April 24, 2019

FDA Weighs In On Frozen Raw Ground Tuna Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA has released information about the frozen raw ground tuna Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened at least 13 people in 7 states. The tuna was sourced from Jensen Tuna, and imported from JK Fish of Vietnam. Jensen Tuna voluntarily recalled this tuna on April 15, 2019. The FDA statement says that it's unlikely the ground tuna was sold directly to consumers in grocery stores. They think that it was used to make food dishes, such as sushi and spicy tuna, by restaurants and retailers. The tuna was sold in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington state. The patients in this outbreak live in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington state. The tuna could have been distributed to other … [Read more...]

Price Chopper Fudge Bars Are Recalled For Possible Listeria

Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets are recalling some of their store brand fudge bars for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination according to news reports. The bars were made by Fieldbrook Farms. There is no information about whether or not any illnesses have been reported in connection to this recall. The recalled product is PICs Fudge Bars sold in 12-count, 30 ounce containers. The UPC number on the product is 41735 09250, and the best-if-used-by date is March 6, 2020. The manufacturer allegedly had positive results for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in the production environment. Many customers have already been contacted by the company about this recall through their notification program. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard it in a secure … [Read more...]

Ben & Jerry’s Recalls Ice Cream For Undeclared Tree Nuts

Ben & Jerry's is recalling their Coconut Seven Layer Bar sold in bulk, and Chunky Monkey ice cream because they contain undeclared tree nuts, one of the major food allergens. These products could contain almonds, Brazil nuts, and hazelnuts. An undeclared nut was found during the production operation. Anyone who is allergic to tree nuts could have a serious reaction if they eat these products. No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported to date in this matter. The Ben & Jerry's Coconut Seven Layer Bar bulk product is sold in a tub containing 2.4 gallons. The UPC number on that product is 076840104246, and the best by date is SEP1520BJ4. The Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream is sold in pint containers, with the UPC number 076840100354 and best by dates of … [Read more...]

Jensen Tuna Recalls Frozen Raw Ground Tuna For Salmonella

Jensen Tuna of Louisiana is recalling frozen raw ground tuna imported form JK Fish because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. A Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened at least 13 people is linked to this recalled product. The product is individually packaged in clear plastic one-pound bags and is sold in white wax 20 pound boxes. This product is only sold as a wholesale case with twenty bags in each case. The lot numbers on the cases are z266, z271, and z272. The raw tuna was sold to wholesalers in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington. It was distributed from November 30, 2018 to March 15, 2019. Illness onset dates in the outbreak range from January 8, 2019 to March 20, 2019. As of today, the ground tuna samples public health … [Read more...]

Salmonella Newport Outbreak Linked to Frozen Raw Ground Tuna

A Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to frozen raw ground tuna supplied by Jensen Tuna has sickened at least 13 people in 7 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two people have been hospitalized. The case count by state is: Connecticut (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (1), Minnesota (1), New York, (1), North Dakota (4), and Washington (4). Illness onset dates range from January 8, 2019 to March 20, 2019. The patient age range is from 29 to 85 years. Jensen Tuna, based in Houma, Louisiana, has recalled their frozen raw ground tuna, which was imported from JK Fish. The tuna was sold in Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, and Washington, and may have been distributed to other states. Anyone who orders sushi, from a restaurant or … [Read more...]

Salmonella Carrau Melon Outbreak: How To Prepare Safe Melons

Ever since the huge and deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that was linked to whole melons produced by Jensen Farms in Colorado, I have been wary of cantaloupes, honeydew, and watermelon. While I did sometimes purchase precut melons, that ended when a Salmonella outbreak linked to precut melons sickened dozens in 2018. The current Salmonella Carrau melon outbreak has increased my resolve. How do you prepare safe melons in this day and age? The problem with this fruit is that the surface of melons is the perfect space for bacteria to grab onto and hold on. Melons, especially cantaloupe, have deep crenelations and a webbed, rough surface. Bacteria love to hide in those nooks and crannies. Even worse, some pathogens can produce a biofilm that covers bacterial colonies, protecting … [Read more...]

Feeding Change Young Thai Coconut Recalled for Salmonella

FeedingChange Canada is recalling their Young Thai Coconut Meat because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue. The coconut was sold in British Columbia and Ontario, and may have been sold nationally at the retail level. The recalled product is Feeding Change Young Thai Coconut Meat, sold in 454 gram packages. The codes on the product are Best By : May 28 2020 CM 14818A and the UPC number is 0 91037 12927 7. The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency Test results. An investigation has been launched, which may lead to the recall of other products. The CFIA is making sure that the company is removing the recalled product from stores. If you purchased this product, do not eat it and do not use it … [Read more...]

Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan Hard Hit by Precut Melon Salmonella Outbreak

People in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan have been hard hit by the melon Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 93 people in 9 states. The case count in each state is: Ohio (27), Indiana (18), Kentucky (16), and Michigan (19). The other states involved include Alabama (1), Illinois (5), Minnesota (3), Missouri (3), and Wisconsin (1). The pathogen that has sickened people, Salmonella Carrau, is relatively rare in the United States. Officials are using the PulseNet system to find people who may be part of this outbreak, and more may be identified. PulseNet identified the outbreak on April 2, 2019. It makes sense that most of the victims are in those states, since the outbreak has been linked by the CDC and FDA to precut melons that were produced and … [Read more...]

Denver Processing Recalls Pork and Beef Produced With No Inspection

Denver Processing is recalling about 13,865 pounds of raw pork and beef product that were produced with no inspection. These products were also produced outside inspection hours. No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported to date in connection with this issue. These raw beef and pork items were produced on April 9, 2019. They include: Varying catch weight plastic wrapped trays containing “Pork Sirloin Boneless Chop” with “Sell By 04.18.19,” lot code 099, case code 60047, and all time stamps after 14:30. Varying catch weight plastic wrapped trays containing “Pork Boneless Loin Top Loin Roast” with “Sell By 04.18.19,” lot code 099, case code 60105, and all time stamps after 14:30. Varying catch weight plastic wrapped trays containing “Diced Pork Super Value Pack” with … [Read more...]

Salmonella Contaminated Precut Melons Sold at Target, Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joes, Amazon/Whole Foods

The Salmonella Carrau outbreak linked to precut melons produced by Caito Foods has sickened at least 93 people. The Salmonella contaminated precut melons were sold at Kroger, Target, Trader Joes, Amazon/Whole Foods, Walmart stores, and independent grocery stores in several states under several different brand names. Caito Foods recalled precut melons in many different combinations and iterations on April 12, 2019, the day the outbreak was announced by the FDA and CDC. These products were sold in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The outbreak states line up with where the melon was available: people are sick in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, … [Read more...]

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