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Archives for December 2014

Listeriosis Outbreak Linked to Caramel Apples Jumps to 32 Sick

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples. As of December 30, 2014, 32 people are sick in 11 states. There have been six deaths, and 31 of the patients have been hospitalized.   The case count per state is: Arizona (4), California (2), Minnesota (4), Missouri (5), Nevada (1), New Mexico (6), North Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (3). There are additional cases in California (1), Nevada (1), and New Mexico (1). Nevada has been added to the outbreak state list. The dates illnesses began range from October 17, 2014 to December 11, 2014. Ten illnesses have been associated with a pregnancy, and one pregnant woman has suffered a … [Read more...]

Pacific Coast Fruit Joins Caramel Apple Recall

Pacific Coast Fruit of Portland, Ore. is notifying all of its customers who received Happy Apple caramel apples that they have been recalled for Listeria. The company, distributes fruit in Oregon, southwest Washington and British Columbia. Happy Apples ceased production of caramel apples in October as part of a routine, seasonal shut down and the caramel apples produced are no longer available in stores. But a recall has been issued for caramel apples with "best if used by" dates between August 25th and November 23rd. The recall was issued after Bidart Brothers, which supplies apples to the Happy Apple's California facility, notified the company that there may be a connection between a listeriosis outbreak and the apples supplied to that facility. Symptoms Listeria food poisoning can … [Read more...]

Largest Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks 2014: #1

A cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 304 people in 19 states during the summer months was the largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2014 based on number of people sickened. The food source for the cases in all states but Texas was never discovered. Similarly, in a 2013 cyclospora outbreak that sickened 643 people in 25 states, a food source was only identified in Iowa, Nebraska and Texas. In both outbreaks, Texas reported with most cases 270 in 2013 and 164 in 2014. And, in both years cilantro imported from Mexico was identified as the source of illnesses there. The other states reporting cases were: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, … [Read more...]

Listeria Caramel Apples Sold at Safeway, Walmart, Cub, Sam’s Club, Kwik Trip, Mike’s Discount Foods

The current Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has sickened at least 29 people in 10 states has been linked to commercially prepared, prepackaged caramel apples sold in several major grocery store chains and big box stores. Recalled caramel apples were sold at Safeway, which has been named in a lawsuit, Walmart, and Sam's Club in several states. In Minnesota, apples associated with the outbreak were sold at Cub, Kwik Trip, and Mike's Discount Foods. These apples are a seasonal product and are no longer available in stores, but consumers may still have them in their homes. The investigation into this outbreak is ongoing, and more stores may be named as officials learn more. For now, if you purchased a prepackaged caramel apple at one of those stores from August to December, 2014, and … [Read more...]

Bleating Heart Cheese Expanding Recall of Products for Listeria

Bleating Heart Cheese is expanding its voluntary recall of sheep milk, goat milk, water buffalo milk and cow's milk cheeses produced between February 14, 2014 and September 19, 2014 for possible Listeria contamination. All of the cheeses produced between those dates are begin recalled. No illnesses have been reported at this time, but listeriosis, the illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest. The cheeses recalled are "Buff Ewe Blue" and "Buff Blue" natural rind, blue-style cheese, aged 3 - 4 months; "Double Down Blue" - natural rind, blue-style cheese, aged 3 - 4 months with a double heart imprint on the rind; “Ewelicious Blue” – natural rind, blue-style cheese, aged 2 – 3 months; and “Fat Bottom Girl” - natural rind, aged 2 – 3 … [Read more...]

Fisher Chopped Walnuts Recalled for Possible Salmonella

John B. Sanfilippo & Son is recalling Fisher Chopped Walnuts and Fisher Pecan Cookie Pieces because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No reports of illnesses have been received to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The products are Fisher Chopped Walnuts in 8 ounce packages with various UPC numbers and best by dates, and Pecan Cookie Pieces in 8 ounce sizes with various UPC numbers and best by dates. You can see the list of products at the FDA web site along with more information. The products were sold at stores in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. You can also see pictures of product labels at the FDA site. If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Discard in a … [Read more...]

J&B Sausage Recalls Chicken and Beef For Undeclared Peanuts

J&B Sausage Company is recalling 45,904 pounds of chicken and beef products for undeclared peanuts, one of the major food allergens. The products contain Adams Flavors Cumin, which has been recalled for undeclared peanuts by the FDA. Anyone with an allergy to peanuts could have a serious or life-threatnieng reaction if they eat these products. The recalled products include 5 pound packages of fully cooked "Chefs-In-A-Bag Chicken Taco Filling", 1 pound packages of HEB "Fully Cooked Texas Style BEEF CHILI No Beans", 1 pound packages of HEB "Fully Cooked Taqueria Style PICADILLO Seasoned Ground Beef with Potatoes, Onions, Tomatoes and Peppers" and 1 pound packages of HEB "Fully Cooked Carne Guisada Seasoned Beef in Gravy." They were shipped to HEB retail locations and the Garland … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Listeria Deaths a Focus of Apple Associations

The California Apple Commission is working with other apple producing states and the U.S. Apple Association regarding the outbreak of listeriosis that state and federal health authorities have associated with commercially produced, pre-packaged caramel apples. In a December 23 newsletter piece about the deadly caramel apple outbreak, the state-authorized commission recapped some details of the investigation, quoting a CDC document that said  “at this time, no illnesses related to this outbreak have been linked to apples that are not caramel-coated and not prepackaged or to caramel candy.” As the newsletter stated, the investigation is still working to determine specific brands or types of commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples that may be linked to the illnesses. So far, … [Read more...]

Largest Multistate Outbreaks of 2014: #2 Bean Sprouts

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Wonton Foods bean sprouts was the second-largest food poisoning outbreak of the year. The outbreak sickened 111 people in 12 states, 26 percent of those sickened were hospitalized. The sprouts were sold at stores and served at restaurants primarily on the East Coast. When the outbreak was announced November 21, Wonton Foods agreed to destroy any bean sprouts remaining and close its manufacturing facility for cleaning. On November 24, the firm resumed production and began shipping sprouts again November 29. Symptom of a Salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In some cases, the infection can travel to the bloodstream producing more severe illness. Case patients in this outbreak, who … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Lawsuit Names Happy Apple, Bidart Brothers, Safeway

A wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection with the caramel apple Listeria outbreak names the apple grower, the caramel apple maker and the store that sold the contaminated product as defendants.  Filed on behalf of one of the three people who have died in this 10-state outbreak, the wrongful death lawsuit initially named Safeway, the store where the caramel apple was purchased. But, after a recall was issued, the grower, Bidart Brothers, and the maker, Happy Apple, were added. According to the lawsuit, Shirlee Jean Frey, 81, died after contracting listeriosis from a caramel apple she purchased at Safeway just before Halloween. She began to feel ill the first week of November and was dead one month later. The two other deaths were reported in Minnesota, which has been hard hit by … [Read more...]

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