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Big Bark Beef Jerky Dog Treats Recalled for Salmonella

Grill-Phoria of Loveland, Colo. is recalling Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs for potential Salmonella contamination. Consumers who have purchased these products should not feed them to their dogs. The recalled products were sold between September 20, 2014 through January 2, 2015, in 3.5 oz bags that do not have lot codes. Salmonella in pet treats can affect animals who eat them and humans who handle them. To prevent illness, always thoroughly wash their hands after having contact with pet food products. Consumers who have purchased these products should carefully clean any surfaces they have come in contact with. Salmonella causes symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Sometimes it can also cause more serious … [Read more...]

Staphylococcal Illnesses Prompt Aloha Premium Protein Products Recall

Project Healthy Living, Inc. of New York, d/b/a Aloha, Inc. is recalling all packages of powder in chocolate and vanilla blends due to risk of contamination with  Staphylococcus enterotoxin. Consumers who have purchased these products should not use them as these toxins can cause serious injury to health. The company had received 17 reports of illness at the time of the recall. Symptoms of staphylococcal food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and muscle weakness. In more severe cases there may be headache, muscle cramping, and transient changes in blood pressure and pulse. The recalled products were distributed nationwide from November 2014 through January 2015 directly to consumers through online sales and in a limited number of retail stores in New … [Read more...]

Dalhart Texas Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 12

A Salmonella outbreak in Dahlhart, Texas has sickened at least a dozen people some of whom have been hospitalized. Health officials have not yet determined the source of the outbreak which began several weeks ago. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually develop between 12 and 72 hours after exposure and last up to a week. They include diarrhea, which can be bloody, nausea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal cramps. Dehydration is a risk. In a small percentage of cases, the infection travels to the bloodstream producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis. Salmonella sickens about 1.2 million Americans every year. Of those, 19,000 are hospitalized and about 380 die. To reduce your risk of Salmonella infection the Centers for Disease Control … [Read more...]

FDA Inspectors Found Listeria, Food Safety Violations at Wholesome Soy

The investigation of the deadly bean sprout Listeria outbreak began with a routine inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The outbreak, which began last summer was, was linked to bean sprouts from Wholesome Soy in Chicago. Five people in Michigan and Illinois were sickened. Two of them died. On August 12, the FDA went to Wholesome Soy’s Chicago facility for a routine inspection that would last through September 3, 2014. They found Listeria in sprouts  and in irrigation water. After whole genome sequencing tests revealed that the Listeria strains found at Wholesome Soy were highly related to the strain isolated from five people who became ill, FDA investigators returned to the plant. According to an inspection report, they found again found food safety violations … [Read more...]

Stone Mountain Pecanettes Recalled for Salmonella

Stone Mountain Pecan Company in Monroe, Ga. is recalling  540 packages of the “Pecanettes” for possible Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as they risk serious illness if they do. The recalled products were sold in 8-ounce clear plastic packages with the Lot code 4032A, and “sell by date” of 12/30/15. Salmonella can cause serious infections in young children, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In a small percentage of cases, the infection will get into the bloodstream producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported. Consumers concerned … [Read more...]

Salads Ready-Made for Trader Joe’s Caused 2013 E. coli Outbreak

In October and November 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated with public health officials in California, Washington and Arizona to trace an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 to two kinds of pre-packaged, ready-to-eat salads made for Trader Joe's grocery stores by Glass Onion Catering. The agencies continued their laboratory surveillance of the outbreak, uncovering 33 confirmed illnesses, including 28 E. coli case patients in the state of California. The molecular pattern of the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 had never been seen before in the United States, the CDC said. It was linked to two types of salads produced by Glass Onion: Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken. On Nov. 10, 2013, the company … [Read more...]

Aleias Gluten Free Croutons Recalled for Undeclared Peanut

Aleias Gluten Free Foods is recalling certain lots of its 8 ounce Parmesan Croutons and Classic Croutons because they may contain undeclared peanut protein. People who have an allergy to peanuts should not eat these products as they run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they do. At the time of the recall, there had been no reports of illness. The recalled products were distributed nationwide in grocery stores and through web orders. They were packaged in a brown cardboard box with white text. The recalled parmesan croutons have the UPC 8 55930 00162 3 and the lot numbers 410221, 413121, 416021, 417221, 419211, 510110, 514210. The classic croutons have the UPC 8 55930 00161 6 and the lot numbers 410221, 413121, 416021, 417221, 419211, 510110, … [Read more...]

Red Thread Fish Recalled for Botulism Risk

Arcadia Trading Inc. of Brooklyn is recalling all packages of Red Thread Fish due to a botulism risk. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it and may return it to the place of purchase for a refund. The recalled products were packed in 7 oz. heat sealed plastic bags and sold nationwide. The recalled products pose a risk even if they don't look or smell spoiled. The problem was discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture inspectors who noted, during a routine inspection, that the fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.  New York state regulations prohibit the sale of uneviscerated processed fish because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Past botulism … [Read more...]

Throw Out Butterfield Farm Cheese, Warns CT Ag Dept

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture warning consumers, stores and restaurants to throw out cheese purchased from The Butterfield Farm Co. in Cornwall after October 14, 2014.  The cheese may not have been pasteurized and could contain harmful bacteria. No illnesses have been reported, but unpasteurized cheese can cause serious illness. Sales of cheeses in inventory at the Cornwall company, which is licensed to make cheese form pasteurized milk, were embargoed on January 22. During an inspection, health officials discovered hat the company had no records of pasteurizing seven deliveries of raw milk made to its Hautboy Hill Road farm between Oct. 14 and Nov. 2. The cheese in question were sold at farmers’ markets and in about 20 stores and restaurants in Connecticut,  and at … [Read more...]

Judge Dismisses Challenge on EPA Factory Farm Data

In Minneapolis yesterday, a federal judge dismissed a challenge brought by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council against the EPA. Those groups wanted to block the EPA's ability to release public information about polluting factory farms to citizens and groups concerned about clean water. Food & Water Watch, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, and the Environmental Integrity Project, represented by lawyers at the Government Accountability Project, intervened on behalf of citizens. EPA released documents in 2013 about the location, size, and ownership of thousands of industrial factory farms that are a significant source of pollution to streams, rivers, and bays across the country. These farms are largely unregulated and hidden from people … [Read more...]

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