November 22, 2020

Public Health Alert For Tucson Tamale Chicken Products

The USDA is issuing a public health alert for Tucson Tamale chicken products. The tomatoes used in those products have been recalled by the producer for possible foreign material contamination. More specifically, the product may contain hard plastic pieces which can pose a choking hazard. These frozen ready to eat chicken and pork tamale items were produced between October 22, 2020 and November 9, 2020. The recalled products include: Cases containing eight individually packed tamales with the labels “TUCSON TAMALE GREEN CHILE CHICKEN TAMALE” or “TUCSON TAMALE Green Chile Chicken Tamales” with lot codes F20296 and F20309 and sell by dates of 10/23/22 and 11/05/22. Cases containing six packages with two tamales each of “TUCSON TAMALE GREEN CHILE CHICKEN TAMALES” with lot codes … [Read more...]

Expired Fresh Express Caesar Salad Recalled For Possible E. coli O26

Expired Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kits are being recalled for possible E. coli O26 contamination. The recall is for product that is eight days past its use by date. Some of this product may still be in consumers' homes, although that is unlikely. This salad kit was sold mostly in western and southwestern U.S. states. The "possible distribution" includes these states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. This recall is not posted on the USDA or FDA web sites, but was released by the company. The recalled product is a "limited number" of cases of expired 10.5 ounce packages of Fresh Express Kit Caesar Supreme. The use by date printed on the package is November 8, 2020. The … [Read more...]

Albright’s Chicken Recipe For Dogs Recalled For Salmonella

Albright's Chicken Recipe for Dogs is being recalled because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This food is a raw food. One animal is sick, but no human illnesses have been reported to the company to date. Sixty seven cases are recalled. This product can make people sick if they don't thoroughly wash their hands after contact with the food, or if their dog sheds the bacteria and the person has contact with the dog. Animals can get sick too; symptoms are usually lethargy, diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Some pets can become carriers and infect other animals and people. Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning in people include a fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach and abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that may be bloody. The recalled product is Albright's Raw Dog … [Read more...]

Canadian Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak Ends With 370 Sick

The Canadian bagged salad cyclospora outbreak has ended, according to Public Health Canada, with at least 370 sick in six provinces, as of November 4, 2020. Exposure to some Fresh Express brand salad products were identified as a "likely source" for some of the illnesses in this outbreak. The notice states that "the outbreak appears to be over and the investigation is winding down." There was a similar cyclospora outbreak in the United States this summer. That outbreak, which sickened at least 701 people, was also associated with Fresh Express salad products that were made with iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots. Some of the recalled brand names in the United States included ALDI, Giant Eagle, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, ShopRite, and Walmart. In Canada, the patient case count by … [Read more...]

FDA Sues Valley Processing For Heavy Metal in Juice, Insanitary Conditions

According to press reports, the FDA is suing Valley Processing of Sunnyside, Washington because the company allegedly is not monitoring for toxic heavy metals in its juice products and producing under insanitary conditions. Valley Processing supplies juices to the national school lunch program. Three million servings of the company's juice products were distributed every year to the federal school lunch program. The lawsuit was filed November 6, 2020 in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington. The lawsuit states that the company allegedly ignored years of notifications from inspectors about issues that put kids at risk of consuming products that were "injurious to health." The company has agreed to a consent decree. The lawsuit states, "Defendants’ juice products are … [Read more...]

Potential Hepatitis A Exposure at Trading Post in Yates County, NY

A potential Hepatitis A exposure at the Trading Post Restaurant in Yates County, New York may have exposed patrons to the virus, according to the Yates County Health Department. The notice did not definitively state what the risk was, although it's usually an employee who worked while infectious. The dates that posed a risk for hepatitis A exposure are October 18, 20, 23, 25, and 28, 2020. Most people do not get sick when a food worker has hepatitis A, but there is still a risk, according to the notice. Unfortunately, those dates are all outside the two week window when a hepatitis A vaccine is effective. Anyone who visited that restaurant during those dates should monitor themselves for the symptoms of hepatitis A, and see their doctor if any do appear. If you ate at that … [Read more...]

Wegmans Beef Culinary Stock No Salt Under Public Health Alert

A USDA public health alert is being issued for Wegmans Beef Culinary Stock No Salt Added because it was not presented for import re-inspection into the United States. A recall was not requested because officials think that consumers can no longer buy this item because it is no longer available on store shelves. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or illnesses due to the consumption of this product. The beef stock was shipped to retail locations in the states of Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. The beef stock was imported on or around November 5, 2020. The recalled item is 32-ounce cartons containing "Wegmans Beef Culinary Stock No Salt Added." The UPC number printed on the label is 7789045652, and the codes marked on the product are 25MAR2022 and … [Read more...]

More Alwatania Halva Recalled in Canada For Salmonella

More Alwatania Halva recalled in Canada for possible Salmonella contamination, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Migahid & Elsawi Co. Ltd is recalling Alwatania Halva Extra from the marketplace due to Salmonella. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's food safety investigation of three previous recalls. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this problem. This recalled product was sold in Ontario at the consumer level. The recalled item is Alwatania Halva Extra, which is packaged in 1 kg packages. The UPC number printed on the label is 6 224007 246047. And the codes on the product package are PRO: 20/05/2019 EXP: 19/05/2021. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it … [Read more...]

Barakat Restaurant Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Ends With Dozens Sick

A Barakat Restaurant Salmonella outbreak in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada has ended after sickening dozens of people, according to Lambton Public Health. people were sickened after eating at that restaurant and at the Barakat food truck in Corunna, Ontario, between October 19 and October 29, 2020. The restaurant and food truck have been voluntarily closed since October 30, 2020 while public health officials conducted an investigation. A re-inspection will be conducted when the facilities are ready to re-open. The owners have been cooperating with Lambton Public Health. There are currently 45 laboratory-confirmed Salmonella cases associated with this outbreak. And about 185 other people have reported illness with symptoms that are compatible with salmonellosis after eating at these … [Read more...]

Stuffed Foods Mac & Cheese Bites Recalled For Allergen

Stuffed Foods LLC of Wilmington, Massachusetts, is recalling about 1,818 pounds of Stuffed Foods Mac & Cheese Bites for misbranding because soy, one of the major food allergens, is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to soy could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions received by the company to date in connection with this problem. The frozen snack product, Stuffed Foods Mac & Cheese Bites, may actually contain Buffalo Style Chicken Poppers that do contain soy. The products were produced on September 28, 2020. The recalled item is 9.75 ounce cartons containing a plastic bag with 12 pieces of Mac & Cheese Bites. The lot code on the package is 20272. The package code that is printed on … [Read more...]

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