December 16, 2017

Bibi Frutix Candy Recalled from Food Banks for Dangerous Chemicals; Two Sick

The FDA has issued a safety alert about Bibi Frutix candy because it contains a chemical substance that has sickened at least two people. The candy was distributed by some food banks. Harvesters - The Community Food Network was warned about this issue. According to a notice posted on the Wamego, Kansas Police Department Facebook page, two people had "adverse reactions" after eating the candy. There is no word about exactly what chemical may be in the product. The candy product is in the shape of a small baby bottle and labeled "Bibi Frutix." You can see a picture of the product at the Wamego Police Department Facebook page. That page states that the candy contained a powdery substance that is "normally sugar. Several people who sampled contents reported that the powder had a chemical … [Read more...]

More Recalls of Dark Chocolate Products for Undeclared Milk

More companies are recalling dark chocolate products for undeclared milk. New American Food Products is recalling many dark chocolate products sold at CVS, Hannaford, and other companies because they contain undeclared milk.  No illnesses have been reported. The eleven recalled products were sold throughout the U.S. from 2/1/16 to 10/30/17. They include CVS Gold Emblem Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans in 2.25 ounce packages with UPC number 0504428576601, CVS Gold Emblem Dark Chocolate Espresso Bean in 5 ounce packages with UPC number 050428513583, CVS Gold Emblem Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger in 9 ounce packages with UPC number 050428540220, and CVS Gold Emblem Dark Chocolate Berries in 8 ounce packages with UPC number 0 50428 54100 5. Also recalled is Candy Break Dark Chocolate Espresso … [Read more...]

First Decline in Antibiotic Sales for Livestock in 2016

According to U.S. PIRG, for the first time, antibiotic sales for livestock declined for the first time in 2016. This is something many advocates have been working on for decades, since misuse of antibiotics can and has created antibiotic resistant bacteria. WHO sounded the alarm over this issue in 2014, stating that unless something was done about this issue, the world may enter a new phase in which antibiotics become ineffective for even the smallest infection. At that time, they said, "A post-antibiotic era—in which common infections and minor injuries can kill—far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century." Most of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. and around the world are used in food animals. This downtick comes after "numerous … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Case at Paul’s Pizza in Detroit is the Eighth Restaurant Involved in Outbreak

An employee at Paul's Pizza at 7635 West Vernor in Detroit has been diagnosed with a hepatitis A infection, according to a news release issued by the Detroit Health Department. This is the eighth restaurant to be part of the department's warning about possible exposure this fall. The Michigan Department of Health Services warned about this exploding outbreak last March.   Paul's Pizza only supplies carry-out and delivery service. The risk of transmission of hepatitis A from an infected employee is low, but public health officials are still recommending hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccinations for anyone who ate or drank beverages prepared there. A vaccination is only effective if given within two weeks of possible exposure. The employee who was just diagnosed worked there … [Read more...]

Norovirus Outbreak on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas Sickens Almost 200 Passengers

Almost 200 passengers on Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas cruise ship have been sickened with what officials believe is norovirus, according to the line and news reports. That ship can carry almost 6,000 people. The liner left Singapore on November 23, 2017. The outbreak began soon after. Cruise ships, just like other places where many gather in a relatively confined space, are notorious for norovirus outbreaks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posts outbreak updates for international cruise ships that sail from a foreign port to a U.S. port. The ships which participate in the Vessel Sanitation Program report the number of gastrointestinal illnesses, including zero, which have been evaluated by medical staff at least 24 hours before the ship arrives at … [Read more...]

Toyo Tire Salmonella Outbreak Tentatively Linked to Catered Turkeys

The Salmonella outbreak at Toyo Tire last month has been tentatively linked to turkeys provided by the caterer, Logan Boss, Public Information Officer of the Department of Public Health Northwest Health District told Food Poisoning Bulletin. He said that the investigation was still ongoing. That outbreak, associated with the company event held November 14 and 15, 2017, has sickened more than 70 and hospitalized five people. The caterer, Angeles' New York Style Pizza & Bistro, provided the food to the event. Angelo's closed its doors for cleaning and training last month, and has since re-opened. Inspectors from the Bartow County Environmental Health department inspected the facility and it was re-opened November 27. Another follow-up inspection on November 28 yielded an A for … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Cashews Recalled for Undeclared Peanuts, and Bouillon Recalled for Undeclared Milk

There are two recalls today for products that contain undeclared allergens. First, 4,412 cases of Herb-Ox Beef Flavor Granulated Bouillon are being recalled for undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is lactose intolerant or is allergic to milk could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No reports have been received to date of any consumer complaints. The recalled product is Herb-Ox Beef Flavor Granulated Bouillon, with best if used by dates of September 2020 and October 2020. The product is sold in 4 ounce jars. It was sent to retailers and distributors nationwide. The firm discovered the issue during a labeling review. If you bought that product and cannot consume milk, discard it or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund. The other … [Read more...]

Maker of Ruth’s Salads Warned About Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination by FDA

B&H Foods, the maker of Ruth's Salad, was warned about Listeria monocytogenes contamination in their facility by the FDA in November 2017. B&H Foods recalled Ruth's Pimento Spreads in February of this year for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, and expanded that recall later. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The warning letter is long and details many violations of the current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations for foods. First, during an FDA inspection in May 2017, environmental swabs were taken. Lab analysis found they contained Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which made the products prepared in that facility adulterated. Two strains of Listeria bacteria were found. One was found in the Chester, … [Read more...]

Recalls of Chicken Kabobs and Dark Chocolate for Undeclared Allergens

There are a few recalls of products for undeclared allergens today. The first is Rafedain Shish Kabob Restaurant in Detroit, Michigan, recalling about 813 pounds of chicken patty shish kabob products because they contain milk, wheat, and soy, three of the major food allergens, that are not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to milk, is lactose intolerant, is allergic to wheat, has celiac disease, or is allergic to soy could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No reactions have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product was produced between February 7, 2017 and November 27, 2017. It is 9-ounce vacuum-packed tray packages containing four pieces of “RAFEDAIN FULLY COOKED CHICKEN PATTY SHISH KABOB.” The product has the establishment … [Read more...]

FDA Alerts Public to Possible Mold in Comforts For Baby Purified Water

The FDA is alerting the public to a recall of Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride, sold in Kroger stores, for potential mold contamination. The product was recalled after consumers complained about seeing mold. Testing by Kroger identified the mold ad Talaromyces penicillium. The water is sold in clear 1 gallon containers, but the mold may not be visible to the eye. The product has sell by dates from 4/26/2018 to 10/10/2018. The UPC number on the product is 0 41260 37597 2 and the plant code is 51-4140. The labels also states DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202. The FDA is issuing this alert to reach parents and caregivers who may have bought the product and don't know about the recall. This product is intended for infants. It was sold to Kroger chain … [Read more...]

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