February 8, 2021

Public Health Alert For Ground Beef For E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

The USdA has issued a public health alert for ground beef produced by Greater Omaha Packing Company of Omaha, Nebraska for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. A recall was not requested because this product is no longer available for purchase. There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of this product to date. The raw beef was produced by Greater Omaha Packing Company on January 14, 2021. It was further processed into ground beef and sold by Art's Food Market in Sandwich, Illinois. The recalled product is 2 pound (approximately) trays containing raw ground beef labeled with a retail label with "PACKED" dates ranging from January 28, 2021 through January 31, 2021. This item was sold by the single retail location in Sandwich, Illinois. The … [Read more...]

New Deadly E. coli Outbreak Causing Severe Illnesses and Hospitalizations

A new deadly  E. coli outbreak has been announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of February 1, 2021, 16 people in five states are sick with E. coli O157:H7 infections. The investigation notice states that "CDC is concerned about the growing number of severe illnesses and hospitalizations in this outbreak. If you have E.  coli symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider and report your  illness to your local health department." The states where people are sick are Washington (2), Oklahoma (5), Arkansas (6), Virginia (2), and New York (1). Illness onset dates range from December 23, 2020 to January 7, 2021.  Recent illnesses may not yet be reported since it can take two to four weeks to link illnesses to an outbreak. The patient age range is from 10 to 95 … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Gouda-Like E. coli O121 Outbreak in Canada Recommendations

A report on a raw milk Gouda-like E. coli O121  outbreak in British Columbia, Canada in 2018 has prompted recommendations for more controls on this type of product.  The outbreak in 2018 sickened seven people. Four of the seven cases ate the same raw milk Gouda-type cheese between August and October 2018. The implicated cheese was aged longer than the minimum requirement of 60 days, and investigators found no production deficiencies at the facility. The dairy plant was compliant with current Canadian regulatory requirements. One sample of the cheese tested positive for E. coli O121. The investigators recommend that raw milk Gouda and Gouda-like cheeses should be labeled to increase consumer awareness of the potential risks in these types of products. They also recommend … [Read more...]

Two Active Food Poisoning Outbreaks on FDA CORE Table With Little Info

There are currently two active food poisoning outbreak investigations on the FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Table, but there is very little information about either of them. Both outbreaks have sickened dozens of people, but we don't know where those people live, their ages, or illness onset dates. We don't know if anyone has been hospitalized. We also don't know what potential food or facility may be implicated in these outbreaks. These outbreaks are frustrating to food safety advocates because there is no way any consumer can be warned against potentially hazardous foods or facilities. Each outbreak keeps growing with no new information. The first of the two active food poisoning outbreaks was declared on December 23, 2020. The pathogen is Salmonella Potsdam, a relatively rare … [Read more...]

Deadly Deli Meat Listeria Outbreak Ends With 12 Sick in 4 States

The deadly deli meat Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has ended with 12 cases in 4 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One person who lived in Florida died. A specific type of deli meat or a common supplier was not identified in the investigation. The case count by state is: Florida (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (7) and New York (3). All twelve patients were hospitalized. The patient age range was from 40 to 89 years. Illness onset dates ranged from August 6, 2020 to October 30, 2020. Public health investigations used the PulseNet system to find people who were part of this outbreak. Whole genome sequencing was conducted on patient isolates. That genotyping showed that bacteria isolated from patients was closely related genetically, which … [Read more...]

Isagenix Products Recalled in Canada For Over-Fortification of Vitamins

Isagenix International is recalling certain Isagenix products in Canada because of over-fortification of vitamins that can cause health problems. There have been illnesses reported to the company and the Canadian government due to the consumption of these products. You can see the long list of recalled products at the CFIA web site, along with the package size, UPC numbers, and codes on the products. Some of the recalled products are Isalean Bars, including the flavors Chocolate Cream Crisp and Chocolate Peanut Crunch; and Isalean Shakes, including the flavors Creamy Dutch Chocolate, Birthday Cake Flavor, Chocolate Mint, Peach Mango, Salted Caramel, Natural Creamy Vanilla, and Strawberry Cream, among others. This warning was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency's inspection … [Read more...]

Golden Boy Custard Muffin Banana Recalled For Allergen

Hong Thai Foods of Brooklyn, New York is recalling Golden Boy Custard Muffin Banana because it contains milk, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to milk, or who is lactose intolerant, could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product is Golden Boy Custard Muffin Banana that is sold in a 7.76 ounce/220 gram rigid clear plastic package. The UPC number printed on the label is 9555719731598, and the beat before date, printed on the bottom of the package, is 29/01/2022. This product was sold nationwide at the retail level. This recall was started after outine sampling by New York State Department … [Read more...]

One Ocean Sliced Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon Recalled For Listeria

Orca Specialty Foods is recalling One Ocean Sliced Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon in Canada because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. The product was sold in Alberta and may have been distributed nationally in Canada. The recalled product is One Ocean Sliced Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon that is packaged in 300 gram containers. The UPC number printed on the product is 6 25984 00005 3, and the code on the package is 11252. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a secure garage can with a tight fitting lid so other people can't get to it, or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund. It's a good idea to then clean out your refrigerator or … [Read more...]

Dole Endless Summer Salad Kit Recalled For Undeclared Allergens

Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling Dole Endless Summer Salad Kit because it may contain fish and egg, two of the major food allergens, that are not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to fish and/or egg could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to the company to date in connection with this recall. The recalled product is Dole Endless Summer Salad Kit. The UPC number on the bag is 0-71430-01073-0. The Best If Used By Date is 01/26/21. And the lot codes are B00912A and B00912B. The dressing and topping kit (masterpack) is designed for a different Dole product but was unintentionally used during part of the salad production for this product. The product lot code and Best If Used By Date is printed n … [Read more...]

Think! Protein + Fiber Market Berry Crumble Recalled For Undeclared Nuts

think! and Interpac Technologies of Woodland, California has voluntarily recalling specific lots of think! Protein + Fiber Oatmeal Farmer's Market Berry Crumble oatmeal which may contain tree nuts, one of the major food allergens, that are not declared on the label. The specific nuts are almonds and pecans. Anyone who is allergic to those nuts could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. No reports of illness or allergic reactions have been received by the company to date. The recalled product is think! Protein + Fiber Oatmeal Farmer's Market Berry Crumble that is sold in individual 1.76 ounce bowls. The UPC number on the individual product is 753656711836. This product was also sold in a case containing 6 individual bowls with UPC number 753656712338. The best by … [Read more...]

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