July 14, 2024

Are the Canadian and American Listeria Outbreaks One and the Same?

There are currently two Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks in the U.S. and Canada that were announced last week by the respective governments of those countries. There are a lot of similarities between the two outbreaks. So the question is: are the Canadian and American Listeria outbreaks the same? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the U.S. outbreak last Friday. As of August 23, 2019, 24 people are sick with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes. Illness onset dates are from July 20, 2017 to August 1, 2019. And as of August 23, 2019, there are seven cases of listeriosis in Canada. The illness onset dates for that country are between November 2017 and June 2019. Here's the crucial statement. The CDC says, "Whole genome sequencing showed that the … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Linked to Frozen Raw Chicken Products

The Public Health Agency of Canada has stated that the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in that country announced in late June, 2017 has been linked to a recalled frozen chicken product. Twelve people in four different provinces are sick. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a food recall warning for President's Choice brand Pub Recipe Chicken Nuggets in 800 gram packages with a best before date of 2018 MR 15. The product was distributed across the country. The statement says that the risk to Canadians is low. There have been Salmonella outbreaks in the past in the U.S. linked to raw frozen breaded chicken products. In 2015, there were two of these outbreaks in the United States. The first outbreak was linked to Barber raw Chicken Kiev products, sickening 15 people in … [Read more...]

USDA FSIS Breaks Down 16 Years of Salmonella in 123-Page Report

Of the meat and poultry inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, Salmonella most commonly appears in chicken, ground beef and turkey. In that order. And Salmonella Kentucky is the most common strain of Salmonella. These are among the many findings in a 123-page report the agency compiled examining 16 years of Salmonella data. The report, entitled Serotypes Profile of Salmonella Isolates from Meat and Poultry Products January 1998 through December 2014, was published on the agency's website Friday. In the U.S., norovirus causes the most food poisoning, but Salmonella is the leading cause of bacterial food poisoning. Each year, Salmonella sickens about 1.2 million Americans. Of those about 19,000 are hospitalized and 380 die. In 2014, … [Read more...]

GNP IDs Employee Who Tampering Triggered Recall, FBI Investigates

GNP has identified the employee whose tampering triggered a recall of 55,000 pounds of chicken, a company spokesperson told the St. Cloud Times today. The FBI is investigating. On June 18, the Cold Spring, MN-based company issued a recall for 55,608 pounds of chicken products for possible contamination with dirt and sand. Most of the recalled products were sold to institutional clients, but one, Just BARE Whole Chicken with a a use-by/freeze-by date of June 26, was sold at retail stores. The individual responsible for intentionally contaminating the products has been identified and fired. No charges or arrests have been made.The FBI has joined the investigation. … [Read more...]

Foster Poultry Farms Chicken Nuggets Recall for Foreign Objects

Foster Poultry Farms of Farmerville, La.  is recalling frozen, fully cooked chicken nuggets for foreign materials. The recalled product was produced on Feb. 22, 2016 and March 8, 2016 and shipped to distributors in Alaska, Arizona, California, Utah, and Washington state. The recall includes 220,450 pounds of fully cooked frozen chicken nuggets that may be contaminated with extraneous blue plastic and black rubber materials. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it. The fully cooked, frozen chicken breast nuggets were sold in 5-lb. bags labeled FOSTER FARMS “Breast Nuggets - Nugget Shaped Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat”  with best by dates of 2/21/17 and 3/8/17; and 10-lb. bulk boxes containing FOSTER FARMS “Fully Cooked Breast Nuggets - Nugget Shaped … [Read more...]

Sanderson Farms Chicken Recalled for Metal Shavings

Sanderson Farms of Hazlehurst, Miss.  is recalling 554,090 pounds of chicken that may be contaminated with metal shavings. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. The recalled chicken products were produced September 17-18, 2015 and packed in 70 lb cases labeled: “YOUNG CHICKEN PARTS JUMBO BONELESS SKINLESS BREAST FILLETS WITH RIB MEAT” with case code 45017; “YOUNG CHICKEN PARTS JUMBO CLIPPED TENDERLOINS” with case code 45092; “YOUNG CHICKEN PARTS JUMBO BONELESS SKINLESS BREAST BUTTERFLIES WITH RIB MEAT” with case code 45015; and “FRESH YOUNG CHICKEN PARTS BREAST FRAMES” with case code 45969. All of the recalled products have “EST. P-247”  inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to processing facilities in Georgia and Louisiana. The problem … [Read more...]

Chicken at Subway Sandwich Shops Recalled for Plastic Pieces

Grilled chicken served at Subway sandwich shops in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and Texas is being recalled because it may contain plastic pieces. The chicken was prepared by West Liberty Foods of Tremonton, Utah. The company has contacted the restaurants impacted in this recall. About 34,075 pounds of grilled chicken breast products produced on February 4, 2015 are being recalled. They were shipped in 25-lb. cardboard boxes containing five  5-lb plastic bags labeled “SUBWAY FULLY COOKED GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST PATTY WITH RIB MEAT.” The establishment number “EST. 34349 or P-34349” appears inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was discovered after the company received complaints from consumers who found small pieces of white plastic in the product. There had been … [Read more...]

Recalled Bell & Evans Gluten Free Chicken Products Sold at Publix

Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken products recalled by Murry’s Inc. of Lebanon, Pa. for Staphylococcal enterotoxin were sold at Publix stores. Publix shoppers should check their frezerers and discard products included in the recall. Staphylococcal food poisoning occurs when foods contaminated with toxin-producing Staphylococcus aureus bacteria are consumed.  Symptoms, which include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea, can appear within as little as 30 minutes of exposure and last one to three days. The recalled products include 12-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets,” and 10.5-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast," with a "best by" date of August 9, 2015 and the establishment number “P-516” … [Read more...]

Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Products Recalled for Staphylococcal Enterotoxin

Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken products are being recalled by Murry’s Inc. of Lebanon, Pa. for Staphylococcal enterotoxin. There were no reports of illness at the time of the recall, but consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as they could become ill. Roughly 31,689 pounds of gluten free breaded chicken products distributed to retail stores nationwide are included in the recall. The recalled products, 12-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets,” and 10.5-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast, ”have a "best by" date of August 9, 2015 and the establishment number “P-516” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Staphylococcal food poisoning is caused by eating foods contaminated with … [Read more...]

Antioch Farms Chicken Kiev Recalled in Salmonella Outbreak

More than 14 tons of Antioch Farms Chicken Kiev is being recalled by its Illinois manufacturer as part of a federal regulatory investigation of a Minnesota Salmonella outbreak linked to the frozen, ready-to-cook product. The Class I food recall was requested by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in conjunction with a well-documented cluster of six Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses in Minnesota. One of the food poisoning victims was hospitalized. The illness onset dates have ranged from August 17 through September 27 and the investigation is ongoing. Chicago-based Aspen Foods Division of Koch Meats is recalling 28,980 pounds of single five-ounce plastic packets of Raw Stuffed Chicken Breast Breaded, Boneless Breast of Chicken with Rib Meat “A La Kiev”.  The products … [Read more...]

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