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Archives for September 2013

Food Safety Myth: Pre Packaged Produce Doesn’t Need Washing

Fight Bac! and the Partnership for Food Safety Education have been educating the public about food safety myths and facts for years. Food Poisoning Bulletin recently attended one of their webinars where they addressed those myths. Their latest is: pre packaged produce doesn't need washing. The truth is that you must read the label first to make sure it says "ready to eat", "washed" or "triple washed". If the label does not say that, wash your hands, then rinse the product under running tap water. Scrub firm fruits and veggies, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush. Dry with a clean cloth or paper towel to further reduce germs. Cooler water is better than hot for helping the product keep quality. While you can reduce some pathogens on leafy greens by using a … [Read more...]

After Salmonella Outbreak, Sunland is Sued by its Insurer

After a Salmonella outbreak was linked to the peanut butter it produces last year, Sunland Inc. of Portales, NM  is being sued by its insurance company, Great American Alliance Insurance Co. of  Cincinnati.  At issue is who is responsible for paying claims brought against Sunland by those who were sickened by the peanut butter. The suit, case number  1:13-cv-00677-MRB , was filed September 24  in the Southern District of Ohio Western Division. The outbreak, the sixth largest largest multi-state food poisoning outbreak of 2012, sickened 42 people in 20 states and launched more than 250 product recalls for potential contamination including Trader Joe’s, Newman’s Own, Earth Balance, Harry & David, Target’s Archer Farms and Safeway’s Open Nature. The peanut butter also made its way into … [Read more...]

General Mills Will Sustainably Source Top 10 Ingredients by 2020

General Mills of  Minneapolis will sustainably source 100 percent of its 10 priority ingredients by 2020, the company announced this week.  Those 10 ingredients, which include oats, wheat, corn, dairy, fiber packaging, cocoa, vanilla, palm oil, sugar cane and sugar beets, represent 50 percent of General Mills' total raw material purchases. "As a food company, we know that the vitality of our business depends upon access to high-quality ingredients," said Jerry Lynch, vice president and chief sustainability officer at General Mills. "We also know where we can have the greatest impact from an environmental standpoint. We believe that through sustainable sourcing, we can create the most long-term economic, environmental and social value." About two-thirds of General Mills' greenhouse … [Read more...]

Junction Pizza Recalls Pizza for Undeclared Allergen

Junction Pizza in Grey Eagle, MN is recalling approximately 17,194 pounds of frozen pizza products for the undeclared allergen soy lecithin. Consumers who have an allergy or sensitivity to soy should not eat these products. No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported at this time. The recalled products  bear the establishment number “EST. 40038” or “P-40038” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and a “made on" date between “3 27 13” and “9 23 13” located on a sticker on the back of the product. They were produced between March 27 and Sept. 23, 2013, and shipped to retail stores in the Grey Eagle, MN area. The recalled products are as follows: 30.5-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Italian Sausage Thick Crust,” 20-ounce packages of “The Junction Pizza, Italian Sausage … [Read more...]

KY Salmonella Outbreak in Hopkins, Webster and Muhlenberg Counties

Fifteen people in western Kentucky have been sickened with Salmonella infections. One person has died. Officials are working to see if the cases in Webster, Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties are linked, according to local news reports. In Hopkins County, there are 10 confirmed cases of  Salmonella infection. So far, DNA testing by state officials has determined that five of them were caused by the same strain of Salmonella Type B Typhimurium, according to local news reports. Test results on the other cases are pending. Salmonella infections happen when someone eats food that is contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter. Cooking meat, poultry and eggs to a safe temperature is one way to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Others include storing and holding food at a safe … [Read more...]

E.coli Outbreak in Marin County Sickens Six

An E. coli outbreak in Marin County, CA has sickened six people, according to the latest upadte from public health officials. Four of the patients are children. Five cases of confirmed E.coli infection and one presumed case have been recorded by Marin County health officials since Sept. 22. Four of those sickened have required hospitalization. Two remain hospitalized in stable condition, two have been discharged. Health officials are interviewing the patients who are from Tiburon, San Anselmo, Inverness and San Rafael to determine if the cases share a common source and if they are linked to cases outside of Marin County. The Public Health Laboratory is performing DNA fingerprinting on the bacteria found in stool samples from each patient. This will determine if they were all … [Read more...]

Sawmill Creek Convention Outbreak Caused by Tainted Food

The outbreak at Sawmill Creek Convention Center in Huron Ohio was caused by tainted food, according to the Sandusky Register. Fecal bacteria was found on the ham and turkey lunch meat served to attendees. Almost eighty people were sickened with vomiting, nausea, stomach pains, and diarrhea. Officials suspect norovirus caused the outbreak, but they can't pinpoint the absolute cause. The illnesses began during and after the convention, which was held September 10 - 13, 2013. Test results showed "significant amounts" of fecal bacteria contamination. Almost all of those sickened ate the salad. The food can't be tested for norovirus, but fecal bacteria shows that conditions are ripe for contamination. Norovirus is spread when anyone who is sick doesn't wash their hands well after using … [Read more...]

Controversy Over Chinese Chicken in School Lunch Program

The USDA has responded to a controversy about serving processed chicken imported from China in the National School Lunch Program. A few days ago, Bettina Siegel of The Lunch Tray claimed that the USDA is misleading parents about whether those foods will be served to schoolchildren. A Q&A about China's poultry processing system equivalence on the FSIS website claims that chicken processed in China will not be included in school lunches, saying "the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service ensures that products included in school lunch programs are produced, raised, and processed only in the United States, its territories or possessions, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands." The problem is that school districts buy some of the food they … [Read more...]

Safeway Recalls Angel Food Cake for Undeclared Soy, Milk

Safeway is recalling six angel food cake products because they contain the undeclared allergens soy and milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy or milk should not eat these products as they may cause a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they do. The recalled products were sold in all Safeway, Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons stores throughout the United States. No illnesses or injuries have been reported in association with this recall. People who are not allergic or sensitive to soy or milk can consume these products. The recalled products have the the UPC number 2113010510 and the following Sell By dates which are located  on the product label or the white scale label. Angel Food Cake,  9/1/13 to … [Read more...]

Crave Brothers Listeria Outbreak Ends

The Listeria outbreak linked to pasteurized cheese from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company in Wisconsin has ended after sickening six people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  One person died and one woman suffered a miscarriage. The outbreak was announced July 3. Onset of illness dates ranged from May 20 to June 17.  All six of those sickened were hospitalized. By state, the case count was as follows: Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Minnesota (2), Ohio (1), and Texas (1). The fatality was in Minnesota.   A joint investigation by local, state and federal public health investigators including the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established a link between the illnesses and three cheeses made by Crave Brothers:  Les Frères, … [Read more...]

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