March 31, 2020

Environmental Working Group Dirty Dozen Produce Guide Published

Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published their 2020 guide to the Dirty Dozen, which is a list of fruits and vegetables that are likely to have the most pesticide residue. The biggest change is EWG comment on raisins, which were not on the list but were mentioned for the first time. Raisins were tested for the first time since 2007 even though it's not a fresh food. That food is the dirtiest produce commodity. Of the 670 samples of conventional raisins analyzed, 99% tested positive for at least two pesticides. On average, each sample was contaminated with more than 13 pesticides. One sample had 26 pesticides. Even some organic raisins were contaminated. The issue with this food is that children under the age of 15 eat 208,000,000 pounds of raisins every year, about half of the … [Read more...]

The Commissary Frozen Beef Burgers Recalled For Undeclared Soy

The Commissary Frozen Beef Burgers and Frozen Beef Burgers with Bacon have been recalled in Canada for undeclared soy, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to soy could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported to the company to date in connection with this problem. The burgers were distributed in Ontario at the retail level. The recalled products do not have a brand name. They include The Commissary Frozen Beef Burgers sold in variable size packages with no UPC number. All codes where soy is not declared on the label are recalled. Also recalled is The Commissary Frozen Beef Burgers with Bacon, also sold in variable size packages with no UPC number. Again, all codes where soy is not declared on the label … [Read more...]

Golden Mushroom Enoki Mushrooms Recalled For Listeria Monocytogenes

Goldenway International Trade Company Ltd. is recalling Golden Mushrooms Enoki Mushrooms in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product to date. The enoki mushrooms were sold in Ontario and Quebec and made have been sold nationwide. The recalled product is Golden Mushroom Enoki Mushrooms, sold in 200 gram packages. The UPC number on the label is 8 809201 000039. All units that have been sold up to and including March 24, 2020 are recalled. If you purchased this product, do not eat it, even if you were going to cook the mushrooms first. There is a possibility of cross-contamination between the mushrooms and items in your kitchen as well as other uncooked foods. Throw it away n a sealed … [Read more...]

Clover Sprouts E. coli O103 Hits Utah Hard With Most Illnesses of Any State

The outbreak of clover sprouts E. coli O103 hits Utah hard with the most illnesses of any state. At least 39 people are sick in Utah as of March 19, 2020. Public health officials say that epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory evidence has found that raw clover sprouts are the source of this outbreak. No official has offered an explanation of why the number of ill persons in Utah exploded from 3 to 27 in just a few weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that clover sprouts served at Jimmy John's restaurants in Utah, as well as other states, may have made people sick. In interviews, 58% of ill persons said that ate sprouts at a Jimmy John's restaurant the week before they got sick. A recall of Chicago Indoor Garden raw clover sprouts was issued on March … [Read more...]

Thrifty Kitchens Beef & Barley Soup Recalled For Allergens

Thrifty Kitchens in Canada is recalling their Beef Meets Barley Beef & Barley Soup for undeclared fish, shellfish, milk, and wheat. More specifically, the product is recalling for undeclared cod, salmon, clams, and shrimp, as well as milk and wheat. That means that people who are allergic to finfish, shellfish, milk, and wheat, as well as those who are lactose intolerant and who have celiac disease may have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to the company to date. This product was distributed in British Columbia at the retail lee. The company issuing the recall is Sobeys Inc. The recalled product is Thrifty Kitchens Beef Meets Barley Beef & Barley Soup, sold in 700 milligram containers. The UPC number on this … [Read more...]

Huangfushanzen Huang Mountain Tea Mushroom Recalled For Sulfites

Tiffany Food Corporation of Brooklyn, New York is recalling Huangfushanzen Huang Mountain Tea Mushroom Dried Mushrooms because it may contain sulfites. Anyone who is allergic to sulfites may have a serious reaction if they consume this product. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The Huangfushanzen Huang Mountain Tea Mushroom (黄府山珍茶花菇) Dried Mushrooms were distributed in Florida, Ohio, California, and Massachusetts through grocery stores and food markets. The product has the UPC number 6 943153 804047 and no other coding. The mushrooms are packaged in a 170 gram/6 ounce clear, green, gold and red plastic bags. This is a product is China. The recall was issued after routine sampling by the Florida Department of Agriculture … [Read more...]

Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus When Food Shopping

Everyone is worried about coronavirus and wants to know how to protect themselves and their family. We all know about social distancing and washing our hands frequently. Food Poisoning Bulletin has also told you how to protect yourself when receiving packages and food deliveries at home. But how do you protect yourself against coronavirus when food shopping? Consumer Reports has some answers. First, be aware that many grocery store chains and restaurants are offering delivery options and curbside pickup, which helps limit your exposure to others at this time. If you are picking things up, open the car door yourself. It's best to avoid a direct hand-off; instruct the delivery person to put the groceries at your door or in your car. But if you have to go into a store to get food, … [Read more...]

Guan’s Enoki Mushrooms Recalled For Possible Listeria Contamination

Guan's enoki mushrooms recalled  for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There is a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to another company's enoki mushrooms, but no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this particular product. The mushrooms were distributed from California, New York, and Pennsylvania in retail stores through produce distributors or wholesalers. The recalled product is Guan's Enoki Mushrooms (Product of Korea), packaged in a 200 gram/7.05 ounce clear plastic package. The words "Enoki Mushroom" is printed in English, Korean, and French on the label. The UPC number on the product is 859267007013, printed on the back. The package code of 14-1 imprinted on the lower right corner of the product. The mushrooms are shipped in a white … [Read more...]

Lindt & Sprüngli Recalls Lindt Excellence 85% Chocolate Bars For Allergens

Lindt & Sprüngli of Stratham, New Hampshire is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Lindt Excellence 85% chocolate bars because they are wrapped in the wrong packaging, which does not declare soy and milk, two of the major food allergens, on the label as required by law. The bars are labeled Excellence 85% Cocoa, but actually contain Lindt Excellence Dark Caramel Sea Salt Bars. Anyone who is allergic to milk or soy or who is lactose intolerant could have a severe reaction if they eat this product. No reports of illness or allergic reactions have been received to date in connection with this mislabeling product. This product was shipped nationwide to wholesale and online retailers and sold to consumers. The recalled product is Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa chocolate bars. The lot … [Read more...]

Whole Capelin Fish Pet Treats Recalled For Possible Botulism

IcelandicPlus LLC is voluntarily recalling Whole Capelin Fish Pet Treats for possible botulism contamination because the product exceeds FDA size restrictions for uneviscerated fish. This could use severe illness or death in both animals eating the treats and the people who handle them. The FDA regulations are based on the fact that that salt-cured, dried, or uneviscerated fish larger than 5 inches have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning in people between 1981 and 1987 and again in 1991. No reports of illness of pets or people have been received to date in connection w with the problem. The Whole Capelin Fish Pet Treats have been sold throughout the country in independent pet specialty stores. The product is packed in a clear plastic 1.5 or 2.5 ounce plastic bag or a … [Read more...]

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