December 8, 2016

Hawaiian Airlines, Chili’s Latest Links to Hepatitis A Outbreak on Oahu

Employees of Hawaiian Airlines and Chili's are among the 93 people sickened in a Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu. Also included are employees from Baskin Robbins, Sushi Shiono, Taco Bell, and Costco. This does not indicate that these establishments are the source of the outbreak, and at this time no other illnesses have been attributed to these locations, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. However, anyone who consumed food or drink at these locations during the identified dates (click preceding link) should contact their doctor for preventative care. A vaccination can prevent the onset of illness if administered within the first two weeks after exposure. Hepatitis A has a long incubation period and sometimes people who are infected show no symptoms. This can make tracking the … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Canada Linked to Costco Frozen Berry Blend

A hepatitis A outbreak in Canada is linked to frozen berries sold at Costco in that country. The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an outbreak in three provinces. The product, Nature's Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend, is being recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. You can see more information about the recalled product here. At least 12 people have been sickened in this outbreak. The case count by province is: Ontario (9), Quebec (2), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1). People started getting sick in February and March, 2016. Some of those sickened at the recalled product. Most of the cases are male, with an average age of 37 years. Three people have been hospitalized in this outbreak because their illness is so severe. Hepatitis A infections can occur among … [Read more...]

Nature’s Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend Recalled for Hepatitis A

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Nature's Touch are recalling Organic Berry Cherry Blend in that country for possible hepatitis A contamination. There is an outbreak associated with the consumption of this product. At least 12 people are sick in three provinces. The product was sold in Costco stores in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. It is Nature's Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend in 1.5 kg (3.3 pound) packages. The code on the product is Best before dates up to and including 2018 MR 15. The UPC number of the recalled product is 8 73668 00179 1. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package so other people and animals can't eat it, or return it to the place of purchase for a full … [Read more...]

Costco Warehouse Fails Food Safety Inspection in Florida

The Costco Warehouse at 10921 Causeway Boulevard in Brandon, Florida failed a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspection this week. On Monday, December 14, 2015, food safety inspectors found enough problems in the "Club Demonstration Services" area that it was closed under a "Stop Use Order." Inspectors found live roaches in that area and in the food storage and ware-washing room. Several food items were removed from sale because they were being held at dangerous temperatures. Crab legs were being held at 55°F and sausages were being held at 46°F. Perishable foods must be held at 40°F or below so bacteria will not grow. In addition, inspectors found cross-contamination problems. Raw eggs were stored above almond milk in the dairy walk in cooler. Bacteria from … [Read more...]

Costco Chicken Salad in CO, WA, UT, MT Linked to E. coli Outbreak

The Colorado Department of Public Health andEnvironment (CDPHE) is investigating an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to chicken salad purchased at Costco stores in that state in late October. At least four people have been sickened with E. coli O157:H7 infections in Colorado. Other states with confirmed E. coli cases linked to Costco chicken salad are Utah, Montana, and Washington. The case count by county is: Arapahoe (1), Jefferson County (2), and Routt (1). One person has been hospitalized, and all persons In Colorado have recovered. People purchased the salad from Costco stores on October 25 and 26, 2015, and became ill between October 28 and November 3, 2015. The FDA, USDA-FSIS, and CDC are working with Costco to determine the source of contamination. The product is also being … [Read more...]

In Canada, Costco’s Kirkland Chicken Salad Recalled for Listeria

In Canada, Costco's Kirkland brand roasted chicken salad is being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported, but consumers who have purchased this salad should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recalled salads were sold in Costco stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec,  and Saskatchewan. The recalled products are: Kirkland Signature Roasted chicken salad Variable All Best Before dates up to and including 2015 AL 03 Starts with 2 4732; and Kirkland Signature Roasted chicken salad Variable All Best Before dates up to and including 2015 AL 03 Starts with 2 47319. … [Read more...]

If You Bought Fruit Recalled for Listeria, Here’s What to Do

We have received quite a few responses to the story about the recall of fruit from Sam's Club, Costco, and Trader Joe's stores for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. It's difficult to hear about this story, especially if you have already consumed the fruit and fed it to your family. Here's what to do. First, make sure you actually bought the recalled fruit. The FDA has published the Wawona Packing List that contains all of the fruit with lot and BlockID numbers. You can also see all the pictures of the packaging and crates with the UPC numbers and product sizes at the FDA web site. If you aren't sure if you did buy the recalled products, contact the store where you purchased the fruit; they should be able to tell you if you did buy it. Secondly, if you ate the fruit and … [Read more...]

Costco Recalls Foster Farms Salmonella Chicken

Costco is reminding consumers that fresh chicken products sold under the Foster Farms and Kirkland brand produced in March are being recalled for Salmonella contamination. The products are linked to a huge nationwide outbreak that has been ongoing since March 2013. The recalled items have "use or freeze by" dates ranging from March 17, 2014 to March 31, 2014. The identifying plant marks on the recalled products are P-6137, P-6137A or P-7632 that should be inside the USDA mark of inspection. If you have these products in your freezer, discard immediately or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after handling these products.   … [Read more...]

Costco Pepper Salmonella Warning

Salmonella may be in some packages of Costco pepper. Over the last 24 hours, the company has been calling the 140,000 of its customers who may be affected by the potentially contaminated product, according to NBC News. The company has not issued a recall or posted product safety information on its website. The product in question is Kirkland Signature Coarse Ground Malabar Black Pepper with a "best before" date of March 2017. During routine testing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered a rare strain, Salmonella Duisburg, in some of the samples, according to NBC. Contaminated spices are an ongoing problem. When the U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) studied the prevalence of Salmonella in imported spices from samples produced between 2007 and 2009, the agency found … [Read more...]

Costco Recalls More Foster Farms Chicken For Salmonella

A Costco chicken recall for Salmonella has been expanded. The store on El Camino Real in San Francisco is recalling an additional 14,093 rotisserie chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella linked to a multi-state outbreak, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. These recalled products are in addition to the 9,043 rotisserie chicken products  that were recalled on Oct. 12. The products under recall are: 13,455 “Kirkland Signature Foster Farms” rotisserie chickens and 638 total units of “Kirkland Farm” rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters, and rotisserie chicken salad. The problem was discovered through a follow up investigation to the previous recall. The newly … [Read more...]

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