October 17, 2017

Archives for July 2014

Two People Ill, Associated with VR Green Farms Jarred Food in CA

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat VR Green Farms jarred food products because they may have been contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. The jars were not properly processed. Consuming food contaminated with botulinum toxin can lead to serious illness and death. Two people are sick with botulism poisoning that officials suspect may be associated with the company's Pine Nut Basil Pesto. The symptoms of botulism poisoning include double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and dry or sore throat. If no treatment is received, symptoms will include descending paralysis, usually symmetrical, followed by trouble breathing. Infants with botulism poisoning appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. If … [Read more...]

In Canada, Paprika Recalled for Possible Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Winners Merchants International are recalling Ecoato brand Sweet Paprika Powder from the market because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This product was recalled in the United States earlier this week. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. The Ecoato Sweet Paprika Powder is sold in 160 gram containers. The Lot number is 8147, and code on the product is October 2015. This recall was triggered by a recall in the United States. The product is imported from Spain. Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria will not look, smell, or taste spoiled. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include vomiting, fever, headache, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Children, the elderly, and those … [Read more...]

Cryptosporidium Outbreak in Pinellas County, Florida

The Florida Department of Health has issued a public health alert for a Cryptosporidium outbreak in Pinellas county. As of July 29, 2014, 58 people have been sickened with this parasite in that county. The organisms is found in water that has been contaminated with fecal matter. People usually get sick when they swim in water that has the parasite, or when they touch surfaces or eat food contaminated with feces. Water parks and public pools are sometimes contaminated with the parasite. In fact, half of the cases in this current outbreak are associated with public pools and water parks in the county. Cryptosporidium cysts remain in the feces and can survive in chlorinated pools. When the cysts are swallowed or go up your nose, you get sick. There is no cure for Cryptosporidiasis. The … [Read more...]

Could Cilantro Be Source of Texas Cyclospora Outbreak, Again?

Cilantro imported from Mexico could be the food source of a cyclospora outbreak in Texas for the second straight year. Studies have shown that cyclospora oocysts can survive for extended periods of time in certain environments. The 2013 cyclopora outbreak sickened more than 270 Texans. Many of those cases were attributed to cilantro imported from Mexico that was served at restaurants and sold at a grocery store. The names of those establishments were never released. Health authorities have not identified the food source of this year’s outbreak, which has sickened 110 Texans so far this summer. Cases have been reported from the following counties: Aransas (1), Bexar (5), Collin (4), Dallas (21), Denton (2), El Paso (1), Ellis (3), Erath (2), Galveston (1), Harris (8), Hays … [Read more...]

Raw Goat Milk Cheese Recalled in WI for E. coli O111

SW Wisconsin Dairy Goat Products Coop of Mount Sterling, Wisconsin is recalling Raw Milk Mild Cheddar Cheese because it may be contaminated with E. coli O111:H8. This is a shiga-toxin producing bacteria that can cause serious illness and can lead to kidney failure and death. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The product was distributed in the Midwest  and Southwest regions of the United States. It was sent through distributorship in Wisconsin and Georgia. From those states the cheese was sent to retail stores in the Midwest and Southwest. This bacteria is one of the six TEC strains that are a serious health concern. The cheese is Lot Code 103-114. It was packed in an 8 ounce cryovac retail piece with the code on a sticker … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Seeds Recalled for Undeclared Sulfites

Starway Incorporated of New York is recalling pumpkin seeds because they contain undeclared sulfites. Anyone with a severe sensitivity to sulfites could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. The consumption of more than 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving can cause severe reactions, including anaphylactic shock in some asthmatics and those who are very sensitive to the compound. No illnesses have been reported to date. The product is Peony Mark Brand Roasted and Salted Pumpkin Seeds in a 12 ounce (340 gram) clear, un-coded plastic bag. The UPC number is 6 932692225765. It is a product of China. The product was distributed nationwide. If you purchased this product and are sensitive to sulfites, return to the place of purchase for a refund or discard the product. … [Read more...]

In New York, Beverages Recalled for Undeclared Milk

The New York State Agriculture Commission alerted consumers to undeclared milk in Uprising brand beverages distributed by Erlo Distribution in Brooklyn. Anyone with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could have a serious reaction if they consume these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. The products are Uprising Brand "Carrot Drink", "Beet Drink" and "Peanut Punch" packaged in 12 ounce glass bottles. "Carrot Drink" has a product code of "Jul 30 2014; "Beet Drink" and "Peanut Punch" have product codes of "Sep 30 2014" on the label. All are products of Jamaica. They were found for sale at a Brooklyn store, but full distribution of the product is not known. If you purchased these products and are allergic to milk, do not consume them. Discard or return to the place … [Read more...]

More Raw Carob Powder Recalled for Salmonella

Hummingbird Wholesale is recalling organic raw carob powder for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date. The products were sold to processors and retail outlets in Oregon, Washington, and California, and to the end consumer in Oregon. For the consumer, the powder was packaged in 20 pound boxes and 5 pound bags between the dates of 5/22/14 through 7/24/14. For the 20 pound boxes, the HW Item # is C110, Lot #s are 14069 and 14059, Sunfood UPC number is 803813-04429 8, and Expiration Dates are 6/5/2015 or 11/2015. For the 5 pound bags, the HW Item # is C110-5#, the Lot #s are 14189, 14177, 14156, and 14142. There is no UPC number and no expiration date on these packages. If you purchased these products, do not eat them or use them. Discard in a … [Read more...]

Texas Cyclosporiasis Cases Surge to 110

Texas cyclosporiasis cases have surged to 110, the state health department is reporting. This is the second straight year that Texas has experienced a cyclospora outbreak.  Last year, 270 Texans were sickened by the rare parasite normally associated with travel to tropical or sub-tropical regions. Many of the 2013 cases were linked to contaminated cilantro imported from Mexico. A food source for this year's cases has not yet been identified. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last up to two months and include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss. Symptoms such as vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms are also possible. Cyclosporiasis can be treated with antibiotics. The most common approach is … [Read more...]

Multistate Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 202 People

According to Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), there is a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora going on right now that has sickened at least 202 people in 19 states. Last year a huge Cyclospora outbreak sickened at least 621 people in 25 states. Some of those cases were never solved; one group was linked to produce imported from Mexico. There have been 77 more cases reported in the last week. More than half of the cases are in Texas, which has 110 of the ill persons. The counties affected in Texas include Dallas (21 cases), Tarrant (11 cases), and Harris (8 cases), among others. Six more states reported cases, which brings the total of affected states to 19, along with New York City. The latest states to report cases are Michigan, Minnesota, … [Read more...]

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