January 21, 2020

Potatoes and Food Poisoning Outbreaks: Botulism and Listeria Monocytogenes

Potatoes aren't often thought of when people think about food poisoning. This root vegetable is, after all, always cooked before it's eaten, which would kill off any pathogenic bacteria. But this vegetable grows in soil and can be contaminated at any point along the supply chain. But there have been some outbreaks linked to potatoes. Clostridium botulinum outbreaks have been linked to baked potatoes that are wrapped in aluminum foil. The spores that produce this deadly toxin are found in the soil, and they can contaminate the spuds. The spores can sometimes survive the baking process. If the potatoes are baked while tightly wrapped in aluminum foil, that creates an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment. And that creates the perfect conditions for botulism spores to germinate, grow, … [Read more...]

FDA Files Complaint Against Foo Yuan Food Products Company

The United States Department of Justice has filed a complaint against Foo Yuan Food Products Company on behalf of the FDA, to stop them from preparing and distributing adulterated seafood products in violation of federal law. The defendants prepare, pack, hold, and distributed refrigerated and frozen ready-to-eat fish balls, fried fish cakes, and fried fish balls. According to the complaint, which was fielding the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the company did not control the risk of Listeria monocytogenes and Clostridium botulinum growth and toxin formation in these products. Those bacteria can cause serious and even deadly food poisoning. U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement, "When food processors ignore federal laws concerning the … [Read more...]

Some Four Seasons Marketplace Smoked Salmon Products Recalled for Possible Botulism in Canada

Some Four Seasoning Marketplace smoked salmon products are being recalled for possible Clostridium botulinum contamination in Canada, according t the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The products were sold from the Four Seasons Marketplace at 4099 Erin Mills Parkway in Mississauga, Ontario. The recalled products include Four Seasons Marketplace Apple Cider Smoke Salmon in variable size packages. The codes on that product are Best Before: 2018MA23, and 2018MA29. The UPC number starts with 0204051. The second recalled product is Four Seasons Marketplace Vodka Smoked Salmon, also in variable sized packages. The best before date on that package is 2018MA23. And the UPC number on the product starts with 0204028. If you … [Read more...]

Seabear Recalls Cold Smoked Wild Coho Salmon Lox for Possible Botulism

Seabear Company of Anacortes, Washington is voluntarily recalling 1,225 units of Cold Smoked Wild Coho Salmon Lox for possible Clostridium botulinum contamination. This bacteria can cause a life-threatening illness in a very tiny amount of contaminated food. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was started because the product's water phase salt testing was below 3.5%. The product must stay frozen until it is eaten because of this salt concentration. The labeling instructions state to freeze or refrigerate and that once it is thawed, the product can be kept in the fridge unopened for up to 30 days, but those instructions are incorrect. If this product stays in the fridge after thawing in its reduced oxygen packaging, the Clostridium spores could grow, producing the … [Read more...]

OC Raw Dog Food Recalls Two Products; One for Listeria Monocytogenes, Another for Clostridium Botulinum

OC Raw Dog Food or Rancho Santa Margarita, California, is recalling several products. One recall is for possible Clostridium botulinum contamination; the other is for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with either recall. The first recall is for OC Raw Dog Food Freeze Dried Sardines. These sardines are larger than 5 inches long. that is a risk factor for botulism poisoning, since the FDA has found that salt-cured, dried, or fermented un-eviserated fish have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning. Dogs can get sick if they eat this product, and people who handle it can also get sick. The Freeze Dried Sardines are packaged in a 3.2 ounce bag with UPC number 095225853043. It was sold in independent pet specialty … [Read more...]

Masstown Market Smoked Kippers and Cold Smoked Salmon Recalled for Possible Botulism

Masstown Market in Nova Scotia, Canada, is recalling Masstown Market brand Smoked Kippers and Cold Smoked Salmon because they may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. This bacteria produces the botulism toxin, which can cause paralysis, serious illness, and even death. A tiny amount of the toxin can kill an adult. No illnesses have been reported in association with the consumption of these products. Both products are the Masstown Market brand. The first recalled product is Smoked Kippers, in variable weight packages. The UPC number on that product starts with 0 208172, and the code on the product is 18.MR.30. Also recalled is Cold Smoked Salmon in variable weight packages. The UPC number for that product starts with 0 208035, and the codes on the product are 18.MR.27, … [Read more...]

Smoked Rainbow Trout Products Recalled in Canada for Possible Botulism

Tarini Brothers Meat and Fish Market is recalling some Smoked Rainbow Trout products in Canada because they permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. That bacteria produces the botulism toxin. These product were sold from the Tarini Brothers Meat and Fish Market at 1055 Lorne Street in Sudbury, Ontario. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The recalled products are all packed on dates up to and including 15.02.18. The package sizes of these products are variable. They include Smoked Rainbow Trout with a UPC number that starts with 020270; Cajun Smkd Rainbow Trout with a UPC number that starts with 020271; LP (lemon pepper) Smkd Rainbow Trout with a UPC number that starts with 020272; and Dill Smkd Rainbow Trout with a UPC number that starts … [Read more...]

Organic Mushroom Soup Recalled in Canada for Possible Botulism

Organic Mushroom Soup sold at the Belleville Farmer's Market in Ontario, Canada is being recalled for possible botulism contamination. The soup is homemade. The soup was made in such a way that may permit the growth of the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which produces the toxin. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency test results. Government officials are conducting an investigation that may lead to the recall of other products. The recalled product is Organic Mushroom Soup with no brand name. It was sold in 1 liter containers. There are no codes on the product, and there is no UPC number. If you have this recalled product in your home, do not eat it, even if you are going to reheat it … [Read more...]

Pork Soup Is Being Recalled For Possible Clostridium Botulinum and Perfringens Contamination

Guymon Extracts, of Oklahoma, is recalling about 4,202 pounds of fully cooked pork soup. A processing deviation occurred that may have allowed the growth of Clostridium botulinum and Clostridium perfringens bacteria. These bacteria produce spores that produce toxins. The Clostridium botulinum spores produce botulism toxin, which can be deadly, and the Clostridium perfringens bacteria produce spores in the intestines that cause illness. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The products were produced and packaged on January 3, 2018. The recalled product is 2.2 pound - 10 poly bag pillows packed in paper cartons containing “Pork Soup with Rendered Pork Fat (from bone)” with lot code 010218-1, product code 61306, and a best before date of Dec. 22, 2019. … [Read more...]

Recall of Roe in Canada for Possible Botulism Updated Again

The recall of roe in Canada for possible botulism contamination has been updated again. Imperial Caviar & Seafood and VIP Caviar Club have recalled whitefish roe and salmon roe for Clostridium botulinum, and have updated those recalls five times since late November, 2017. No illnesses have been reported in connection with these issues. These products were distributed in Quebec at the retail level. This recall is correctly identifying the affected product from the recall dated January 11, 2018. The Imperial product outer package product information, and VIP Caviar Club inner package information is corrected. The recalled items are Imperial Caviar & Seafood Golden Whitefish Roe in 50 gram packages. The code on the outer package is 151218, and the UPC number is 1 86866 00012 2. … [Read more...]

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