June 4, 2023

More Than 100 Sick in Backyard Poultry Salmonella Outbreak

More than 100 people are sick in the United States in another backyard poultry Salmonella outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These types of outbreaks happen every year. In 2022, more than 1,200 people were sickened and 255 were hospitalized after contact with these birds. There are three serotypes that are making people sick: Braenderup, Enteritidis, and Infantis. As of May 8, 2023, 104 people sickened with one of the outbreaks trans have been reported from 31 states.  The case count by state is: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (1), Florida (1), Georgia (1), Kansas (1), Maryland (1), North Carolina (1), New Hampshire (1), Oregon (1), South Carolina (1), Wyoming (1), Nebraska (2), New Jersey (2), Utah (2), West Virginia (2), Kentucky (3), … [Read more...]

Empower PowerXL Self-Cleaning Juicers Recalled For Injuries

Empower PowerXL Self-Cleaning Juicers are being recalled for laceration and ingestion hazards according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The juicers can rupture during use, hitting people and cutting them. They can also leave small particle shavings in the juice. The juicers were manufactured in China. There are 261 reports of incidents involving these juicers, including 47 reports of injuries. Some were severe cuts requiring emergency treatment, including stitches and bruises. There are also reports of ingestion of small particles, requiring medical attention. About 469,000 juicers are included in this recall in the United States. About 10,900 of the juicers were sold in Canada. The importer is Tristar Products, Inc. of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida until February 17, … [Read more...]

Simunovic Frozen Lamb Recalled For Lack of Inspection

Simunovic Frozen Lamb is being recalled for lack of import reinspection, according to the USDA. About 39,947 pounds of frozen, raw lamb products are included in this recall. No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalling firm and importer of record is E.N.A. Meat Packing, Inc. of Paterson, New Jersey. The frozen raw lamb items were produced in Chile on February 22 through March 13, 2023. The recalled items include: Cartons weighing approximately 40 pounds, containing raw frozen pieces of “Simunovic S.A. Frozen Bone in Lamb Leg ABO” produced by Frigorifico Simunovic S.A. with a “Best Before Use By” date of 02/15/2026 to 02/21/2026 and shipping mark ENA036-2023-A. Cartons weighing approximately 47 … [Read more...]

Tillamook Waffle Cone Swirl Ice Cream Recalled For Allergens

Tillamook Waffle Cone Swirl Ice Cream is being recalled because it may contain wheat and soy, two of the nine major food allergens, that are not listed on the label as required by law. The product was mistakenly packaged in a Tillamook Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream carton. The Waffle Cone Swirl product contains wheat and soy and the Chocolate Peanut Butter product does not. Anyone who is allergic to wheat and/or soy, or who has celiac disease, could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling firm is Tillamook Country Creamery Associattion of Tillamook, Oregon. The recalled product is Tillamook Waffle Cone Swirl Ice Cream that is … [Read more...]

Rudolph’s OnYums Onion Flavored Rings Recalled For Wheat

Rudolph's OnYums Onion Flavored Rings are being recalled because they may contain wheat, one of the nine major food allergens, that is not declared on the product label. The product also may contain other sensitive ingredients, including monosodium glutamate (MSG), and the artificial colors yellow 6, yellow 6 lake, blue 2 lake, blue 1 lake, and red 40 lake. Anyone who is allergic to wheat or who has celiac disease, and people who are sensitive to those other ingredients could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling firm is Rudolph Foods of Dallas, Texas. The recalled product, Rudolph's OnYums Onion Flavored Rings, were sold at select Dollar Tree … [Read more...]

Kootenay Meadows Nostrala Firm Cheese Recalled For Pathogens

Kootenay Meadows Nostrala Firm Surface-Ripened Cheese is being recalled in Canada because it may be contaminated with the pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and generic E. coli. The recall notice did not mention whether or not any illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalling firm is Mountain Valley Dairy Ltd. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that causes foodborne illness. Symptoms of this illness include sudden and abrupt onset. Patients suffer from nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea, along with hyper salivation. Ill persons can suffer dehydration and hypotension. Symptoms usually start within 30 minutes to 3 hours after eating contaminated food. Generic E. coli is a marker pathogen that can indicate fecal … [Read more...]

Sick Restaurant Employees Cause 40% of Outbreaks

Sick restaurant employees cause 40% of foodborne illness outbreaks, according to an article in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for the week of June 2, 2023. Hundreds of foodborne illness outbreaks associated with retail food establishments are reported every year to the CDC. The period of time included in this study was 2017 to 2019. In 2014, CDC launched the National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS) to compliment the surveillance conducted by the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS). State and local health departments enter data from their outbreak investigations of retail food establishments. The data entered include characteristics of outbreaks, including factors contributing to the illnesses, … [Read more...]

Cricket Creek Farm Cheese Recalled After One Listeria Illness

Cricket Creek Farm Cheese is being recalled after one Listeria monocytogenes illness was reported. The recalling firm is Cricket Creek Farm of Williamstown, Massachusetts. The recalled products are 165 pounds of Sophelise cheese and 149 pounds of Tobasi cheese. The cheeses were distributed in Massachusetts and New York through these stores: Wild Oats in Williamstown, Massachusetts; Provisions Williamstown in Williamstown, Massachusetts; McEnroe Organic Farm Market in Millerton, New York; New Lebanon Farmers Market in New Lebanon, New York; and at restaurants and farmers markets. You can see pictures of these cheeses at the FDA web site. Sophelise is a washed, pasteurized milk cheese with a soft rind and pinkish hue. The circular cheese is four inches in diameter and about one … [Read more...]

Julie’s Real Grain-Free Granola Bar Recalled For Metal

Julie's Real Grain-Free Granola Bar in two flavors is being recalled for possible foreign material contamination in the form of metal pieces. This poses a mouth, esophagus, and tooth injury hazard as well as a choking hazard. Since this recall was posted on the FDA Enforcement page, there is no information about any injuries reported to date. The recalling firm is Julie's Real Foods of Dallas, Texas. The two bars were sold nationwide at the retail level. They are Julie's Real JR Bar Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Grain-Free Granola bar that is packaged in a net weight 1.4 ounce container. The UPC number stamped on the product label is 857628006699. The lot number for this product is 0522, and the Best By dates are 5/2/2023, 5/3/2023, and 5/4/2023. The bars are packaged and sold as a six pack … [Read more...]

CDC Analyzes Jule’s Foods Cashew Brie Salmonella Outbreak

The CDC has published an analysis of the Jule's Foods Cashew Brie Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 20 people in four states. The outbreak was first identified by the Tennessee Department of Health. Two patients said they ate the same brand of cashew brie at the same restaurant before they got sick. The case count by state was: California (15), Florida (2), Maryland (1), and Tennessee (2). The patient age range was from one to 72 years. Illness onset dates ranged from December 11, 2020, to May 9, 2021. Five people were hospitalized because they were so sick. After the outbreak was identified, a search of the National Center for Biotechnology Information Pathogen Detection Isolates Browser found three more patients, two from California and one from Florida. Open-source … [Read more...]

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