October 27, 2016

Swiss Study Finds Raw Chicken in Hospitals has E. coli

A study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, a publication of the Society for Healthcare epidemiology of America, found that more than 80% of raw chicken that enters the hospital food supply is contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The study tested raw chicken delivered to the central hospital kitchen at the University Hospital of Geneva in Switzerland. The bacteria is a new antibiotic resistant form called extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) that produces E. coli. Dr. Andrew Stewardson, the lead author of the study said in a statement, "while a high proportion of chicken contaminated by antibiotic resistant E. coli  is a significant concern, robust food safety measures taken by hospital kitchen staff are able to prevent the spread of these pathogens and minimize … [Read more...]

It’s Drinking Water Week, Get to Know Your H2O

The theme of this year’s Drinking Water Week is: What Do You Know About Your H2O? For many Americans, the answer to that question is not much, but it’s never too late to learn and it’s the goal of Drinking Water Week. Created 35 years ago by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Drinking Water Week is a public awareness campaign that encourages consumers to think about their sources of drinking water, how they use it and how to protect it in the future.  In the U.S., utilities that provide drinking water to communities are required to monitor and test it for contaminants multiple times each day and provide customers with water quality reports annually. Owners of private wells should havie their water tested periodically by a certified laboratory. Consumers can get information … [Read more...]

Pedigree Brand Wet Dog Food Recalled

Mars Petcare US is voluntarily recalling a limited range of three varieties of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food products for a possible choking risk. The product may be contaminated with small pieces of blue plastic, which got into the food during production. The products included in this recall are the following:PEDIGREE +® Health Weight Premium Ground Entrée in Meaty Juices (UPC number 2310034974), PEDIGREE® Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Beef & Liver Dinner in Meaty Juices (UPC number 2310001913) and PEDIGREE® Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Chicken & Rice Dinner in Meaty Juices (UPC number 2310023045). Each product has a lot code printed on the end of the can that begins with 209, 210, 211, or 212 and a Best Before Date that falls between 2/24/2014 … [Read more...]

Pasta Mix Products Recalled for Possible Metal Fragments

Bay Valley Foods is recalling about 74,000 cases of pasta mixes manufactured by its subsidiary ST Specialty Foods, Inc. A seasoning blend made by Kerry Ingredients & Flavours used lactic acid that may be contaminated with small metal fragments. To see all of the products, retailers where they are sold, UPC numbers, and MFG lot codes, please visit the FDA site. The products were sold at Aldi, Coborns, H-E-B, King Soopers, Kroger, Meijer, Mid-Mountain Foods, Mitchell Grocery, and Wal-Mart. The FDA says there are no reports of any injuries or illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. Consumers should destroy these products or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For questions, call Bay Valley Foods at 1-800-756-5781. … [Read more...]

Chicken of the Sea Recalling Oysters

Chicken of the Sea International is recalling six UPC numbers of oyster products packed under different brand names because they were imported from Korea. The FDA has banned frozen, fresh, and canned oyster products from that country because the harvesting waters were contaminated with human waste and norovirus was found in the area. Product details: Chicken of the Sea Whole Oysters 12/8 ounce UPC number 4800000267 Chicken of the Sea Oyster Pieces 24/8 ounce UPC number 4800000069 Pacific Pearl Whole Oysters 12/8 ounce UPC number 7175902112 Ace of Diamonds Whole Oysters 24/8 ounce UPC number 7760015508 Pacific Pearl Smoked Oyster Water 12/3.75 ounce UPC number 7175902119 The company is asking consumers and facilities to … [Read more...]

Shiitake-Ya Brand Gourmet Mushrooms Recalled for Contamination

L.A. Link (Huntington Beach) Corporation of Cerritos, California is recalling Shiitake-Ya brand Gourmet Shiitake Slices because the mushrooms may be contaminated with carbendazim, fluoranthene, and pyrene. Carbendazim is the fungicide that was found in imported orange juice that caused a moratorium on imported products. Fluoranthene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon that is classified as a carcinogen. And pyrene is also a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, first isolated from coal tar. Product details: Shiitake-Ya brand Gourmet Shiitake Slices Packaged in 6 ounce plastic jars SELL BY date of 4/16/2013 Sold to Costco Wholesale locations in California, Oregon, and Washington The FDA sampled some of this product and found the contamination. If you have purchased this … [Read more...]

Kraft Recalls Single Code Date of Planters Cocktail Peanuts

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. is recalling one code date of Planters Cocktail Peanuts because the product may have been exposed to water not intended for food use. Product details: Planters Cocktail Peanuts 12 ounce canister Code Date: 09-Jan-14 on bottom of canister UPC number 2900007212 3,000 cases shipped to retail customers across the U.S. and Puerto Rico Not distributed in Canada There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. If you have purchased this specific code date of PLanters Cocktail Peanuts, do not eat them; return to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange. For questions, call Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-396-2133 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm EST. … [Read more...]

Healthy People Co. Expands Voluntary Recall

The February 2, 2012 recall of dietary products by Healthy People Co. is being expanded. The brand names of the recalled products are listed below. This update recalls all listed products regardless of their lot number. The products were sold on or before October 25, 2011 and were distributed nationwide. The products may contain Sibutramine and Tadalafil, which are FDA-approved drugs. The presence of those drugs in these products makes the products unapproved new drugs. Sibutramine has been withdrawn from the U.S. market because people taking it had an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. For more information about the drugs and their inclusion in these products, please see the previous recall. Product details: MINCE BELLE (Dietary Supplement) 30 capsules UPC Number … [Read more...]

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