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Archives for June 2015

Cyclospora Sickens 84 in Texas

A cyclospora outbreak has sickened 84 people in Texas. The illnesses have been reported from 20 counties. Travis County, which includes the city of Austin, has reported the most cases with 37. Cyclospora is a parasite normally found in tropical or sub-tropical areas. If ingested in its mature state, the parasite causes an infection called cyclosporiasis.  Only about 150 of these infections are reported nationwide each year, most of which are  associated with travel. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last two months and include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms.  Treatment with the antibiotic combination Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX),  sold under the … [Read more...]

BBQ at Tarheel Q Linked to Salmonella Outbreak, 216 Sick

A Salmonella Typhimurium strain found in a sample of BBQ from Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, NC matches a strain found in one of the 216 customers who became sick after eating there, according to the North Carolina Health Department.  At least 12 people have been hospitalized. Residents from 15 North Carolina counties and five other states are involved in the outbreak. But most,  77 percent, are form Davidson and Davie counties in North Carolina. Health authorities say the outbreak was linked to food served at the restaurant, located on Highway 64, after June 6 with about 82 percent of cases occurring between June 16th and June 21st. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms typically last four to seven … [Read more...]

In Canada, Polish Dried Sausage Recalled for Listeria

Old Fashioned Meat and Deli at 532 Cleveland Crescent S.E. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada is recalling Polish dried sausage because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but illnesses caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled item is Polish dried sausage, with no brand name in variable size packages. They were sold from June 10, 2015 up to and including June 24, 2015. The product was sold clerk-served without a label or coding. If you aren't sure whether or not you purchased this product, contact the retailer. If you did purchase this product, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution to kill any remaining … [Read more...]

Free Range Snack Trail Mix and Macadamia Nuts Recalled

Rocky Mountain Foods is recalling some lots of Free Range Snack Co. Island Fruit and Nut Trail Mix and some lots of Macadamia nuts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled items are Free Range Snack Co. Island Fruit and Nut Trail Mix in 16 ounce tubs. The UPC number is 0-76958-55077-5 and the best by date is 11/15/2015. Also recalled are Free Range Snack Co. Macadamia nuts sold in bulk. There is no UPC number for that product. The best by date range is 4/15/2016 - 5/28/2015. These products were sold at stores in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Atkins Nutritionals Recalls Candies for Peanuts

Atkins Nutritionals is recalling a limited quantity of Atkins Chocolate Candies because they may contain sachets of Atkins Chocolate Peanut Candies. Although the inner sachets are properly marked as Chocolate Peanut Candies, someone who is allergic to peanuts could mistakenly eat them. Anyone who is allergic to peanuts could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. Three consumers who bought the mislabeled product told Atkins about the problem. The recalled product is Atkins Chocolate Candies 5 ct. sachets. The UPC number is 637480075558. The Lot numbers are: A5118139439C BEST BEFORE DATE: April 28, 2016; A5119139439A, A5119139439B, A5119139439C BEST BEFORE DATE: April 29, 2016; and A5120139439A BEST BEFORE DATE: April 30, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Linked to Raw Chicken

A Salmonella outbreak in Canada has been linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products. As of June 28, 2015, 44 people are sick in four provinces. Twelve people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. The outbreak case count by province is: Ontario (28), Quebec (12), Nova Scotia (2), and Newfoundland and Labrador (2). No deaths have been reported. People became sick between February 7 and May 23, 2015. There is no mention of any brand name and no word of a recall. The government is warning people to be careful when handling raw poultry products. If you are preparing frozen raw breaded chicken products, take these precautions: wash your hands well with soap and water before and after handling the products. Use a separate plate, cutting board, and utensils when handling raw poultry … [Read more...]

H-E-B Recalls Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

H-E-B is voluntarily recalling their brand name hamburger and hotdog buns and Hill Country Fare hotdog buns that may contain foreign material. A terry cloth glove used for handling hot pans could have broken up in the dough, resulting in a potential choking hazard. No injuries have been reported to date. Products on the shelf as of Friday June 26, 2015 are not included in this recall. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site. They include wheat buns, plain, seeded, coney hot dog buns, and hamburger buns. You can also see pictures of the recalled products at the FDA site. If you purchased any of these items, do not eat them. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Goodies by Nature Raw Cashews Recalled for Salmonella

Grand BK of New York is recalling 450 units of Goodies Cashews Raw because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The cashews are packaged in 9 ounce clear plastic tubs. The product has sell-by dates of 04.29.2016 and 05.02.2016 and UPC number 846034010055. The cashews were sold in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia in "H Mart" retail stores. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container so animals and other people can't eat it, or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

WHO Classifies 2,4-D Herbicide as Possible Carcinogen

The Center for Food Safety has announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the herbicide 2,4-D, used in Dow Chemical's "Enlist Weed Control System", is "possibly carcinogenic to humans." Enlist corn and soybean seeds are genetically engineered to resist this herbicide, which means it can be sprayed on crops and won't kill them. Enlist is comprised of glyphosate, the chemical used in Roundup, a well-known herbicide, and 2,4-D, which was an ingredient in Agent Orange, an herbicide used during the Vietnam war. Glyphosate has also been determined as "possibly carcinogenic." Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety, said in a statement, "this last thing we need is genetically engineered crops that dramatically increase the spraying of … [Read more...]

Tarheel Q Restaurant NC Salmonella Outbreak Toll Reaches 197

According to the North Carolina Department of Heath and Human Services, the Salmonella outbreak among those who ate at the Tarheel Q restaurant has now sickened 197 people in 7 states as of noon Friday June 26, 2015. Those people are sick with a diarrheal illness. The restaurant is located on Highway 64 in Lexington, North Carolina. Laboratory testing has found that the BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who become sick at the beginning of the outbreak are both positive for Salmonella Typhimurium. Both samples have the same DNA, or PFGE fingerprint. More than 20 additional clinical specimens are pending results at the state laboratory. Of those 197 patients, 54% are male, 43% are between the ages of 20 and 49. Most of the patients who live in North Carolina are from Davidson and … [Read more...]

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