September 29, 2016

Retail List Released for Recalled E. coli Adams Farm Meats

The USDA has released the retail consignment list for recalled Adams Farm Slaughterhouse beef, veal, and buffalo products that are linked to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in four states. Those products were sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The original recall notice stated that the meat was sold in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York and mentioned that it may have been distributed in neighboring states. You can see the long list of recalled products at the USDA web site. They include beef cuts including beef for stewing, sirloin steak, strip steak, t-bone steak, tenderloin steak, and eye round roast, among others. The veal cuts being recalled include rib chops, loin chops, tenderloin, osso buco, and roasts, among others. And the bison … [Read more...]

Ranch Foods Beef Recall Associated with CO E. coli Outbreak

Good Food Concepts, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct in Colorado, is recalling 2,606 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. These products are possibly linked to an E. coli outbreak in Colorado. FSIS was notified of an E. coli O157:H7 illness possibly associated with ground beef consumption on July 14, 2016. The USDA worked with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the El Paso County Public Health Department to determine that there is a possible link between the products from Ranch Foods Direct and this illness. FSIS found E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef products originating from Ranch Foods Direct on July 25, 2016 through laboratory testing and traceback investigation. FSIS is working with those departments in … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak in New Hampshire Associated with Ground Beef

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with ground beef has sickened at least 12 people in New Hampshire, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DPHS). The outbreak began in June. All twelve have the same strain of E. coli. There is no word if any of those sickened have been hospitalized. Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of DPHS, said,"The Division of Public Health Services is working with our federal partners to investigate the source of the ground beef that is causing people in New Hampshire to become ill. Ground beef is a known source of E. coli and it is important for people to avoid eating under-cooked ground beef whether at home or at a restaurant. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to severe illness with this … [Read more...]

Class Action Settlement Against XL Foods

A $4,000,000 class action settlement has been reached against XL foods in Alberta, Canada. A huge beef recall and E. coli O157:H7 outbreak four years ago sickened at least 18 people in Canada. The settlement is available for anyone sickened or who suffered an economic loss in the United States or Canada. The class action lawsuit was filed in 2013. A review found that the 2012 outbreak was caused by a lax approach to food safety. That review also found that XL Foods was not prepared to handle a large recall. About a million pounds of beef was recalled in the United States in 2012, which included about 1,800 different types of beef products. About 1.5 million pounds of XL Foods beef was recalled in Canada. After an import ban, XL Foods was cleared to ship beef to the United States again … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Ground Beef Recalled, Possible TN Outbreak

Snap's Ferry Packing Company of Tennessee is recalling 410 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The product was distributed to restaurants in Knoxville, Tennessee and was not sold at retail. There is an outbreak that may be linked to this recall. The recalled product is 5 pound packages of Ground Beef with a packaging date of November 20, 2015. The product has the establishment number "Est. 9085" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was discovered on January 19, 2016, when a positive test for E. coli O157:H7 was traced back to the establishment as a result of an illness investigation in Tennessee. FSIS is working with the Tennessee Department of Health and Knox County Health Department on the investigation. E. coli is a potentially deadly … [Read more...]

Starbucks Customers Beware: Sandwiches May Contain E. coli Celery

More than 45,000 Starbucks holiday turkey sandwiches have been recalled because they main contain Taylor Farms celery that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. This recall is part of a huge recall affecting more than 155,000 items sold at restaurants and grocery stores across the country. The recalled product is SBUX Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Warm, in 7.7 ounce packaging. The number is 11045014.  The sandwiches have sell by dates of 11/20/15 to 11/28/15 and were sold in California, Oregon, and Nevada. The sell by date has passed, but it's possible that some consumers may still have these sandwiches at home in their refrigerators or freezers. If you do, throw it out and wash your hands carefully after handling the product. This recall stems from a multistate E. … [Read more...]

Costco E. coli O157:H7 Chicken Salad Outbreak: It’s the Veggies

The FDA has announced that it appears onions and celery in Costco chicken salad may be the source of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria that has sickened at least 19 people in 7 states. Those people live in California (1), Colorado (4), Missouri (1), Montana (6), Utah (5), Virginia (1), and Washington state (1). According to news outlets, Taylor Farms in Salinas, California is the supplier of the vegetables for Costco Wholesale. The vegetables from that supplier are used in the chicken salads sold in all of the company's U.S. stores. Of those 19 ill persons, 16 have been interviewed. Fourteen of those people purchased or ate rotisserie chicken salad from Costco stores the week before they got sick. Five of the patients have been hospitalized, and two are suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome … [Read more...]

Here’s What to Do if You Purchased Costco Chicken Salad Linked to an E. coli Outbreak

Chicken salad made and sold at Costco Wholesale stores in seven states has sickened at least 19 people with E. coli O157:H7 infections. Those sickened live in Washington state, Montana, California, Utah, Colorado, Missouri, and Virginia. The CDC, FDA, and USDA are investigating this outbreak, along with public health officials in the affected states. Five of the 19 patients have been hospitalized, and two have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Fourteen of sixteen people interviewed purchased or ate rotisserie chicken salad from Costco the week before they got sick. With such a wide distribution of case patients, it's probable that an ingredient used to make that salad in the stores and purchased in bulk by Costco is the source of the pathogenic bacteria. It is not probable … [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...]

Seattle E. coli Outbreak Linked to Los Chilangos Food Truck

An E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least six people and hospitalized three, including at least one child, has been linked to Los Chilangos food trucks operating in Washington state. King and Snohomish county public health officials are investigating this outbreak. The food truck visited seven farmers' markets in King and Snohomish counties and in Issaquah and Sammamish counties as well. The Los Chilangos food trucks were shut down by King County officials on August 21, 2015. The report states that the vendor was shut down because they were holding potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures, did not properly cool potentially hazardous foods, and did not protect food from cross contamination. In addition, there were inadequate facilities to control temperature of … [Read more...]

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