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Archives for August 2015

Real Foods Recalls Chicken Wrap for Undeclared Allergens

Real Foods of Washington is recalling 41 pounds of chicken wrap products because they contain undeclared soy and sulfites. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled item is 9.5-ounce plastic tray packages containing "Kung Pao-Style Chicken Wrap" with a sell-by date of 8/29/2015. The products were made on August 25, 2015. They have the establishment number "P-34834" inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped to retail locations in Washington state. If you purchased this product and are allergic to soy and/or sulfites, do not eat it. Throw it away or return to the store where you bought it for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Swanson Meats Recalls Beef Tender Tip for Undeclared Soy

Swanson Meats of Minnesota is recalling about 20,063 pounds of beef products for misbranding. The products were formulated with soybean oil, MSG, and papain (a meat tenderizer made from papayas) that were not declared on the label. Soy is a known allergen, and MSG may cause reactions in people who may be sensitive to it. The recalled item is 20-pound cases of "Marinated Boneless Beef Tender Tip" with case code "SM04291". It has the establishment number "Est. 5697" inside the USDA mark of inspection. It was shipped to restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. No confirmed reports of adverse reactions have been received to date, but if you ate beef tips in a restaurant in those areas and have experienced allergic reactions, see your doctor. The problem was discovered by FSIS … [Read more...]

Qi Li’s Braised Chicken Recalls Duck Products for Misbranding

California Qi Li's Braised Chicken is recalling about 6,644 pounds of duck head and duck neck products because they do not list soy and wheat, two of the major food allergens, on the label. No reports of illnesses have been received to date. The recalled products are 10" x 8" vacuum sealed packages of "Chinese Brand Spicy Duck Heads" and "Chinese Brand Spicy Duck Necks." They have the establishment number "P-40286" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail establishments in California. They were produced on various dates between February 11, 2015 and August 13, 2015. If you purchased these products and are allergic to wheat and/or soy, do not eat them. Discard or return to the place where you purchased them for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Legionnaires’ Outbreak at San Quentin State Prison

A Legionnaires' Disease outbreak at the San Quentin State Prison has forced that facility to shut off the water. There are six confirmed cases, and at least 51 other possible cases. Those prisoners who have been diagnosed with the illness have been transferred to hospitals for treatment. The possible cases are under observation at the prison's medical unit. Portable toilets are being brought in for the prisoners' use. The kitchen has stopped producing meals; inmates are eating boxed meals. The prisoners who may be sick live in all areas of the prison. The Marin County Health Department is investigating the outbreak. No visitors have been allowed in the facility since the outbreak began. No prisoners can be transferred in or out of the facility as well. Inmates are being told they … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Sickens 92 in Canada

At least 92 people in Canada have been sickened by food contaminated with Cyclospora. Health officials do not know the food source of the outbreak, which began in May, but are continuing to investigate. Most of the illnesses, 82, have been reported from Ontario. In British Columbia there are four cases, in Quebec, five; and one in Alberta. Two people have been hospitalized. Cyclospora is a parasite usually associated with travel to developing countries with tropical climates. But in recent years, it has travelled to the U.S. and Canada in various kinds of produce including salad greens and cilantro. Cyclosporiasis, the infection caused by the Cyclospora parasite, causes profuse diarrhea that can last two months or more. Other symptoms, which can also last more than 60 days if … [Read more...]

Legionnaires at Quincy Illinois Veterans Home Sickens 23

A Legionnaires Disease outbreak has sickened at least 23 people at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy. The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are working with the Adams County Health Department to identify the source of the outbreak. Test results for other residents are pending. “Our Quincy Home staff and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) leadership are taking this situation seriously, as we do with any other situation facing our fellow veterans and residents,” said Erica L. Jeffries, Director, IDVA.  “The health, safety, and high quality of life for the residents remains our highest priority.  We will work with local, regional, and state partners to find and eliminate any potential source … [Read more...]

Five Things You Should Know About Raw Milk

Raw milk has been making headlines lately. Despite illnesses and outbreaks associated with drinking this unpasteurized dairy product, about 1 percent of Americans drink raw milk and advocate for the right to buy or sell it in the states where they live. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has compiled several reports on raw milk. Here are five things the agency wants you to know: Laws governing the sale of raw milk vary from state to state. About 20 states have laws prohibiting the sale of raw milk, about 30 allow some form of it. At least 143 Listeria, Campylobacter, Salmonella, and E. coli outbreaks have been linked to raw milk since 1987. They have included serious illnesses, miscarriages, still births, kidney failure and deaths. Some advocates of raw milk believe that … [Read more...]

NYC Used Whole Genome Sequencing to Solve Legionnaires Outbreak

New York City health officials used whole genome sequencing (WGS) and pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to solve the Legionnaires Disease outbreak linked to the Opera House Hotel in the South Bronx. The outbreak, which sickened 128 people in the South Bronx  killing 12 of them, was the city's largest-ever. Legionnaires’ Disease develops when water mist contaminated with Legionella bacteria is inhaled. It does not spread from person-to person. Symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, confusion, aches and lung inflammation. The source of contaminated water mist can be showers, faucets, whirlpools, swimming pools, fountains or cooling towers in air conditioning systems.  City and state health officials worked together with investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and … [Read more...]

Study: Purported Health Benefits of Raw Milk are “Myths”

A new study evaluating the risks and purported benefits of raw milk finds ample risk but no health benefit to drinking unpasteurized dairy. The study, which appears in the current issue of Nutrition Today, was authored by John A. Lucey, PhD, a professor of food science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and director of the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lucey, who researches the chemistry of dairy products and the properties of food proteins, has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and more than 21 book chapters. In this study, he critically evaluates the purported benefits of drinking raw milk and finds that they "have no scientific basis and are myths." Myth 1- Pasteurization decreases … [Read more...]

Antibiotic Resistant Salmonella in Kapowsin Pork Sickens 152

Antibiotic resistant Salmonella in pork from Kapowsin Meats of Graham. Wash.  has sickened 152 people, sending 24 of them to the hospital, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All of the illness have occurred in Washington, many of those who were sickened attended events where whole pigs were roasted. Kapowsin has temporarily suspended all operations and as recalled all of its products. The recall includes 523,380 pounds of pork products distributed to Alaska, Oregon and Washington that may be contaminated with an antibiotic resistant strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. Antibiotic resistance can lead to complications of illness such as bloodstream infections and treatment options.  The CDC has determined that the outbreak strain … [Read more...]

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