January 23, 2018

Two Dietary Supplements Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Two dietary supplements: Break Ventures "Zero For Him" and "Arthri-D" are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. Zero for Him is a supplement that is distributed nationwide through Amazon. The product has 150 capsules in a 400 cc Light Amber PETE bottle. The lot number is 1710-638 on the bottom. The expiration date of November 2020 is stamped on the side of the container. Routine testing by the company discovered the potential for contamination found Salmonella bacteria in one bottle. the product has been tested and re-tested and no more bacteria were found, but the supplement is being recalled out of an abundance of caution. Distribution of the product is suspended while the FDA and the company … [Read more...]

Five Sickened in Wisconsin in Jimmy John’s Salmonella Sprouts Outbreak

Five people are sick in Wisconsin in the multistate Salmonella Montevideo outbreak that happened after consumers ate sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants in that state and Illinois. Two people are sick in Illinois, and one person is sick in Minnesota. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is working with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, health departments, and the CDC to investigate this outbreak. All five patients are sick with the outbreak strain of Salmonella. And all of those patients said they ate sprouts at a Jimmy John's restaurant in the state in mid-to-late December, 2017. People who have been sickened by the same bacteria strain said they ate sprouts at Jimmy John's locations in their state. Officials are trying to identify … [Read more...]

What Happens to the FDA, CDC, and USDA During the Government Shutdown?

The United States government is under a shutdown as of January 20, 2018. What does that mean to the work done by the FDA and USDA to help keep our food supply safe? The FDA has posted a statement saying that "only some of our work is permitted to continue during a lapse in funding." Agency operations will continue in areas that address "imminent threats to the safety of human life and activities funded by carryover user fee funds." The FDFA will still monitor for and respond to food poisoning outbreaks; will support high-risk food and medical product recalls when those products endanger consumers; pursue criminal and some civil investigations when they believe the public health is at risk; screening food and medical products imported to the U.S.; and address "other critical pubic … [Read more...]

Salmonella Montevideo Outbreak in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois Associated With Jimmy John’s Sprouts

A multisite outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo infections is associated with sprouts sold at Jimmy John's restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC statement reads, "Epidemiologic evidence indicates that raw sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants are a likely source of this multistate outbreak." Those sickened in this outbreak reported eating raw sprouts on sandwiches served at Jimmy John's restaurants in those two states. Eight people are sick in those states. The case count by state is: Illinois (2), Minnesota (1), and Wisconsin (5). There have been no hospitalizations and no deaths reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from December  20, 217 to January 3, 2018. The patient age range is from 26 to 50. All … [Read more...]

Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Associated With Jimmy John’s Sprouts

Another Salmonella outbreak at Jimmy John's restaurants associated with raw sprouts has just been announced. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has posted information about this outbreak; they say that the CDC and FDA are investigating, along with state and local health departments, but there is no information about this outbreak on those other sites.   If you live in a state other than Illinois and you are part of this outbreak, please contact us to let us know. We will be following other government sites so when they post something about the outbreak we will let you know immediately. Two cases of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported in Illinois. Those people got sick December 20 and December 26, 2017. Officials say that the most likely source of the … [Read more...]

Two Chicken Salad Products Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Two chicken salad products are being recalled for undeclared allergens. One was packaged in the wrong packaging, and the other contains undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Cafe Spice GCT is recalling about 289 pounds of chicken salad products because it was packaged with a chicken wrap label, and does not declare milk that is in the product. These products were produced on January 12, 2018. The recalled product is 15 ounce clamshells labeled "southwest-style chicken wrap" but actually contains southwest-style chicken salad. The best by date is January 20, 2018. The product has the establishment number "EST. P-34641" inside the USDA mark of inspection. This chicken salad was shipped to retail locations nationwide. The problem was discovered by a retail customer, who … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure in Food Worker in Honolulu, Hawaii

A possible case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in a food worker at the Way Kung Restaurant on Mapunapuna Street in Honolulu, Hawaii. That person worked there between December 1, 2017 and January 6, 2018. Hepatitis A is a very contagious virus. People can contract this illness by person-to-person contact, through food and drink that has been contaminated by feces, and through contact with surfaces. People who are infected with this virus are symptom-free for two weeks, so can easily pass it on to others before they even know they are sick. Unfortunately, a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. That means that anyone who visited that restaurant after January 4, 2018 is not longer eligible for a shot. Today is the last … [Read more...]

Five Sick in Pennsylvania in the Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Coconut Tree Frozen Shredded Coconut

Five people in Pennsylvania are sick in the Salmonella outbreak that is linked to Coconut Tree frozen shredded coconut, according to the CDC. Nationwide, at least 25 people are sick, and six people have been hospitalized. This outbreak could be much larger than stated, simply because most people who are sick with Salmonella infections don't go to the doctor. The multiplier for this illness is 38. That means there could be more than 900 people sickened across the country in this one outbreak. The states where ill persons live include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Washington. The strains of Salmonella that have caused these illnesses are Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- and Salmonella Newport. The outbreak strain … [Read more...]

California Hard Hit in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Frozen Coconut

California has been hard hit in the Salmonella outbreak that is linked to recalled Evershing frozen shredded coconut. As of January 17, 2018, nine people are sick in that state, according to the CDC. This outbreak had an unusual start. Officials at the Massachusetts Department of Health were notified about at least one person who was sick with an unusual strain of Salmonella bacteria in November 2017. One of the patients ate an "Asian-style dessert drink" at a restaurant. We don't know what the actual drink was; it could have been a smoothie, a cocktail, or blended ice cream. The drink was made with frozen shredded coconut. Early testing identified Salmonella Newport bacteria, which was related to an isolate taken from an ill person in Massachusetts. Public health officials … [Read more...]

Recalls of Products for Undeclared Nuts

There are two recalls today for products that were made with undeclared nuts. Whole Foods Market is recalling Cheesecake Bars for undeclared almonds, and Palmer Candy Company is recalling Sea Salt Caramel Hearts for undeclared peanuts. Anyone who is allergic to tree nuts and/or peanuts could have a serious reaction if they eat either of these products. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with either of these recalls. The Palmer Candy Company is recalling Sea Salt Caramel Hearts that were sold only at Bomgaards Supply Store in the midwest U.S. The recalled product is Sea Salt Caramel Hearts in a 12 ounce tub. The best by date on the product is 12/21/18, and the UPC number is 77232-17091. It was sold in Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, and … [Read more...]

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