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Archives for October 2013

Chicken Salmonella Outbreak Occurs as Overall Rates Drop

The Foster Farms outbreak has unfolded at a time when Salmonella rates on whole chicken have been dropping industrywide, according to quarterly information published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS).  Of the 2,955 chickens sampled during the quarter ending June 2013, 2.6 percent tested positive for Salmonella, down 26 percent from the previous quarter when 3.5 percent of  3,786 samples tested positive. Those rates are well below the 7.5 percent standard for Salmonella on whole chicken set by the USDA. Some of the illnesses in this outbreak have been linked to whole chicken produced by Foster Farms and prepared and sold as whole rotisserie chickens at a Costco store in San Francisco. Three Foster Farms facilites in California have … [Read more...]

FDA Files Injunction Against Oregon Dietary Supplement Maker

The FDA has filed a permanent injunction against the dietary supplement manufacturer James G. Cole, Inc., after the company's "repeated distribution of unapproved drugs and adulterated dietary supplements in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act." The company is based in Hood River, Oregon. Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, said in a statement, "This company has ignored the multiple warnings they have been issued by the FDA by continuing to make unsubstantiated drug claims about the products it sells and by failing to conform to the cGMP requirements for dietary supplements." In addition, some of the supplements were not manufactured in accordance with the cGMP requirements for dietary supplements. The company has claimed … [Read more...]

Consumer Groups Urge Defense of Country of Origin Labeling

The Consumer Federation of America is urging Farm Bill conferees to defend the 2008 Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law for beef, poultry, pork, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, and some nuts. The National Farmers Union, the U.S. Cattleman's Association, and the American Sheep Industry ASsociation joined in urging Congress to ignore a letter from agribusiness that asked Congress to change the law. Chris Waldrop, Director of the Food Policy Institute at Consumer Federation of America said in a statement, "Ninety percent of Americans strongly support mandatory country of origin labeling for fresh meat and, in fact, want even more information about the meat they purchase. There is no reason for Congress to change this popular law." A recent World Trade Organization decision on … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak at The Porch Restaurant in Oakland, PA

The Allegheny County Health Department is announcing that there are several cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness among employees and customers of The Porch restaurant in Oakland, Pennsylvania. Health care providers are asked to test patients if they present with bloody diarrhea or other symptoms of this infection. Five people have been diagnosed with E. coli O157:H7 infections since October 1, 2013, and four of those people were hospitalized for that illness. All are recovering. Dr. Karen Hacker, Health Director of the Department, said in a statement, "we're urging health care providers to test for E. coli to see if there are any additional cases linked to this outbreak so we can stop further transmission of the disease." E. coli is spread through contaminated food, and it can be spread … [Read more...]

CDC’s Final Report on Hepatitis Outbreak Townsend Farms Mixed Berries

Hepatitis A in bags of Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen mixed berries sold at Costco stores sickened 162 people in 10 states between May and September, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) final report. The source of contamination was identified as pomegranate seeds imported from Goknur Foodstuffs Import Export Trading in Turkey. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus. Sometimes those who are infected show no symptoms. For those who do become sick, symptoms usually develop two weeks after exposure and can last for months. They include mild fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, dark urine, clay colored stools and jaundice. Onset of illnesses ranged from March 1 to July 26. About 44 percent of the case patients, … [Read more...]

Foster Farms Chicken Sickens 362 with Multi-Drug Resistant Salmonella

The Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak linked to Foster Farms chickens has grown, according to the CDC. Drug-resistant Salmonella in Foster Farms chicken has sickened 362 people in 21 states and Puerto Rico. Most of the ill persons (74%) live in California. Since the last update on October 18, 2013, 24 new ill persons have been reported from six states: California (16), Colorado (3), Delaware (1), Idaho (1), Michigan (1), and Texas (2). The new state is Delaware. A total of 362 individuals infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported. The number of ill persons in each state is as follows: Alaska (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (14), California (268), Colorado (7), Connecticut (1), Delaware (1), Florida (4), Idaho (3), Kentucky (1), Michigan (3), Missouri … [Read more...]

Reser’s Listeria Recall Prompts Secondary Recalls

We've been telling you about the recalls of Reser's ready to eat products and Taylor Farms products for possible Listeria contamination for days now. The recalls get confusing because some are for the same product. We'd rather be safe than sorry, so we may have been reporting about the same information. Having said that, the FDA has released another recall notice, about secondary recalls; those are recalls of products made with recalled ingredients. So, these new recalls cover many more products and many  more stores. To see the full list of recalled products, along with expiration dates, names of the store where they were sold, and states where they were sold, please visit the FDA web site. The stores that are recalling products include Florida Food Service Inc., Sysco, Dominick's, … [Read more...]

CDC Issues Final Report on Cyclospora Outbreak

The Cyclospora outbreak that began in June sickened 631 people in 25 states before ending in late September, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which issued its final report on the outbreak today. Health investigators determined that there were multiple sources for illnesses reported. In Iowa and Nebraska, the food source was identified as commercial bagged salad mix and in Texas many illnesses were caused by cilantro. Cyclospora, a rare parasite usually associated with travel to tropical areas, causes an infection called cyclosporiasis. Symptoms include a watery diarrhea that lasts an average of 57 days if untreated. Other symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss,  bloating, increased gas, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and low-grade … [Read more...]

One Bi-LO store Recalls Antipasti Salad for Possible Listeria

The FDA is announcing that the BI-LO store at 500 Furys Ferry Road in Martinez, Georgia is recalling Taylor Farms Spinach Antipasti Salad because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. This is an expansion of an earlier recall by Reser's Foods. No other BI-LO stores are affected by this recall. The Taylor Farms Spinach Antipasti Salad was sold between October 19 and October 27, 2013. If you purchased this salad, return it to the place of purchase for a refund. There are no reports of illness associated with the consumption of this product. But listeriosis, the illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest symptoms. If you ate this salad, monitor yourself for the symptoms of a Listeria infection, which include fever, muscle … [Read more...]

Taylor Farms Recalls Products Made with Reser’s Foods for Listeria

Taylor Farms Tennessee and Taylor Farms Maryland are recalling many broccoli salad kits because they were made with recalled ingredients from Reser's Fine Foods. The kits may  be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. You can see the list of products, along with the store where they were sold, the description, best if used by date, and production facility at the FDA web site. The products are Broccoli Crunch Salad Kit, Broccoli Cheddar Salad Kit, Broccoli Crunch Kit, and Broccoli Slaw Kit, all sold at deli counters. They were shipped to stores between October 19, 2013 and October 24, 2013. The products were sold in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky, South Carolina, Delaware, Maryland, … [Read more...]

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