives for August 2013

Campbell’s Recalls Chicken Broth Cans that Contain SpaghettiOs

Campbell's Soup Company is recalling 1,920 cans of SpaghettiOs with Meatballs because the product contains wheat, soy, and milk, which are three of the major food allergens, that are not declared on the label. The SpaghettiOs product has a Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth label, which does not declare the allergens. The company has received two consumer complaints about the incorrectly labeled cans, but there have been no reports of adverse reactions to date. The recalled product is 14.5-ounce cans labeled Campbell's "Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth" that contain SpaghettiOs. The cans have establishment number "EST. 4K, P-13" on the bottom of the can along with the use-by date of January 23, 2015. The products were made on July 24, 2013 and were sold at retail in Texas, … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Closes Waters to Oyster Harvesting After Vibrio Outbreak

The state of Massachusetts has closed Duxbury, Plymouth, Marshfield, and Kingston Bay Complex to commercial oyster harvesting because of an outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus. This is the first time those waters have been closed, despite a two-year effort of government and industry to implement safeguards against that bacteria. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is currently investigating an outbreak of more than 40 people sickened by Vibrio this summer. Some of those illnesses have been definitively attributed to cultured oysters from that specific growing area. There is no wild harvest on those waters. All oysters harvested from this area that are in commerce are being recalled. The closure is in effect from August 30, 2013 until further notice. The symptoms of a … [Read more...]

Nationwide Cyclospora Outbreak Case Count Stands at 636

The CDC has updated the Cyclospora outbreak again; now 636 people are ill and 45 people have been hospitalized. That's an addition of 20 cases since the last update two days ago. The next update from the government will be on September 4, 2013. Cyclospora is a single-celled parasite that causes an infection called cyclosporiasis. Symptoms include watery and explosive diarrhea, fatigue, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, weight loss, bloating, increased gas, vomiting, fever, and headache. The time between infection and symptoms is usually about 1 week. Since the Cyclospora oocyst isn't infective immediately when it's passed in feces, but takes a few days to sporulate and become infectious, this disease isn't usually passed from person to person, but through contaminated food. The … [Read more...]

Burma Superstar Scored Well on Inspections Before E. coli Outbreak

The Burma Superstar restaurant in San Francisco that is at the center of a city and state E. coli investigation has had a history of mostly low-risk food safety violations, according to a review of health department inspection documents by Food Poisoning Bulletin. One person has been hospitalized in the outbreak for a life-threatening case of HUS kidney failure and a total of 14 ill people are considered case patients. Food poisoning investigators for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health are trying to pinpoint the cause, but nine of the outbreak victims reportedly ate at Burma Superstar in mid-August before falling ill. The City and County of San Francisco's  Environmental Health inspection findings show only one high-risk … [Read more...]

Burma Superstar E. coli Outbreak Probed in San Francisco

At least 14 people have been sickened in San Francisco with E. coli O157:H7, including nine who ate at the popular Burma Superstar restaurant in the Inner Richmond neighborhood earlier this month. The E. coli outbreak, now under investigation by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and California Department of Public Health, prompted owner Desmond Tan to close the establishment for Labor Day weekend. At least one person has been hospitalized with kidney failure from a life-threatening complication of toxic E. coli infection known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS. According to health department records, the investigation was first announced earlier this week with a public health alert that eight cases of presumptive Escherichia coli O157 had been reported, with one … [Read more...]

Federico’s E. Coli Outbreak Case Count Grows to 79

The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at Federico's Mexican Restaurant in Litchfield Park, Arizona has now grown to include 79 people. At least 23 people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. This is now the largest E. coli outbreak in the United States in years. In 2009, 77 people were sickened after eating contaminated raw refrigerated prepared cookie dough. All of those sickened in this outbreak ate at the restaurant between July 18 and July 30, 2013. Officials believe that the outbreak may be over, but the exact cause of the contamination has not yet been determined. At least two people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe complication of an E. coli O157:H7 infection that can destroy the kidneys. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Exposure at Southampton Driver’s Seat Restaurant

A worker at the Driver's Seat Restaurant at 62 Jobs Lane in Southampton, New York has tested positive for hepatitis A, according to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS). Anyone who ate there between August 6 and August 20, 2013 may have been exposed to the virus. A hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccine within 2 weeks of exposure can prevent or lessen the severity of illness. The county will offer free hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccinations to anyone who dined at this restaurant between August 16 and August 20, 2013. Go to the 3rd Floor Teaching Center at Southampton Hospital at 240 Meeting House Lane August 30 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm; August 31 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm; September 2 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm; and September 3 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Treatment is … [Read more...]

Food Safety For Labor Day Weekend Barbecue

If you're hosting a Labor Day barbecue, remember these food safety tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Properly preparing and cooking food reduces the risk of food poisoning. Are you planning to marinate your meat? If so, do it in the fridge, not on the counter, and take care to clean up any spills. If you want to use some marinade for sauce, reserve some when you make it. Never re-use the marinade of raw meat as sauce for the cooked meat. If you plan to partially cook meat or poultry inside and then finish it on the grill to reduce grilling time, do this right before you are ready to put it on a hot grill. This will reduce bacterial growth. Prevent cross contamination by using different plates and utensils for raw meat and cooked meat.  If you only have one set … [Read more...]

Westlake Foods Expands Pork Recall for Undeclared Wheat and Soy

Westlake Foods of California is recalling more cured pork products for undeclared wheat, one of the major food allergens. And these newly recalled products also contain undeclared soy. The products are 12-pound blocks of "PATE GAN TAY HO LIVERWURST SPREAD", distributed in cases for restaurant and wholesale use nationwide, and 6-ounce cups of "PATE GAN TAY HO LIVERWURST SPREAD" distributed at retail, restaurant, and wholesale locations nationwide. The products have the establishment number "EST. 1627A" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They have case code numbers "213001" through "213234". All products were made between January 1, and August 22, 2013. You can see the product labels at the USDA site. The problem occurred because of a change in the company's spice mix. There have been … [Read more...]

USDA Details Changes to Salmonella Testing in Raw Beef

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published a notice in the Federal Register, asking for comments about changes to its procedures for Salmonella sampling of raw beef products. FSIS is going to begin sampling for Salmonella in all raw beef that it collects for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) analysis. Deadline for comment submissions is September 27, 2013. The testing will be conducted on raw ground beef, beef manufacturing trimmings, bench trim, and other raw ground beef components. The analytic sample portion will increase from 25 grams to 325 grams. In 2011, FSIS stopped sampling and testing for Salmonella in beef because positive findings were less than 1% and sampling is expensive. But now FSIS has selected Salmonella for the performance … [Read more...]

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