September 20, 2018

Keep Food Safe at Fall Football Cookouts With Tips From Experts

It's football time, and that means tailgating. Keep your food safe at fall football cookouts with food safety tips from Auburn University. Tailgate parties usually take place in parking lots and areas around football stadiums around the country. Most people grill at these gatherings, which present some unique food safety issues. But if you follow these tips at each step, from purchasing the food to grilling and cleanup, you can stay safe and avoid foodborne illness. First, when you shop, purchase meats such as ground hamburger, hot dogs, and chicken last. Get them home quickly and into the refrigerator and freezer. When you are packing and preparing food for your fall football cookouts, make sure you put them in an insulated cooler and use ice or frozen gel packs to keep them … [Read more...]

Sesame Noodle Salad and Chocolate Wafers Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Two products: Milk Chocolate Flavored Coated Wafer by Lidl USA, and Sesame Noodle Salad by Gourmet Take Away, have been recalled for undeclared allergens. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these two recalls. The first recall is for undeclared egg in Gourmet Take Away Sesame Noodle Salad Vegan. That product was sold at Market of Choice stores in Ashland, Eugene, Bend, Corvallis, Portland, and West Linn in Oregon between July 30, 2018 through September 7, 2018. The salad was packaged in 8 ounce and 16 ounce containers. The 8 ounce size has the UPC number 0211630203994, and the 16 ounce size has the UPC number 0 211637 807492. Both containers have sell by dates of 8/4/18 through 9/13/18. That recall was announced when the facility found that product containing … [Read more...]

FDA Head Describes New Method to Identify Cyclospora Outbreaks

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottleib is addressing how that agency is trying to prevent cyclospora outbreaks in the wake of two specific outbreaks this year that sickened more than 650 people in the U.S. In total, 2,173 cases of domestically acquired cyclosporiasis were reported this spring and summer. Gottlieb said that a new testing program found the parasite in American-grown cilantro this year. That's the first time the parasite was confirmed on domestically grown produce. A new FDA laboratory testing method then confirmed the presence of Cyclospora cayetanensis in salad mix distributed by Fresh Express and sold to consumers in McDonald's salads. The Foodborne Parasitology Research Program created a new, more sensitive method to identify the parasite called Real-Time Polymerase Chain … [Read more...]

Belleisle Farms Cole Slaw Recalled For Possible Listeria

Belleisle Farms Cole Slaw is being recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This product was distributed in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island at the retail level. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled products is Belleisle Farms Cole Slaw in 227 gram packages. The code on the product is 18SE25 and the UPC number is 0 33383 65260 3. This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting an investigation. More products may be recalled. If you bought this Belleisle Farms Cole Slaw with the above code and UPC number, don't eat it. Throw it away in a sealed container so other people and animals can't eat it. You can also take … [Read more...]

Malpeque Oysters Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella

Future Seafoods Inc. is recalling Malpeque Oysters in Canada because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Oyster are particular concern for bacterial contamination because so many people eat them raw. However, no illnesses have been reported to date in association with the consumption of this product.   The recalled product is Future Seafoods Inc. Malpeque Oysters - Common Name Oysters - Std. They are sold in 25 count packages. There is no UPC number. The code on the product is Harvest/process date: 09/10/18 and Harvest location: PE9B. The oysters were sold in Quebec and may have been sold nationally in other provinces in Canada. If you have purchased these oysters, don't eat them, even if you plan to cook them. Some bacteria can produce toxins as they grow that … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Chicken Products Ends in Canada

The Salmonella outbreak in Canada that is linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products has ended with 419 people sick. Eighty six people have been hospitalized because they were so ill. Three people died, but according to Public Health Canada, "Salmonella was not the cause of death for two of those individuals, and it was not determined whether Salmonella contributed to the cause of death for the third individual." The case count by province is: British Columbia (36), Alberta (60), Saskatchewan (13), Manitoba (19), Ontario (146), Quebec (98), New Brunswick (23), Nova Scotia (9), Prince Edward Island (1), Newfoundland and Labrador (10), Northwest Territories (1), Yukon (1), and Nunavut (2). The outbreak notice states that "infections have occurred in Canadians of all ages and … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs In On Fresh Express McDonald’s Cyclospora Outbreak

The FDA has weighed in on the Fresh Express McDonald's cyclospora outbreak. This outbreak appears to be over as of September 11, 2018. A total  of 511 lab-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis were reported in people who ate salads ordered from the fast food chain. While the FDA did find that a sample of the Fresh Express romaine and carrot mix distributed to McDonald's restaurants was contaminated with the cyclospora parasite, they did not identify a single source of point of contamination in this outbreak. The case count by state is: Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Iowa (99), Illinois (274), Indiana (10), Kentucky (9), Michigan (2), Minnesota (11), Missouri (52), Nebraska (5), New York City (1), Ohio (16), South Dakota (18), Tennessee (1), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (10). The … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Exposure at Michigan Renaissance Festival

A possible hepatitis A exposure at the Michigan Renaissance Festival was reported to the Oakland County Health Division. An attendee has a confirmed case and was ill while attending the festival on September 1, 2018. Anyone who visited that attraction on September 1 or September 2, 2018 has two days to get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination. That vaccine is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. If you visited the Michigan Renaissance Festival on those days, officials encourage you to get vaccinated. Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Health Division said in a statement, "Vaccination can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after potential exposure. f you have attended the Michigan Renaissance Festival during these dates and have not been … [Read more...]

Bob Evans Pork Sausage Links Recalled for Foreign Material

Bob Evans Farms of Xenia, Ohio is recalling about 46,734 pounds of Bob Evans pork sausage link products that may be contaminated with foreign materials. Clear hard plastic pieces were found in the product by consumers, who complaints to the company. No confirmed reports of injury or illness have been received to date. The raw pork sausage links were made on August 1, 2018. They include 12-ounce overwrap trays labeled "Bob Evans Maple Pork Sausage Links" with a use by date of October 16 or October 19, 2018 and lot code 8213. Also recalled is 12 ounce overwrap trays labeled "Bob Evans Brown Sugar & Honey" with a use by date of October 16, 2018 and lot code 8213. Also recalled is "Fresh From Meijer Maple Flavored Sausage Links" with a use by date of September 6, 2018 and lot code 8213. … [Read more...]

Asian Fusion Cookies, Taco Seasoning Mix Recalled for Allergens

Two product recalls for undeclared allergens have been released. Meijer Taco Seasoning Mix is recalled for undeclared milk, and Sarap Asian Fusion is recalling cookies for undeclared wheat, milk and soy. No illnesses have been reported to date in either of these recall cases. The first recall is for Sarap Asian Fusion Cookies for undeclared milk, wheat, and soy. The product was distributed through online mail order to these states: AE, AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, GU, HI, IL, IN, JK, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, & WY. The cookies are sold in Heat Sealed, Polypropylene Bags that are 4.5 inches by 6 inches. The flavors of the recalled cookies and the allergen they are recalled for … [Read more...]

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