June 19, 2019

Dungeness Valley Creamery Recalls Raw Milk, Cream For Possible E. coli

Dungeness Valley Creamery of Sequim, Washington, is voluntarily recalling their raw whole milk, raw skim milk, and raw cream, because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The same facility recalled the same products in April 2019 for the same pathogen. No illnesses have been reported to the creamery or to public health officials to date in connection with this problem. The recall was initiated after routine sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the toxin-producing E. coli bacteria in retail raw whole milk that is dated 06/05. Dungeness Valley Creamery is working with the Washington State Department of Agriculture to try to find the source of the pathogen. The day's raw whole milk, raw skim milk, and raw cream with best by dates of … [Read more...]

Table 87 Frozen Prosciutto Pizzas Recalled For No Inspection

Table 87 Frozen, of Brooklyn, New York, is recalling about 649 pounds of frozen pizza products made with pork, or prosciutto, because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. The company has not received any confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of this product to date. The frozen prosciutto pizzas were produced from April 1, 2019 through June 4, 2019. The recalled products are 9.6 ounce plastic shrink wrapped packages, each containing a single personal size pizza. The label is marked with "Table 87 Coal Oven Pizza Home of the Coal Oven Sliced Prosciutto." The UPC number marked on the pizza is 804879558286. The pizza has the establishment number "EST. 51192" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The pizzas were shipped to retail and wholesale … [Read more...]

With Warm Weather Here, Learn How to Handle Food Safely Outdoors

With warm weather finally here, many people are planning barbecues and picnics. But warm weather presents special challenges to keeping food safety. Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures above 40°F and food needs to be handled carefully. The FDA has some advice about how to handle food safely outdoors. First, pack food safety. All cold food should be kept cold. Put child food into a cooler that has ice or frozen gel packs. All cold food should be stored below 40°F to prevent and slow bacterial growth. You can pack meat, poultry, and seafood while it's still frozen so they stay colder longer. Organize the cooler contents carefully. Put beverages in one cooler and perishable foods in a second. That way, when you open the cooler to get beverages, perishable foods won't be exposed to … [Read more...]

Shigella Outbreak at Wedding in Oregon Linked to Asparagus

According to data presented at the CDC's Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference, contaminated asparagus was the likely source of a Shigella outbreak at a Yarnhill County wedding in Oregon in 2018. One hundred twelve people were sickened; 10 people were hospitalized. The Oregon Health Authority first received reports of gastroenteritis at a wedding in august 2018. Shigella flexneri type 3a was identified in stool samples taken from patients. That particular pathogen accounts for less than 3% of the Shigella flexneri isolates in the United States. Researchers asked the wedding attendees to fill out surveys to try to find the cause of the outbreak. Presumptive cases were people who had diarrhea lasting 5 days or less. Confirmed cases were patents who had Shigella flexneri … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Two Specialty Pestos For Undeclared Allergens

Whole Foods Market stores in the North Atlantic region are recalling the company's specialty house-made basil pesto and specialty house-made sun-dried tomato pesto because the products may contain milk and tree nuts (walnuts and pine nuts) that are not declared on the label.  Those ingredients are some of the eight major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to them, or is lactose intolerant, could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. One allergic reaction has been reported to date. The pestos were sold in individual clear plastic containers and on antipasti bars. They are marked with sell-by dates that range from June 7, 2019 through June 26, 2019. The specialty basil pesto was sold by the pound. It can be identified by the PLU code beginning with 255926. The … [Read more...]

Choco-Raspberry Crunchy Recalled in Canada For Norovirus

France Délices Inc. is recalling the candy France Délices Choco-Raspberry Crunchy from the marketplace in Canada because it may be contaminated with norovirus. The raspberries used to make the confection may be contaminated. The recall notice states that no illnesses are associated with this particular product. But the notice also states that "This recall was triggered by findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak." Other products may be recalled; if that happens, the government will notify the public though updated warnings. The recalled product is France Délices Choco-Raspberry Crunchy, sold in 95 gram packages. The code on the product is 12919, and the UPC number is 7 74461 16122 7. The product was sold … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Elite Childcare Academy in Omaha, NE

A possible Salmonella outbreak at Elite Childcare Academy in Omaha, Nebraska may have sickened an unknown number of children, according to news reports. The Douglas County Health Department is investigating. One hundred children are enrolled. Officials do not know how many children may have been sickened, since there can be a 72 hour incubation period with Salmonella infections. The business told news outlets that there are confirmed cases of Salmonella among some of the children. Moreover, some children can be infected with the pathogen and not show any symptoms, but can pass the illness on to others. Investigators have not found the cause of the illnesses. The daycare sent a notice to parents and guardians of children who attend that daycare, asking them to complete a survey … [Read more...]

Benjamint Chocolate Bars Recalled For Milk and Raisins Recalled For Sulfites

Two products are being recalled; Divvies Benjamint Chocolate Bars are recalled for undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens, and Deep Golden Raisins are recalled for undeclared sulfites. You can see pictures of the product labels at the FDA web site. The first recalled product is Divvies Benjamint Crunch Chocolate Bars for undeclared milk. Anyone who is allergic to milk or who is lactose intolerant could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No adverse reactions have been reported to the company to date. This recall is limited to the bars that were sold online through the Divvies website. The recalled product is Benjamint Chocolate Bars, with UPC number 8550011001389. The purchase dates for this candy are February 22, 2018 through May 18, 2018. The problem was … [Read more...]

Candy King Worms Recalled For Excess Nicotine Content

Drip More, LP is recalling four lots of Candy King Worms that were made by a contract manufacturer because the product has a higher concentration of nicotine than indicated on the label. This can cause "immediate and potentially serious adverse health effects" such as nausea, vomiting, headache, rapid heart rate, dizziness, and seizures. Accidental nicotine exposure in children can be harmful or fatal. If anyone is experiencing any of these symptoms after consuming this product, they should call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. No reports of illness or injury have been received by the company to date. Some consumers have told the company that the product tastes bad or bitter. About 7,015 units were shipped to distributors, retailers, wholesalers, and consumers in … [Read more...]

Side Hill Acres Raw Goat Milk Recalled For Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets is warning consumers that Side Hill Acres raw goat milk may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Some of the milk tested positive for the pathogen. The dairy was notified about the presumptive positive test on May 31, 2019. On June 4, 2019, more testing confirmed the presence of the pathogen in a raw milk sample. The dairy can no longer sell unpasteurized milk until sampling shows that the product doesn't have the pathogen. The dairy is located at 79 Spencer Road in Candor, New York. The government is warning consumers in the Tioga County area about this issue. No illnesses have been reported in association with this issue. If you purchased raw goat's milk from Side Hill Acres Farm, do not drink it, even if … [Read more...]

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