December 8, 2022

Dole Simply Nature Organic Spring Mix Recalled For Nightshade

Dole Simply Nature Organic Spring Mix and Marketside Spring Mix are being recalled because those products may contain hairy nightshade, a toxic plant, according to the FDA's Access Data list. About 1,647 cases of these products are included in this recall. This recall is not listed on the FDA's main recall page. Hairy nightshade is an annual plant that is originally from South America. The plant's leaves and stems are soft and clammy with a sticky residue. The toxin is a glycoalkaloid called solanine, which is found throughout the plant. Solanine is toxic to humans and livestock. The recalled products are Marketside Spring Mix that is packaged in 11 ounce bags, with code W167011 and with the best if used by date of 6/30/2022 on the label. Also recalled is Marketside Spring Mix in … [Read more...]

Deadly Dole Salad Listeria Outbreak Ends With 18 Sick in 13 States

The deadly Dole Salad Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has ended with 18 sick in 13 states, 16 patients hospitalized, and three deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's an increase of one more patient in Ohio and one more death, also in Ohio, since the last update in early February 2022. The patient case count by state is: Idaho (1), Iowa (2), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), Nevada (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (1), Texas (2), Utah (1), and Wisconsin (1). Illness onset dates range from August 16, 2014 to January 15, 2021. The patient age range is from 50 to 94 years. Of 16 people who gave information to public health officials, all were hospitalized. Three deaths have been reported: one each from … [Read more...]

Two Minnesotans Sickened in the Dole Bagged Salad Listeria Outbreak

There are two Minnesotans sickened in the Dole bagged salad Listeria monocytogenes outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The second patient was just added in the update issued by that agency on February 1, 2022. Patients sickened in this outbreak live all over the country. The case count by state is: Idaho (1), Iowa (2), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), Nevada (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (1), Texas (2), Utah (1), and Wisconsin (1). Thirteen people have been hospitalized and two patients, who lived in Michigan and Wisconsin, died. The illness onset range is very long, from August 16, 2014 to December 30, 2021. This unusual range is fairly common for Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks. When a person is … [Read more...]

Enteroinvasive E. coli O143:H26 Outbreak on FDA CORE Table

A new outbreak has been listed on the FDA's CORE Outbreak Investigation Table: Enteroinvasive E. coli O143:H26 that is not linked to any specific food. At least 16 people are sick in this unusual outbreak. This particular serovar has not often been seen in the United States before, but has been observed occasionally in Europe. Enteroinvasive E. coli bacteria (EIEC) do not produce Shiga toxins. This particular pathogen is closely related to Shigella and scientists think it causes watery diarrhea through invasion of epithelial cells in the colon. Symptoms of this infection include abdominal cramps, lethargy, abdominal pain and cramps, and occasionally fever. There is not much information available on the efficacy of antimicrobial therapy for this infection. So far, no recall has … [Read more...]

FDA Updates Deadly Dole Packaged Salads Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

The FDA has updated the deadly Dole packaged salads Listeria monocytogenes outbreak, with one more illness reported in Minnesota. Now 17 people in 13 states were sickened. The case count is current as of February 1, 2022. The patient case count by state is: Idaho (1), Iowa (2), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), Nevada (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (1), Texas (2), Utah (1), and Wisconsin (1). Illness onset dates range from August 16, 2014 to December 30, 2021. The patient age range is from 50 to 94 years. Of 15 people who were interviewed by public health officials, 13 have been hospitalized. Two deaths have been reported: one each from Wisconsin and Michigan. Where were recalled Dole packaged salads sold? Two recalls were issued for salads … [Read more...]

New Romaine E. coli Outbreak Over As It’s Announced

A new romaine E. coli outbreak is over as soon as it's announced on the FDA's CORE Investigation Outbreak Table. Four people are sickened. The investigation into the outbreak, however, is still considered active. We do not know where the ill persons live, the patient age range, or if anyone has been hospitalized or has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. The FDA's statement reads, "The outbreak of four illnesses of E. coli O121:H19 (reference# 1050) has been linked to romaine lettuce. The information collected over the course of this investigation indicated that romaine lettuce was the likely source of this outbreak; however, it appears that this outbreak is over, and there is no actionable advice for consumers. FDA has been conducting a traceback … [Read more...]

New E. coli O121:H19 Outbreak on FDA CORE Investigation Table

A new E. coli O121:H19 outbreak has been posted on the FDA's CORE Outbreak Investigation Table. This outbreak, which has sickened at least four people, has already ended. The investigation, however, is still active and traceback has been initiated. The FDA stated, "A new outbreak of E. coli O121: H19 with an unidentified vehicle has been added. This outbreak does not appear to be ongoing, as the last illness onset occurred in November 2021. FDA has initiated traceback and other investigational activities in an effort to learn more about possible sources or routes of contamination." We'll keep you informed as the investigation into this new E. coli O121:H19 outbreak continues. And the outbreak of Salmonella Javiana, which sickened at least 65 people, has also ended with no … [Read more...]

Dole, President’s Choice Salads Recalled in Canada For Possible Listeria

Dole, Presidents Choice salads are being recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported in Canada in connection with the consumption of these products. They were sold nationwide at the retail level. There is a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak in the United States linked to other Dole salad products. The recalled salads include Dole Garden Salad in 340 gram packages with the UPC number 0 71430 01135 5. All packages with a lot code beginning with the letter "B" and a best before date up to and including January 8, 2022, as well as all packages with a lot code beginning with the letter "W" and a best before date up to and including January 9, 2022 are included. The remaining recalled Dole salads products have a lot code … [Read more...]

Dole Recalls Iceberg Lettuce Salad Mixes For Possible Listeria

Dole recalls iceberg lettuce salad mixes for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There is a deadly multistate Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that is potentially linked to some Dole packaged salads, but no illnesses are linked to these specific products to date. The salads were produced at the company's Springfield, Ohio and Soledad, California production facilities. All Dole-branded and private label packaged salads described in the list at the FDA web site are included in this recall. Equipment used to harvest the iceberg lettuce used in those products tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The products from the Springfield, Ohio facility have a product lot code beginning with the letter "W" and a "Best if Used By" date that is between December 22, 2021 and … [Read more...]

Four Leafy Greens Outbreaks; How Do You Protect Yourself?

With four leafy greens outbreaks currently ongoing in the United States at this time (and several recalls), how do you protect yourself against foodborne illness? The CDC has some answers. From 2014 to 2018, there were 51 foodborne illness outbreaks linked to leafy greens. Five of those were multistate outbreaks reported to the public. (Most foodborne illnesses are not part of a recognized outbreak, and many are not multistate so the CDC does not cover them.) In 2019 to 2021, there were nine multistate outbreaks linked to leafy greens. And just in the last week of 2021, three of those outbreaks were announced. The current outbreaks are: Josie's Organics baby spinach E. coli outbreak. This outbreak, with illness onset dates ranging from October 13, 2021, to October 27, 2021, … [Read more...]

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