August 18, 2018

Chipotle Outbreak in Ohio Caused by Clostridium Perfringens; Lawsuits Filed

The huge food poisoning outbreak in Ohio linked to one Chipotle restaurant on Sawmill Parkway in Powell, Ohio was caused by Clostridium perfringens, according to an update posted by the Delaware General Health District. At least 647 people have reported symptoms of diarrhea and abdominal cramps after eating at that restaurant. This bacteria grows in protein-rich and other foods, such as beef and gravy, that are held at unsafe temperatures for too long. The danger zone for bacterial growth is 40°F to 140°F. Laws governing restaurants and food handling prohibit foods held at this temperature for precisely this reason. These outbreaks usually occur in restaurants because large quantities of food can often remain at unsafe temperatures for long periods of time. Although food samples … [Read more...]

McDonald’s Fresh Express Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 476; Lawsuits Are Filed

The McDonald's Fresh Express cyclospora outbreak linked to their salads has now sickened 476 people, according to the FDA. These ill persons live in 15 states. Twenty-one people have been hospitalized. The case count by state is: Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Iowa (98), Illinois (246), Indiana (8), Kentucky (8), Michigan (2), Minnesota (1), Missouri (52), Nebraska (5), Ohio (15), South Dakota (18), Tennessee (1), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (10). The patients in Connecticut, Tennessee, Virginia, and Florida purchased McDonald's salads while traveling in another state. In the investigation, FDA officials analyzed an unused package of romaine lettuce and carrot mix produced by Fresh Express in Streamwood, Illinois. They found cyclospora in the product. Fresh Express told the FDA … [Read more...]

Zakah Life Recalls Kratom For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Zakah Life of Iowa is recalling Super Green Maeng Da Premium Kratom powder, Powerful Red Vein Bali Premium Kratom powder, Super Green Maeng Da Premium Kratom capsules, and Powerful Red Vein Bali Premium Kratom capsules for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported as of today in connection with this issue. The recalled products were sold nationwide through mail order and in retail stores. They all have expiration dates before 01/01/2023. These recalled items include Super Green Maeng Da Premium Kratom Powder in 4 ounce black and clear organic rice paper bag that contains 100 grams of kratom with lot number BSG010118; Powerful Red Vein Bali Premium Kratom Powder in 4 ounce black and clear organic rice paper bags containing 100 grams, with lot number BPR010118; … [Read more...]

Stoltzfus Family Dairy Recalled Improperly Pasteurized Chocolate Milk

The Stoltzfus Family Dairy at 6300 Skinner Road in Vernon, New York is voluntarily recalling batches of chocolate milk that were improperly pasteurized, according to news reports. Pasteurization is the processing of briefly heating milk to high enough temperatures to kill pathogenic bacteria such as Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella; it makes the milk safe to drink. The recalled milk is Creamline chocolate milk. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced this recall last week; routine department inspections uncovered this problem. If the milk was not heated to a high enough temperature to kill pathogenic bacteria, someone may get drink it and get sick. However, no illnesses have been reported by consumers to date in connection with the recalled Creamline … [Read more...]

Possible Salmonella Outbreak at Indian Taco Dinner in Highland, Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Doniphan County Health Department are investigating a possible Salmonella outbreak that may be associated with an Election Day Indian Taco Dinner at the Highland United Methodist Presbyterian Church in Highland, Kansas. That dinner took place on August 7, 2018. One person has tested positive with a Salmonella infection after attending the dinner. The two health departments are asking that anyone who attended that dinner or ate food there to complete an online survey to help officials investigate this possible outbreak. You are asked to complete the survey even if you are not ill. The survey asks if the respondent ate Indian tacos, pie, black beans, watermelon, or iced tea at the dinner. Other items listed on the survey … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Linked to Frozen Breaded Chicken Grows to 84 Sick

The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in Canada that is linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products has grown to include 84 sick people. The outbreak notice says that "poultry, including frozen breaded chicken products containing raw poultry, pose an increased health risk to individuals who handle, prepare or consume these types of foods." Public health officials are warning Canadians to follow food safety practices when they handle, prepare, or consume any type of poultry, including frozen raw breaded chicken products such as chicken nuggets, burgers, strips, and fries. As part of this outbreak investigation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled No Name brand Chicken Burgers sold in 1 kg packages. The product has a best before date of February 6, 2019. It was sold … [Read more...]

Foods Recalled for Undeclared Peanuts and Sulfites

Two foods have been recalled for undeclared allergens. Snack ginger has been recalled for undeclared sulfites, and ice cream is recalled for undeclared peanuts. No allergic reactions have been reported in either recall. The first recall is for Salt & Straw Chocolate Gooey Brownie Ice Cream Pints for undeclared peanuts. This product is safe to eat unless you have a peanut allergy or sensitivity. The company's chocolate supplier, Pitch Dark Chocolate, told the company that the chocolate chips used in the brownie may have had cross-contact with a peanut allergen. The recalled product is Salt & Straw Ice Cream Chocolate Gooey Brownie Pints. The plant codes of the recalled product are 41-404 with lot codes 18201, 18203, 18212, 18213, 18214, 18219, 18221, and 18223; and plant code … [Read more...]

Blissful Remedies Mitragyna Speciosa Recalled for High Microbial Counts

World Organix LLC is recalling Blissful Remedies Red Maeng Da 100% Mitragyna Speciosa capsules, Blissful Remedies Red Maeng Da Liquid Kratom Mitragyna Speciosa, Blissful Remedies 4 Hour Chill Slow Motion Blend for high microbial counts. The products were tested by the FDA. This recall is also an update about the products Blissful Remedies Gold Series Ultra Enhanced Indo and Blissful Remedies Kratom + CBD, CBD infused Maeng Da, Red Maeng Da 100% Mitragyna Speciosa, that were recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. No reports of any illness have been received due to the high microbial counts or Salmonella contamination. These are unapproved products, according to the FDA recall notice. The Maeng Da products contain M. speciose, which has psychoactive properties. The recall … [Read more...]

Randsland Coleslaw and Broccoli Slaw Recalled for Possible Listeria

Randsland Farms is recalling Randsland brand Classic Coleslaw and Broccoli Slaw in Canada because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No reports of illness have been received in connection with these recalled products. These products were sold in Nova Scotia at the retail level. They include Randsland Broccoli Slaw in 340 gram containers. The code on the product is 080118, and the UPC number is 0 57225 00008 7. Also recalled is Randsland Classic Coleslaw in 340 gram packages, with code 080118 and UPC number 0 57225 00007 0. The recall notice does not state the stores where these products may have been sold. If you bought either product, don't eat it. Remember that foods that are contaminated with pathogenic bacteria will not look, smell, or taste spoiled. … [Read more...]

Perry County Salmonella Outbreak Associated with St. Vincent de Paul Parish Seminary Picnicd

In response to the Salmonella outbreak in Perry County, Missouri, officials at the Perry County Health Department have posted a questionnaire for people who attended the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Seminary Picnic that was held August 3 through August 5, 2018. At least 30 people are sick in this outbreak; three people were hospitalized. The seminary is located in Perryville, Missouri. No more information about this outbreak has been posted by the health department or any other public health official. We don't know if they are focusing on a particular food or if someone who handled food may have been ill. The questionnaire is only asking people who attended the picnic two fill out the form. The questionnaire asks when someone attended the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Seminary picnic, … [Read more...]

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