July 12, 2020

Recall of Fresh Express Salads in Canada For Cyclospora Updated

The recall of Fresh Express salad products in Canada for possible cyclospora contamination has been updated to include the correct UPC numbers, package sizes, and expiration dates. No illnesses have been reported in Canada, but there is a cyclospora outbreak in the U.S. potentially linked to Fresh Express salads. All of the recalled products have a lot code beginning with “Z 177” or a lower number. They are all Fresh Express brand. The corrected numbers are labeled with a *. The recalled salads are Chopped Kit Chipotle Cheddar in 323 gram packages with UPC number 0 71279 30931 6* and all best before dates up to and including July 8*, 2020; American in 312 gram packages and UPC number 0 71279 24100 5* with all best before dates up to and including July 11, 2020*; Chopped Kit Thai ‘N’ … [Read more...]

All Clean Hand Sanitizer Recalled For Containing Wood Alcohol

ITECH 361 is voluntarily recalling 18940 bottles of All Clean Hand Sanitizer, Moisturizer, and Disinfectant because of the potential present of wood alcohol (methanol). No adverse events associated with the use of this product have been reported to the company to date. The risk statement on the recall notice reads, "Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning." The recalled product is All Clean Hand Sanitizer, … [Read more...]

A New York City Chicken Salmonella Outbreak Sickened 15 in 2019

In the July 3, 2020 version of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a study about a New York City chicken Salmonella outbreak that sickened 15 people was published. That outbreak was detected nine days before whole genome sequencing (WGS) serotyping results were returned through daily automated spatiotemporal analysis of notifiable diseases. This early detection gave investigators a heads up to look for common exposures in the outbreak, so they could conduct rapid environmental assessments, collect leftover food in a timely manner, and prioritize isolate for sub typing. Detecting geographically focal outbreaks can be delayed while investigators wait for WGS results. In addition, public health laboratory capacity limitations may prevent scientists from sequencing all … [Read more...]

Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Pate Cat Food Recalled

The J.M. SMucker Company is recalling one lot of Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Pate cat food because it has elevated levels of choline chloride, which can cause serious adverse health effects in cats. There have been reports of illness in cats that have been reported to the company. Excess levels of choline chloride can cause nausea with excessive salivation, constricted pupils and poor vision, diarrhea or vomiting, and more serious symptoms including difficulty walking, muscle shaking, tremors, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, possible cardiac or respiratory failure and, in extreme situations, death in cats. If your cat has been experiencing any of these symptoms, see your vet as soon as possible. The recalled product is Natural Balance Ultra … [Read more...]

Jewel Osco Signature Farms Salad Recall For Cyclospora Updated

The recall of Jewel Osco Signature Farms salad for cyclospora contamination has been updated because the facility code in the original recall notice was incorrect. That code was "S5417", but it is actually "S5424." The salad was made by Fresh Express at their facility in Streamwood, Illinois. There is a multistate cyclospora outbreak potentially linked to this product and several other salads, all produced by Fresh Express, that were sold in states around the country. The states with illnesses are Iowa (74), Illinois (57), Kansas (1), Minnesota (25), Missouri (10), Nebraska (20), North Dakota (6), and Wisconsin (13). Those numbers are current as of June 29, 2020 and may change soon. At least 23 people are hospitalized because they are so sick. The recalled Jewel Osco Signature Farms … [Read more...]

Consumer Reports Finds Higher Levels of Arsenic in Starkey Spring Water

Consumer Reports finds arsenic in Starkey Spring Water at higher levels than other brands. Starkey is  a bottled water product made by Whole Foods that is sold on Amazon. That's alarming enough, but the level of arsenic in the water is "potentially harmful," according to CR's report. More than a year ago, CR published another list of bottled waters with higher arsenic levels which also included Starkey. Consumer Reports tested dozens of bottled water brands and found that Starkey Spring Water, which was introduced by Whole Foods in 2015, had at least three times the level of arsenic of every other brand they teated. The arsenic levels in that water ranged from 9.49 to 9.56 parts per billion (ppb). That is below the level the federal government sets, which is  10 ppb. But Consumer … [Read more...]

7-Select Yogurt Pretzels Recalled For Undeclared Peanuts

Mount Franklin Foods, LLC, doing business as Azar Nut Company of El Paso, Texas, is voluntarily recalling 7-Select Yogurt Pretzels because they may contain peanuts, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to peanuts could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses for allergic reactions have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product is 7-Select Yogurt Pretzels that are packaged in 5 ounce printed plastic pouches. The lot number and best by date combinations printed on the package are lot number YR20140 and best by date May 19, 2021; and lot number JT20147 and best by date May 26, 2021. Those numbers are printed on the bottom left front of the bag. The pretzels … [Read more...]

Valley Milk Simply Bottled Raw Milk Recalled For Campylobacter in CA

According to a notice posted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Valley Milk Simply Bottled raw milk is being recalled for possible Campylobacter contamination. The raw milk is the subject of a statewide recall and quarantine order by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones. It is produced and packaged by the dairy that is in Stanislaus County. The quarantine order was issued after confirmed detention of Campylobacter jejuni in the farm's packaged raw whole milk. It was sampled and tested by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The recalled raw milk is distributed in one gallon (128 oz) plastic jugs with the labels "Valley Milk Simply Bottled Raw Milk" and "DESI MILK Raw Milk." Consumers are strongly urged to dispose of any of this product … [Read more...]

Anti-Viral Immune Enhancement Recalled For Unsubstantiated Claims

Golden Nutrition Inc. of Opa Locka, Florida is recalling four lots of Golden Nutrition Anti-Viral Immune Enhancement Capsules because the label makes unsubstantiated health claims. No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled Anti-Viral Immune Enhancement dietary supplement was distributed to distributors through orders in Puerto Rico. Consumers can buy this product at the retail level in that U.S. Territory. It is packaged in a green 150cc PET Bottle that holds 60 capsules. The bottle has a gold cap and is marked with a combination of  lot numbers and expiration dates on the bottom. They are: Lot number 1493 with Expiration date 04/2023; Lot number 1499 with Expiration date 04/2023; Lot number 1513 with Expiration date … [Read more...]

Eskbiochem Saniderm Hand Sanitizer Recalled For Wood Alcohol

Eskbiochem Saniderm hand sanitizer is being recalled because it contains wood alcohol, which can be absorbed through the skin. This exposure "could result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning," according to the FDA recall notice. Saniderm has initiated a voluntary recall of all its products produced by Eskbiochem SA de CV with a "Made in Mexico" origin. There have been no reports of adverse events related to this product. The recalled product … [Read more...]

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