October 19, 2017

Archives for February 2014

Roos Foods Recall Now Includes Sour Cream

Roos Foods, which made and recalled 16 types of soft cheeses linked to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak, has now recalled sour cream produced at the company's Kenton plant. One death in California and seven illnesses in Maryland have been reported as a result of the contamination of the cheeses. Three of the sickened persons are newborns. You can see pictures of the labels of the recalled cheeses at the FDA web site. The recall now includes Crema Pura Mexicana Cultured Sour Cream, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. The product was distributed in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. No bacteria was found in the product, but environmental tests found the bacteria at the factory. Anyone who has purchased this product should destroy it. And sanitize your … [Read more...]

In Canada, Jardine’s Products Recalled for Undeclared Wheat

Buckstone Inc. in Canada is recalling some Jardine's and D.L. Jardine's products because they may contain undeclared wheat, one of the major food allergens. there is no word on whether any illnesses or reactions have been reported. The recalled products are Jardine's 3 Compadres Sampler (gift basket). The code on the product is W343-13, and the UPC number is 0 22531 00035 9. Also recalled are D.L. Jardine's Queso Loco Cheese Salsa & Dip in 453 gram packages. The codes on the product are R-261-13, S-261, Q-261-13, H-331-13, N-274-13, F-031-14, G-031-14, and N-017-14. The UPC number is 0 22531 52300 1. The products were distributed in Ontario at the retail level. If you purchased these products and are allergic to wheat, do not eat them. Return them to the place of purchase for a … [Read more...]

CDC Says Childhood Obesity Rates Declining

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sent out a press release stating that obesity prevalence for children aged 2 to 5 years has declined from 14% in 2003-2004 to just over 8% in 2011-2012. That is a decline of 43% based on the National health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data. Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC Director, said in a statement, "we continue to see signs that, for some children in this country, the scales are tipping. This report comes on the heels of previous CDC data that found a significant decline in obesity prevalence among low-income children aged 2 to 4 years participating in federal nutrition programs." The reasons for the decline aren't clear, although child care centers are trying to improve their nutrition and physical activity standards. … [Read more...]

Amid Criminal Allegations, Rancho Owner Speaks Out For Ranchers

Jesse Amaral, the owner of  Rancho Feeding Corp., a Petaluma, Calif. slaughterhouse under criminal investigation for processing diseased cows, says none of the cattle from local custom ranches were diseased. Rancho allegedly slaughtered dairy cows with eye cancer and sold the meat, according to a report published in the San Francisco Chronicle. Unnamed sources in the story said Rancho removed the heads of the cows before slaughter to prevent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors from detecting the disease. Rancho, which recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef on February 8, has voluntarily closed while it is being investigated. The closure and criminal investigation of Rancho, the only beef processing plant in the Bay Area, has had an impact on local ranchers and retailers … [Read more...]

Law Firm Retained in Old Country Buffet Salmonella Outbreak

A law firm is representing seven people who were sickened in a Salmonella outbreak at Old Country Buffet in Maple Grove, MN. At least 23 people who ate at the restaurant in late January became ill, one of them was hospitalized. Salmonella outbreaks are unfortunately common in this country. Symptoms  of this illness, such as abdominal cramps and diarrhea, usually develop within six and 72 hours of exposure and last about a week. In some cases, the infections can have long-term health effects such as reactive arthritis. So far, 11 of the 23 salmonellosis cases associated with the Maple Grove Old Country Buffet have been confirmed through lab tests. These tests identify the “genetic fingerprint” of the Salmonella outbreak strain allowing health investigators to determine which cases are … [Read more...]

Liver Pâté Products Recalled for No Import Inspection

Sun Hing Foods of California is recalling about 1,282 pounds of Canadian liver pâté products that were produced without the benefit of full USDA inspection. This is a Public Health Alert because the product was not presented for inspection at the U.S. border. No reports of illness related to the consumption of these products has been reported. The recalled products are 2.75 ounce and 4.76 ounce packages of "FLOWER BRAND, LIVER PÂTÉ / PÂTÉ DE FOIE” with case code 215960. Also recalled is 4.76 ounce packages of "FORTUNE BRAND, LIVER SPREAD/ PÂTÉ DE FOIE” with case code "215960". The packages have the Canadian establishment number 265. They were distributed into commerce in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, … [Read more...]

FDA Proposes Changes to Nutrition Labels

The FDA is changing nutrition labels put on all food packages. The box is going to have new design and new content. Michael Landa, director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition said, "Obesity, hearty disease and other chronic diseases are leading public health problems. The proposed new label is intended to bring attention to calories and serving sizes, which are important in addressing these problems. Further, we are now proposing to require the listing of added sugars." One of the changes is larger and bolder type on calories. The number of servings per package is going to be more prominent. Too often, small packages seem like they only contain one serving. Consumers have to look more closely to see how many servings actually deliver the calories on the label. … [Read more...]

In Canada, Caesar (and Ceasar) Salads Recalled for Listeria

In Canada, some Caesar salads are being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. They were sold in Alberta, British Columbia in Buy-Low Foods and Nester Market, and in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan at Safeway and St. Martin's Family Foods. No illnesses have been reported to date. The names of some of the salads are spelled differently; that's the way they appear on the label. The recalled products include Signature Cafe Chicken Caesar Salad in 140 and 300 gram containers, with best before dates up to and including MR01. The UPC number for the 140 gram package is 0 58200 13145 1 and the number for the 300 gram package is 0 58200 13119 2. Also recalled are Fresh 'n Delicious Ceasar (sic) Salad in 100 and 205 gram containers with best … [Read more...]

In Canada, Sprouts Recalled for Possible Salmonella

In Canada, Aquafuchsia Foods is recalling alfalfa sprouts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The sprouts were sold in Quebec. No illnesses associated with the consumption of this product have been reported to date. The recalled products is Aquafuchsia brand Salad Plus - Alfalfa with a touch of radish! in 125 gram containers. The code on the product is 041, and the UPC number is 0 551176 1. The recall was triggered by CFIA test results. A food safety investigation is being conducted. Foods contaminated with Salmonella bacteria will not look taste, or smell spoiled. Those at greater risk for illness include the very young, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems and chronic diseases. But anyone can become ill with salmonellosis. If … [Read more...]

Research Suggests Grilled Meat Tied to Higher Risk of Disease

New research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that grilled meats, which are high in compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), may be a risk factor for developing Alzheimer's and diabetes. When meats and other protein and fat-rich foods are cooked at high temperatures, these compounds form. AGEs contribute to oxidant stress and inflammation in the body. The scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York studied AGE levels in humans over the age of 60. Over a nine month time frame, those with a high AGE blood level developed signs of insulin resistance, sirtuin suppression, and cognitive decline. Sirtuin is a compound that is a natural defense against both Alzheimer's disease and metabolic syndrome, which is a … [Read more...]

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