January 23, 2018

FDA Weighs In On Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Jimmy John’s Raw Clover Sprouts

The FDA is weighing in on the multistate Salmonella Montevideo outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts sold at Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin. The FDA is advising consumers not to eat sprouts at those restaurants in that state because they may be contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. We now know that the product being focused on is clover sprouts. Jimmy John's did announce on January 19, 2018, that all of its retail locations temporarily stopped serving sprouts. Epidemiologic evidence indicates that the sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants are the likely source of the outbreak. The most recent illness began on January 3, 2018. The FDA is working with partners in Illinois and Wisconsin, and the CDC, to conduct traceback on the clover sprouts. They want … [Read more...]

Two Recalls of Products Regulated by the FDA for Undeclared Allergens

There are two recalls for undeclared allergens today. The first is for several brands of cheeses, breads, and desserts for undeclared soy, egg, wheat, and milk by Productos Pacheco, Inc. The second is for Sun Noodle Tonkotsu Ramen, which is being recalled for undeclared fish. The recall by Productos Pacheco is in Spanish, so it will not be posted in full here. If you purchase those products, go to the FDA website and read the recall notice, which includes the UPC number, package size, and allergens. The recalled products include Mallorca, Pan, Pan con Pasas, Mallorca Queso, Mallorca Guava Queso, Polvorones, Pound Cake, Bizcocho Zanahoria, Bizcocho Maiz, Bizcocho Vaninilla Queso, and Bizcocho Vanilla Queso Guava. These products were sold in Puerto Rico. The second recalled product is … [Read more...]

National Frozen Foods Recalls Green Beans for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

National Frozen Foods Corporation is voluntarily recalling a limited selection of individually quick frozen (IQF) green beans products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The recall was posted on the U.S. Department of Defense Commissary Agency website. The FDA has not yet posted a notice. The recall notice has been published to all of the DCA's stores. The product has been removed from store shelves. The recalled precuts include SYS IMP Bean Green Whole IQF NWP, 12/2 pounds: Lot number 17102703A03, MPC V5404; NW TRES Bean Green Cut, 1/30 pounds: Lot number 17102603A02, MPC 62406-9007; and SYS CLS Bean Green Cut GR A P, 12/2 pounds: Lot number 17102703A03, MPC 1435197. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue, but … [Read more...]

Two Dietary Supplements Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Two dietary supplements: Break Ventures "Zero For Him" and "Arthri-D" are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. Zero for Him is a supplement that is distributed nationwide through Amazon. The product has 150 capsules in a 400 cc Light Amber PETE bottle. The lot number is 1710-638 on the bottom. The expiration date of November 2020 is stamped on the side of the container. Routine testing by the company discovered the potential for contamination found Salmonella bacteria in one bottle. the product has been tested and re-tested and no more bacteria were found, but the supplement is being recalled out of an abundance of caution. Distribution of the product is suspended while the FDA and the company … [Read more...]

Five Sickened in Wisconsin in Jimmy John’s Salmonella Sprouts Outbreak

Five people are sick in Wisconsin in the multistate Salmonella Montevideo outbreak that happened after consumers ate sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants in that state and Illinois. Two people are sick in Illinois, and one person is sick in Minnesota. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is working with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, health departments, and the CDC to investigate this outbreak. All five patients are sick with the outbreak strain of Salmonella. And all of those patients said they ate sprouts at a Jimmy John's restaurant in the state in mid-to-late December, 2017. People who have been sickened by the same bacteria strain said they ate sprouts at Jimmy John's locations in their state. Officials are trying to identify … [Read more...]

Salmonella Montevideo Outbreak in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois Associated With Jimmy John’s Sprouts

A multisite outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo infections is associated with sprouts sold at Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC statement reads, "Epidemiologic evidence indicates that raw sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants are a likely source of this multistate outbreak." Those sickened in this outbreak reported eating raw sprouts on sandwiches served at Jimmy John's restaurants in those two states. Eight people are sick in those states. The case count by state is: Illinois (2), Minnesota (1), and Wisconsin (5). There have been no hospitalizations and no deaths reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from December  20, 217 to January 3, 2018. The patient age range is from 26 to 50. All … [Read more...]

Two Chicken Salad Products Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Two chicken salad products are being recalled for undeclared allergens. One was packaged in the wrong packaging, and the other contains undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Cafe Spice GCT is recalling about 289 pounds of chicken salad products because it was packaged with a chicken wrap label, and does not declare milk that is in the product. These products were produced on January 12, 2018. The recalled product is 15 ounce clamshells labeled "southwest-style chicken wrap" but actually contains southwest-style chicken salad. The best by date is January 20, 2018. The product has the establishment number "EST. P-34641" inside the USDA mark of inspection. This chicken salad was shipped to retail locations nationwide. The problem was discovered by a retail customer, who … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure in Food Worker in Honolulu, Hawaii

A possible case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in a food worker at the Way Kung Restaurant on Mapunapuna Street in Honolulu, Hawaii. That person worked there between December 1, 2017 and January 6, 2018. Hepatitis A is a very contagious virus. People can contract this illness by person-to-person contact, through food and drink that has been contaminated by feces, and through contact with surfaces. People who are infected with this virus are symptom-free for two weeks, so can easily pass it on to others before they even know they are sick. Unfortunately, a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. That means that anyone who visited that restaurant after January 4, 2018 is not longer eligible for a shot. Today is the last … [Read more...]

Recalls of Products for Undeclared Nuts

There are two recalls today for products that were made with undeclared nuts. Whole Foods Market is recalling Cheesecake Bars for undeclared almonds, and Palmer Candy Company is recalling Sea Salt Caramel Hearts for undeclared peanuts. Anyone who is allergic to tree nuts and/or peanuts could have a serious reaction if they eat either of these products. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with either of these recalls. The Palmer Candy Company is recalling Sea Salt Caramel Hearts that were sold only at Bomgaards Supply Store in the midwest U.S. The recalled product is Sea Salt Caramel Hearts in a 12 ounce tub. The best by date on the product is 12/21/18, and the UPC number is 77232-17091. It was sold in Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, and … [Read more...]

Just Food for Dogs Recalled for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Just Food for Dogs of Los Alamitos, California is recalling some recipes of its cooked frozen dog food for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There is a risk for dogs to get sick, and there is a human risk as well, from handling the food to touching pets. The animals can shed the bacteria and it can be on their coats and in their saliva. These are the foods that are recalled: JustFoodForDogs Turducken with batch dates XX110118 to XX123118; Beef and Russet Potato with batch dates XX110118 to XX011419; and Fish and Sweet Potato, with batch dates XX110118 to XX011419. A customer reported that the Turducken recipe made her dogs with with diarrhea and vomiting. Lab testing by the company gave preliminary results showing that the human-grade green beans used in the product … [Read more...]

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