April 18, 2019

Consumer Reports Finds Arsenic in Bottled Water

Consumer Reports has found arsenic at unsafe levels in some brands of bottled water. The organization is urging the government to recall those brands and to implement better federal standards for this product. Many people around the country rely on bottled water because their tap water doesn't taste good or they don't trust its quality. Unfortunately, bottled water can have issues and be contaminated with unsafe compounds. One of those compounds is arsenic. Arsenic is found everywhere, in the soil, air, and water, and it is found in groundwater, the source for many bottled water brands. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that, when ingested, arsenic can cause arsenic poisoning, skin cancer, developmental problems, memory problems, diabetes, pulmonary disease, and … [Read more...]

Chips Ahoy Cookies Recalled For Solidified Ingredient

Mondelez Global is recalling some of their Chips Ahoy Chewy Cookies because one of the ingredients used to make the cookies contains an "unexpected solidified ingredient." This may pose a choking or injury hazard. Some reports of adverse health effects have been received. The recall notice did not elaborate on what those problems are. The recalled product is Chips Ahoy Chewy Cookie in 13 ounce packages. The UPC number on the product is 0 44000 03223 4. The best when used by dates, which are located on the left top side of the package by the lift tab, are 07SEP2019, 08SEP2019, 14SEP2019, and 15SEP2019. The cookies were sold in the United States at the retail level. No other Chips Ahoy product is included in this recall. If you purchased these cookies, do not eat them. Throw them away … [Read more...]

Lawyer Gives Advice About Long History of Prepared Produce Outbreaks

The Salmonella Carrau outbreak that is linked to precut melon products sold at Target, Walmart, Kroger, and other stores has prompted questions about prepared produce. And unfortunately, the history of prepared produce outbreaks is long. Any food can be contaminated with pathogens. The fruits and vegetables can pick up bacteria in the fields, during harvest, during transport, and during processing. While people don't naturally think of produce as a cause of outbreaks, Salmonella in produce is in the top ten pathogen-food combinations that cause food poisoning. And in our modern food production and distribution system, produce that is harvested around the world is brought to huge central processing centers. The fruits and vegetables are cleaned and cut and packaged together. That … [Read more...]

Price Chopper Fudge Bars Are Recalled For Possible Listeria

Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets are recalling some of their store brand fudge bars for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination according to news reports. The bars were made by Fieldbrook Farms. There is no information about whether or not any illnesses have been reported in connection to this recall. The recalled product is PICs Fudge Bars sold in 12-count, 30 ounce containers. The UPC number on the product is 41735 09250, and the best-if-used-by date is March 6, 2020. The manufacturer allegedly had positive results for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in the production environment. Many customers have already been contacted by the company about this recall through their notification program. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard it in a secure … [Read more...]

Ben & Jerry’s Recalls Ice Cream For Undeclared Tree Nuts

Ben & Jerry's is recalling their Coconut Seven Layer Bar sold in bulk, and Chunky Monkey ice cream because they contain undeclared tree nuts, one of the major food allergens. These products could contain almonds, Brazil nuts, and hazelnuts. An undeclared nut was found during the production operation. Anyone who is allergic to tree nuts could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported to date in this matter. The Ben & Jerry's Coconut Seven Layer Bar bulk product is sold in a tub containing 2.4 gallons. The UPC number on that product is 076840104246, and the best by date is SEP1520BJ4. The Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream is sold in pint containers, with the UPC number 076840100354 and best by dates of … [Read more...]

Jensen Tuna Recalls Frozen Raw Ground Tuna For Salmonella

Jensen Tuna of Louisiana is recalling frozen raw ground tuna imported form JK Fish because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. A Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened at least 13 people is linked to this recalled product. The product is individually packaged in clear plastic one-pound bags and is sold in white wax 20 pound boxes. This product is only sold as a wholesale case with twenty bags in each case. The lot numbers on the cases are z266, z271, and z272. The raw tuna was sold to wholesalers in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington. It was distributed from November 30, 2018 to March 15, 2019. Illness onset dates in the outbreak range from January 8, 2019 to March 20, 2019. As of today, the ground tuna samples public health … [Read more...]

Salmonella Newport Outbreak Linked to Frozen Raw Ground Tuna

A Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to frozen raw ground tuna supplied by Jensen Tuna has sickened at least 13 people in 7 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two people have been hospitalized. The case count by state is: Connecticut (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (1), Minnesota (1), New York, (1), North Dakota (4), and Washington (4). Illness onset dates range from January 8, 2019 to March 20, 2019. The patient age range is from 29 to 85 years. Jensen Tuna, based in Houma, Louisiana, has recalled their frozen raw ground tuna, which was imported from JK Fish. The tuna was sold in Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, and Washington, and may have been distributed to other states. Anyone who orders sushi, from a restaurant or … [Read more...]

Salmonella Carrau Melon Outbreak: How To Prepare Safe Melons

Ever since the huge and deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that was linked to whole melons produced by Jensen Farms in Colorado, I have been wary of cantaloupes, honeydew, and watermelon. While I did sometimes purchase precut melons, that ended when a Salmonella outbreak linked to precut melons sickened dozens in 2018. The current Salmonella Carrau melon outbreak has increased my resolve. How do you prepare safe melons in this day and age? The problem with this fruit is that the surface of melons is the perfect space for bacteria to grab onto and hold on. Melons, especially cantaloupe, have deep crenelations and a webbed, rough surface. Bacteria love to hide in those nooks and crannies. Even worse, some pathogens can produce a biofilm that covers bacterial colonies, protecting … [Read more...]

Feeding Change Young Thai Coconut Recalled for Salmonella

FeedingChange Canada is recalling their Young Thai Coconut Meat because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue. The coconut was sold in British Columbia and Ontario, and may have been sold nationally at the retail level. The recalled product is Feeding Change Young Thai Coconut Meat, sold in 454 gram packages. The codes on the product are Best By : May 28 2020 CM 14818A and the UPC number is 0 91037 12927 7. The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency Test results. An investigation has been launched, which may lead to the recall of other products. The CFIA is making sure that the company is removing the recalled product from stores. If you purchased this product, do not eat it and do not use it … [Read more...]

Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan Hard Hit by Precut Melon Salmonella Outbreak

People in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan have been hard hit by the melon Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 93 people in 9 states. The case count in each state is: Ohio (27), Indiana (18), Kentucky (16), and Michigan (19). The other states involved include Alabama (1), Illinois (5), Minnesota (3), Missouri (3), and Wisconsin (1). The pathogen that has sickened people, Salmonella Carrau, is relatively rare in the United States. Officials are using the PulseNet system to find people who may be part of this outbreak, and more may be identified. PulseNet identified the outbreak on April 2, 2019. It makes sense that most of the victims are in those states, since the outbreak has been linked by the CDC and FDA to precut melons that were produced and … [Read more...]

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