October 16, 2017

Archives for March 2017

NuGo Peanut Butter Nutrition Bars Recalled for Undeclared Milk

Faulty packaging has prompted Lifestyle Evolution to recall one lot of its NuGo Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter nutrition bars, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). During the manufacturing process, a product containing the milk allergen was incorrectly packaged in NuGo Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter wrappers, which do not list milk on their ingredient lists or in their allergen warning statements. The recall is for Lot B16119A of the Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter nutrition bars. Packages are marked with the manufacturing code of B16119A and a “Best By” date of 28-Jul-17. The individual bars are labelled with the item number: 6 91535 20701 1; cartons of the bars are stamped with the item number: 6 91535 20702 8. People who are allergic to milk may experience potentially … [Read more...]

Listeria Monocytogenes Can Hide Inside Lettuce Leaves

A new research study from Purdue University that was published in the Journal of Food Protection has found that Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can hide inside the leaves of romaine lettuce. That suggests that traditional post-harvest sanitation practices "may not be sufficient to kill the potentially lethal pathogen." The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to recalled Dole salads last year was the sixth largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2016. That was the first Listeria outbreak linked to leafy greens, although that type of produce is  the most common culprit in food poisoning outbreak according to a National Institutes of Health study. Other Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning outbreaks have been linked to celery, cantaloupe, raw sprouts, and apples. In that … [Read more...]

FDA Issues Details of the Dixie Dew Products Facility Shut Down

The FDA has suspended the food facility registration of Dixie Dew Products, Inc. On March 28, 2017, the FDA used authorities granted under the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to suspend that registration because products manufactured in that facility may be contaminated. Soy nut butter manufactured by Dixie Dew has been implicated in the I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak that has sickened at least 29 people in 12 states. The FDA's decision was prompted by that E. coli O157:H7 outbreak and the findings of the FDA's March 2017 inspection of Dixie Dew, which "identified insanitary conditions that could lead to contamination with E. coli O157:H7 in finished products." No food can leave the Dixie Dew facility for sale or distribution while the food facility … [Read more...]

FDA Shuts Down Dixie Dew Products after E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak

The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to recalled I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products has sickened 29 people in 12 states, some very seriously. Nine of those people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. And twelve patients have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The question many families are asking is: where did that pathogenic bacteria come from? We now know the answer to that question. The FDA has shut down Dixie Dew Product's food facility registration as of March 27, 2017. That company is located in Erlanger, Kentucky. The FDA inspected the Dixie Dew facility between March 3 and March 15, 2017. During FDA's inspection, the investigators "observed grossly insanitary conditions that cause your firm's soy nut butter products to be adulterated … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Sickens 29

The CDC has announced that the E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter has grown again. Now 29 people in 12 states have been sickened in this outbreak. That is an increase of six people since the last update on March 21, 2017. Three more states are now included in the count: Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Twelve patients have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. Two of the newly sickened have been hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, which brings the total with HUS in this outbreak to nine. No deaths have been reported to date. The case count by state is: Arizona (4), California (5), Florida (1), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), Oregon (9), Virginia … [Read more...]

Permanent Injunction Closes Dietary Supplement Makers

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado has entered a permanent injunction against EonNutra LLC, two related companies, CDSM LLC and HABW LLC, and their owner, to prevent the distribution of "adulterated and misbranded dietary supplements and unapproved and misbranded drugs." The Department alleges that the defendants, who sell about 150 dietary supplement products, violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Several of those products were labeled as dietary supplements, but were marketed as drugs. The company claimed that the product could help treat or prevent diseases such as "heart disease, diabetes, depression, hypertension, osteoporosis, and liver and kidney disorders." According to the complaint, the defendants offered these claims to the public without … [Read more...]

Cassava Cake and Mixed Nut Mooncake Recalled for Multiple Undeclared Allergens

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that Sunshine Bakery, headquartered in Alhambra, California, has issued a voluntary recall of its Cassava Cake and Mixed Nut Mooncake products. Both products contain the following undeclared food allergens: peanuts, coconut, almonds, and cashews. Some products may also contain sunflower seeds. The cassava and mooncake products are stamped with a “best by” date of 3/24/2017 and were distributed to retail stores on 2/24/2017. The Cassava Cakes, sliced either in brown squares or in red/yellow strips, were packaged on white foam trays and covered in clear plastic wrap. The Mixed Nut Mooncakes were individually packaged in clear wrap and affixed with a printed label stamped with the “best by” date. People who are allergic to peanuts, … [Read more...]

Norovirus Outbreak in Washington Associated with Raw Oysters

Public health officials in Seattle and King County are investigating multiple reports of a norovirus-like illness in people who ate raw oysters. Since January, officials have received reports that as many as 39 people were sickened after eating that shellfish. Illnesses have been reported during the time period ranging from January 10 through March 20, 2017. Public health has reported the illnesses to the Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Program, which tracks the reports and harvest locations of the oysters implicated in this outbreak. The oysters were all harvested from different growing areas and bays in Washington state with the exception of four meals. Those four meals, which account for 22 of the illnesses, were made of oysters harvested from a small bay in the … [Read more...]

Robin Hood Flour Recalled in Canada for E. coli O121

Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are recalling Robin Hood brand all purpose flour in one size for possible E. coli O121 contamination. There is an outbreak linked to this product that has sickened at least 25 people in four provinces. The recalled product is Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original, in 10 kilogram bags. The lot codes are BB/MA 2018 AL 17 and 6 291 548, and the UPC number is 0 59000 01652 8. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation into this recall and the outbreak. More products may be recalled related to this investigation. If you purchased this product, do not use it or eat it, even if you plan to cook with it. Flour can be scattered around a kitchen as you work, and can easily contaminate other surfaces, utensils, … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Linked to Robin Hood Flour Sickens 25 in Canada

An E. coli O121 outbreak linked to Robin Hood flour in Canada has sickened at least 25 people, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. All patients identified in this outbreak have samples with E. coli bacteria that match genetically. This outbreak is reminiscent of the 2016 E. coli outbreak in the United States linked to General Mills flour. And it's another reminder that flour is a raw agricultural product, can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, and should never be eaten raw. The flour has been recalled. The product is Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original in 10 kilogram bags with a code of BB/MA 2018 AL 17 and 6 291 548. It was distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Secondary recalls of products made with this flour may be announced … [Read more...]

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