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Archives for June 2014

In Canada, Ziyad Products Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Ziyah brand Baba Ghanouj and Soup Base because they contain milk and sesame that is not declared on the label. Those food allergens could cause a serious or life-threatening reaction if anyone allergic to them consumes these products. No reports of allergic reactions have been receive to date. The recalled products include Ziyad Baba Ghanouj Eggplant & Tahini Dip in 380 gram containers. The UPC number is 0 74265 00380 9 and all lot codes where sesame is not declared on the label are recalled. Also recalled is Ziyah Soup Starter Soup Base in 1 kg containers. The UPC number is 0 74265 00597 1 and all lot codes where milk is not declared on the label are recalled. If you purchased these products and are allergic to milk and/or … [Read more...]

Raw Milk, Cream Recalled for Possible E. coli Contamination

According to Peninsula Daily News, the Dungeness Valley Creamery in Washington state is recalling raw milk and cream because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. State inspectors discovered the problem. The dairy, at 1915 Towne Road, was notified that inspectors may have found the pathogenic bacteria in samples taken from the Creamery. Any product with an expiration date of July 2, 2014 should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase for a refund. No state or federal agency has issued an alert or recall. Raw whole milk, skim milk, and cream are recalled. The products are sold at the Sequim Prairie Grange, Red Rooster Grocery, and Sunny Farms Farm Store in Sequim; Country Aire and Good to Go in Port Angeles; and the Food Co-op in Port Townsend. The products are also … [Read more...]

AMA Wants to Ban Antibiotic Use for Animal Growth Promotion

The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution this month that calls for its members to support the discontinuation of antibiotics in farm animals for growth promotion. This common practice has added to the problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria. The document states that the CDC estimates that at least 23,000 patients die from antibiotic-resistant infections every year. And since the relationship between antibiotic-resistant infections in people and antibiotic use in agriculture is well-documented, the AMA supports efforts to ban this use in food-producing animals. The document also states that medically-important antibiotics are used in agriculture for non-therapeutic reasons and that a "large and compelling body of scientific evidence" shows that antibiotic use in farm … [Read more...]

The Care and Eating of Fruits and Veggies

June is Fruits and Vegetables Month. And because fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet and the most common source of food poisoning in the U.S., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has compiled some food safety tips. According to a study published last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  produce was the implicated in 46 percent of all illnesses stemming from outbreaks where a food source could be identified, with leafy greens accounting for 23 percent. Produce can be contaminated by pathogens in the soil or water where it is grown, but also by those who handle, prepare and serve it. For example, norovirus, the most common pathogen source identified in food poisoning outbreaks, is almost always spread by an infected food … [Read more...]

FSA: Poultry is Most Common Source of Food Poisoning in UK

Poultry is the most common food source of food poisoning in the U.K., according to a new report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA). And, because it is often found in chicken, Campylobacter is the most common foodborne pathogen sickening at least 280,000 people in the U.K. each year. 'These findings will help the FSA to target its resources more effectively in tackling food poisoning. They confirm that the FSA is right to put campylobacter at the top of its priority list. It is the biggest food safety problem we have and more needs to be done to tackle it," said Professor Sarah O'Brien, the study's lead researcher from the University of Liverpool. Second after Campylobacter was Clostridium perfringens  with 80,000 cases. Norovirus was third with an estimated 74,000 cases. Although … [Read more...]

Sewage on the Restaurant Kitchen Floor and Other Gross Food News

If you had to make a list of things you wouldn't want to see in a restaurant kitchen, it's a good bet that some of them are included in this month's edition of the Neews, food safety stories that put the eew in news, including one contender that may not have initially sprung to mind: sewage. Sewage coming up through the floor drains was one of the 53 food safety violations that health inspectors found at China Pearl in St Peterburg, Fla., according to WTSP News. Other violations included: employees not washing their hands and touching ready-to-eat foods when not wearing gloves, a stench wafting from the restroom, temperature violations, food in the handwashing sink, uncovered bins of food on the floor, and more than 300 rodent droppings. Inspectors made a visit to the restaurant … [Read more...]

FDA Tells Sprout Grower in E.coli Outbreak: Stop Using Seed Lot

After an E.coli outbreak was linked to clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts in May, the Moyle Springs, Idaho company continued to use the seed lot that produced the contaminated sprouts to make and distribute more sprouts that are likely still one the market, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The company has not recalled the sprouts, so the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning consumers not to eat the sprouts. A few days ago, representatives from both agencies met with the owner of the company to discuss the risks associated with the continued use of the seed lot and advocate that it no longer be used. The company has now agreed to stop using the seed lot. According to the FDA, "seeds are considered the most likely … [Read more...]

Häagen-Dazs Recall Due to Labeling Mishap

Nestlé USA is recalling  limited amounts of Häagen-Dazs ice cream due to mismatched packaging. People with peanut allergies should not eat the recalled product as serious reaction may occur. The recalled products are 14-ounce cartons labeled as Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with a UPC of 74570-08400, and lid labeled as Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter. The "best buy" date  13May2015 and manufacturing code 24-52 4133580418D appear on the bottom of the carton. No other production dates, sizes or varieties of Häagen-Dazs ice cream are affected by this recall. The ice cream, produced May 13, 2014, was distributed in Washington D.C., Delaware, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. No other … [Read more...]

Richard’s Too Good BBQ Sauces Recalled for Botulism Risk

Richard’s Rubs & Seasonings is recalling Richard’s Too Good BBQ Sauce, Richard’s Too Good Hot Sauce and Richard’s Too Good Teriyaki Sauce for possible botulism risk. Botulism is a potentially fatal foodborne illness. The sauces were improperly processed and have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a nerve toxin which can cause botulism. Botulism, which causes paralysis, cannot be spread from person to person. Symptoms, which usually develop within 12 to 36 hours of exposure, include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness beginning with facial muscles and moving down. Respiratory failure occurs when it reaches the muscle groups that control lung function. Anyone who ate one of the … [Read more...]

Mr Wok Pork Nuggets Recalled for Undeclared Wheat

Mr. Wok Foods of Las Vegas is recalling approximately 14,760 pounds of raw pork nugget product because it contains an undeclared allergen, wheat. People who have a wheat allergy, celiac disease or a gluten intolerance should not eat this product as they run the risk of severe reaction of they do. The recalled product includes 10 lb. cases of “Battered, Deep Fried Pork Nugget” with packaging dates from JAN 25 2014 through JUN 25 2014 and “EST. 20783” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the labels. The raw pork nuggets were produced on various dates between January 25, 2014 and June 25, 2014 and distributed for use in hotels, restaurants and other commercial establishments in Las Vegas. The problem was discovered by U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service … [Read more...]

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