July 12, 2024

Court Enjoins Freshy Foods, LLC From Distributing Food

A court in Louisiana has enjoined Freshy Foods, LLC from distributing adulterated food, according to the Justice Department. In a civil complaint filed on June 10, 2024, the United States alleged that Freshy Foods, LLC, Team Fresh & Go, LLC and its owners, Floyd D. James and Ida M. James, violated the FDCA at their food processing facility in Elmwood, Louisiana by manufacturing and distributing adulterated food products. The company manufactured ready to eat food products, including fruit cups and sandwiches. The complaint alleged that environmental tests in 2023 found Listeria monocytogenes, the pathogen that can cause listeriosis, in the defendants’ facility. The complaint also alleged that a 2023 FDA inspection identified insanitary conditions at the facility. According to … [Read more...]

New Salmonella Irumu Outbreak on FDA CORE Table

A new Salmonella Irumu outbreak has been added to the FDA's CORE Outbreak Investigation Table, so there are now five active outbreaks on that Table. Three of the outbreaks are unsolved. Salmonella Irumu is an uncommon serotype of this pathogen. It has not been linked to any outbreaks for at least 19 years. There are 26 people sick in that outbreak. The FDA has initiated traceback, but there has been no recall, no inspections, and no samples have been collected or analyzed. The Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak in a not yet identified food has sickened at least 83 people. That number has not changed since the last update was issued. Traceback has been initiated. The outbreak linked to recalled organic bulk cucumbers caused by Salmonella Africana and Salmonella Braenderup has not … [Read more...]

Public Health Alert For Corned Beef From the Philippines

The USDA is issuing a public health alert for corned beef from the Philippines because that country isn't eligible to import meat and poultry product to the U.S. These ready to eat meat and poultry products were illegally imported. The government is investigating to see how these products entered the country. The products subject to the public health alert include: 150 gram cans of "Argentina BRAND CORNED BEEF." 175 gram cans of "Argentina BRAND CORNED BEEF." 260 gram cans of "Argentina BRAND CORNED BEEF." 150 gram cans of "PUREFOODS CORNED BEEF." 210 gram cans of "PUREFOODS CORNED BEEF." 150 gram cans of "CHUNKEE CORNED BEEF." 190 gram cans of "CHUNKEE CORNED BEEF." 7.43 gram jars of "Lady's Choice Chicken Spread." These products are recalled regardless … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Parents About Benzocaine and Lidocaine

The FDA is warning parents about the dangers of benzocaine and lidocaine in products used for treating teething pain in children. These topical medications offer little to no benefit and are associated with serious risks. The products include creams, gels, and homeopathic teething tablets. Benzocaine is a local anesthetic that temporarily numbs. It is the active ingredient in several nonprescription oral health care products, including Anbesol, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, HurriCaine, Orabase, Orajel, and Topex. These products should not be used for teething pain in children because they can be dangerous. Using benzocaine products can lead to a serious, and sometimes fatal, condition called methemoglobinemia, in which the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells is greatly … [Read more...]

Al’Fez Tahini Recalled in Canada For Possible Salmonella

Al'Fez tahini is being recalled in Canada for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling firm is I-D Foods Corporation. The recalled product was sold nationally and online in Canada. It is Al'Fez Natural Tahini that is packaged in 160 gram glass jars. The UPC number that is stamped on the product label is 6 72774 10605 1. The codes and best before dates are 3354 Best Before 2025 JN 20; and 4004 Best Before 2025 JL 04. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If this happens the public will be informed by posts on the recall page. The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing … [Read more...]

Silk and Great Value Plant Based Beverages Listeria Outbreak

Silk and Great Value plant based beverages are associated with a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak in Canada, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The recall notice says that there have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Ontario Health Department, said in a statement, "On July 8, 2024, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced a recall that affects certain Silk® and Great Value brand plant-based refrigerated beverages as they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumers are asked to visit the CFIA’s website for a complete listing of all recalled products and to visit the website regularly as there may be recalls of additional products as the … [Read more...]

Hill Country Fare Mustard Potato Salad Recalled For Plastic

Hill Country Fare Mustard Potato Salad is being recalled for foreign material contamination in the form of hard plastic pieces. This poses a choking and mouth injury hazard. No adverse reactions have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling firm is Reser's Fine Foods. The Hill Country Fare Mustard Potato Salad was produced at a regional facility by Reser's Fine Foods. It was sold at HEB stores and Joe V's Smart Shop locations in Texas only. The recalled product is Hill Country Fare Mustard Potato Salad that is packaged in a 48 ounce (3 pound) tub. The use by date that is stamped on the product label is JUL/26/24 (July 26, 2024). The potato salad is packaged in a clear plastic tub with a white plastic top, a brown … [Read more...]

Home Canned Nopales Associated with CA Botulism Outbreak

Home canned nopales are associated with a California botulism outbreak, according to news reports. Two women are in the ICU, and in all, 10 people got sick. This happened at a family party near Fresno, California. The other eight patients have been released. No new cases have been reported. The first people who got sick and went to the hospital were diagnosed with vertigo, Norma Sanchez, a disease specialist with the Fresno COunty Department of Public Health said in a press briefing. They were sent home. A full scale investigation revealed that the problem was botulism. The family's trash was investigated and other party attendees were interviewed before the toxin was traced back to home canned nopales. The home canned nopales were processed in May. Since this outbreak was … [Read more...]

FDA Revokes Regulation Allowing Brominated Vegetable Oil

The FDA has revoked the regulation allowing brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in food. This oil is modified with bromine. He agency concluded that the intended use of BVO in food is no longer considered safe. A series of studies conducted in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health found the potential for adverse human health effects from the use of brominated vegetable oil. The FDA announced plans to ban this product last year. And the state of California banned BVO along with other compounds before the FDA announced their decision. Brominated vegetable oil was removed from the Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) list in 1970. It was used in small amounts to keep the citrus flavoring from floating to the top in some beverages. Few beverages in the United States contain … [Read more...]

Al Safa Halal Grilled Chicken Seekh Kebab Recalled For Listeria

Al Safa Halal Grilled Chicken Seekh Kebab is being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No confirmed reports of illness have been received by the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling firm is Al-Safa US LLC. About 2000 pounds of this product are included in this recall. The item is ready to eat chicken. The frozen product was produced on June 5, 2024 in Canada and imported to the United States on June 13 and June 21, 2024. The recalled products are: 12.1 ounce cardboard box packages containing “Al Safa Halal Charcoal Grilled Chicken Seekh Kebab Grilled, Minced, Chicken Patty Kebab” with “NOV 30 25” and “0605404” printed on a sticker on the outside of the package. 14.11 ounce cardboard box packages that contain … [Read more...]

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