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Law Firm Files First Lawsuit in Costco Chicken Salad E. coli Outbreak

In what is believed to be the first lawsuit arising from the ongoing nationwide Costco chicken salad E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, lawyers Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm have filed a case on behalf of a woman sickened in the outbreak. The suit is against Taylor Fresh Foods, Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corporation. She ate "Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad" that was made at Costco stores with Taylor Farms celery and onion mix. The suit was filed in the Butte division of U.S. District Court along with  associates at the Bozeman law firm Beck & Amsden. Costco identified Taylor Farms of California as the supplier of the onion and celery mix used in that salad. The Montana Department of Health tested a "Celery and Onion Diced Blend" product that was produced and distributed by Taylor … [Read more...]

Glades Drugs’ Multivitamins Recalled for High Vitamin D3

The FDA is alerting health care professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of compounded multivitamin capsules that have high amounts of Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol). The product was distributed nationwide by Glades Drugs in Pahokee, Florida. FDA has received several reports of adverse reactions that may be associated with this recalled product. Taking this supplement may cause vitamin D toxicity, which can be life-threatening if left untreated. There may not be any symptoms at first, so stop taking this product immediately and seek medical attention even if you feel well. The symptoms of short-term vitamin D toxicity include confusion, increased urination, increased thirst, loss of appetite, vomiting, and muscle weakness. Acute hypercalcemia can increase the tendency of heart … [Read more...]

FDA: Don’t Give the Dog a Bone

Bones are not a safe treat for dogs of any size, says the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  "You’ve just finished a big weekend family dinner and you are wondering what to do with the bones from the ham and roast, when in trots your big black Labrador Retriever. It’s hard to resist those longing, puppy-dog eyes," begins their warning. But it's in your pets best interest to find a safer treat. Bones can cause all kinds of problems for your dog including choking, blockages of the gastrointestinal tract, cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum, and death. The FDA has received about 35 reports of illnesses in dogs and eight fatalities related to bone treats. The agency has also received reports of product problems, such as bones … [Read more...]

Long-Awaited Catfish Inspection Rules Caught Up in Controversy

Years in the making, the USDA's new inspection rule for catfish and other Siluriformes is already caught up in a lot of controversy. The rule, which becomes effective in March 2016, applies to both domestically-raised and imported Siluriformes. It was mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill. Up until now, catfish, and other Siluriformes, were regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which regulates all food products accept meat, poultry and some egg products. The new U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) rule marks the beginning of an 18-month transition for oversight of the fish. The fish will now be regulated under the United States Department of Agriculture. “FSIS is committed to a smooth and gradual introduction to the new … [Read more...]

Celery E. coli Recall Includes Vons, Tony’s, King Soopers, Pantry, Savemart and 7 Eleven

An E. coli outbreak linked to contaminated celery in Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad has triggered the recall of 71 other products sold at various retailers including  Vons, Tony's, King Soopers, Pantry, Savemart and 7 Eleven. At least 19 people in seven states have already been sickened, two of them have hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a life-threatening complication that causes kidney failure. The recalled products include vegetable trays sold at Walmart and 7-Eleven; wraps and salads sold at Target; prepared salads sold at Costco; salad sold at King Soopers; salads and wraps sold at Pantry and Savemart; salad kits, veggie trays and salads at Safeway, Vons and Albertons; salad kits at Tony's and the Holiday Turkey Sandwich sold at Starbucks. Montana health officials performed … [Read more...]

Montana Hit Hard by E. coli Outbreak Linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Montana has been hard hit by the E. coli outbreak linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad. Six of the 19 people who have been sickened are from Montana where health officials tested a celery and onion mix from Taylor Farms used to make the salad and discovered E. coli O157:H7, prompting a massive recall. The recall covers 71 products including vegetable trays sold at Walmart and 7-Eleven; wraps and salads sold at Target; prepared salads sold at Costco; salad sold at King Soopers; salads and wraps sold at Pantry and Savemart; salad kits, veggie trays and salads at Safeway; Vons and Albertons; the Holiday Turkey Sandwich sold at Starbucks; and salad kits at Tonys. E. coli O157:H7 produces serious illness. Symptoms of an infection include abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that can be … [Read more...]

Meat Blender Contaminated Chocolate Mousse with E. coli

When an E. coli outbreak at the Twisted Fork in Reno, Nevada was linked to a dessert item prepared by another company, many people wondered: what can it be? Something containing fresh berries? Something made from unpasteurized dairy? Was it undercooked ground beef? Nope. It turns out that the chocolate mousse made for the restaurant by Reno Provisions that gave 22 people E. coli infections was contaminated when a blender used for meat was not cleaned properly before it was used again to make the mousse. Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick said in a statement, "several people who ate at the Twisted Fork restaurant had the dessert, as did some other people outside the Reno area who then developed the E. coli infection. That commonality led investigators to the dessert … [Read more...]

Mama Lina’s Empanadas Recalled for Lack of Inspection

Mama Lina’s Inc. of San Diego is recalling approximately 1,754 pounds of beef and chicken empanadas because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. The recalled beef, chicken, sweet wine beef and chipotle chicken empanada items were produced on August 31, 2015 and September 29, 2015 and packaged in cases of varying weights with the establishment number “EST. 2012” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to a retail location San Diego, CA. The problem was discovered during routine inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. At the time of the recall, there had been no confirmed reports of illnesses or adverse reactions associated with the … [Read more...]

Celery E. coli Recall Includes Walmart, Target, Albertons, Safeway and Starbucks

An E. coli outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states has been linked to tainted celery produced by Taylor Farms. So far, most of the E. coli O157:H7 illnesses have been linked to rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco, but 71 products sold by other retailers have also been recalled. Retailers affected by the recall include Walmart, 7-Eleven, Target, Costco, King Soopers, Pantry, Savemart, Safeway, Vons,  Albertons, Tony's and Starbucks. The recalled products include deli salads, salad kits, sandwiches and wraps. (To see the full list of recalled products in this outbreak, click the link on "celery" above.) Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as they risk serious illness if they do. E. coli O157:H7 produces Shiga toxins that cause … [Read more...]

Legionnaires’ Disease Bacteria at Minneapolis VA

Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' Disease, has been discovered in the water system at the Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center. No illnesses have been reported. Officials are working to eliminate the pathogen which was discovered during routine testing on Nov. 19. The system is being flushed and filters have  been installed on taps and shower heads. Legionnaires’ Disease, which does not spread from person-to person, causes pneumonia-like symptoms including fever, cough, fatigue, confusion, aches and lung inflammation. It develops when water mist contaminated with Legionella bacteria is inhaled. The source of contaminated water mist can be showers, faucets, whirlpools, swimming pools, fountains or cooling towers in air conditioning systems. Between 8,000 and 18,000 … [Read more...]

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