October 18, 2017

Archives for February 2017

Using Twitter Can Increase Food Poisoning Reporting

A study at Washington University in St. Louis has found that using Twitter could improve foodborne illness reporting and other public health issues, such as hospital quality and the spread of infections. The study was published in the February 3, 2017 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Dr. Jenine Harris, associate professor at the Brown School at the University said, "increasing trust and interaction between government and the public through social media are promising strategies for food safety." The study is titled "Using Twitter to Identify and Respond to Food Poisoning: The Food Safety STL Project." "The dashboard technology has potential for improving foodborne illness reporting and can be implemented in other areas to improve response to public … [Read more...]

3 Brands of Trader Joe’s Apple Sauce Recalled

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that Manzana Products Co., Inc., manufacturer of 3 brands of Trader Joe’s Apple Sauce, has issued a voluntary recall of these products. These three brands of unsweetened apple sauce may be contaminated with glass pieces. Nation-wide recalls are in effect for two of the brands: 1) Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce (UPC: 00194777, “Best Before” Date Code: ALL CODES through October 06, 2018) and 2) Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce (UPC: 00015905, “Best Before” Date Code: ALL CODES through August 08, 2018). These products are packaged in 24-ounce glass jars; the “Best Before” dates are stamped on the lids. The third recall is for Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce distributed in the … [Read more...]

Meadow Gold Dairies in HI Ordered to Halt Distribution of 2% Milk

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) has ordered Meadow Gold Dairies to halt distribution and sale of their 2% reduced fat milk because lab results exceeded standard limits for Coliform bacteria. That bacteria is used as "indicator organisms" because they indicate the potential presence of disease causing bacteria and possible post-pasteurization contamination. Peter Oshiro, program manager of the DOH Sanitation Branch, said in a statement, "Milk production is regulated with routine testing both at the farm and after packaging to ensure a safe product. Department of Health inspectors will work with Meadow Gold Dairies to investigate the possible source of contamination, approve a plan of correction, and conduct further testing to confirm the company meets the standards to resume … [Read more...]

Lipari Foods Recalls Cheeses for Possible Listeria

Lipari Foods is voluntarily recalling bulk and retail cheese products under the brand names Copperwood and Lipari Old Tyme because they may be contamianted with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The cheeses were manufactured by Deutsch Kase Haus, which has issued a large recall. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The cheeses were distributed to food service and retail stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with product number, weight, sell by dates, label photos, and UPC numbers at the FDA web site. Some of the cheeses were sliced or chunked at the deli counter and have no UPC numbers. The types of recalled cheese include … [Read more...]

Allergy Alert in Two MA Whole Foods Stores for King Cakes

Whole Foods Market stores in Arlington, Massachusetts and Brookline, Massachusetts, are issuing an allergy alert to recall Cream Cheese King Cakes because they may contain pecans that are not declared on the label. Pecans, or tree nuts, can cause serious allergic reactions in those who are allergic to that ingredient. No reactions have been reported to date. The recalled cakes are Lonestar Bakeries Cream Cheese King Cakes sold in purple cardboard containers. They were sold between February 4 and February 26, 2017. Signs are posted in the stores to notify shoppers about this recall. If you purchased these products and are allergic to tree nuts, do not eat them. Throw them away or take the cake or the receipt back to the store where you bought it for a refund. … [Read more...]

UK Experts Urge Shoppers to Wash Hands After Handling Chicken Packages

We all know that raw chicken can contain pathogenic bacteria such as Campylobacter and Salmonella. But experts were more concerned with the bacteria on the inside of the basic plastic supermarket wrapping. Now experts in the UK are warning shoppers to wash their hands after handling these packages, since the bacteria could also be on the outside. An investigation by the Daily Telegraph found that the plastic exterior of more than 1 in every 100 raw chickens sold in Britain may have a potentially infectious level of Campylobacter bacteria. That means that 9,000,000 packages of chicken are sold with a "dangerous dose of deadly bacteria on the outside." When a shopper picks up a package of chicken, then snacks on food while shopping, they could get sick. Campylobacter is the leading … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Spinach Orzo Salad for Allergen

Whole Foods is recalling "Our Chef's Own Spinach Orzo Salad sold in stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island for undeclared tree nuts. The salad contains pine nuts that are not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to this ingredient could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No allergic reactions have been reported to date. The recalled product is "Our Chef's Own" Spinach Orzo Salad with PLU 61159. The product has a "sold on" date of February 24 or before. It was sold from the chef cases or in prepackaged containers. If you purchased this product and are allergic to pine nuts or tree nuts, do not eat it. Throw it away or take it or the receipt back to the store for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Lakeview Cheese, Bashas’ Stores Recall Cheese for Listeria

Lakeview Cheese and Bashas' Family of Stores are recalling some types of cheese for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The cheeses were manufactured by Guggisberg Cheese and by Deutsch Kase Haus. They were distributed by Lakeview Cheese to Bashas' Family of Stores, and sold in Bashas' and Food City supermarkets in Arizona meat departments under the grocery brands' private label. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recall is for nine cheese products, including fixed-weight and bulk-cut, random-weight items. They include Food City Colby Longhorn Cheese in 12 ounce packages, Food City Colby Jack Cheese in 12 ounce packages, and Food City Colby Monterey Cheese in 12 ounce packages. Also recalled are random weight: … [Read more...]

Public Health Alert For Listeria in PREMO Brand Wraps

JLM Manufacturing is issuing a public health alert for PREMO brand sandwich wraps for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. A real was not requested because the company believes that all products have been eaten and are past their "Best by" dates. The cheese supplier for the firm recalled its cheese for potential Listeria contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. The PREMO Brand wraps were produced on January 23, 2017 and January 25, 2017 and have "Best by" dates of February 12, 2017 and February 14, 2017. They include Ham & Cheddar Wrap in 5 ounce plastic packages, Italian Wrap in 5 ounce plastic packages, and Tuscan Chicken Wrap in 5 ounce plastic packages. The products … [Read more...]

Nacho Villa Tortilla Chips Recalled for Sesame

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Aliments Nacho Villa are recalling Tortilla Chips - Chipotle for undeclared sesame. Sesame is a legal food allergen in Canada. Anyone who is allergic to sesame could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. One reaction has been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Nacho Villa Tortilla Chips - Chipotle in 280 gram packages. The UPC number is 6 27843 12816 8 and the code on the product is 14 04 17. The recall was triggered by a consumer complaint. The product was sold at the retail level in Quebec. If you purchased this product and are allergic to sesame, do not eat it. Throw it away or take it back to the store where you bought it for a full refund. … [Read more...]

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