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Archives for December 2016

CDC Releases Info About Another Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak, 8 Months Later

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued information about a Salmonella Oslo outbreak linked to Persian cucumbers this week in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. But the outbreak happened eight months ago. Public health officials in Minnesota and Michigan started an investigation when four people were sickened with Salmonella Oslo infections that occurred March 21 to April 9, 2016. A total of 14 people in 8 states were identified as being part of this outbreak at the end of the investigation. Whole genome sequencing and pulsed gel-electrophoresis identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella Oslo, which was new to the PulseNet database. Epidemiologic evidence found that Persian cucumbers were the source of infections in this outbreak. Persian, or "mini" … [Read more...]

Largest Food Poisoning Outbreak of 2016: Salmonella in Cucumbers

The largest multistate food poisoning outbreak in 2016 ended in 2016, but it started in 2015. At least 907 people were sickened with Salmonella Poona infections that were linked to imported cucumbers. Six people died, and 204 people were hospitalized in this massive outbreak. The strange thing about this outbreak is that even though the cucumbers that were identified as the source of this outbreak, infections were still being reported to officials two months after the recall was issued. Cucumbers do not have a long shelf life. The cucumbers in question were traced to Rancho Don Juanito de R.L. de C.V. in Baja, Mexico. Two import alerts were issued by the FDA, banning those products from coming into the United States. Three outbreak strains of Salmonella Poona were identified … [Read more...]

Stone Meadow Farm Raw Milk Cheese Recalled for Staph

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning consumers not to eat certain batches of raw milk cheese from Stone Meadow Farm in Centre County. Samples taken on December 12, 2016 tested positive for Staphylococcus aureus. The warning is for Stone Meadow Farm's raw 60 day aged Havarti cheese and raw 60 day aged Colby Cheese. The cheese are labeled with the Stone Meadow Farm name and its address at 190 Quarry Road in Woodward, Pennsylvania. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The cheese were sold between October 2016 and mid-December 2016. The cheeses were sold in half-pound blocks at the Susquehanna Valley Growers Market in Lewisburg, Union County; the Boalsburg Farmers Market in Centre County; and the Millheim Farmers Market … [Read more...]

Green Bean Casserole Product Recalled for Undeclared Allergen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that Farm To Market Foods, based in Santo, Texas, had just recalled 26,506 pounds of its Green Bean Casserole product because it may contain undeclared peanuts. This recall was prompted after a secondary supplier alerted Farm To Market Foods that an ingredient used to make the casserole, Schreiber Foods International, Inc.’s Ambrosia Brand Worcestershire Sauce, has been recalled due to the possibility it contained undeclared peanut allergens. Ingesting peanuts can be deadly for people who are sensitive or allergic to them. Even in minute amounts, the peanut allergens can trigger life-threatening allergic reactions and / or anaphylactic shock. Food To Market Foods (also known as Texas Best Protein) distributed the Green Bean … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Wants to Ease Listeria Precautions

According to the Houston Chronicle, Blue Bell wants to drop the precautionary standards it put in place after the deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to its products was revealed in 2014. Ten people were sickened in that outbreak; the illnesses went back to 2010. Instead, the company wants to use the more general safety measures used in the ice cream industry. But Blue Bell was finding Listeria Monocytogenes in its plants a year after the outbreak. And according to FDA records, the company knew about potential Listeria contamination in one of its plants a year before the outbreak. The Justice Department started an investigation into the company's practices  and is trying to determine when company officials knew about the contamination. FDA officials found Listeria … [Read more...]

Mikesell’s Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips Recalled for Salmonella

Mikesell's Potato Chip Company is recalling Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. They were made with recalled dry milk from Valley Milk Products. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The product is 2.25 once Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips. The UPC number is 071104005543 on the back and the sell by dates of FEB0216 and FEB1617 are stamped on the upper right corner. They were distributed at the retail level in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged container so other people and animals can't eat it, or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Second Largest Foodborne Illness Outbreak of 2016: Hepatitis A in Strawberries

The second largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2016 was the hepatitis A outbreak linked to imported frozen strawberries served at Tropical Smoothie Cafe restaurants in the eastern United States. At least 143 people in 9 states were sickened in this outbreak. And 56 of those patients were hospitalized. Reports of hepatitis A illnesses starting coming in to the Virginia Health Department. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicate that frozen strawberries imported from Egypt were the likely source of this outbreak. In interviewed, almost all of those sickened said they drank smoothies made with strawberries at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations before August 8, 2016 in Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. There are fourteen cases with no connection to … [Read more...]

FDA Risk Assessment Explained

The FDA is one of the government agencies charged with keeping our food supply safe. One of the ways they do this is something called "risk assessment." Food facilities are inspected and government officials figure out where the risks of contamination are. There are many steps between the farm and your table. And each can pose a risk of contamination by pathogenic bacteria. Scientific evidence and calculations used by the FDA predict the best ways to preventing contamination by specific substances in specific foods. First, scientists learn about the conditions under which a bacteria or virus can grow and thrive. A food likely to contain the pathogen is then studied, and information about how the food is grown, transported, received, processed, stored, shipped, and sold is … [Read more...]

Third Largest Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreak of 2016: General Mills E. coli

The third largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2016 was the E. coli outbreak linked to recalled recalled Gold Medal flour. Sixty-three people in 24 states were sickened after eating raw dough made with the flour. Seventeen people were hospitalized in this outbreak. The CDC states that "although the outbreak investigation is over, illnesses are expected to continue for some time." The flour has a long shelf life and some of it is most likely still in consumer's homes. And since flour spreads so easily, cross-contamination between the flour and other ingredients and surfaces is inevitable. Seventeen of those sickened were hospitalized because their illnesses were so serious. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No one died in this … [Read more...]

Prevent Clostridium Perfringens Illnesses This Holiday Season

Clostridium perfringens food poisoning cases tend to spike around the holiday season. This bacteria causes almost 1,000,000 cases of food poisoning every year. The bacteria grows when large pots and containers of food are not kept from the danger zone of 40°F to 140°F. Restaurants, nursing homes, potlucks, and large parties are usually the sources of this type of outbreak. So FoodSafety.gov is offering tips to help stop this type of food poisoning. The bacteria is found on raw meat and poultry, in the environment, and in the intestines of people and animals. Some strains produce a toxin as the bacteria grows. This type of food poisoning has a sudden and fast onset, usually within a few hours of exposure to the pathogenic bacteria. Diarrhea is the main symptoms. This type of … [Read more...]

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