September 19, 2017

Brucella Outbreak From K-Bar Dairy Raw Milk Prompts CDC Warning in Seven States

A health warning for Brucella in Texas' K-Bar Dairy raw milk has been issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health. Public health officials are investigating brucellosis illnesses in as many as seven states. It is illegal to sell unpasteurized, or raw, milk, across state lines. The milk in question came from K-Bar dairy in Paradise, Texas. Weeks ago, Food Poisoning Bulletin told you about a Brucella outbreak in that state linked to raw milk that hospitalized one woman. Isolates from that patient match antibiotic-resistant Brucella bacteria in samples taken from the dairy's raw milk. The bacteria is called Brucella RB51, which is rare but causes serious illness. Officials are warning that anyone who consumed raw milk or … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Yoshinoya Restaurant in Garden Grove, CA

A Salmonella outbreak at Yoshinoya restaurant at 13512 Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove, California sickened at least 20 people in July 2017, Jessica Good, Public Information Manager of Orange County Public Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin. Information about this outbreak was not released to the public at the time. One person was hospitalized in this outbreak, and public health officials are still gathering information on a couple of cases. Illness onset dates ranged from July 17 to July 31, 2017 after patients ate at the facility from July 14 to July 21, 2017. The restaurant was closed for corrective actions on August 3, 2017. No cases have been identified in people who have eaten at the restaurant since it reopened on August 4, 2017. The symptoms of a Salmonella food … [Read more...]

German Sausage Haus Recalls Meats for Possible Staph

German Sausage Haus of Washington is recalling about 1252 pounds of meat products for possible staphylococcus enterotoxin contamination. There may have been a processing deviation that led to this problem. The enterotoxins are heat resistant, so even if you heat these foods to a normally safe internal temperature they can still make you sick. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with sizes, package codes, and package dates at the USDA site. They are all German Sausage Haus brand, and include Danube Smoked Sausages, Smoked Bacon, Devil Dog Smoked Sausages, Christmas Smoked Sausages, Smoked Fat, and Smoked Pork Loin, among others. All were produced and packaged on dates … [Read more...]

Salmonella Urbana Infections Linked to Imported Maradol Papayas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has split the large Salmonella outbreak linked to different imported Maradol papayas into four separates outbreaks. Each outbreak is inked to papayas imported from four different farms in Mexico. This outbreak, which has sickened 7 people in 3 states, was caused by Salmonella Urbana. Illnesses in this outbreak started on dates ranging from July 23, 20107 to August 14, 2017. Four people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The case count by state is: New Jersey (5), New York (1), and Pennsylvania (1). Illnesses started on dates ranging from July 13, 2017 to August 14, 2017. Four people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. No deaths have been reported. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 57, with a median … [Read more...]

Papaya Salmonella Anatum Outbreak Updated by the CDC

The Salmonella Anatum outbreak linked to imported Maradol papayas has been updated by the CDC. There are four separate outbreaks linked to that fruit. The case count in this outbreak is 14 people sickened in 3 states. Five people have been hospitalized, and one person in California has died. The DC is also investigating six other ill persons whose isolates match the isolates in this outbreak. They are trying to determine if these "more recent illnesses" are also linked to the Bravo Produce Maradol papayas. The case count by state is: Arizona (1), California (12), and Colorado (1). Illnesses began on on dates ranging from December 20, 2016 to April 8, 2017. The ill persons were discovered from data stored on PulseNet, but government officials did not know the source of the … [Read more...]

Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 210; Linked to Imported Maradol Papayas

The deadly multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to imported Maradol papayas has been updated by the CDC. There are four separate strains of Salmonella bacteria in this particular outbreak. There are now 210 people sickened in this outbreak. The bacteria in this outbreak include Salmonella Thompson, Salmonella Kiambu, Salmonella Agona, and Salmonella Gaminara. These strains of bacteria were found in ill persons and in samples collected from imported Maradol papayas. As of September 11, 2017, 210 people have been sickened in 24 states. Sixty-seven ill persons have been hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City. That is an increase of 10 more ill persons from 7 states since the last update on September 1, 2017. The case count by state is: California (1), … [Read more...]

Love Child Organics Baby Cereal Recalled for Undeclared Gluten

Greenspace Brands is recalling Love Child Organics brand Baby's First Buckwheat & Chia Organic Infant Cereal sold in Canada because it may contain gluten that is not declared on the label. No illnesses or reactions have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product is Love Child Organics Baby's First Buckwheat & Chia Organic Infant Cereal in 227 gram packages. The codes on the product are 2017NO16, 2017DE21, 2018JA18, 2018AL09, and 2018SE26 and the UPC number is 8 58860 00181 7. It was sold nationally at the retail level. If you purchased this product and your child is gluten sensitive or has celiac disease, do not feed it to them. Throw it away or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Food & Water Watch Opposes Poultry Slaughter Line Speeds

Food & Water Watch is opposing the National Chicken Council petition to increase poultry slaughter line speeds. The petition was filed on September 1, 2017 with the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Services. The line speed cap was set in the 2014 regulations creating the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). Food & Water Watch opposed the final rule reacting that system, and went to court to challenge its legality. The system essentially "privatizes poultry inspection by turning most of the on-line slaughter inspection over to the companies to conduct themselves, leaving only one USDA inspector on each slaughter line." Other food safety watchdog groups have opposed NPIS as well. NPIS is based on HIMP, HACCP-based Inspection Models Project pilot study, which was widely … [Read more...]

Ragazzo’s Italian Style Meatball Mix Recalled for Soy

Northside Noodle Company of Michigan is recalling about 123 pounds of meatball mix because it contains undeclared soy, one of the major food allergens. No allergic reactions have been reported to date in conjunction with this issue. The recalled product is 1-pound polystyrene foam packages containing "Ragazzo’s ITALIAN STYLE MEATBALL MIX," with lot codes 2008, 2024 and 2044. It has the establishment number "EST. M10062" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The product was shipped to a retail location in Michigan. This item was produced on June 6, June 27, and August 2, 2017. If you purchased this product and are allergic to soy, don't eat it. Throw it away or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund. … [Read more...]

Foods To Destroy After a Hurricane

The FDA is warning growers, distributors, and consumers that many types of food should be destroyed after a flood. After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked havoc on many areas of the southern U.S., keeping your family's food safe is critical. Some foods that have been exposed to flood waters should not be eaten. Flood waters can contain sewage, hazardous chemicals, heavy metals, parasites, and pathogenic bacteria and viruses. If the edible portion of a crop is exposed to flood waters, they must be destroyed. There is "no practical method of reconditioning the edible portion of a crop that will provide a reasonable assurance of human food safety," according to the notice. All fresh fruits and vegetables that have been in contact with flood water can't be adequately cleaned and … [Read more...]

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