October 19, 2017

Archives for August 2017

Seafood Traceability Program Upheld by Court

A federal court ruled this week that the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program is upheld. This program requires that some imported seafood that is at risk of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud is completely documented and traced from the fishing vessel or farm to the U.S. border. This program, also known as the Seafood Traceability Rule, takes effect January 2018. It will require importers of seafood such as tuna, grouper, swordfish, red snapper, and blue crab to provide specific information to border inspectors before their products can enter the country. Beth Lowell, senior director for illegal fish and seafood fraud at Oceana said in a statement, "This ruling is a huge win for U.S. fishermen and consumers who are cheated when illegally caught … [Read more...]

Some Doctor Manzanilla Cough Products Recalled for Burkholderia

Mid Valley Pharmaceutical is recalling two lot numbers of Doctor Manzanilla Cough & Cold and Doctor Manzanilla Allergy & Decongestant Relief syrup because they may be contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia. there have been no reports of illness associated with this recall. These products are sold over the county for relief of cough, nasal congestion, sneezing, and bronchial irritation. the Allergy Relief product is sold as an antihistamine. They were sold in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to retailers and pharmacies. The recalled products are Doctor Manzanilla Allergy & Decongestant Relief in 4 fl ounce bottles (118 ml). The UPC number is 7 62558 00204 1, the lot number is 23221701, and the expiration date is 05/19. Also recalled is Doctor Manzanilla Cough … [Read more...]

Another Campylobacter Outbreak in Seattle, Washington

Another Campylobacter outbreak in Seattle, Washington has been identified by King County Public Health. This outbreak is associated with a private party that was held on June 24, 2017. Public Health was informed about the illnesses on August 10. Two people have been sickened with lab-confirmed Campylobacter infections. Each case said that there were "multiple other ill persons" associated with the same party. Public health officials did not interview the other sick people to confirm details. The food for the party was prepared in the home. One of the foods on the menu was chicken, which has been associated with Campylobacter outbreaks in the past. But this chicken was purchased pre-cooked and was cooked a second time. Officials have not identified a single food item as a … [Read more...]

Sue’s Sweet Sesame Pork Jerky Recalled for Allergens in Canada

Soo Jerky Ltd. is recalling Sue's Jerky brand Sweet Sesame Pork Jerky in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada, because it contains fish that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to fish could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled products are both Sue's Jerky brand. The first is Sweet Sesame Pork Jerky in 40 gram packages. The codes on the product are 778085 and 775687, and the UPC number is 0 65717 61053 9. The second recalled product is Variety Pack in 12 x 40 gram packages. The codes on that product are 776382, 777186, 778086, 776087, 776287, and 777288; the UPC number is 0 65717 62005 7. If you purchased these products and are allergic to fish, don't eat them. Throw … [Read more...]

Salmonella Agbeni Outbreak Linked to Pet Turtles

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released information about a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Agbeni infections that are linked to pet turtles.  As of August 29, 2017, there are 37 people sick in 13 states. Sixteen people have been hospitalized, which is a very high percentage for this type of outbreak. Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 1, 2017 to August 3, 2017. Of 33 people who have been interviewed, 16 have been hospitalized. That hospitalization rate of almost 50% is more than double the usual rate of 22% for most Salmonella outbreaks. Twelve, or 32%, of ill persons are children under the age of 5. No deaths have been reported. Epidemiologic and laboratory findings link the outbreak to contact with turtles or their environment, such as … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak Associated with Cafe Juanita in Washington State

A Campylobacter outbreak that has sickened two people is associated with Cafe Juanita in Kirkland, Washington state. A single meal was consumed by a party there on June 24, 2017. On July 24, Public Health King County learned about two ill persons during an interview with one of them who had been diagnosed with this type of food poisoning. King County did not confirm the second illness until August 16, 2017. No other ill persons have been identified. The patients shared many food items, including foie gras. This food has been linked to other Campylobacter outbreaks in the past, especially when it is eaten raw or undercooked. Public Health's Environmental Health Inspectors visited the restaurant on August 17, 2017. During the field inspection, officials saw the cooking process … [Read more...]

Big Win Butter Popcorn Recalled for Undeclared Milk

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports that almost 3,000 units of its “BIG WIN, BUTTER POPCORN ARTIFICIALLY FLAVORED” product have been recalled by Dedinas-Franzak Enterprises. Distributed to and sold through the Rite Aid retail chain, this popcorn may have milk ingredients not listed on its labeling. The 5-ounce popcorn packages affected by the recall are stamped with the UPC code #0-11822-58492-0 and an expiration date of 16FEB2018. To prevent the risk of potentially life-threatening illness, individuals who are allergic to milk should either throw this popcorn away or return it to the store for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Much of Vashon Island Shellfish Harvest Areas Closed for PSP

King County Public Health in Seattle, Washington, has closed most of Vashon Island beaches for shellfish harvesting after Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) has been detected at unsafe levels. Quartermaster Harbor is still open for harvest. The commercial harvest is not affected. PSP is a neurotoxin produced by a naturally occurring marine organism. The toxin is not destroyed by cooking or freezing. PSP poisoning can be life threatening. You cannot determine if the toxin is present by looking at the water or shellfish; it can only be found with laboratory testing. The toxin does not change the taste or texture of shellfish. PSP is not the same thing as "red tide." Advisory signs at beaches have been posted by public health officials. The closure includes all species of shellfish, … [Read more...]

Food and Water Safety Advice for Hurricane Harvey

The FDA is offering food safety and water safety advice for anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Food can be rendered unsafe by power outages and by contact with flood waters. If the power went out and perishable food has been above 40°F for more than 2 hours (more than 1 hour if the air temperature is at 90°F or above) it must be discarded. Cooking won't make this food safe, since bacteria can produce toxins that heat will not destroy. If the items stayed below 40°F and you are sure of this, cook them thoroughly to a safe minimum internal temperature before eating. Once power has been restored, check the temperature of appliance thermometers in the freezer and fridge. If the thermometers are 40°F or below, the food in the freezer can be refrozen. If you didn't have a … [Read more...]

Frozen Meat Products Recalled by Blossom Foods for Undeclared Wheat and Soy

Almost 15,092 pounds of frozen beef, pork, and chicken products have been recalled by Blossom Foods, LLC because they contain wheat and soy ingredients which were not mentioned on their package labeling. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food and Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has categorized this as a “Class I / High Risk” recall. Blossom Foods, LLC is headquartered in Oakland California. The meat and poultry products were produced over the course of a year, between August 23, 2016 to August 23, 2017, and are marked with expiration dates set one year after the initial date of packaging. Distributed to institutional locations in California and Ohio, the cases bear the establishment number “EST. 51200” or “P-51200” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products … [Read more...]

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