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Archives for September 2016

Fresh Express Salads Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling 480 cases of American Salad because it may contain undeclared egg, milk, wheat, and anchovy, which are four of the major food allergens. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. A small number of Caesar Salad condiment packets with undeclared allergens may have been mistakenly put into a limited quantity of American salads. The condiment packets are in a separate clear pouch and are labeled "Caesar," but the ingredient list for the condiments is not on the package label, so consumers will not be aware that those allergens are present. The recall is for 11 ounce packages of Fresh Express American Salad. The product code is G264A12A and the use by date is October 5, 2016. The UPC number for this … [Read more...]

Outbreak Associated with Phoenix Pappadeaux Restaurant Over

A food poisoning outbreak associated with Pappadeaux Seafood Restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona is over, Jeanene Fowler, acting Public Informations Officer for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin. She did not confirm the bacteria that is associated with this outbreak, but news sources state that it was a Salmonella outbreak. The county is closing its investigation into the outbreak and official documents will be available within a few weeks. Officials would not confirm how many people were sickened after eating at the restaurant, when their illnesses began, or if anyone was hospitalized as a result of their illness. A lawsuit was filed against this restaurant on September 27, 2016. However, restaurant inspection reports posted on the Maricopa … [Read more...]

General Mills Flour E. coli Outbreak Investigation Ends

The E. coli O121 and O26 outbreak linked to recalled Gold Medal flour from General Mills is over, according to the CDC, but the government expects illnesses to continue for some time. These products have long shelf lives and may still be in consumers' homes. A list of the recalled products and how to identify them is at the CDC web site. The recalled products include several varieties of Gold Medal flour, along with brownie and cake mixes, bread mixes, muffin mixes, pancake and biscuit mixes, and meat and poultry products that were made with the recalled flours. A total of 63 people in 24 states have been infected so far. Seventeen of those people were hospitalized for their illnesses. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). No deaths were reported in this outbreak. … [Read more...]

Retail List Released for Recalled E. coli Adams Farm Meats

The USDA has released the retail consignment list for recalled Adams Farm Slaughterhouse beef, veal, and buffalo products that are linked to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in four states. Those products were sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The original recall notice stated that the meat was sold in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York and mentioned that it may have been distributed in neighboring states. You can see the long list of recalled products at the USDA web site. They include beef cuts including beef for stewing, sirloin steak, strip steak, t-bone steak, tenderloin steak, and eye round roast, among others. The veal cuts being recalled include rib chops, loin chops, tenderloin, osso buco, and roasts, among others. And the bison … [Read more...]

Hawaii Hepatitis A Outbreak Grows to 282 Sick

The hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii linked to frozen scallops imported from the Philippines has now sickened 282 people, according to the latest update from the Hawaii State Department of Health. That is an increase of six new cases since the last update on September 21, 2016. All of the cases have been in adults. Seventy-one people have been hospitalized because their illness is so serious. That's a hospitalization rate of 25%, slightly higher than the average 20% rate in a typical hepatitis A outbreak. Most of those sickened live on the island of Oahu. Five people live on the mainland or overseas. Public health officials announced on August 15, 2016, that raw scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai are the "likely source" of the ongoing outbreak. The product … [Read more...]

Caviness Beef Packers Recall Ground Beef for Possible E. coli O103

Caviness Beef Packers of Hereford, Texas is recalling about 2,100 pounds of boneless beef trim products that were made into ground beef and may be contaminated with E. coli O103. These products were sold to another firm and were then available for direct consumer purchase at retail locations in Texas. The recalled products are 2,100 pound Combo Bin of "boneless beef trim 84L" produced on September 14, 2016 and processed into ground beef products by another establishment. The ground beef may not have the Caviness Establishment number 675, but may have another number inside the USDA seal. Caviness Beef has control of all but 320 pounds of ground beef products. They are: 10 pound chub of 73% Regular Ground Beef with a "use by" or "freeze by" date of October 10, 2016 with UPC number … [Read more...]

FDA Notes Decline in Cyclospora Cases

The FDA has released information about the decline of Cyclospora cases in the U.S. in 2016 when compared to 2015, 2014, and 2013. FDA claims that its activities, including import alerts and testing of imported products, have contributed to that decline. In each of the last three summers, there have been huge cyclosporiasis outbreaks in this country that have been linked to imported produce. As a result of traceback investigation by the government from 2013 to 2015, the FDA inspected farms and packing houses in Puebla, Mexico and found conditions that may cause contamination of cilantro and other produce with human feces. The FDA implemented an Import Alert for fresh cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico as a result of these investigations. Cilantro imported from this region … [Read more...]

Congresswoman Urges USDA to Investigate Adams Farm E. coli Outbreak

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released a statement yesterday about the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to recalled beef products from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse. At least seven people in four states are sick with E. coli infections after eating those products. She said, "News that a deadly form of E. coli has contaminated beef, veal, and bison products is extremely unsettling and I encourage all consumers to check their freezers to make sure that their products are safe. As E. coli continues to threaten American families, we have more work to do to ensure that all meat products are properly inspected before they are sold in stores. While I am grateful to the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the CDC for doing their due diligence in determining the source of the … [Read more...]

Law Firm Files Salmonella Lawsuit Against Pappadeaux in Phoenix

A lawsuit has been filed against Pappas Restaurants Inc., owners of Pappadeaux's Seafood Kitchen in Phoenix, Arizona, on behalf of a client who ate there in August 2016. The suit was filed in the United States District Court of Arizona (Case 2:16-cv-03253-GMS). The lawsuit alleges that their client ate tilapia, shrimp, and crab cakes at that restaurant on or about August 14, 2016, and became violently ill two days later. She was admitted to Abrazo Scottsdale Campus hospital on August 20, 2016. While there, she was tested for Salmonella and a stool test came back positive for Salmonella Javiana, according to the complaint. The client spent five days in the hospital. "No one should get sick because they ate at a restaurant," said Ryan Osterholm, an attorney with the firm. "Our … [Read more...]

Tropical Smoothie Virginia Hepatitis A Outbreak Grows to 105

The hepatitis A outbreak linked to Tropical Smoothie Cafes has grown to include 105 sick in Virginia alone. The CDC has not updated their investigation into this outbreak since September 16, 2016. The CDC's numbers for those sickened in other states are: Arkansas (1), Maryland (12), New York (3), North Carolina (1), Oregon (1), West Virginia (6), and Wisconsin (1). That means there are at least 130 people sick with hepatitis A infections in this particular outbreak. In Virginia, the case count by region is: 60 Northern, 15 Northwest, 17 Eastern, 13 Central, 0 Southwest. About 35% of those sickened have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. The patient age range is 14 to 70. Illness onset dates are from early May through September 2016. This outbreak is slowing … [Read more...]

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