September 22, 2020

Kootenay Co-op Sausages Recalled in Canada For Foreign Material

Kootenay Co-op sausages are being recalled in Canada because they may contain foreign material, more specifically pieces of metal and plastic, which pose a mouth injury and choking hazard. No illnesses or injuries associated with the consumption of these products have been reported to the company to date. The product was sold at the retail level in British Columbia. The recalled products are Kootenay Co-op Garlic & Onion Beef Sausage, sold in variable package sizes. All codes starting with 0 208170 are recalled. The codes on the product are Packed on SE.09.20, and the best before date is Best Before SE.14.20. Kootenay Co-op Beef & Wine Sausage is also recalled, sold in variable size packages. All codes starting with 0 208747 are recalled. The codes on the product are Packed on … [Read more...]

Trader Joe’s Southwest Style Sweet Potato Bowl Recalled For Allergens

GHSW, LLC is voluntarily recalling 1,512 units of Trader Joe's Southwest Style Sweet Potato Bowl because it contains milk and eggs, two of the major food allergens, that are not listed on the label. Anyone who is allergic to milk or eggs, or who is lactose intolerant, could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to the company to date in connection with this recall. The undeclared milk and eggs are in the dressing packet that is included in the product. The recalled product, Trader Joe's Southwest Style Sweet Potato Saute Bowl, is packaged in a 21.5 clear bowl. The dressing is located in a pouch inside the bowl. The product is sold in the refrigerated section of the grocery store chain. The recalled product was sold in … [Read more...]

Homestead Creamery Chocolate Ice Cream Recalled For Pecans

Homestead Creamery of Wirtz, Virginia, is recalling one lot of Homestead Creamery chocolate ice cream that is packaged in quart containers because it may contain pecans, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to pecans, or tree nuts, could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. The recalled item is Homestead Creamery Chocolate Ice Cream that is sold in quart size packages. The date on the product is 5/13/2021. That date is printed on the bottom of the ice cream container. The ice cream was sold in Virginia and North Carolina in May 2020 through retail stores and also through direct delivery to customers. No picture of the product is … [Read more...]

Sprouts Alive Micro Greens Associated with Canadian Salmonella Outbreak

Sprouts Alive Micro Greens and Sunsprout Micro Greens are associated with a Salmonella outbreak in Canada, according to a recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The distribution of the raw micro greens and the outbreak seems to be limited to Ontario. There is no information about this outbreak at the Public Health Ontario web site, even though the recall notice states, "Public Health Ontario is investigating an outbreak of human illness associated with consumption of these products." We do not know how many people are sick, their age range, date of illness onset, or if anyone has been hospitalized. The recall notice states, "This recall was triggered by findings by the CFIA during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak." The recalled products … [Read more...]

Prepared Popcorn Brands Recalled in Canada For Pieces of Glass

Two prepared popcorn brands recalled in Canada may have foreign material contamination, more specifically, pieces of glass, which can injure teeth or the mouth and may pose a choking hazard. Both products were distributed in British Columbia at the retail level. This is a Class 3 level recall. The first recall is for Preferred Popcorn Organic Popcorn in two varieties, distributed by Ingredients Plus Distribution.  The first is Organic Butterfly Popcorn, packaged in 22.68 kg packages. The UPC number on that product is 7 64256 30002 3, and the codes printed on the label are PN122-9367A PKD: 07/27/2020 and EXP 07/27/2021. The second recalled product from that distributor is Medium Organic Yellow Popcorn packaged in 11.34 kg sizes, with no UPC number. The codes on that product are … [Read more...]

Forty Leafy Greens STEC Outbreaks Occurring During 2009 to 2018

The October 2020 issue of the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases has a study about E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks from 2009 to 2018 and found that there were forty leafy greens STEC outbreaks during that time frame. STEC is Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria, most often E. coli O157:H7. Those outbreaks caused 1,212 illnesses, 77 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and eight deaths. More of those outbreaks were linked to romaine lettuce than any other type of leafy green. Forty-five percent of those outbreaks occurred in the fall, and 28% occurred in the spring. Leafy greens are the second most common source of foodborne STEC outbreaks, after ground beef. The connection between those two products is that cattle are considered the major reservoir for the pathogen, and STEC … [Read more...]

Willow Tree Farm Classic Chicken Salad Recalled For Walnuts

Willow Tree Poultry Farm, Inc. of Attleboro, Massachusetts is recalling about 6,800 ponds of ready to eat Willow Tree Farm classic chicken salad because it contains walnuts, or tree nuts, that isn't declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to walnuts could have as serious reaction if they eat this product. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions associated with the consumption of this product to date. The recalled product is labeled as "Classic Chicken Salad," but it may actually contain "White Meat Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad." The salad was produced on September 2, 2020. The recaleld product is 15 ounce clear plastic containers of Willow Tree Farm Classic Chicken Salad that is labeled as "Willow Tree Premium White Meat Chicken Salad Classic," with a sell by … [Read more...]

CDC Says There Is a Coronavirus Risk in Eating Out in Restaurants

According to the Centers for Disease Control and PRevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) for the week of September 11, 2020, there is a coronavirus risk in eating out in restaurants. These are the findings from a case-control investigation of symptomatic outpatients from 11 health care facilities. The researchers found that close contact with people who are infected with the virus or going to locations that offer on-site eating and drinking options were both associated with a COVID-19 positive test. Adults with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results "were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than were those with negative SARS-CoV-2 test results." The problem is that mask use and social distancing are difficult to maintain when eating … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know About Chicken and Food Safety

Most people know that raw poultry, as well as raw meat and eggs, are potentially hazardous foods. These foods are often contaminated with pathogens that can make you very sick. If not handled and cooked properly, the risk of foodborne illness with these foods is quite high. This is what you need to know about chicken and food safety. Americans eat more chicken than any other meat. Outbreaks linked to chicken are common every year. The bird is often contaminated with Campylobacter and Salmonella bacteria, which is why about 1,000,000 people in the U.S. get sick from contaminated poultry every year. First, when shopping, buy chicken last. Double bag it at the store, then go home right away and refrigerate or freeze any chicken product. Don't make other stops or delay going … [Read more...]

Climate Change Increases Foodborne Illness Outbreak Risk

The effects of climate change are stark and worrying. Most people have heard about rising sea water levels, more wildfires, and more extreme weather events. But did you know that climate change increases foodborne illness outbreak risks? A study published in Scientific Reports by Kuhn et al looks at the relationship between Campylobacter outbreaks and climate in Northern Europe. The researchers used national surveillance data of campylobacteriosis infections in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. They found that temperature, rainfall, and snowfall have a predictable effect on infection rates. Higher temperatures and heavier rainfall led to more infections, while shorter heatwaves and winter rain and snowfall reduced the number. Global climate change will change temperatures and … [Read more...]

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