December 3, 2022

Appliance Choice For Cooking Frozen Stuffed Chicken is Problematic

Appliance choice for cooking frozen stuffed chicken products is problematic, according to a new report in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Frozen stuffed chicken products have been linked to Salmonella outbreaks in the past few years, including one in the summer of 2021, and given detailed cooking instructions on the package, these outbreaks are concerning. An internet panel was convened to find out how consumers are cooking these raw breaded stuffed chicken products, which are covered in browned breadcrumbs so they do appear to be fully cooked. More than one-half of these respondents said they used an appliance other than an oven to cook them. In fact, 29% said they used a microwave oven, even though labels warn against using that appliance. About 30% of … [Read more...]

Earth Grown Falafel E. coli O121 Outbreak Ends With 24 Sick

The Earth Grown Falafel E. coli O121 outbreak has ended with 24 sick in six states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is an increase of four patients since the last update on October 7, 2022. The case count per state is: Florida (2), Iowa (2), Kansas (1), Michigan (13), Ohio (1), and Wisconsin (5). The patient age range is from under the age of one to 77 years, and illness onset date ranged from July 13, 2022 to October 24, 2022. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. Officials interviewed patients about the foods they ate before they got sick. Of the 18 people interviewed, 15, or 83%, said they shopped at Aldi stores. Among those shoppers, 14 ate Earth Grown frozen falafel the week before they got … [Read more...]

Cuisinart Compact Blender Recalled For Laceration Hazard

Cuisinart Compact Blender and Juice Extractor Combo is being recalled because it poses a laceration hazard. The nut that holds the blender blade assembly can loosen and detach from the base when the appliance is being used. If the person operating the blender comes into contact with the loose blade they can injure themselves. The recalling firm is Conair of Stamford, Connecticut. The firm has received three reports of incidents where the blade detached during use. In one instance, the blade perforated the blender container. No injures have been reported to date. The product was manufactured in China. The recalled product is the Cuisinart Compact Blender & Juice Extractor Combos Model CBJ-450. The model number is printed on the label on the bottom of the base and is also on … [Read more...]

It’s Likely That Monical’s Outbreak Was Norovirus

It's likely that the Monical's outbreak was norovirus, according to news reports, since the Tazewell County Health Department found three laboratory-confirmed cases of that type of infection on November 30, 2022. The food poisoning outbreak was announced two days ago, with at least 155 patrons reporting symptoms of stomach cramps, chills, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Monical's Pizza is located at 6 Cherry Tree Shopping Center in Washington, Illinois. It was closed by the Illinois Department of Health for deep cleaning, food disposal, and employee training, but reopened on November 29, 2022. Investigators further revealed that the virus was probably transmitted through high touch surfaces, or fomites. The virus is very contagious, and is spread through person-to-person contact, … [Read more...]

Public Health Alert For Jet High Summer Sausage For Foreign Material

A public health alert has been issued for Jet High Summer Sausage and Fantasma's Summer Sausage because these products may be contaminated with foreign materials, more specifically pieces of plastic. A recall was not requested because these products are no longer available in stores for purchase. These plastic pieces pose a choking and mouth injury hazard. There have been no confirmed reports of any injuries or illnesses relating to the consumption of these products. The recalled fully cooked summer sausage products were produced on July 13, 2022. They include 1-pound chubs containing Jet High Prairie Meats Summer Sausage with the lot code 220715 printed on the label, and 1 pound chubs of Fantasma's finest Summer Sausage with the lot code 220715 on the label. You can see pictures … [Read more...]

Amy’s Kitchen Gluten Free Burritos Recalled For Foreign Material

Amy's Kitchen Gluten Free Burritos in Bean and Cheese flavor are being recalled because they may contain foreign material in the form of hard plastic pieces. This poses a mouth injury and choking hazard. There is no information about any possible adverse effects because this recall was posted on the FDA's Enforcement Activity page. The recalling firm is Amy's Kitchen of Petaluma, California. About 5,134 cases of this product are included in the recall. The recalled product is Amy's Kitchen Gluten Free Bean and Cheese Burritos that are each 5 ounces. The burritos are individually wrapped in plastic. There are 12 units per case. The UPC number for this item that is printed on the wrapper is 042272-00353-2. The lot number that is stamped on the label is 30H0922. And the best before … [Read more...]

Red Button Vintage Creamery French Silk Pie Recalled For Almond

Red Button Vintage Creamery French Silk Pie is being recalled because it may contain almonds, or tree nuts, that are not declared on the label as required. Anyone who is allergic to almonds could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalling firm is Rocky Mountain Pies of Salt Lake City, Utah. The recalled product is Red Button Vintage Creamery French Silk Pie that was distributed at the retail level in these states: Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho. The pie is packaged in a clear plastic dome with a black plastic base. The plastic is encased in "Red Button Vintage Creamery" cardboard sleeves. The recall only includes … [Read more...]

How Do You Know If You Have a Bacillus Cereus Infection?

Bacillus cereus infections are very common in the United States. This pathogen causes about 63,000 cases of food poisoning every year in this country. It is responsible for the so-called "fried rice syndrome," where people get sick after eating reheated rice. The problem with fried rice is that when rice is cooled at room temperature, the bacteria present in that product can grow and produce toxins. And those toxins are not destroyed by heat. So when that leftover rice is used to make fried rice, people can get sick. Rice isn't the only vehicle for this pathogen, however. It is also associated with dishes containing potatoes, pasta, and cheese. And food poisoning associated with this pathogen is common in catering situations and restaurants. One of the toxins this pathogen … [Read more...]

Coolhaus Cookie Dough Frozen Sandwich Recalled For Coliform

Coolhaus Cookie Dough Frozen Sandwich is being recalled because a third party lab sample revealed the presence of coliform bacteria. Coliform bacteria is an indicator organism. That means if it is found in food there is a can signal insanitary food preparation conditions and an increased risk of foodborne pathogens. This recall notice was posted in the FDA's Enforcement report page, so there is no information about any possible illnesses associated with this product. The recalling firm is Perfect Day Inc. of Berkeley, California.┬áThis product was shipped to the consignee, KeHE Distributors, which has locations in Texas, Maryland, Colorado, and California. About 284 cases of this product are included in this recall. The recalled product is Coolhaus Dairy Free Cookie Dough Lyfe … [Read more...]

Lebby Dark Chocolate Chickpeas Recalled For Undeclared Milk

Lebby Dark Chocolate Chickpeas are being recalled in Canada because they contain milk, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label as required by law. Anyone who is allergic to or sensitive to milk, 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 the consumption of this item. The recalling firm is Ecoideas Innovations Inc. The product is a type of candy or snack. The recalled product is Lebby Dark Chocolate Chickpeas Snacks that is packaged in 99 gram bags. The bags are light brown with a picture of the product on the front. The UPC number that is printed on the label is 8 55684 00623 3. The best by dates and lot number … [Read more...]

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