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Archives for January 2014

Cashew Cheese Salmonella Outbreak Ends With 17 Sick

A Salmonella outbreak linked to non-dairy cheese made from cashews has ended after sickening 17 people in three states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three people were hospitalized.  The maker of the cheese, Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento, issued a recall for the cheese on December 31. Most of the illnesses occurred during November 2013. The last reported date of onset of illness was January 3, the same day the outbreak was announced by the CDC. Fifteen of the illnesses were in California. Nevada and Wyoming each reported one case. Case patients ranged in age from 2 years to 83 years old. The median age was 27. Fifty-three percent of case patients were male. Public health investigators used pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) testing … [Read more...]

Mega Slim Dietary Supplement Recalled for DMAA

YoungYou International is recalling Mega Slim Herbal Appetite Management, a dietary supplement, because it contains DMAA. DMAA, also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine, or geranium extract, is dangerous to your health. It can cause a rise in blood pressure or other cardiovascular problems such as shortness of breath, tightening in the chest, or heart attack. The chemical is an unapproved dietary ingredient. Mega Slim Herbal Appetite Management is packaged in white bottles with 30 white capsules. The lots include the bar code 736211614094 and an expiration date of June 2014. The product was only sold through the YoungYou web site. If you purchased this product, do not take it. Return it to the company for a refund. The company is only issuing refunds to customers who … [Read more...]

Walker’s Chicken Salad Recalled for Undeclared Soy

Walker's Food Products in Missouri is recalling 2,200 pounds of chicken salad because of misbranding and undeclared soy, one of the major food allergens. No reports of adverse reactions have been reported to date. The recalled products are 5-pound plastic tubs of "Walker's All White Chunky Chicken Salad" with packaging dates between June 6, 2013 and January 23, 2014 and use by/sell by dates between July 26, 2013 and March 14, 2014. It was sold to wholesale locations in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Also recalled are 1-pound plastic tubs of "Walker's All White Chunky Chicken Salad" with packaging dates between June 6, 2013 and January 23, 2014 and use by/sell by dates between July 26, 2013 and March 14, 2014. It was sold to retail locations in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, … [Read more...]

Fish Oil Craze Wiping Out Rare Shark

The health craze for consuming fish oil, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, is wiping out the whale shark, a rare species that is vulnerable to extinction. The sharks eat plankton and grow up to 40 feet long. These fish are the biggest fish and shark in the world and are very gentle, and are an internationally-protected endangered species. A factory in China slaughters 600 whale sharks every year, and exports at least 300 tons in oil from the shark livers. An organization in Hong Kong called Wild Life Risk has issued a report about that Chinese factory, located in Zhejiang Province. The agency's investigation ended in December 2013, and they issued their report January 27, 2014. The products from this shark are being sold internationally "in contravention of CITES (the Convention … [Read more...]

Rare Salmonella Strain Caused Oregon Outbreak

A rare strain of Salmonella, Salmonella Overschie, caused a December 2013 outbreak in Oregon. Two people have been sickened by the strain which has never before been seen in Oregon and is typically seen less than four times a year nationwide. The two cases are in Lane and Coos counties, which do not border one another. Both case patients are female one is a child between the ages of 0 to 9 years old and the other is a women between the ages of 20 to 29.  Their exposures seem to have been within 24 hours of each other, but onset of symptoms was eight days apart. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis tests show the isolates from the two patients are a 99 percent match. No other matches have been identified anywhere in the U.S. This indicates the two patients were sickened by the same … [Read more...]

Costco, Diamond Settle Salmonella Dog Food Class Action For $2M

Costco and Diamond Pet Foods Inc. have agreed to a $2 million settlement for illnesses linked to dog food contaminated with Salmonella.  Diamond manufactures dog food under a variety of brand names including: Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge; Professional, 4Health, Taste of the Wild, Apex, Kirkland Signature, and Canidae. The Kirkland Signature brand was sold at Costco stores. After the contamination was discovered in the spring of 2012, Diamond issued a massive recall. But for some, the recall came too late. Plaintiff Barbara Marciano said she purchased Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain from a New York Costco store in April 2012. One of her dogs died, another became ill, a third had no symptoms. Pet owners who handled the … [Read more...]

C’Real Spirulina Recalled for Undeclared Wheat and Soy

Gano Excel USA of California is recalling all C'Real Spirulina because of undeclared wheat and soy, two of the major food allergens. Anyone with a severe sensitivity or allergy to those two ingredients could have a serious reaction if they consume that product. Spirulina is an instant cereal. There is no information about any possible adverse reactions. The product is sold by the box with 15 packets of instant cereal per box. Anyone who has this product, who is allergic to wheat and/or soy should not eat it. Return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Recall notices will be sent to all direct customers.   … [Read more...]

Super Bowl, Slow Cookers, and Food Safety

The USDA is offering tips for keeping the food you cook in your slow cooker safe while you plan your Super Bowl party. The government's Meat and Poultry Hotline gets lots of questions about using this appliance this time of year. Typical questions are answered. If you put meat in your slow cooker and forget to turn it on, the meat must be discarded. Even if you cook it, pathogenic bacteria can produce toxins that will not be destroyed by heat. Any perishable food left out at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F for two hours or longer must be discarded. Sometimes, if you refrigerate cooked foods in a large container, the center may not cool quickly enough. If a large pot of chili or soup, or a large cut of meat isn't cold within a few hours, it must be discarded. Always put food into … [Read more...]

Final Report on Muskegon County, MI Salmonella Outbreak

The final report on the Salmonella outbreak last year associated with C.F. Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar and Pints & Quarts Pub and Grill in Muskegon County, Michigan has been released. Public Health-Muskegon County (PHMC) has been investigating the outbreak, which sickened 29 customers and employees of the restaurants. The outbreak was discovered on November 7, 2013, when PHMC received notification of a positive case of Salmonella Enteritidis from the North Ottawa Community Hospital in Grand Haven, Michigan. The next day, six more people were diagnosed; all of those people had eaten at those restaurants in a four-day period from October 30 to November 2, 2013 before they became ill. There were 16 Salmonella cases in 2011 and 7 cases total in 2012, so this number of people sick in … [Read more...]

After Fatal Accident, FDA Oversees Western Sugar Recall

After an accident killed a female employee of Western Sugar Cooperative's manufacturing facility in Lovell, WY on January 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working with the company, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a recall.  The woman, who was 28, was killed in a piece of equipment that feeds water to where beets are dropped off by trucks. The agency has confirmed that no sugar or molasses the company has manufactured since the accident has been distributed for human consumption. The company has agreed to destroy all products manufactured for human consumption during that time frame. Some beet pulp and tailings were distributed to local cattle operations as livestock feed and may have been fed to … [Read more...]

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