May 28, 2017

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...]

Italian Chicken Sausages Recalled by Perdue Foods for Possible Contamination

Almost 2,148 pounds of Italian chicken sausage links have been recalled by Perdue Foods LLC, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Perdue Foods is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida. The company issued the recall after they received reports on May 5, 2017, that three people who bought the products had found blue plastic materials in the sausage. The products affected by the recall, produced on March 27, 2017, were shipped to retail distributors in Connecticut and Maryland in 24-ounce packages containing 8 links of fully cooked, ready-to-eat “PERDUE HARVESTLAND Italian Style Organic Chicken Sausage.” These containers were stamped with a “Sell or Freeze By” date of 6/25/17 and the package code “64405;” they bear the … [Read more...]

Cal Poly Recalls Chocolate Bars for Possible Contamination

Cal Poly has recalled six varieties of its chocolate candy bars for undeclared allergens and possible microbial contamination. The university makes chocolates at a food processing lab on campus that is managed by students. The chocolate may contain undeclared peanut, milk, or soy allergens and may have been exposed to bacteria, yeast, or mold. There have been no reports of illness or allergic reaction as of Monday, October 6, 2014. The bars were made on equipment that may have experienced product buildup. That means other ingredients such as peanuts could be in chocolate bars that were not made with those ingredients. The failure occurred on October 3, 2014. The recall includes Cal Poly Chocolates Peanut Butter Crunch Bar with UPC number 7 45711 56310 8, Cal Poly Chocolates … [Read more...]

Princess House Recalls Marissa Tangerine Appetizer Plates

Princess House is recalling some of its Marissa Tangerine Appetizer Plates because they may leach cadmium and lead into the food they hold.The heavy metals are contained in the decorative plate decals, and they contain lead and cadmium at levels exceeding FDA and/or California Proposition 65 guidance levels. Not all plates distributed by this company have this problem, but Princess House is recalling all of the Tangerine plates distributed through its consultant and hostess network. No injuries or illnesses related to the recalled product have been reported to date. Only the Tangerine Appetizer Plates are affected by this recall; no other Marissa collection tableware pieces are involved. If you are a consumer with these plates, obtain information about product return and exchange by … [Read more...]

Stonyfield Extends Recall of YoBaby Yogurt

Stonyfield is extending its voluntary recall of YoBaby Peach/Pear Yogurt first issued on April 25, 2014. The recall now includes an addition 1,344  six-packs shipped to 271 more stores. The stores that carry the product are mostly Safeway and Fred Meyer stores in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, and northern California. The yogurts may contain Klebsiella pneumoniae, a bacteria that usually don't cause illness when they are in food, but they sometimes do. The bacteria may have variations in their genes, which could change how they cause illness, along with the severity of that illness. The risk of illness also depends on the health and genetic make-up of the person who eats them. Anyone who does become sick after eating this yogurt can suffer watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, … [Read more...]

Research at Texas A&M Studies E. coli on Leafy Vegetables

Research at Texas A&M is looking at E. coli contamination on leafy vegetables.  The research looks at how the likelihood that a crop will be contaminated by E. coli before harvest is strongly influenced by both farm management and environmental factors. The study is published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Contaminated produce is the most common source of food poisoning in this country. Between 1998 and 2008, of the 68,000 food poisoning illnesses that were assigned to one of the 17 food commodities, 13% were associated with leafy greens. And the number of illnesses caused by leafy greens is increasing, from 6% in 1999 to 11 percent in 2008. The study, led by Dr. Renata Ivanek,  cross-referenced environmental data with information from farms in several … [Read more...]

Hazardous Chemical Leaked into West Virginia Water Supply

More than 300,000 residents of West Virginia have been forced to use bottled water since a chemical spill contaminated the water supply in the Elk River. A Freedom Industries plant had a 40,000 gallon tank of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol next to the river. Officials say that about 7,500 gallons leaked into the river, but no one is sure. The West Virginia governor issued a State of Emergency for West Virginia American Water customers in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane counties, and President Obama signed an Emergency Declaration on January 10, 2013 to authorize federal agencies to coordinate disaster relief efforts. The West Virginia American Water Company has issued a "do not use" order; that means residents cannot use the water for drinking, … [Read more...]

In Canada, Barbecue Chicken Recalled for Chemical Contamination

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Thrifty Foods Port Place are warning the public not to consume Nanaimo Hot Barbecue Chicken products because they may have chemical contamination. There is no word on what the contamination may be, and no illnesses have been reported in connection with this problem. The recalled products are all under the Thrifty Fresh! brand name. The products are Whole Barbecue Chicken Regular, whole chickens, with best before date of 2014JA04 and UPC number 774147302203. Also recalled are BBQ Chicken Breasts Hot!! in various sizes, with best before date of 2014JA04 and UPC numbers starting with 286385. Finally, Chicken Legs Hot are recalled, in various sizes, with best before date of 2014JA04 and UPC number starting with  286401. If you do have this product … [Read more...]

Salmonella and Listeria Produce Field Contamination Risk Factors

Red and green bell peppers have been recalled in California for possible Salmonella contamination. That makes this study even more relevant. Applied and Environmental Microbiology has published research about identified risk factors associated with contamination of produce fields with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The study found that management practices are crucial to development of effective Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). Twenty one produce farms in New York state were visited over a five week period for this study. Soil, draw swab, and water samples were collected. In addition, field-management practices were recorded. They found Salmonella in 6.1% of fields, and Listeria in 18.5%. Most of the pathogen-positive water samples were from non-irrigation surface … [Read more...]

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