March 29, 2017

Norovirus Outbreak in Washington Associated with Raw Oysters

Public health officials in Seattle and King County are investigating multiple reports of a norovirus-like illness in people who ate raw oysters. Since January, officials have received reports that as many as 39 people were sickened after eating that shellfish. Illnesses have been reported during the time period ranging from January 10 through March 20, 2017. Public health has reported the illnesses to the Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Program, which tracks the reports and harvest locations of the oysters implicated in this outbreak. The oysters were all harvested from different growing areas and bays in Washington state with the exception of four meals. Those four meals, which account for 22 of the illnesses, were made of oysters harvested from a small bay in the … [Read more...]

Robin Hood Flour Recalled in Canada for E. coli O121

Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are recalling Robin Hood brand all purpose flour in one size for possible E. coli O121 contamination. There is an outbreak linked to this product that has sickened at least 25 people in four provinces. The recalled product is Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original, in 10 kilogram bags. The lot codes are BB/MA 2018 AL 17 and 6 291 548, and the UPC number is 0 59000 01652 8. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation into this recall and the outbreak. More products may be recalled related to this investigation. If you purchased this product, do not use it or eat it, even if you plan to cook with it. Flour can be scattered around a kitchen as you work, and can easily contaminate other surfaces, utensils, … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Linked to Robin Hood Flour Sickens 25 in Canada

An E. coli O121 outbreak linked to Robin Hood flour in Canada has sickened at least 25 people, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. All patients identified in this outbreak have samples with E. coli bacteria that match genetically. This outbreak is reminiscent of the 2016 E. coli outbreak in the United States linked to General Mills flour. And it's another reminder that flour is a raw agricultural product, can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, and should never be eaten raw. The flour has been recalled. The product is Robin Hood All Purpose Flour, Original in 10 kilogram bags with a code of BB/MA 2018 AL 17 and 6 291 548. It was distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Secondary recalls of products made with this flour may be announced … [Read more...]

Permanent Injunction Entered Against Valley Milk Products

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia entered a consent decree of condemnation and permanent injunction against Valley Milk Products LLC on March 15, 2017. The decree orders the condemnation of seized milk powder products and prevents its distribution. The seizure action was filed in the Western District of Virginia on November 18, 2016 at the request of the FDA. The complaint alleged that milk powder products were manufactured under insanitary conditions "whereby they may have become contaminated with filth, and/or whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health. That complaint sought to seize and condemn certain adulterated milk powder products at Valley Milk Products’ Strasburg, Virginia facility." Valley Milk Products nonfat dry milk powder and … [Read more...]

Jose Ole Beef Taquitos Recalled for Foreign Material

Ajinomoto Windsor of Texas is recalling about 35,168 pounds of frozen ready to eat beef taquito products because they may be contaminated with rubber with plastic. No confirmed reports of adverse reactions have been received to date. The recalled product is 60 ounce plastic bags inside of a corrugated carton labeled as “JOSÉ OLÉ TAQUITOS BEEF CARNE DE RES IN CORN TORTILLAS Crispy and Crunchy,” with case codes 3366365A, 3366365B, 3366365C, 3366365D and a Best By date of December 30, 2017.  The establishment number on the product is "Est. M-5590" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail locations in California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming. The company received two consumer complaints of foreign material on March … [Read more...]

FDA Alerts Pet Owners about Hyperthyroidism

The FDA is warning pet owners and veterinarians to the potential for hypothyroidism in their pets because some pet food and treats are made with livestock gullets that contain thyroid tissue and hormones. While hyperthyroidism is more common in cats, in dogs it is rare and is usually triggered by thyroid cancer. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, rapid and/or labored breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. Continued exposure to excess thyroid hormones in these pet foods can cause damage to the heart and in some cases, death. The Center for Veterinary Medicine recently investigated cases of three dogs in different households that showed signs of this disease. Testing … [Read more...]

Skyrocketing Rates of Hepatitis A in Detroit, Michigan Counties

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is warning the public they are seeing elevated numbers of new hepatitis A cases in Detroit and in the counties of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne. Cases have increased eightfold over the same time period in 2015 - 2016. Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive of MDHHS, said in a statement, "together with our local health partners, we are increasing outreach to vulnerable populations to raise awareness and promote vaccination of hepatitis A. Those who live, work, or play in the city of Detroit, as well as Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties are urged to get vaccinated for hepatitis A and talk to their healthcare provider about their risks." From August 1, 2016 to March 21, 2017, 107 cases of lab-confirmed hepatitis A have … [Read more...]

Lake’s Farm Raised Catfish Recalled for Adulteration

Lakes Farm Raised Catfish of Mississippi is recalling 1,695 pounds of siluriformes fish (catfish) because they may be adulterated with banned products. The products are Malachite Green and Leucomalachite Green. Malachite Green is triphenylmethane dye used in aquaculture as an anti-fungal agent. Leucomalachite Green is a reduction of Malachite Green.  The problem was discovered after routine FSIS sampling revealed "violative levels" of those chemicals in the product. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions received to date. The recalled products were produced on March 14 through March 17, 2017. They include 15 pound  cardboard boxes of frozen raw “catfish” fillets identified as LAKE’S FARM RAISED CATFISH and having lot codes T-14, T-15, T-16, and T-17; 15 pound … [Read more...]

Listeria Warning for New York Winters Grass Farm Raw Milk

The New York Stated Department of Agriculture and Markets is warning consumers not to drink unpasteurized milk from the Winters Grass Farm in Saquiot in Oneida County. Officials have discovered that a sample of the raw milk collected by a food safety inspector was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. On March 16, 2017, the producer was notified of a preliminary positive test result for Listeria. Winter Grass Farm immediately and voluntarily suspended sales of the product. Then, on March 22, 2017, the presence of the pathogenic bacteria was confirmed in the raw milk sample. The farm is located at 9104 Butler Road in Sauquoit. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, but the illness caused by this bacteria, listeriosis, can take up to … [Read more...]

Breaded Chicken Products Recalled for Foreign Material

OK Food is recalling breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with foreign materials, specifically metal. The recall was triggered by five consumer complaints stating that metal objects were found in the ready-to-eat products. FSIS inspection personnel also found the metal objets during verification activities. No confirmed reports of injury or illness have been received to date. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with the package sizes and case codes, on a PDF issued by the USDA. Some of the products include SmartFoods4Schools ABC chicken nuggets, Chickentopia breaded chicken breast patties, Great Value chicken breast patty, Save A Lot chicken breast nuggets, Spring River Farms chicken fries, Lake Liner Logo chicken nuggets, and TenderBird chicken breast … [Read more...]

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