July 12, 2024

Top 10 Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2023

These are the top 10 food poisoning outbreaks of 2023. To be included in this list, the outbreaks must have sickened at least two people in different states. The outbreaks were linked to food that ranged from cantaloupe to flour to ground beef to raw cookie dough to dry dog food. The number one outbreak is the deadly Salmonella cantaloupe outbreak that has sickened at least 302 people in 42 states, with 129 patients hospitalized. This outbreak is still ongoing. Four people have died in this outbreak. Three lived in Minnesota and one lived in Oregon.  Many recalls have been issued as a result of this outbreak. If you purchased cantaloupe recently, make sure that the fruit is not part of any of these recalls. If you aren't positive, or if you froze cantaloupe in the last two months, … [Read more...]

Victor Super Premium Dog Food Recalled For Salmonella

Victor Super Premium Dog Food is being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. Both humans and animals are susceptible to illness when pet food is contaminated. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product or contact with animals who have eaten it. The recalling firm is Mid America Pet Food of Mount Pleasant, Texas. The recalled product is Victor Super Premium Dog Food, Hi-Pro Plus that is packaged in 5 pound bags. The lot code for this item is 1000016385, and the best by date is 4/30/2024. The lot code information is printed on the back of the bag. The dog food was sold throughout  the United States at the retail level. The recall was triggered because a single lot of the dog food tested positive in a random … [Read more...]

Lund’s and Byerly’s Sea Salt Caramels Recalled For Allergen

Abdallah Candies of Apple Valley, Minnesota is voluntarily recalling a limited number of Lund's and Byerly's sea salt caramels because the package contains sea salt almond caramels instead. That means the product contains almonds, or tree nuts, that are not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to tree nuts could have a serious allergic reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to the company to date. The recalled product, Lund's and Byerly's sea salt caramels, were distributed in Minnesota only through the Lund's and Byerly's grocery stores. The caramels were distributed from May 21, 2020 to August 5, 2020. The caramel are packaged in 16 ounce candy boxes with a band around the box that contains the nutrition and ingredient … [Read more...]

Studies Find Raw Dog Food Major Source of Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria

New research that will be presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases has found that raw dog foods contain high levels of multidrug-resistant bacteria, including some that are resistant to last-line antibiotics. The study was conducted at the University of Porto in Portugal. The authors have concluded that potential transfer of these pathogens from dogs to humans is "an international public health risk." The authors include Dr. Ana Raquel Freitas and colleagues from the Faculty of Pharmacy at that university. These raw dogs foods are popular, and are offered as a "healthier" choice. One of the problems with this type of food is that dogs can be reservoirs of clinically-relevant ampicillin-resistant Enterococcus faecium, but … [Read more...]

Chicken Sprinkles Dog Food Recalled for Salmonella

Chicken Sprinkles dog food is being recalled for Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it. The product, recalled by Boulder Dog Food Company,  was sold in 3 oz packages with a “Best By” date of “05/04/16”, a Lot Number of “998”, and a UPC Code of 899883001231. It was sold in Colorado, Washington and Maryland. Salmonella in pet food can affect the animals that eat it and the people who handle it.  Symptoms of an infection include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Pets with Salmonella infections may be le The recalled product was sold in a clear poly bag with the  UPC Code in the lower right hand corner of the product label on the front of the bag and the “Best By” date and Lot Number are on a label on the … [Read more...]

J.J. Fuds Frozen Dog Food Recall for Listeria, Salmonella Expands

J.J. Fuds of Valparaiso, Ind.  is expanding a recall  of frozen dog food to include all lots and products of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks, Beef Tender Chunks and Duckling Tender Chunks Pet Food for potential Salmonella and Listeria contamination. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it as Listeria and Salmonella can cause serious illness. Contaminated pet food can sicken the pets who eat it and the the people who handle it. The recalled products were distributed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois to wholesale and retail customers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (manufactured date) and UPC code on the back of the individual plastic bag or on the master case label. To see the full list, click the preceding … [Read more...]

Pedigree Dog Food Sold at Sam’s Club Recalled for Metal Fragments

Pedigree dog food sold at Sam's Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio is being recalled for metal fragments. This is an expansion of a previously announced recall for Pedigree dog food sold at Dollar General stores in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. There have been no reports of injury. The recall expansion includes 55-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food that may contain small metal fragments. The particles are not embedded in the food, but may present a risk of injury if consumed. Consumers who have purchased this food should discard it or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. No other Pedigree products are included in the recall. The recalled 55-pound bags sold at Sam's Club have the lot code432E1KKM03 on the back of the … [Read more...]

Costco, Diamond Settle Salmonella Dog Food Class Action For $2M

Costco and Diamond Pet Foods Inc. have agreed to a $2 million settlement for illnesses linked to dog food contaminated with Salmonella.  Diamond manufactures dog food under a variety of brand names including: Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge; Professional, 4Health, Taste of the Wild, Apex, Kirkland Signature, and Canidae. The Kirkland Signature brand was sold at Costco stores. After the contamination was discovered in the spring of 2012, Diamond issued a massive recall. But for some, the recall came too late. Plaintiff Barbara Marciano said she purchased Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain from a New York Costco store in April 2012. One of her dogs died, another became ill, a third had no symptoms. Pet owners who handled the … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Dog Food Harms Humans, Too

Twenty one people in New Hampshire have recently discovered what few dog owners know but should: dogs aren't the only ones who can get sick from contaminated dog food. Joey’s Jerky brand chicken jerky dog treats were the source of Salmonella infections for at least 21 people in New Hampshire's Merrimack and Hillsborough counties, the state health department said this week.  And this isn't the first time contaminated dog food has been the source of human food poisoning. There are a number of ways humans can get sick from tainted dog food. Bacteria can spread when tainted food is spilled on the floor or countertop and not cleaned up properly.  Or, if a thorough hand-washing does not take place between feeding the dog, giving the dog a treat or picking up after the dog. Last year, a … [Read more...]

HyVee Recalls Dog Food For Aflatoxin

Hy-Vee, Inc. is recalling certain bags of dog food due to elevated levels of aflatoxin, a chemical contaminant found in corn. Consumers who have purchased these products should not feed them to their dogs. Aflatoxins cause cancer in animals, but are allowed at extremely low levels in nuts, seeds and legumes because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers them "unavoidable contaminants" that pose little risk if small amounts are eaten over a lifetime. The problem with the dog food products was discovered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. At the time if the recall no illnesses had been reported in association with the recall. The products have been removed from Hy-Vee stores. The recalled products carry three different "Best By" dates, 11/19/2013, 11/24/2013 and … [Read more...]

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