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Archives for November 2013

Thanksgiving Leftovers and Food Safety

The USDA is reminding consumers that turkey leftovers should be frozen after three or four days in the refrigerator. That means if you have any turkey left over from Thanksgiving dinner, it should be in the freezer by Monday. Correctly refrigerating all leftovers is critical to preventing foodborne illness. The bacteria in food left at room temperature for more than two hours double in number every 20 minutes. And some bacteria produce a toxin while they are growing that isn't destroyed by heat. Leaving food out at room temperature is one of the main causes of foodborne illness. It's also important to cool food rapidly to below 40 degrees F. Large amounts of food (such as the turkey) should be divided into smaller pieces and refrigerated as soon as possible. When you're storing other … [Read more...]

Eating Nuts Reduces Risk of Major Diseases

A study published earlier this month in the New England Journal of Medicine states that increased nut consumption is associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The study also found that people who ate nuts every day weighted less. The nut consumption with total and cause-specific mortality was looked at in the Nurses' Health Study and in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Researchers found that eating a handful of nuts was inversely associated with total mortality in men and women. The results were independent of other predictors for mortality. The nuts included peanuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts. The amount was 3 tablespoons, eating seven … [Read more...]

Hydravax Recalled for Undeclared Diuretic

IQ Formulations of Sunrise, Fla is recalling of all lots of Hydravax dietary supplement sold in 45-capsule bottles because they contain an unlisted ingredient that is a diuretic. Diuretics are prescription drugs. No illnesses or consumer complaints have been reported to date, but consumers who have purchased this product should not use it. Possible side effects of using a diuretic include an electrolyte imbalance due to water loss. Symptoms include: frequent urination, nausea, vomiting, weakness, lack of energy, fever, flushed face, and hyperactive deep tendon reflexes. High doses of diuretics may cause dehydration, nausea, vomiting and weakness and possibly hypotension and excessive levels of potassium in the blood.  Anyone who took the supplement and is  experiencing these problems … [Read more...]

The Holiday Season is Norovirus Season

Norovirus, what many people call "stomach flu" is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S.  and its peak season coincides with the holiday season, November-January. Each year, about 20 million Americans get the stomach bug that causes vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Norovirus is extremely contagious and spreads quickly in crowded places like crowded, closed places such as preschools, daycare centers, nursing homes, schools, hotels, and cruise ships. You can get it by touching a contaminated surface,  eating or drinking food that is contaminated, or having direct contact with someone who has it. It takes fewer than 20 particles of the virus to make someone sick and the virus can live on hard surfaces … [Read more...]

In Canada, Hazelnut Spread Recalled for Undeclared Almonds

Frères Magid Brothers Distribution in Canada is recalling Hazella brand Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread because it contains almonds that are not declared on the label. Almonds are one of the major food allergens. Anyone with an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product. The recalled spread is sold in 150 gram containers. The code on the product is 13035 and the UPC number is 0 63517 01136 5. The Hazelnut Spread was sold across the country in retail stores. If you purchased this product and are allergic to almonds, do not eat it. Return it to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Auditor General Critical of Canada’s Food Recall Procedures

Canada's Auditor General is critical of that country's food recall procedures. In the 2013 Fall Report, several areas that need improvement were listed. While the first three steps in the recall process, which includes identifying the issue, conducting an investigation, and making decisions worked well, follow-up activities were criticized. Chapter 4 of the report details the investigation of Canada's Food Recall System. The CFIA didn't have documentation it must collect to make sure that firms properly dispose of recall products or take action to identify and correct the underlying cause of the recall issue. In addition, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's emergency procedures were not finalized or regularly tested. When the emergency response pan is activated, changes in governance … [Read more...]

Lettuce was Likely Cause of Federico’s E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

In a new report, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) says lettuce was the likely cause of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at Federico's Mexican Food restaurant last summer. Ninety four people were sickened in that outbreak. Two patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of a STEC infection that damages the kidneys. People who ate at the restaurant were sickened between July 18 and July 30, 2013. MCDPH was contacted about a potential cluster of cases with bloody diarrhea on July 30. Many of the patient's family members said that the only shared meal was at Federico's Mexican Restaurant at 13132 W. Camelback Road in Litchfield Park, AZ. Preliminary results from restaurant samples found high levels of coliform bacteria (an indication of … [Read more...]

Heavenly Blue Cheese Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Flat Creek Farm & Dairy of Georgia is recalling 200 pounds of Heavenly blue cheese because of possible Salmonella enteritidis contamination. As of yesterday, more than 90% of the product has been collected or destroyed. No illnesses have been reported to date. The cheese is packed in clear plastic and ranges in sizes from 1/2 pound to whole wheels. The lot code is 130912XHB on the front of the package. It was distributed in certain parts of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida and via three online orders, which have all been notified. The problem was discovered through routine sampling by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The company has identified the source of the problem and eliminated it from future batches. Salmonella enteritidis can cause serious infections in young children, … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

For everything you need to know about cooking a turkey, the Turkey Federation has the answers. Visit their site for information about temperature checks, stuffing, preparation, oven roasting, deep frying, and grilling the bird for your holiday celebration. They also offer information on safely storing leftovers and have lots of recipes too. The USDA has great advice for your holiday meal too. What should you do if your guests are delayed and you have to hold food? What should you do with the food if bad weather keeps company away from your holiday table? Or what should you do if a turkey is done hours before you're ready to serve? Get answers at the USDA blog. And remember that Ask Karen is available 24/7 at AskKaren.gov. And the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline is available today from … [Read more...]

Niman Ranch Ham Recalled for No Establishment Number

Mary Ann's Specialty Foods of Iowa is recalling 3,536 pounds of ham because the establishment number was not included on the label. The number is a regulatory requirement of the USDA. The recalled product is Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked Uncured Petite Ham with these use by/freeze by dates: 2/5/2014, 2/10/2014, 2/11/2013, and 2/13/2013. The package covered by the recall may lack the establishment number "1221W" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were distributed to retail stores nationwide and produced between October 23, 2013 and October 31, 2013. The problem was discovered by FSIS inspection personnel during routine label inspection. … [Read more...]

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