August 14, 2022

Ottawa County MI E. coli Outbreak Grows to 12 Sick, 2 HUS Cases

According to Wood TV 8, the Ottawa County MI E. coli outbreak has grown to include 12 sick people with five hospitalized. Derek Glashower of the Ottawa County Health Department told that outlet that two children have "serious kidney complications," which probably means hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Noted food safety attorney Eric Hageman, who has represented many clients in E. coli and HUS lawsuits, said, "We certainly hope that officials can solve these outbreak soon so people stop getting sick. Any E. coli illness is a tragedy, and it's especially tragic  when children are sick and hospitalized. This Ottawa county MI E. coli outbreak is unusual because that area usually sees just two to three cases of E. coli infections every August. This number of illnesses is a significant … [Read more...]

Crescent Pastrami and Turkey Breast Recalled For Listeria

Crescent Pastrami and Turkey Breast are being voluntarily recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of these items. The recalling firm is Tony's Meats Ltd. The recalled products are Crescent Pastrami that is packaged in 175 gram packages. The UPC number that is printed on the label is 7 78086 00255 2, and the code, or best by date, is 22 OC 03 (October 3, 2022). Also recalled is Crescent brand Turkey Breast - Tuscan Flavored, also packaged in 175 gram containers. The UPC number for that product is 7 78086 00258 3, and the code is 22 SE 20 (September 20, 2022). These items were sold in Ontario at the retail level. You can see pictures of the recalled product labels at … [Read more...]

EZ Noble Sushi Recalled For Undeclared Allergens Milk, Wheat, and Eggs

Some types of EZ Noble Sushi are being voluntarily recalled because it may contain egg, milk, and wheat, three of the major food allergens, that are not listed on the label. Anyone who is allergic to those ingredients, as well as anyone with celiac disease or lactose intolerance, could get sick if they eat those foods. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of these products. Not all of the recalled products were made with all of those allergens. The recalling firm is EZ Noble Sushi of East Windsor, Connecticut. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Food, Standards and Product Safety is urging Connecticut residents to check their refrigerators for these products. The sushi was sold at Geissler's Supermarkets in … [Read more...]

Wood County Ohio E. coli Outbreak Sickens at Least 15

A Wood county Ohio E. coli outbreak has sickened at least 15 people and hospitalized five, according to news reports. That is three years' worth of those illnesses for that county that have been reported in one week. Genetic testing is underway to see if the cases are related, with results expected early next week. There is another ongoing E. coli outbreak in Ottawa county, Michigan. At least nine preple are sick in that outbreak, with four hospitalized. There is currently no indication that the illnesses in those two locations are related, but that could change depending on what investigators find. The patient age range is from 13 to 60. The five hospitalized patients range in age from 21 to 60. The Wood County Health Department is working with the Ohio Department of Health … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Outbreak Grows to 77 Sick With No Source Named

A cyclospora outbreak grows to 77 ill. This outbreak, identified by the FDA last week, has grown from 60 cases, according to that agency's CORE Outbreak Investigation Table. In that investigation, traceback has been initiated, samples have been collected, and analysis is initiated. No recall has been issued, and no outbreak investigation notice has been published. There is another mystery cyclospora outbreak on that table, with six people sick. In that outbreak, traceback has been initiated. Every summer since 2013, there has been at least one cyclospora outbreak in the United States. These illnesses have been linked to raspberries, mesclun lettuce, basil, cilantro, vegetable trays, and snow peas. Some of these items were imported, but some were grown and processed in the United … [Read more...]

Lyons Magnus Expands Recall of Nutritional Products

Lyons Magnus expands recall of nutritional and beverage products because of potential microbial contamination. That recall was issued on August 1, 2022 and included 53 different products. The recall is issued because the products may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum and Cronobacter sakazakii. Root cause analysis found that the products did not meet commercial sterility specifications. Clostridium botulinum, the pathogen that causes botulism poisoning, has not been found in products, but consumers are warned not to consume these items even if they do not look or smell spoiled. The botulism toxin will not change the appearance, taste, texture, or smell of food. Vulnerable and immunocompromised people may be more susceptible to infection from Cronobacter bacteria. … [Read more...]

Increase in E. coli Cases in Ottawa County, Michigan Sickens 9

An increase in E. coli cases in Ottawa County, Michigan has sickened at least nine people and hospitalized four, according to news reports. The pathogen is shiga toxin E. coli (STEC), which is the type that causes serious illness in people, and can trigger hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), especially in young children. This is a high number of cases for any area. STEC bacteria is usually tied to food poisoning outbreaks. The pathogen lives in the guts of ruminant animals and is excreted in their feces. There is no word on what officials are investigating, whether it's a restaurant or some particular type of food. In the past, E. coli outbreaks have been linked to flour, ground beef, raw sprouts, unpasteurized milk, spinach, romaine lettuce, bagged salad greens, spinach, and county … [Read more...]

Aesop Bathroom Deodorizing Drops Recalled For Packaging

Aesop Bathroom Deodorizing Drops and Oil Burner Blends are being recalled because they failed to meet child resistant packaging requirements, posing a risk of poisoning. These products contain low-viscosity hydrocarbons, which must be in child safe packaging as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The label on the products also violates the Federal Hazardous Substances Act by omitting the mandatory information on the packaging. There have been three reports of skin irritation in the United States involving the Oil Burner Blends, with no report of medical treatment. The recalling firm is Emeis Cosmetics Pty. Ltd. of Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. The importer is Aesop USA Inc. of New York. About 154,300 of these products were sold in the United Sates, and about 21,900 … [Read more...]

Rackow’s Family Sausage Pork Lard Recalled For Improper Production

Rackow's Family Sausage pork lard is being recalled in Wisconsin for the lack of an HACCP plan, according to the Wisconsin Agriculture Connection. The sausage was sold from Rackow's Family Sausage stores in that state. This is a Class I recall. That company is located in Juda, Wisconsin. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Rackow's Family Sausage that is packaged in four pound packages that were purchased before August 1, 2022. It was produced without a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Plan (HACCP) food safety plan as required by federal law. The recall was issued based on evidence collected during a routine inspection by state inspectors. An HACCP plan is a way to identify and reduce … [Read more...]

FDA Releases Pesticide Monitoring Report For Fiscal Year 2020

The FDA has released its pesticide monitoring report for fiscal year 2020 with the news that 96.8% of domestically produced food, and 88.4% of imported food met federal tolerances set by the EPA. From October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020, the FDA tested for about 75o different pesticides and selected industrial compounds on 2,078 human food samples (316 domestic and 1,762 imported) in the program. The domestic food samples were collected from 35 states and imported human food samples were collected from 79 countries. The maximum residue levels are set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect public health. These tolerances are established on the amount of residue that a food can contain. The domestically produced food group  with the highest percentage of violative … [Read more...]

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