May 19, 2019

CDC Weighs In On Karawan Tahini Salmonella Concord Outbreak

The CDC has weighed in on the Karawan tahini Salmonella Concord outbreak. At least four people in three states are ill in this outbreak. One person has been hospitalized. The base count is: Massachusetts (1), New York (2), and Texas (1). The patient age range is from 8 to 32 years, with a median age of 21. Three of the four patients are female. Illness onset dates range from March 9, 2019 to March 23, 2019. PulseNet investigators are using their nationwide typing system to find people who may be part of this outbreak. Whole genome sequencing performed on isolates taken from ill persons showed they were closely related genetically. That means those people are more likely to share a common source of infection. Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory evidence indicates that … [Read more...]

Coolhaus Dairy Free Horchata Sandwich Recalled For Undeclared Milk

Coolhaus is voluntarily recalling its Dairy Free Horchata Frozen Dessert Sandwich because it may contain milk, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is lactose intolerant or who is allergic to milk protein may have a serious reaction if they eat this product. One customer complaint has been reported to date, but the recall notice did not state whether it was just a complaint or an allergic reaction. The recalled product is Coolhaus Day Fee Horchata Sandwich, and it was sold in grocery stores nationwide. The voluntary recall is limited to one SKU, and does not apply to any other Coolhaus Dairy Free sandwiches or pints. The only affected UPC number is 0085191600365. The frozen dessert sandwich is sold in a 5.8 ounce single serve package. The best … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Salads and Wraps Recalled For Undeclared Soy

GHSW is voluntarily recalling some salads, wraps, and salad bar trays sold at two Whole Foods Markets 365 in Texas and at Whole Foods Markets in Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas because they do not declared soy as a sub-ingredient of the mayonnaise used to make those products. Some of the labels state that the products "may contain soy." Anyone who is allergic to soy, one of the major food allergens, could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No reports of reactions or illness have been received to date in this recall. You can see the long list of products, in which store they were sold, the soy declaration, packaging, package weight, UPC number, and plant identifier code at the FDA web site. Some of the recalled products include Classic Potato Salad, Smoked Mozzarella … [Read more...]

CDC Study: Antibiotics Used as Pesticides Facilitate Antibiotic Resistance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have conducted a study that finds that medically important antibiotics that the EPA wants to re-approve for expanded pesticide use on crops can facilitate antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Those pathogens pose "urgent" and "serious" threats to human health. The results of this study were obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity under the Freedom of Information Act. Those dangerous antibiotic resistant-bacteria include MSA, nightmare bacteria (Cabapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus. Those pathogens cause more than 100,000 infections and 13,000 deaths every year in the United States. Nathan Donley, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity said in a statement, "It’s … [Read more...]

Karawan Tahini Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Recalled

Broddzenatti Holding of Jupiter, Florida is recalling retail and bulk Karawan brand Tahini because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. There is a Salmonella Concord outbreak linked to this product that has sickened four people in three states. The recalled product is Karawan Tahini sold in 16-ounce jars and 39-pound buckets. It was imported from Palestine between the dates of December 2018 and January 2019. No refrigeration is needed with this product. The expiation date, which is located on the lid of the containers,  is two years from the production date. The tahini was distributed in New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Texas. The ill persons sickened in the outbreak live in New York, Massachusetts, and Texas. The recall was initiated because of New York City … [Read more...]

Crab House Trading Yellow Walking Fish Recalled For No Inspection

Crab House Trading of Los Angeles, California, is recalling about 36,040 pounds of frozen Siluriformes products (a broad category that includes catfish), more specifically yellow walking fish, that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. Walking fish is a species of air breathing freshwater catfish. No illnesses or adverse events related to this product have been reported to date. The recalled item is various weight vacuum-sealed packages that contain "Triple Pearl Headless-Cleaned Yellow Walking Fish Ca Tre Vang Lam Sach - Cat Dau." The product may have best before dates of 20210203 or 20201255 or no date at all printed on the label. There is no UPC number on the product. And there is no establishment number or USDA mark of inspection on the fish label. These … [Read more...]

HEB Chef Salad With Ham and Turkey Recalled For Anchovies

MIBO Fresh Foods of Fort Worth, Texas, is recalling about 1,460 pounds of HEB Chef salad with ham and turkey because the salad contains anchovies, one of the major food allergens under the fish category, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to fish who eats this product could experience a severe allergic reaction. No illness or allergic reactions have been reported to date in connection with this recalled item. The ready-t0-eat HEB Chef salad with ham and turkey was produced on May 10 and May 13, 2019. The recalled product is 9.65 ounce clear plastic packages containing "H.E.B. Meal Simple Chef Salad with Homestyle Ranch Dressing." The product has "best by" dates 05-18-19 and 05-20-19 on the label. These salads have the establishment number "EST. P-27399" inside the … [Read more...]

Salmonella Concord Outbreak Linked to Karawan Tahini Sickens Four

A Salmonella Concord outbreak linked to Karawan Tahini and Halva brand tahini has sickened four people in three states and hospitalized one person. The original outbreak notice stated that the tahini was imported from Israel. The recall notice, which was posted on May 16, 2019, says the tahini was imported from Palestine. This outbreak is not related to the 2018-2019 Salmonella Concord outbreak linked to Achdut Tahini. That earlier outbreak, which ended in February 2019, sickened eight people. The tahini in that outbreak was imported from Israel and was sold under several different brand names, including Achdut, Soom, Pepperwood, and Baron. In this new outbreak, the case count by state is: New York (2), Massachusetts (1), and Texas (1). The last illness onset date was March 23, … [Read more...]

Norovirus Outbreak at La Hacienda Restaurant in Madison, WI

About 25 people have been sickened in a norovirus outbreak at La Hacienda restaurant at 515 South Park Street in Madison, Wisconsin, according to news reports. The restaurant was closed on Thursday, May 9, 2019 and remained closed over the weekend as investigators gathered information about the illnesses. The restaurant reopened yesterday, May 14, 2019, after it was cleaned and the investigation was closed. There is no information about the conditions of those sickened or whether or not anyone was hospitalized in this outbreak. Norovirus is very contagious, and can spread through contaminated food and drink, as well as person-to-person contact and contact with contaminated surfaces. The virus causes vomiting and diarrhea with a quick onset. Most people recover within a day or two … [Read more...]

Biltmore Smoked Sockeye Salmon Recalled For Listeria

Seven Seas International is recalling Biltmore Smoked Sockeye Salmon because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. This recall notice has more information than the recall posted by Publix last week. The recalled product was distributed only in Florida by Publix Grocery stores. You can identify the product by its production code, a four digit code printed on the clear vacuum bag. Biltmore Smoked Sockeye Salmon is sold in 4 ounce black printed carton sleeves withthe Brand name “Biltmore” printed on the front, containing the smoked sockeye product in a clear vacuum bag, the product is displayed on a gold plate. Only products with Production Code 41CM and a sell by date of 23rd May 2019 are … [Read more...]

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