December 16, 2019

Tailor Cut Produce Recalls Cut Fruit Mix for Salmonella Contamination

Tailor Cut Produce of New Jersey is recalling its Fruit Luau, cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe, and cut pineapple products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The recall notice states, "The potential for contamination was noted after several patients fell ill in four hospitals in Pennsylvania." That Salmonella Javiana outbreak has sickened at least 31 people in southeast Pennsylvania. Production of the Tailor Cut Produce products are suspended while the FDA and the company continue their investigation into the problem. People who were sickened in this outbreak allegedly ate Tailor Cut Produce Fruit Mix, which is made with cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple, and grapes. The recall notice is linked to the FDA outbreak investigation notice. The recalled fruit … [Read more...]

Seattle Evergreen Restaurants E. coli Outbreak Has Sickened Thirteen

The Seattle Evergreen restaurants E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has now sickened 13 people according to a press release issued by the Seattle King County Health Department. The outbreak is associated with six Evergreen restaurants, an increase of two restaurants since the outbreak was first announced on November 26, 2019. Three people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The six restaurants have had excellent inspection reports in the past. They are Evergreen restaurants located in Pioneer Square at 106 1st Avenue South in Seattle; the University District at 4609 Village Her Northeast in Seattle, Downtown at 823 3rd Avenue in Seattle; Chinatown-International District at 504 5th Avenue South in Seattle; Sammamish Highlands at 600 228th Avenue Northeast in Sammamish; and … [Read more...]

White Castle Frozen Sandwiches Recalled For Possible Listeria

White Castle frozen sandwiches are being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The recalled White Castle frozen sandwiches are all identified as sliders. They include frozen 6 pack cheeseburgers, frozen 6 pack hamburgers, frozen 6 pack jalapeño cheeseburgers, 16 pack hamburgers, and 16 pack cheeseburgers. The products are sold in rectangular cardboard packages. The code date is on a side panel. You can see the long list of recalled product lot codes and best by dates at the FDA web site, along with pictures of all of the product labels. The recall affects product on shelves at "select retailers," which weren't mentioned in the recall notice, with best by dates ranging from 04 Aug 2020 to … [Read more...]

PA Salmonella Outbreak Potentially Linked to Tailor Cut Produce Fruit Mix

The PA Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 31 people in four healthcare facilities is potentially linked to Tailor Cut Produce Fruit Mix, according to the FDA. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that that fruit mix, made with cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple, and grapes, is a potential source of the outbreak. Tailor Cut Produce says that their products may be found in restaurants, banquet facilities, hotels, schools, and institutional food service establishments in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. At least 31 people in southeast Pennsylvania are sick with Salmonella Javiana infections. The four healthcare facilities have not yet been named. But the FDA notice states, "Because this fruit mix may have been distributed to nursing homes, schools, hospitals and … [Read more...]

Certain Lots of Special Kitty Cat Food Recalled For Health Concerns

The J.M. Smucker Company is recalling specific lots of Special Kitty Cat food for "health concerns potentially associated with ingredients believed to not meet the Company’s quality and safety standards." The recall notice states that "Ingesting impacted product may cause nausea with excessive salivation, diarrhea or vomiting to more severe symptoms including difficulty walking, seizures and, in extreme situations, death." The specific problem with the cat food is not stated. And there is no mention of whether or not any pets have been affected by the problems with this product. The specific recalled product is Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner Pate wet cat food. It is sold individually and also as part of variety packs. The Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner Pate is sold in 5.5 ounce … [Read more...]

Why Does Wisconsin Have 31 E. coli Cases in Romaine Outbreak?

Why does Wisconsin have 31 E. coli cases, the most of any other state, in the multistate outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from Salinas, California? Good question. We don't know. But it is true that, at 31 people sick, Wisconsin has more than 1/3 of the illnesses in this massive outbreak. It may be that a distributor in Wisconsin received a shipment of contaminated romaine from the Salinas, California area, which has been identified as the probable source of the pathogen. Wisconsin is just one of 23 states where ill persons live. No single supplier, distributor, farm, or even brand of romaine has been named as the source of the outbreak, although the CDC has named the Salinas growing region. We do know that Wisconsin was the first state to identify the outbreak back in … [Read more...]

Nancy Adams Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers Recalled

Nassau Candy Distributors is recalling two lots of 7.5 ounce packages of Nancy Adams Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers for undeclared milk, one of the major food allergens. Anyone who is allergic to milk or who is lactose intolerant could have a serious reaction if they consume this product. No reactions or adverse events have been reported to the company to date. The recalled product is Nancy Adams Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers with UPC number 618645275860, packaged in 7.5 ounce (212 gram) packages. The graham crackers were distributed to limited retailers and distributors nationwide. The product is contained in brown paper bag packaging with a clear window in front. The best by and best if used by dates that are recalled are 4/30/20, 5/1/20, 5/21/20, 6/30/20, and 8/4/20 that are on a … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Healthcare Facilities Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 29

A Salmonella outbreak has sickened patients who "spent time" in four Pennsylvania healthcare facilities in the southeastern part of the state, according to a health advisory issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The facilities in question are two hospitals and two long-term care facilities. At least 29 people are sick in this Pennsylvania healthcare facilities Salmonella outbreak. Illness onset dates range from November 19 through November 30, 2019. Officials are identifying cases, ensuring appropriate clinical management, and implementing prevention strategies to try to contain this outbreak. A Salmonella infection is reportable in Pennsylvania; that means that any Salmonella diagnosis must be reported to officials. The advisory tells healthcare facilities to report … [Read more...]

Norovirus-Like Outbreak at Brave Horse Tavern in Seattle Sickens 43

A norovirus-like outbreak at the Brave Horse Tavern in Seattle, Washington has sickened at least 43 people, according to an update by Seattle-King County Health Department. That restaurant is located at 310 Terry Avenue North in Seattle. Meal dates for those sickened were November 23 and November 24, 2019. Prior food safety inspections found areas where the restaurant needs to improve. There are no laboratory results for people who got sick, because testing is not typically done on people who present with these symptoms. The symptoms suggest norovirus. The people who are sick are suffering from vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, chills, and fever, which are typical symptoms for norovirus. Since November 27, 2019, 30 people from 5 meal parties said they got sick after consuming food … [Read more...]

Salinas CA Romaine E. coli HUS Outbreak Investigated by FDA

The Salinas CA romaine E. coli HUS outbreak is being investigated by the FDA, which released a statement yesterday. At least 102 people are sick in 23 states. Fifty-eight people have been hospitalized, and ten patents have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that is a complication of this type of infection. The statement says that consumers should not eat romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California, as well as products that have been recalled in relation to this investigation. Missa Bay recalled about 75,233 pounds of meat and chicken salad products on November 21, 2019. Romaine lettuce may be voluntarily labeled with a harvest region. If this label has the word "Salinas" on it, don't buy it or eat it. If the romaine you want to buy doesn't … [Read more...]

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