February 24, 2017

Cornell Develops Processor to Destroy Pathogens in Food

Cornell food scientists have developed a new high pressure food processor to destroy food pathogens. This is the nation's first commercial scale validation facility for a technology that kills bacteria and extends the shelf life of fresh, ready to eat foods. It can be used on juice, baby foods, meats, and salads. The device is a Hiperbaric 55 high-pressure food processor at Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. It works by surrounding completed ready to eat foods in their packages with water. The machine applies isostatic pressure up to 87,000 pounds per square inch. According to Cornell, "that's more than six times the pressure at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest ocean trench on Earth." More and more consumers want fresh, packaged, ready to eat … [Read more...]

Listeria May be Serious Miscarriage Threat in Early Pregnancy

New research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and published in the journal mBio has found that Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning can be a serious miscarriage threat in early pregnancy. Scientists at the university's school of veterinary medicine studied how pathogens affect fetal development and change pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Ted Golos, a UW-Maidson reproductive physiologist and professor of comparative biosciences and obstetrics and gynecology said, "for many years, Listeria has been associated with adverse outcomes in pregnancy, but particularly at the end of pregnancy. What wasn’t known with much clarity before this study is that it appears it’s a severe risk factor in early pregnancy. It's striking that mom doesn't get particularly ill from Listeria … [Read more...]

Cozy Vale Creamery Recalls Raw Milk for E. coli

Cozy Vale Creamery of Tenino, Washington is recalling raw milk because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the toxin-producing E. coli bacteria in the product. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. Cozy Vale raw whole milk with best by dates of 2/27 through 3/4 are being recalled. The milk is sold in quart, half gallon, and one gallon plastic jugs. It was sold at the on-farm store, at one drop off location, and in several retail stores throughout Western Washington state. If you purchased this product, do not drink it. Return it to the place of purchase for a refund, or throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package. Raw milk is legal to buy and … [Read more...]

Research Finds Salmonella Food Poisoning Could Damage DNA

Research at Cornell University has found that Salmonella food poisoning caused by some serotypes of the pathogenic bacteria could permanently damage your DNA. The study is published in the journal mBio by the American Society for Microbiology as "The Cytolethal Distending Toxin Produced by Nontyphoidal Salmonella Serotypes Javiana, Montevideo, Oranienburg, and Mississippi Induces DNA Damage in a Manner Similar to That of Serotype Typhi." Dr. Rachel Miller, author of the study, said, "not all Salmonella serotypes are equal." There are more than 2,500 serotypes for Salmonella, but fewer than 100 of those cause most of the food poisoning cases in this country, according to the CDC. Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses every year in the U.S>, and kills about 450 … [Read more...]

XtraHRD Natural Male Enhancement Capsules Recalled

Organic Herbal Supply is recalling all lots of XtraHRD Natural Male Enhancement Capsules. FDA analysis fond the product contains Tadalfil, an FDA approved drug used as treatment for male Erectile Dysfunction. This ingredient is not listed on the label. Tadalafil can interact with nitrates found in some presciption drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Anyone who diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterols, or heart disease often takes nitrates. The recalled product is marketed as a dietary supplement. It is packaged in 2, 4, and 10 count packages and is sold nationwide. If you purchased this product, do not use it. Take it back to the store where you purchased it for a full refund. No adverse events have been reported. You can report … [Read more...]

Sargento Expands Recall of Cheese for Possible Listeria

Sargento has expanded its recall of cheeses on February 10, 2017 for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination and is adding sell by dates to previously recalled cheeses. Sargento has ended its relationship with the supplier, Deutsch Kase Haus. That company supplied Sargento with the affected cheese. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The newly recalled products include Sargento Sliced Colby in 8 ounce packages with UPC number 4610000105 and sell by date 15MAY17F, Sargento Sliced Muenster in 8 ounce packages with UPC number 4610000107 and sell by dates 05MAR17F, 06MAR17F, 16APR17F, 17APR17F and 15APR17F, and Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack in 7.5 ounce packages with UPC number 4610000122 and sell by date 03MAY17B. Also recalled is Sargento … [Read more...]

Secondary Cheese Recalls for Listeria Monocytogenes

There have been a dozen secondary recalls of cheeses and products made with cheese under different brand names for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in the past few weeks. Those products were distributed by MDS Foods of Massillon, Ohio and were provided to them by Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, Indiana. The recall notice states, "Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, Indiana, supplied MDS Foods with Colby and Colby Jack minihorn cheeses that have been found to be contaminated with the pathogenic organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems." No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. We have gathered all of … [Read more...]

FDA Tells Pet Owners Not to Feed Two Dog Foods

The FDA is advising pet owners not to feed their pets certain lots of Evander's Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog foods after unopened cans from both brands were found to contain pentobarbital, a barbiturate. This drug is used in animal euthanasia. It should not be in pet food. The FDA was not able to determine from records whether any other Evanger's or Against the Grain products made with beef contained any of the beef used in the recalled products. In addition, the FDA inspected manufacturing facilities on February 14, 2017 and found "numerous significant concerns with conditions" at the company's Wheeling, Illinois and Markham, Illinois plants. The advisory states that "these are initial observations and do not represent a final … [Read more...]

Dutch Valley Recalls Cheeses and Gift Boxes for Possible Listeria

Dutch Valley Food Distributors, Schlabach branch is recalling some cheeses and gift and sampler boxes for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Deutsch Kase Haus made these cheeses; their products have been recalled. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. You can see the long list of recalled products, product photos, package sizes, and codes and use by dates at the FDA web site. They include many varieties of Guggisberg cheeses, including Colby, Colby Jack, Farmers Cheese, and Thunderjack Cheese mini horn, as well as items such as Cheese Lover's Box, Holiday Delight Box, Country Christmas Basket, and Taste of Goodness Basket, among others. The gift boxes were sold from 9/1/16 to 2/15/17. All of these items were distributed … [Read more...]

Great Value Minis Chicken Sausage Recalled for MSG

Century Packing is recalling about 999,419 pounds of thermally processed, commercially sterile, chicken sausage products because they contain MSG not declared on the labels. These products were produced from January 1, 2015 through February 13, 2017. No confirmed reports of illness have been received. Some of these products were produced under WalMart's Great Value brand. The recalled products are 2.78 ounce pouches of "Great Value Minis – Bites of Chicken Sausage and Bouillon" with Packaging Dates of 01/01/2015 – 02/13/2017. Also recalled is 10 ounce pouches of "Great Value Minis – Bites of Chicken Sausage and Bouillon" with Packaging Dates of 01/01/2015 – 02/13/2017. 2.78 ounce pouches of "Econo Mini – Bite Size Chicken Sausages" with Packaging Dates of 01/01/2015 – 02/13/2017 are … [Read more...]

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