October 17, 2017

Update of Sandwich Recall for Possible Listeria

Greencore USA, LLC has updated its recall of egg salad sandwiches, ham salad sandwiches, and seafood stuffing for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The products were distributed between September 24 and 27, 2017 to: American Food and Vending, Hannaford Brothers, Target, and Turkey Hill in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. Greencore said they are investigating the cause of this problem and have implemented corrective actions. No new lots of products are being recalled. And as of September 29, 2017, all customers have been notified and instructed to remove and destroy these products. None of these products should be for sale. The recalled products … [Read more...]

Salmonella Sickens 150 After Chincoteague Chili Cook-Off in VA

At least 150 people from as many as eight states have been sickened in the Salmonella outbreak linked to the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off in Chincoteague, Virginia. Delaware is the only state that has posted an announcement of this outbreak on their web site. People who attended that event live in that state, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and North Carolina, as well as Virginia. Dr. David Matson, director of the Eastern Shore Health District told DelMarVa Now, "We are positive it is a Salmonella outbreak." According to that paper, more than 20 cultures from different laboratories in Maryland and Virginia tested positive for Salmonella. The cook off was held on September 30, 2017. Some of those sickened may have been hospitalized, although … [Read more...]

K-Bar Dairy Allowed to Sell Raw Milk Again After Brucella Outbreak

K-Bar Dairy in Wise County, Texas, is allowed to sell raw milk again after a Brucella outbreak was associated with their products. Public health officials are investigating Brucella illnesses in seven states in connection with this issue. Last month, officials warned anyone who consumed raw milk or raw milk products between June 1 and August 14, 2017 contact their doctors and get antibiotic treatments after Brucella bacteria was found in K-Bar Dairy's raw milk. This rare strain of Brucella causes serious illness, and can cause chronic conditions such as heart problems, enlargement of the liver or spleen, nervous system conditions, and arthritis. Testing conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Lab found that two cows in the herd were shedding … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A in Food Worker at Marco’s Pizza in Anniston, AL

A food handler has been diagnosed with hepatitis A at Marco's Pizza in Anniston, Alabama, according to Alabama Public Health. Customers who consumed food, whether by pickup or delivery, from that facility between September 26 and October 2, 2017 should be vaccinated against the virus. If you ate food prepared there before September 28, 2017, it's too late for a vaccination. That shot is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure to the virus. Depending on your age and other factors, you should get the hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination; your doctor will determine which one is appropriate. The hepatitis A vaccine is given to people 12 months to 40 years who have never been vaccinated. Anyone over the age of 40 is usually given the immune globulin … [Read more...]

Great American Deli Recalling a Chicken Sandwich for Undeclared Allergens

Great American Deli of Tennessee is recalling 816 units of one of their sandwiches because it has the wrong ingredient statement, and therefore contains undeclared eggs and soy, two of the major food allergens. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The product is Premium Chicken Salad Wheatberry Sandwich, with lot number 17 198 located on the top left front of each package. It weighs 6.4 ounces and is packaged in plastic containers. The product was distributed in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia to convenience stores and vending machines. If you bought this product and cannot eat eggs and/or soy, do not consume it. Throw it away or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund.   … [Read more...]

FDA Complaint Filed Against Michel Cordon Bleu for Adulterated Seafood

The United States filed a civil complaint against Michel Cordon Bleu Inc. of Los Angeles, California to prevent the distribution of adulterated seafood products on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. This complaint was filed in the US. District Court for the Central District of California. The Court was asked for a permanent injunction to shut down the facility which is located at 3625 South Western Avenue in Los Angeles. That company prepares, processed, packs, holds, and distributes vacuum-packed, ready-to-eat cold and hot smoked fish and fishery products. The complaint alleges that Michel Cordon Bleu and Michel G. Blanchet adulterated seafood products by "preparing, packing, or holding them under insanitary conditions whereby the seafood may have become contaminated with filth or may … [Read more...]

Chincoteague Chili Cook Off Outbreak Caused by Salmonella

News outlets are reporting that the food poisoning outbreak at the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off in Virginia on September 30, 2017 was apparently caused by Salmonella. The Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services in Richmond found Salmonella bacteria in specimens associated with the event. More than 2,000 people attended that event. Dozens are apparently sick, but officials have not given specific numbers. There is no word on whether or not anyone has been hospitalized, the age range of the patients, or suspected foods. All attendees of that event are being asked to complete an online survey put up by the Accomack County Health Department so public health authorities can narrow the scope of their investigation and focus on probable foods. No foods that may be associated … [Read more...]

Jansal Valley® Dried Chili De Arbol Peppers Recalled for Undeclared Peanuts

Sid Wainer & Son® has just recalled its “Jansal Valley® Dried Chili De Arbol Peppers” product. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports that these dried chili peppers may contain peanuts, an allergen that was not identified on the labeling of their clear plastic clamshell containers. Sid Wainer & Son® is headquartered in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The dried chili de arbol peppers were distributed to retail grocery store chains across the United States. The individual 1-ounce containers, packaged in cases containing 12 units each, were stamped with the “Best By” dates of 9/11/2018, 9/22/2018, and 9/26/2018. People who are allergic to peanuts run the risk of life-threatening illness if they ingest these dried chili de arbol peppers. They have been advised to throw … [Read more...]

Newswanger Meats Recalls Meat for Possible Bacterial Contamination

According to news reports, Newswanger Meats is voluntarily recalling more than one ton of beef, pork, chicken, sausages, and deli meat because they may have come into contact with coliform bacteria. Coliform bacteria are found in feces and are an indicator that other pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli may be present. More than 2,000 meats are being recalled. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The company said the meat was produced with water that did not meet Ohio Department of Health requirements and tested positive for coliform bacteria. This type of bacteria can cause GI upset and symptoms such as abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea. The water did not test positive for E. coli. The recalled meats were produced on October 4, 5, and 6, … [Read more...]

Food Poisoning Outbreak at VA Chincoteague Chili Cook-off

A possible food poisoning outbreak at the 18th Annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-off and Car Show is being investigated by the Virginia Department of Health. That event was held on September 30, 2017. Officials have issued a press release that states, "we are expanding our investigation and are reaching out to the Hampton Roads area as well." There is no information about the symptoms people are experiencing, foods they are concentrating on, or how many people may have been sickened or hospitalized. Anyone who attended that event, whether sick or well, is asked to complete a survey to help officials investigate and solve the outbreak. The survey takes about 5 to 10 minute to complete. Participation is voluntary and responses and any personal information will remain … [Read more...]

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