September 20, 2020

La Golosa di Puglia Burrata with Buffalo Milk Recalled For Generic E. coli

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has posted a recall of La Golosa di Puglia Burrata with Buffalo Milk, which is type of soft cheese, because of the presence of generic E. coli. Generic E. coli is found in the intestinal tracts of both humans and animals. These types of pathogens do not necessarily cause illness, but are an indicator of the potential presence of feces. Fecal contamination can indicate that other pathogens may be present in the product, but are not necessarily present. Some people may get sick from generic E. coli bacteria, but the illnesses are generally self-limiting, which means they will resolve without medical care. Finding generic E. coli in foods means that a facility should review its ingredients, re-test products, and train employees as well as … [Read more...]

ICMSF Opinion on Coronavirus and Food Safety: Not a Hazard

The International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF) has released an opinion paper on the relationship of the novel coronavirus to food safety. In brief, the ICMSF opinion on coronavirus and food safety is: "SARS-CoV-2 should not be considered a food safety hazard since a true food safety hazard enters the human body with food via the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract, where it can infect organs/tissues elsewhere in the human body." SARS-CoV-2 is the technical term for the novel virus. COVID-19 is the name of the illness it cases. The "19" is used as an identifier since the virus was first discovered in 2019. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets and infects humans through the respiratory system. Many billions of meals have been consumed, and … [Read more...]

Canadian Red Onion Salmonella Outbreak Grows Again: No Change in U.S.

The Canadian red onion Salmonella outbreak has grown again, but there is no change in U.S. numbers. The United States outbreak has not been updated by the CDC or FDA since September 1, 2020, when that agency reported at least 1,021 sick in 47 states. Illnesses in both countries have a similar genetic fingerprint, which means they likely share a common source of infection. Both outbreaks have been linked to onions grown and exported by Thomson International of Bakersfield, California. Red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada because of the way onions are grown and processed. Secondary recalls have also been issued for products made with those onions. Onions grown in Canada are not suspected in this outbreak. In Canada, at least 506 … [Read more...]

Goodie Girl GF Magical Animal Crackers Recalled For Undeclared Wheat

Goodie Girl Tribeca is voluntarily recalling 389 cases of a single date code of Goodie Girl GF Magical Animal Crackers ┬ábecause they may contain wheat, one of the major food allergens, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to wheat or who has celiac disease could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. One person with a wheat allergy has been treated for an allergic reaction. The recall affects 389 cases of the product that is labeled as gluten free, which was distributed nationwide at the retail level. The recalled product is Goodie Girl GF Magical Animal Crackers that are packaged in 7 ounce containers. The UPC number on the product is 8-5598700395-3. The best by date is January 11, 21A3. It was sold from April 17, 2020 to May 7, 2020. This recall does … [Read more...]

Old Fashioned Wieners by Cher-Make Recalled For Undeclared Milk

Cher-Make Sausage Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin is recalling about 423 pounds of fully-cooked Old Fashioned Wieners because they are misbranded and contain milk (cheese), 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 confirmed reports of adverse reactions have been received by the company to date. The recalled product is labeled as "Old Fashioned Wieners," but may contain cheddar wieners instead. The product was made on July 23, 2020. The recalled product is 5 pound vacuum sealed packages labeled as "Old Fashioned Wieners Course Ground Fully Cooked" with a sell-by date of 11/25/20. The lot number of 2020503 is printed on the product … [Read more...]

Bath NY Dunkin Donuts Employee Tested Positive For Hepatitis A

The Steuben County Public Health Department has confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a Bath NY Dunkin Donuts employee who worked while contagious. That restaurant is located at 350 West Morris Street in Bath, New York. Anyone who ate food or consumed drink from that establishment from August 17 through August 22, 2020 may have been exposed to the virus. While there is a low risk of contracting the virus, anyone who hasn't been vaccinated or who has not had the illness should monitor their health for symptoms of the virus. The virus is spread through the fecal-oral route, by ingesting small, undetected amounts of stool from and infected person. This can happen through sharing food or drink, eating at a restaurant where and infected person works, or by touching contaminated … [Read more...]

What Happened to the Fresh Express Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak?

It has been almost a month since the FDA or CDC has updated the Fresh Express bagged salad cyclospora outbreak. The last update in the U.S., published on August 14, 2020, listed 690 people sick in 13 states, with Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois hardest hit. Thirty-seven people have been hospitalized. In Canada, where the last update was posted on July 8, 2020, 37 people in three provinces were sick. Fresh Express recalled products containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, or carrots with the product code Z178 or lower in June 2020, with more updates issued later. The salads were sold under several brand names, including ALDI, Hy Vee, Jewel Osco, Walmart, Giant Eagle, and ShopRite. The best by dates on the recalled products ran through July 14, 2020. Based on traceback, the carrots are … [Read more...]

M Hand Sanitizer Recalled For Potential Methanol and Subpotent Ethanol

Medek LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of M Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Antiseptic 80% because it contains methanol, or wood alcohol, and is sub-potent for ethanol, the correct type of alcohol that kills bacteria, according to the FDA. There have been no reports of adverse reactions about the use of this product receive by the company to date. The Risk Statement on the recall notice states: 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 … [Read more...]

Pretty Thai Sweet Chili Sauce Recalled For Undeclared Peanuts

Pretty Thai of Austin, Texas is recalling Pretty Thai Sweet Chili Sauce that may actually contain Pretty Thai Peanut Sauce. The Pretty Thai Peanut Sauce bottles were mislabeled, meaning that anyone who is allergic to peanuts could unintentionally consume a product containing peanuts because of the error. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The product was distributed to HEB stores and Central Market stores in Texas from March 19, 2020 to September 8, 2020. The recalled product is packaged in clear, cylindrical PET bottles with black flip-top caps and clear labels with white print. The recall is for Pretty Thai Peanut Sauce with the lot code 0772000123. A small number of the Pretty Thai Peanut Sauce bottles were mislabeled as … [Read more...]

Bento Express Vegetable California Roll Recalled In Canada

Bento Inc. is recalling Bento Express Vegetable California Roll in Canada because it is made with salmon, pollock, and crab, or fin fish and shellfish, that are not listed on the label. Anyone who is allergic to fin fish and/or shellfish could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. The product was distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan at the retail level. The recalled 670452 77002 0 product is Bento Express Vegetable California roll, that is packaged in 200 gram containers. The UPC number on the label is 670452 77002 0, and the code on the product is 2020AU19. If you purchased this product and cannot eat fin fish or shellfish for whatever reason, don't eat it. Throw it away after packaging it in foil or Saran Wrap or double bagging it, or take it back to … [Read more...]

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