June 25, 2022

New Salmonella Muenchen Beef Outbreak on USDA Investigation Table

A new Salmonella Muenchen beef outbreak has been posted on the USDA Outbreak Investigation Table, with no more information provided. This table provides even less information than the FDA CORE Outbreak Table, which at least tells us the number of people sick, and whether traceback or other work has started. So we do not know how many people are sick, what states they live in, whether traceback has begun, if any onsite inspections have started, and if any food has been collected and tested for pathogens. All of those things must start before an outbreak can be officially announced. There is only one other active outbreak on that table, an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that may also be linked to beef. No more information has been provided about that outbreak either. So far this year, … [Read more...]

USDA Adds Possible Beef E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak to Table

The USDA adds a possible beef E. coli O157:H7 outbreak to its Outbreak Investigation Table. The Salmonella outbreak linked to chicken is still on the table. No more information is available about either of these outbreaks. The last outbreak of USDA-regulated foods that was identified and solved was the 2021 Salmonella Hadar outbreak linked to ground turkey that sickened at least 33 people in 14 states and hospitalized four. This outbreak is most likely not linked to ground beef, since the USDA stipulates whether or not the product is ground in its table. Outbreaks associated with whole cuts are not common. The last outbreak linked to whole beef cuts was in 2009, when 21 people in 16 states were sickened with E. coli O157:H7 infections. Beef products from National Steak and … [Read more...]

FDA’s Food Safety and Nutrition Survey Report Released

The FDA's Food Safety and Nutrition Survey, the agency's probability consumer survey designed to assess consumer awareness, knowledge, understanding, and self-reported behaviors regarding food safety, has been released for 2019. The survey was launched to help the FDA make informed regulatory, education, and policy decisions to protect public health. The survey was a mail-push to web methodology. The population includes adults who live in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. A total of 4,398 responses were collected during ht months of October and November 2019. Before this methodology change, FDA consumer surveys were conducted using phone interviews. The key findings on food safety include consumer knowledge about where they think they may contract food poisoning, … [Read more...]

September is Food Safety Education Month to Stay Healthy

September is Food Safety Education Month to keep you and your family healthy. This year the focus is on how to prevent food poisoning when cooking at home.   First, following the four step recipe for food safety is crucial: Clean (wash your hands often, clean counters with hot soapy water, don't wash chicken or meat); Separate (keep raw meat, chicken, turkey, seafood, and eggs away from produce); Cook (cook foods to safe final internal temperatures and use a food thermometer); and Chill (refrigerate leftovers promptly). Then, you should focus on preventing Salmonella infections. Salmonella causes more foodborne illnesses in the United States than any other bacteria. Chicken is a major source of these illnesses, although outbreaks linked to ground beef have also … [Read more...]

CFIA Cancels License of Ryding-Regency Meat Packers

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has cancelled the Safe Food for Canadians license of Ryding-Regency Meat Packers LTD that are loaded in Toronto, Ontario, effective December 2, 2019. The license of this facility was suspended on September 17, 2019. This happened because "of the opinion that a risk of injury to human health may result if the licence holder continues to conduct an activity that is identified in their licence. It was determined as part of a food safety investigation that the licence holder had failed to implement effective control measures." Many food recalls for E. coli O157:H7 in various beef and veal products were associated with this investigation. You can see the long list of recalled products, brand names, and more information about these recalls at the … [Read more...]

Huge Recall of Beef in Canada For Possible E. coli O157:H7

A huge recall of beef in Canada has been going on since September 30, 2019. All in all, there have been 19 separate recalls and recall updates issued since that date so far. No illnesses have been reported in connection with these recalls. This recall has reached into the U.S. as well, with the USDA issuing a public safety alert. The recalls, which were triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Ageny's inspection activities, include: Recall of Globe Meats Fresh Market & Grill ground veal on September 26, 2019. Ryding-Regency Meat Packers recalled raw beef and raw veal products on October 1, 2019. those products include skirt steak, rib eye, bead roast, and flank steak, among others. This recall prompted a USDA public health alert for Ryding-Regency products in America on … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Associated With Restore Public House in La Crosse WI

A Salmonella outbreak associated with steak tartare served at Restore Public House in La Crosse, Wisconsin has sickened 17 people, Jen Rombalski, Health Director of the La Crosse County Health Department told Food Poisoning Bulletin in an email. Steak tartare is made from beef that is finely chopped, mixed with other ingredients, and served raw. This food is considered "high risk." The restaurant prepared it properly, according to public health officials. Restaurants can serve these foods, according to Ms. Rombalski, as long as they post an advisory telling consumers that the food is risky to consume. The issue with foods like this is it doesn't matter how well the food is handled. Raw meats, especially ground beef, are often contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella and E. … [Read more...]

American Beef Packers Beef Recalled: Unfit for Human Consumption

American beef Packers of Chino, California, is recalling about 24,428 pounds of raw beef products that are "deemed unfit for human consumption," according to a notice by the USDA. FSIS inspection personnel retained the carcass and collected a sample for analysis. Before the test results came back, the carcass was released and processed into raw intact and non-tact beef products which were distributed to federal  establishments in California and Oregon. The recalled beef items were produced and packaged on August 21, 2019. The recalled products, which have the establishment number "EST. 34741" are: Bulk pack combo bins containing “AMERICAN BEEF PACKERS 85 BONELESS BEEF CHUCKS” with LOT NO.110 and BIN No. 85 and BIN No. 86. Bulk pack combo bins containing “AMERICAN BEEF PACKERS 90 … [Read more...]

CDC Report: Salmonella Newport Shows Decreased Sensitivity to Azithromycin

In the current CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report, some bacteria in a Salmonella Newport outbreak that was linked to beef and to a cheese imported from Mexico had decreased susceptibility to azithromycin and nonsusceptibility to ciprofloxacin. This susceptibility has emerged recently, because that serotype with decreased susceptibility to azithromycin wasn't found in any isolates in the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) surveillance before 2016. A genetically distinct group of MDR Newport isolates was identified in the two outbreaks. This resistance is rare among Salmonella serotypes that cause illness in the United States.  Azithromycin is recommended to treat Salmonella infections orally; until 2017, decreased susceptibility to this antibiotic … [Read more...]

Callicrate Beef Products Recalled for possible E. coli O26 Contamination

Good Food Concepts of Colorado is recalling about 1,290 pounds of raw, intact and non-intact Callicrate beef because it may be contaminated with E. coli O26 bacteria. There is no word in the recall notice if anyone has been sickened. You can see the long list of recalled products at the USDA web site. Some of the products include Callicrate Beef New York Strip, Skirt Steak, 80/20 Ground Beef, Philly Meat Beef, Ground Chuck Beef, Filet Mignon, and Sirloin Tip, among others. They were processed and packaged on August 3 and 4, 2017. These products have the establishment num bar "EST. 27316" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail and wholesale locations and restaurants in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you purchased these products, do not eat them, even if you … [Read more...]

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