November 30, 2021

CDC Study Reveals Salmonella Serotypes Linked to Thanksgiving Foods

A  new CDC study has revealed the Salmonella serotypes most commonly linked to Thanksgiving foods such as turkey. The study used routine surveillance for the years 1998 to 2018, and a case-crossover design. In 2017, there were about 45,000,000 turkeys produced for Thanksgiving. About 88% of consumers in the United States report that they eat turkey during the Thanksgiving meal. There are about 1 million cases of Salmonella reported in the United States every year. These illnesses cause 20,000 hospitalizations and 400 deaths annually. Since a small percentage of people infected with this pathogen actually seek medical help every year, the number is likely much higher. Salmonella Hadar and Saint Paul are the serotypes that are most commonly associated with turkey. The serotypes … [Read more...]

Calise & Sons Bakery Recalls Golden Flax Seed Scala Bread For Sesame

Calise & Sons Bakery is recalling Golden Flax Seed Scala Bread because the product may contain sesame seeds, the newest of the nine major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. The problem is that Italian Scala Bread (Italian bread with Sesame Seeds) was packaged by error in a bag that is labeled as Golden Flax Seed Scala Bread that does not list sesame as an ingredient. A total of 689 packages of the bread were produced that were sold in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. The recalled product is labeled as Golden Flax Seed Scala Bread. The bread is packaged in a bag that has a white plastic clip closure with a sell by date of 12-06 and a Julian date of 327. The company has contacted distributors, and products that have have not yet been … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Goat Dairy Goat Cheese Recalled For Possible Listeria

Great Lakes Goat Dairy Herb & Garlic Goat Cheese and Aged Cheddar Goat Cheese are being recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The cheeses were sold in Ontario at the retail level. No illnesses have been reported to the company in connection with this issue. The recalling firm is Great Lakes Goat Dairy. The recalled products are Great Lakes Goat Dairy Herb & Garlic Goat Cheese that is packaged in 175 gram containers. The UPC number that is printed on the label is 6 28055 40020 2 and the best before date is 2022 JL12. The code is 210411. Also recalled is Great Lakes Goat Dairy Aged Cheddar Goat Cheese in 175 gram packages. The UPC number for that product is 6 28055 40017 2, and the best before date is 2022 JL26. The code is 12059. You can see … [Read more...]

Jongilpoom Enoki Mushrooms Recalled For Possible Listeria Contamination

Jongilpoom enoki mushrooms are being recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This is the eighth recall of this type of product in the last 2-1/2 years. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these mushrooms to date. The recalling firm is Covic International Trading Inc. The recalled product is Jongilpoom enoki mushrooms that are packaged in 200 gram containers. The UPC number that is stamped on the label is 8 807076 000321. All codes up to and including CE 179D are recalled. The product was sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and may have been sold in other provinces and territories. This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency test results. The government is conducting a food … [Read more...]

Senator Jon Tester Introduces Bill to Suspend Beef Imports From Brazil

United States Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) has introduced a bill to suspend beef imports from Brazil after there have been repeated issues with delayed reporting of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow Disease, in beef products. The legislation would force a systemic review of the beef's safety before imports could resume. Tester said in a statement, "Montanans demand the highest level of safety and certainty in their beef, and Brazilian imports aren’t making the cut. Folks expect their beef to have been rigorously tested against the strictest of standards, and concerns about Brazilian imports not only jeopardize consumer trust, but present a serious risk to Montana producers. We owe it to our domestic producers and consumers to halt Brazilian imports until we can … [Read more...]

One Tang Bitter Apricot Kernel Recalled For Possible Cyanide

One Tang Bitter Apricot Kernel is being recalled in British Columbia, Canada because it may cause acute cyanide poisoning. The product contains excessive amounts of amygdalin, a naturally occurring toxin. No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling company is Sungiven Foods Canada Inc. The recalled product is One Tang Bitter Apricot Kernel that is packaged in 180 gram bags. The UPC number that is printed on the label is 6 28546 00724 8, and the code on the item is 2023.JN.20. While apricot kernels naturally contain amygdalin, this product contains too much per serving. Amygdalin can release cyanide, a toxin, while it is digested in the body. The human body can eliminate small amounts … [Read more...]

American Screening Hand Sanitizer Recalled For Appearance

American Screening Hand Sanitizer is being recalled because the bottles resemble beverage containers, which poses a risk of consumption. Ingesting hand sanitizer intended for topical use could result in alcohol toxicity. Alcohol can also interact with many prescription drugs that can cause serious problems. No reports of illness or adverse reactions have been received by the company to date in connection with this problem. The recalling company is American Screening LLC of Shreveport, Louisiana. About 153,336 units of American Screening Hand Sanitizer are recalled. The product contains 70% ethyl alcohol gel and was sold at the consumer level to customers and distributors nationwide through the internet. It was also sold in-house. The recalled hand sanitizer is packaged in 8 ounce … [Read more...]

Products From Kerela Ayurvedic Consultation in Toronto May Have Lead

Health Canada is warning consumers that products sold by Kerela Ayurvedic & Natural Herbal Consultation in Toronto, Ontario are unauthorized and may pose serious health risks. Health Canada seized products from the company after Public Health Ontario notified the department of a case of lead poisoning following the use of products from that clinic. Lab testing found high levels of lead and mercury in products that patient consumed. This warning pertains to all Ayurvedic medicinal products sold by that company, which is located at 2900 Markham Road, Unit L13 in Majestic City Mall, Toronto. This includes products ordered by the clinic from a supplier that were shipped directly to consumers. Lead and mercury are heavy metals that can can cause serious short term and long term … [Read more...]

Keep Thanksgiving Leftovers Safe With Tips From the USDA

It's Thanksgiving. One of the best parts of this holiday is leftovers. So you should know how to keep Thanksgiving leftovers safe with these tips from the USDA. When you take foods out of the oven or refrigerator, set a timer and follow the two hour rule. That means that all perishable items such as the turkey, stuffing, side dishes, and desserts should be refrigerated within two hours after coming out of those appliances. After two hours, these foods enter the "danger zone" between 40°F and 140°F, where bacteria can double every 20 minutes. Then, even if you thoroughly reheat those foods, the bacteria could have produced toxins that are not destroyed by heat and can still make you sick. When you break down the foods from the meal, put them into shallow containers so they cool … [Read more...]

Blackstone Labs Conspired to Sell Unlawful Dietary Supplements

Blackstone Labs and two of its executives pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell illegal anabolic steroid and unlawful dietary supplements, according to the U.S. Justice Department. According to court documents, on November 17, 2021, the executives, Phillip Braun and Aaron Singerman, pleaded guilty to distributing controlled substances and to selling unapproved new drugs.in violation of FDA statutes through their company, which was located in Boca Raton, Florida. The defendants admitted that, from 2012 through 2017, they conspired to sell products that were unapproved new drugs and/or illegal controlled substances, while they falsely characterized their products as safe and legal dietary supplements under the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act. The products were also falsely … [Read more...]

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