February 27, 2024

Cozy Vale Creamery Recalls Raw Milk For E. coli Contamination

Cozy Vale Creamery, located in Tenino, Washington, is recalling raw milk and raw cream products for possible E. coli contamination. This recall was triggered when routine sampling that was conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of toxin-producing E. coli in retail raw whole milk that was dated 02-18-24. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products as of February 16, 2024. This information was provided in an email alert. There is no mention of this recall on the Washington State Department of Agriculture or the Washington State Department of Health web sites yet. The recall notice did not mention the specific serotype of E. coli that was found in the raw milk, but they did add this paragraph, … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs in on Raw Farms Raw Cheddar E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

FDA weighs in on the Raw Farms raw Cheddar E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened at least 10 people in four states. Four people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, and one person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. The cheese has been voluntarily recalled by Raw Farm. The recalled products include original flavor, all sizes of blocks and shredded packages, and Cheddar with added Jalapeño Flavor, all sizes of blocks and shredded packages. The cheese was sold at retailers nationwide. Ill patients have reported buying the cheese at Sprouts Farmers Market and Bristol Farms. The FDA will update the advisory if they discover other retailers who have sold this cheese. The patient case count by state is: California (4), Colorado (3), Texas … [Read more...]

Raw Farm Raw Cheddar Cheese E. coli Outbreak Sickens 10

A Raw Farm raw Cheddar cheese E. coli outbreak has sickened at least 10 people in four states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Four people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. Raw Farm LLC has agreed to recall products and is working with the FDA. One pound and half pound blocks of the cheese, and half pound shredded cheese was recalled on February 17, 2024. The case count by state is: California (4), Colorado (3), Texas (1), and Utah (2). The patient age range is from two to 58 years. And illness onset dates range from October 18, 2023 to January 29, 2024. One person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure. The number of patients in this outbreak is likely much higher than reported, and there may be more … [Read more...]

Fratelli Beretta Charcuterie Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 87

The Fratelli Beretta charcuterie Salmonella outbreak has now sickened at least 87 people in 30 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eighteen people have been hospitalized. That's an increase of 40 new patients, eight new states, and eight new hospitalizations since the last update on January 18, 2024. The new states are: California, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee,. The case count by state is: Arizona (2), California (1), Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), Florida (2), Idaho (2), Illinois (1), Iowa (2), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (4), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), Missouri (2), Nebraska (3), New Jersey (5), New York (9), North Dakota (1), Ohio (13), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (1), … [Read more...]

Carlos Aguilera Supplied Cinnamon For Wanabana Purees

Carlos Aguilera supplied the cinnamon that were used to make WanaBana fruit purees that caused many lead poisoning illnesses, according to the FDA. Ecuadorian officials in Agencia Nacional de Regulación, Control y Vigilancia Sanitaria (ARCSA) are reporting this discovery. Carlos Aguilera, located in Ecuador, is the processor of the ground cinnamon supplied by Negasmart to Austrofoods and was later used in the recalled WanaBana apple cinnamon products.   The unprocessed cinnamon sticks used in the recalled products were sourced from Sri Lanka and were sampled by ARCSA and found to have no lead contamination. The investigation is ongoing. The FDA has limited authority over foreign ingredient suppliers who do not ship directly to the United States, so they cannot take direct … [Read more...]

FDA: Deadly Rizo Lopez Cheese Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

The FDA weighs in on the deadly Rizo Lopez cheese Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. There are at least 26 patients in 11 states. Twenty-three of those patients have been hospitalized, and two people, one who lived in California and one who lived in Texas, have sadly died. The patient case count by state is: Arizona (4), California (8), Colorado (4), Florida (1), Georgia (1), Nevada (1), North Carolina (1), Oregon (1), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), and Washington (1). The patient age range is from less than one to 88 years. Illness onset dates range from June 15, 2014 to December 10, 2023. That is an extraordinary long illness onset date range, but this is often the case with listeriosis outbreaks. Many secondary recalls have been issued, for products made with recalled Rizo-Lopez … [Read more...]

IHOP Salmonella Outbreak in Bellevue, WA Sickens Three

An IHOP Salmonella outbreak in Bellevue, Washington has sickened at least three people, according to the King County Health Department. Two of those patients were hospitalized. The IHOP is located at 14747 NE 20th Street in Bellevue. The investigation into this outbreak has ended. Illness onset darts ranged from October 23, 2023 to December 23, 2023. The meal date range was from October 16, 2023 to December 21, 2023. The people who got sick reported eating a wide variety of breakfast foods at that restaurant. The patient age range is from 20 to 70 years old. All of the patients developed one or more symptoms consistent with salmonellosis, including nauseas, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, bloody stools, and fever. No ill employees were identified in the investigation of … [Read more...]

Deadly Listeria Outbreak Linked to Rizo-López Queso, Cotija

A deadly Listeria outbreak is linked to Rizo-López Queso Fresco and Cotija cheese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eleven states are included in this outbreak. As a result of this investigation, Rizo-Lopez Foods recalled all cheeses and other dairy products made in their facility, including cheeses, cream, and yogurt. The case count by state is: Arizona (4), California (8), Colorado (4), Florida (1), Georgia (1), Nevada (1), North Carolina (1), Oregon (1), Tennessee (2), Texas (2), and Washington (1). The patient age range is from less than one to 88 years. Illness onset dates range from June 15, 2014 to December 10, 2023. Twenty three of the patients have been hospitalized. And the people who died lived in California and Texas. This outbreak … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs in on End of Deadly HMC Farms Listeria Outbreak

The FDA has weighed in on the end of the deadly HMC Farms Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that is linked to the company's peaches, nectarines, and plums. Eleven people in seven states were sickened. Ten people were hospitalized, and one person who lived in California died. The case count by state was: California (3), Colorado (1), Florida (3), Illinois (1), Kansas (1), Michigan (1), and Ohio (1). The patient age range was from 30 to 80 years. Illness onset dates ranged from August 22, 2018 to August 16, 2023. Of ten people who gave information to public health investigators, all were hospitalized. One death was reported from California, and one person suffered preterm labor. These fruits have been recalled and they are all past their expiration date. They were sold nationwide at … [Read more...]

Deadly Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak Ends in Canada and US

The deadly cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak has ended in Canada and the United States, with almost 600 sick, 226 hospitalized, and 15 deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared the U.S. outbreak over on January 19, 2024, and Public Health Canada declared it over on January 29, 2024. The case count by state in the U.S. is: Alaska (1), Arizona (15), Arkansas (2),  California (56), Colorado (11), Connecticut (2), Florida (4), Georgia (8), Illinois (22), Indiana (9), Iowa (12), Kansas (2), Kentucky (10),  Maryland (9), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (7), Minnesota (29),  Mississippi (1), Missouri (15), Montana (3),  Nebraska (7), Nevada (5), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (8), New Mexico (2), New York (14), North Carolina (7), North Dakota (1), Ohio (14), Oklahoma (4), … [Read more...]

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