November 24, 2020

Les Œufs Richard and Nutri Eggs Recalled in Canada For Salmonella

Les Œufs Richard and Nutri Eggs are being recalled in Canada because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. These eggs were sold in Quebec at the retail level. The recalled products include only eggs from Les Œufs Richard Eggs Inc. with best before dates indicated in the table below where the lot code contains "Q29" or where there is no lot code on the package. The Les ŒufsRichard Eggs brand recalled products include Large Size Eggs, packaged in 12 egg cartons with UPC number 0 57711 01056 9 and code 20-12-26 Q29; Large Size Eggs, Family Pack, in 18 egg cartons with UPC number 0 57711 01018 7 and codes 20-12-22 Q29 and 20-12-26 Q29; Extra … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Popcorn Chicken Recalled For Undeclared Shrimp

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling Whole Foods Popcorn Chicken with Sweet Chili Sauce because it may contain shrimp, or shellfish, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to shrimp could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. One illness has been reported to the company; the recall was triggered by a consumer complaint. The product was sold in 26 stores in Northern California and Reno, Nevada. The recalled product, Whole Foods Popcorn Chicken with Sweet Chili Sauce, was sold in plastic containers in the prepared foods department. It was labeled "Popcorn Chicken Shaker with Sweet Chili" with sell by dates through November 27, 2020. The product has the PLU number 81789 on the scale label near the UPC number. The recall notice did not give the UPC … [Read more...]

Compliments Smoked Beef Pastrami Recalled in Canada for Listeria

Levitts Foods Canada is recalling Compliments Smoked Beef Pastrami for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. It was sold in Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and may have been sold nationally at the retail level. The recalled product is Compliments Smoked Beef Pastrami that is packaged in 175 gram containers. The UPC number on the label is 0 68820 13360 5, and the code is BEST BEFORE 2020/DE/25 EST 48. This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA has launched a food safety investigation and may recall more products. If this happens the recalled items will be listed on their Food Recall Warnings page. The government is making sure that this product is removed … [Read more...]

Public Health Alert for Taza Samosas For Undeclared Allergen

The USDA has issued a public health alert for Taza Samosas made from chicken and beef because the packages contain spring roll pastries that may have been made with milk, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. A recall was not requested because the FDA inquiry for the spring roll pastry recall is ongoing. There have been no confirmed reports of allergic reactions or illnesses received to date due to the consumption of these products. These chicken and beef samosas were produced from November 11, 2019 through November 11, 2020. The recalled products include: 12 ounce packages containing 12 pieces of “TAZA CHICKEN SAMOSAS Stuffed pastry with seasoned chicken” with best by dates of November 11, 2020 through November 11, 2021. 12 ounce packages containing … [Read more...]

Dole Organic Romaine Hearts Recalled For non-O157 E. coli

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling Dole Organic Romaine Hearts and Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts for possible pathogenic non-O157 E. coli contamination. No illnesses or any consumer complaints have been reported to the company to date. And these recalled items are not associated with the strains that are connected to ongoing multistate outbreaks. The recalled items are Dole Organic Romaine Hearts 3pk with UPC number 0-71430-90061-1, in combined English/French packaging. The Harvested-On dates are 10-23-20 and 10-26-20. Also recalled is Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts with UPC number 7-11535-50201-2. The Harvested-On dates for that product are also 10-23-20 and 10-26-20. The Harvested-On sticker is on the upper right corner of each bag. The UPC number is on the … [Read more...]

Study Finds Low Level Contamination on Farmers Market Food in CA

A study conducted by the University of California Davis has found that there is low level contamination on farmers market produce and meat in Northern California. While the bacterial level is low, there is still "cause for some concern." The study was published in the Journal of Food Protection. Researchers looked at the prevalence of Salmonella bacteria on meat and produce, as well as generic E. coli on produce, which indicates possible fecal contamination. Samples were taken from 44 certified Northern California farmers markets. They found that less than 2% of animal products sampled, including beef, poultry, and pork, teated positive for Salmonella, while all produce tested negative. But slightly more than 30% of produce did test positive for generic E coli. Lead author … [Read more...]

Pats Pizza Food Worker Diagnosed With Hepatitis A in Maine

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that a Pats Pizza food worker in Dover-Foxcroft has been diagnosed with hepatitis A and worked while infectious. That worker was at that facility on November 11, 2020. Epidemiological assessment of the employee's illness has found that the restaurant's patrons may be at risk for a hepatitis A infection. The Maine CDC is recommending that anyone who may have eaten food prepared at or who worked at Pats Pizza in Dover-Foxcroft on November 11, 2020 receive a hepatitis A vaccine by November 25, 2020. This recommendation includes anyone who may have had dine-in, take-out, delivery, or curbside pickup of food from this restaurant on that day. The virus is extremely contagious and can be passed through contaminated food and drink, … [Read more...]

Salmonella Paratyphi Outbreak Has Sickened 18 According to FDA

According to information published in the FDA's new Outbreak Investigation Table, the Salmonella Paratyphi outbreak that has some cases associated with Nekter Juice Bar in Woodbury, Minnesota has now sickened at least 18 people. Ten illnesses are confirmed in Minnesota according to the Minnesota Department of Health, and the eight other illnesses are in three other states, according to the FDA. On November 19, 2020 the Minnesota Department of Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin that they are only aware of 10 people sickened in Minnesota. Food Poisoning Bulletin believes that because the FDA is reporting a higher number, the outbreak could be wider than just Minnesota and possibly linked to an as yet unidentified product. The FDA responded this evening and said that there are … [Read more...]

Unusual Holiday Cooking Tips During COVID-19 From the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering some unusual holiday cooking tips during the COVID-19 pandemic. They state that, "Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or eating is associated with directly spreading COVID-19. It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object, including food, food packaging, or utensils that have the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way that the virus is spread." If you are hosting a small holiday gathering, think about these tips, and as always, follow basic food safety rules. You don't want to add food poisoning to the list of things we're already stressing over. First, encourage guests to … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know About Apple Cider Season and Food Poisoning

Every fall many family make trips to orchards to buy apple cider. But there are things you need to know about apple cider season and food safety, especially about unpasteurized fruit juices. There have been three food poisoning outbreaks linked to unpasteurized apple cider or juice in the last few years. Those outbreaks include a cryptosporidium outbreak in 2015 that was linked to apple cider that was sold and consumed at the Pike County Fall Color Drive in Illinois. At least 70 people were sickened in that outbreak, and several were hospitalized. Also in 2015, an E. coli O111 outbreak that sickened 13 people was linked to apple juice from High Hill Ranch. And in 2013, a cryptosporidium outbreak in Iowa was linked to unpasteurized apple cider. Eleven people were sickened in that … [Read more...]

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