October 17, 2017

Archives for December 2015

Largest Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks 2015: #1 Cucumber Salmonella

A cucumber Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 838 people in 38 states was the largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2015. The outbreak, which began in July,  is still ongoing but has tapered off since reaching its peak in August. One hundred and sixty five people were so sick they required hospitalization Four of them died. About 50 percent of all of case patients were children under 18. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have identified cucumbers imported from Mexico and distributed by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. Two cucumber recalls have been issued. The first, on September 4, 2015, by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce for cucumbers sold under the “Limited Edition” brand label during the … [Read more...]

FDA Withdraws Approval of Arsenic in Animal Feed

The FDA has announced it has withdrawn approval of all applications for nitarsone (an arsenic-based drug) in animal feed as of December 31, 2015. There are now no FDA-approved, arsenic-based drugs for use in food producing animals. Last April, the FDA announced it received a letter of commitment from Zoetis Animal Health that the company will suspend sales of Histostat, the commercial name for nitarsone. This was the only arsenic-based animal drug used in food animals. It is used for the prevention of disease in turkeys and chickens. Studies have found that organic arsenic, the less toxic form of the chemical used in these drugs, can transform into inorganic arsenic, which is a known carcinogen. In 2011, an FDA study found that higher levels of inorganic arsenic were in chicken … [Read more...]

Department of Justice Investigating Blue Bell after Listeria Outbreak

CBS News is reporting that the Department of Justice has started an investigation into Blue Bell after their ice cream was linked to a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that killed three people. An FDA investigation found the pathogenic bacteria in two of Blue Bell's three production plants in Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas.  The company allegedly knew that one plant was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes in 2013, according to records. The Blue Bell ice cream outbreak was the tenth largest outbreak of 2015, sickening at least 10 people in four states. Three people who were in a Kansas hospital died of their infections after consuming ice cream made by Blue Bell. The company recalled all of its products in April 2015 and closed down all of its production for weeks. FDA … [Read more...]

Taramosalata Recalled in Canada for Undeclared Allergens

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling Taramosalata products because they contain milk and sulphites, two food allergens, that are not declared on the label. This is a spread made from fish roe, olive oil, lemons, and sometimes potatoes. Anyone who is allergic to those ingredients or has lactose intolerance could become seriously ill if they eat these products. There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are A V D Taramosalata in a 3 kg pail. All codes where milk and sulphites are not declared on the label are recalled. There is no UPC number for this product. Also recalled is Adonis Taramosalata in 250 gram packages. Again, all codes where milk and sulphites are not declared on the label are recalled. The … [Read more...]

Largest Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks 2015: #2, Cyclospora

A 31-state cyclospora outbreak that sickened 546 was the second-largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2015. Some of the illnesses were linked to fresh cilantro imported from Puebla, Mexico.  Other food sources were not identified. Cyclospora is a parasite that lives in subtropical climates. The hallmark of an infection, called cyclosporiasis, is profuse, often explosive, diarrhea that can last up to two months. Other cyclosporiasis symptoms, which can also last more than 60 days, include abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms. In 2014, cilantro from Puebla Mexico was also identified as the source of an outbreak that sickened at least 126 people in Texas. When … [Read more...]

Ocean Smelt Roe Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Ocean Group Inc. of California is recalling Ocean brand Masago Lake Smelt Roe because it contains undeclared wheat and soy, two of the major food allergies. Anyone who is allergic to wheat and/or soy, or who is gluten intolerant or has celiac disease could have a serious reaction if they consume this product. There is no word on whether or not any reactions or illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Masago Lake Smelt Roe in 6.0 ounce clear cups. The red marking "MASAGO" is on the label on the top and the lid of the product. Nutrition Facts are printed on the side of the cup. If you purchased this product and are allergic to wheat and/or soy, do not eat it. Throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Gross Family Dairy Raw Milk Recalled in PA for Listeria Risk

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning consumers to discard raw milk sold by the Gross Family Dairy in South Sterling, Wayne County, in that state. The milk may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Raw milk collected during routine sampling by a commercial laboratory on December 17, 2015 tested positive for the bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but the illness caused by this pathogenic bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear. The milk was sold at the farm and in Stroudsburg, Monroe County, at Earthlight Natural Foods, the Stroudsburg Farmers Market and the Monroe Farmers Market. It may also have been sold at Dutch’s Market in Greentown, Pike County; Everything Natural in Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County; and at Matt’s Farm Stand in … [Read more...]

Spice Cake Recalled in Canada for Undeclared Walnuts

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and McFadgen's Bakery are recalling Mom's brand Fiesta Spice Cake because it contains walnuts, or tree nuts, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to walnuts could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. There is no word on whether or not any reactions have been reported to date. The recalled item is Mom's Fiesta Spice Cake in 500 gram packages. All codes where walnut is not declared on the label are recalled. The UPC number of the product is 0 61364 18704 2. It was sold in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. If you purchased this product and are allergic to walnuts, do not eat it. Throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a … [Read more...]

Metro Gluten Free Ravioli Recalled for Salmonella

The Contes Pasta Company has recalled Metro Brand Irresistibles Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli for possible Salmonella contamination. This information was included in the December 23, 2015 Enforcement Report released by the FDA. This company recalled Conte's Gluten Free Ravioli for possible Salmonella contamination in November 2015, but these products were not mentioned during that original recall. The recalled products include Metro Irresistibles Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli in 9 ounce bags. The use by date on the product is 020317. Also recalled is Metro Brand Irresistibles Gluten Free Cheese Rvioli with Marinara Sauce Microwave Meal in 340 gram (12 ounce) packages. The use by date on that product is 021117. These products were sold in CT, FL, IL, IN, MI, NH, NJ, NY, PA, VT, and WI, and … [Read more...]

Chicken Pie Recalled in Canada for Undeclared Allergens

Thrifty Kitchens and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are recalling Chicken Veggie Pie and Tourtiere (meat pie) for undeclared allergens. These products may contain milk and soy that are not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to milk and/or soy, or who is lactose intolerant could have a serious reaction if they consume these products. No illnesses or reactions have been reported to date. The recalled products include Thrifty Kitchens Feel-Good Chicken - Chicken Veggie Pie in 700 gram packages. The code on the product is Best Before 15 DE 26 and the UPC number is 7 74147 00288 2. Also recalled is Tourtiere, made by Thrifty Kitchens but with no brand name mentioned, in 700 gram packages. The codes on this product are Best Before 15 DE 26 and 15 DE 27. The UPC number is 0 … [Read more...]

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