July 3, 2020

Can Spinach Be Contaminated With Pathogens At Germination?

We have all heard about the several deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce that sickened hundreds of people last year in the United States. That contamination apparently occurred while the greens were growing in the field. But can leafy greens such as spinach be contaminated with pathogens during germination? Unfortunately, leafy greens are a main source of foodborne illness, because they are easily contaminated in the field and typically aren't cooked before serving. But that contamination was on the surface of the plant, not internalized into the leaves themselves. Now researchers have looks at the possibility that spinach can be contaminated at germination. Even worse, this contamination can be internalized in the leaf, which means that no amount of … [Read more...]

Rompe Pecho Products Recalled For Microbial Contamination

Efficient Laboratories is voluntarily recalling one lot each of Rompe Pecho EX, CF, and MAX liquid. These products are used to treat symptoms of the flu and the common cold. The three lots have been found to contain microbial contamination. The recall notice did not state what type of microbe may have contaminated these products, but it did state that "In rare circumstances, consumption of Rompe Pecho from these lots could result in vomiting and diarrhea. Efficient Laboratories has not received any reports of adverse events to date." Each product is packaged in a box containing one bottle of the liquid product. The product lots are: Rompe Pecho EX lot 19F332, with expiration date June 2022, Rompe Pecho CF lot 19H359, with expiration date of August 2022, and Rompe Pecho MAX lot 19B42, … [Read more...]

Major Pharmaceuticals Milk of Magnesia Recalled For Microbial Contamination

Plastikon Healthcare is recalling Major Pharmaceuticals Milk of Magnesia Oral Suspension because of microbial contamination. The recalled product is sold in 2400 mg/30 mL packages. The lot numbers of the recalled product are 19027D and 19027E. The product lots did not meet Plastikon's in-house microbial specification for Total Aerobic Microbial Count. The product is packaged for institutional use and is sold to clinics and hospitals. That means the population that will consume this is likely immunocompromised. These patient have a higher probability of developing potentially life-threatening infections after consuming a contaminated product. No reports of illness or complaints have been received to date. Milk of Magnesia Oral Suspension is privately labeled by Major … [Read more...]

Silver Star Homeopathic Meds Recalled for Possible Microbial Contamination

Silver Star Brands products are being recalled for possible microbial contamination. "The products have been tested and found to contain microbial contamination," according to the FDA recall notice. Use of these products could result in increased infections that could be life-threatening to some people. No adverse reactions have been reported in this recall. The recall is for six Silver Star Brands human products and two pet products. These products were distributed nationwide to retailers and to consumers through direct sales and the company's website. Six of the products are intended for human use, and two are intended for pet use. The recalled products are Native Remedies VertiFree oral spray with UPC number 818837012260, Native Remedies VaricoGo oral spray with UPC number … [Read more...]

Valley Fine Foods Recalls Three Bridges Simple Dishes Products for Possible Adulteration

Valley Fine Foods, of Forest City, North Carolina, is recalling 35,516 pounds of heat-treated, not fully cooked Three Bridges Simple Dishes meat and poultry products because they may be contaminated. The products may contain "spoilage organisms that have rendered it unwholesome and fit for human food," according to the USDA. No confirmed reports of illness have been received to date. The problem was discovered on October 4, 2018, by the establishment's research and development facility during routine internal testing. FSIS was told about this issue on October 10, 2018. The recalled Three Bridges Simple Dishes products were produced on various dates ranging from August 15, 2018 to October 4, 2018. All of the foods have the establishment number "P-22102B" or "M-22102B" on the side of … [Read more...]

Product Quest Recalls Baby Oral Gels For Possible Microbial Contamination

Product Quest Manufacturing, after recalling CVS Health 12 Hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist for microbial contamination, is now recalling all lots of nasal products and baby oral gels that were made at that company's Florida facility. While there is no known microbial contamination associated with those products, they are issuing the recall out of an abundance of caution. The microbes found in the nasal mist product were identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Repetitive use of a nasal spray or other nasal product that contains this pathogen can lead to an infection that can be life-threatening in certain populations. People with compromised immune system or with cystic fibrosis are most susceptible to serious complications with this type of infection. Repetitive use of an oral gel product … [Read more...]

King Bio It’s Kids and Infant Products Recalled for Possible Microbial Contamination

King Bio is voluntarily recalling It's Kids and Infant products for possible microbial contamination. A small percentage of products that were made between 08/01/2017 and 04/2018 tested positive for bacteria. The recall notice did not state which bacteria were found. These drug products could cause infections that may require a doctor's care. Some children could develop a serious illness, according to the recall notice. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with package sizes, intended use, UPC numbers, and lot numbers at the FDA web site. Some of the recalled products include DK Attention & Learning, Chicken Pox Symptom Relief, Children's Appetite & Weight, Children's Feet Reducer, DK … [Read more...]

Southern Grove Cashews Recalled for Possible Glass Contamination

Star Snacks Co. has issued a voluntary recall of two lots of its “SOUTHERN GROVE CASHEW HALVES AND PIECES WITH SEA SALT” product, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The recall was initiated after a consumer reported finding pieces of glass in the cashews. Star Snacks Co. is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey. The products affected by the recall were distributed to ALDI stores in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. The cashews being recalled were distributed in … [Read more...]

Hot Dogs Recalled by John Morrell and Co. for Potential Metal Materials Contamination

A Class II recall has been reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for over 210,000 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog products. According to the USDA, John Morrell and Co., based in Cincinnati, Ohio, recalled the hot dogs – produced on January 26, 2017 – after receiving three reports from consumers that they had been contaminated with extraneous metal materials. The Morrell hot dog products were distributed to retail stores nationwide. Two beef franks products are affected by the recall. They are: “Nathan’s SKINLESS 8 BEEF FRANKS” (in 14-ounce sealed film packages marked with a “Use By” date of Aug. 19, 2017), and “Curtis BEEF MASTER Beef Franks” (in 16-ounce sealed film packages with a “Use By” date of June 15, 2017). Both products … [Read more...]

BrightFarms Salads Recalled for Metal Materials

The (FDA) has announced that multiple BrightFarms salad products have been recalled due to the possible presence of metal construction materials. This contamination arose due to construction at the Elkwood, Virginia (Culpeper County) greenhouse farm where the salad greens were grown. The BrightFarms branded salads were distributed to and sold at Giant Food stores (Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle, Peapod, and Martin’s Food Markets) in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. The Capital Area Food Bank may also have distributed the compromised salads to consumers. The affected salad products were packaged in clear plastic clamshell packages stamped with “Best by” dates of 5/22/17, 5/23/17, 5/24/17, 5/25/17, and 5/26/17. The recalled brands are: … [Read more...]

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