July 22, 2019

Salads and Sandwiches Sold at Target Recalled For Possible Listeria

Some specific types of salads and sandwiches sold at Target stores throughout the country are being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Those salads and sandwiches were produced by Elevation Foods on June 18, 2019. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. You can see pictures of the recalled products at the FDA web site. The company believes that fewer than 1,087 cases of these products have been shipped. The salads and sandwiches were made at Elevation Foods' Knoxville, Tennessee facility. The recalled salads and sandwiches have "use by" dates printed on the side of each container. The lot number is printed on the side or lid. This recall applies only to the products with the specific lot numbers and use by dates listed … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Illness Spike in New York City Causes Concern

A cyclospora illness spike in New York city have raised concern among public health officials. More than 90 cases have been reported in that city since January 1, 2019, compared to 56 cases in  in 2018, and 43 cases in 2017 during the same time period. Since July 1, 2019 alone there have been 40 cases diagnosed and reported to the New York City Health Department. About 30% of those patients have traveled outside the U.S. two weeks, mostly to Latin America, before they got sick, which is the typical reason people contract this infection. The cyclospora parasite is endemic to tropical and subtropical regions around the globe. Investigators are looking at the 70% of cyclospora cases who did not travel outside the country to see if there is a possible common food source. New York … [Read more...]

Retailers in TX and LA Should Stop Selling Kazy’s Gourmet Seafood For Listeria

The FDA has advised retailers and restaurants in Texas and Louisiana to stop selling or serving products from Topway Enterprises, doing business as Kazy's Gourmet Seafood Production, because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The government is most concerned about salmon and tuna produced by the company for raw consumption. These products may be incorporated into sushi. The products in questions were sold July 10 through July 13, 2019. They are sold as fillets wrapped in clear plastic wrap. These product do not have a long shelf life, although they may be frozen. These products should be discarded. Retailers and restaurants should also clean and sanitize the surfaces that these products were served, stored, or prepared on. The FDA conducted an inspection of Topway … [Read more...]

Growers Express Recalls More Fresh Veggies For Listeria

Growers Express is expanding their recall of some fresh veggies for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The original recall was issued on July 1, 2019. There are no illnesses reported to date in connection with this recall or the earlier recall. Further testing of an additional product lot from the suspected source of the bacteria found a single retail sample that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The company has expanded the list of recalled products to include certain specific fresh Brussels sprouts, fresh cauliflower florets, and fresh green beans with specific dates. These recalled products originated from a Growers Express facility Biddeford, Maine. They were distributed to retail outlets in Massachusetts and Maine. Growers Express is no longer buying … [Read more...]

Ground Bison Recalled In Canada For E. coli O121 and O103

Northfork Bison Distributions, of Quebec, Canada, is recalling ground bison products in Canada because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121 and E. coli O103.  These products are linked to an outbreak in the United States that has sickened at least 21 people, but there are no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products in Canada. Some of these products were recalled in the U.S. on July 16, 2019. The recalled products were sold nationwide at the retail level. The recalled products are Natural Frontier Foods Bison - ground meat in 208 gram packages, with UPC number 6 76842 00147 7; Sensations Extra Lean Ground Bison in 280 gram packages, with UPC number 6 23682 11159 0; and La Terre des Bisons Bison ground (lean) in 1.5 pound containers with UPC … [Read more...]

Northfork Bison Recalls Bison and Buffalo Burgers in Wake of E. coli Outbreak

Northfork Bison Distributors of St. Leonard, Quebec, Canada, is recalling its Bison Burgers (Buffalo Burgers) and Ground Bison (called Bison Ground) for possible E. coli O121 and O103 contamination. There is an outbreak associated with these recalled products. At least 21 people in 7 states are ill with these infections. The Bison Burgers (Buffalo Burgers) and Ground Bison were distributed across the eastern and central U.S. to institutions and retail outlets. All institutions that have Bison Burgers and Bison Ground in their inventory with the production dates of February 22, 2019 through April 30, 2019, should not serve it to customers, but return it to the distributors. For consumers, the recalled products are Buffalo Burgers (4 x 4 ounce) with expiration dates up to October … [Read more...]

Pita Pal Foods Recalls Hummus and Dips For Possible Listeria

Pita Pal Foods of Houston, Texas, is voluntarily recalling some hummus dip products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria was identified at the manufacturing facility (not in the finished product) during an FDA inspection. Once Listeria is established in a facility, it can be very difficult to eradicate. The pathogen is resistant to many common cleaning products, and it can form a biofilm that protects itself. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with the brand name, product name, unit size, and UPC number, at the FDA web site. The brands include Bucee's, Fresh Thyme, Harris Teeter, Hummus Hummus, Lantana, Lidl, Pita Pal, Reasor's, Roundy's, Schnucks, and 7-Select. The recalled products include Classic Hummus, Roasted Red … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Washington May Be Linked to Nationwide Turkey Outbreak

A Salmonella Reading outbreak in Washington state may be linked to the nationwide Salmonella Reading outbreak that was caused by raw turkey products. The nationwide raw turkey product outbreak was declared over by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in April 2019. At least 358 people in 42 states were sickened in the nationwide outbreak, and 130 were hospitalized. One person died. Since April 24, 2019, seven people (two who live in Snohomish County and five from King County) said they got sick after eating at a private event on April 20, 2019. Officials think that the two outbreaks are related because laboratory testing indicates the Washington outbreak strain is closely related to the national outbreak strain. The last reported illness in the national outbreak … [Read more...]

Northgate Market Beef and Chicken Cubes Recalled For Wheat

Fieldsource Food Systems of Brea, California is recalling about 12,953 pounds of diced beef and chicken products because they contain wheat, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to wheat or who has celiac disease could have a serious adverse reaction if they eat these products. No adverse reactions have been received to date in connection with this issue. The uncooked, marinated, diced beef and chicken cubes were produced from June 9, 2019 through July 10, 2019. The recalled items are: 20-pound boxes containing four unmarked 5 pound plastic bags with “FIELDSOURCE Food Systems, Inc. NORTHGATE MARKET MARINATED BEEF CUBES” and lot codes 061019 through 071019 represented on the label. 20-pound boxes containing four unmarked 5 … [Read more...]

Ada Valley Meatloaf Recalled For Foreign Material

Ada Valley Gourmet Foods of Ada, Michigan, is recalling about 3,490 pounds of raw ground beef meatloaf products because they may be contaminated with foreign material, more specifically broken metal bits. This poses a choking and injury hazard. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions linked to the consumption of this product. The frozen, premixed raw ground beef meatloaf was produced on May 20, 2019. The recalled product is 5 pound frozen vacuum packages packed 2 each in cartons containing "Ada Valley Meatloaf Uncooked." The lot code on the product is 17034 and a packaging date of 05-20-19 is printed on the label. The products have the establishment namer "EST. 10031" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to hospitals in Arizona, California, and … [Read more...]

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