September 20, 2020

Forty Leafy Greens STEC Outbreaks Occurring During 2009 to 2018

The October 2020 issue of the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases has a study about E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks from 2009 to 2018 and found that there were forty leafy greens STEC outbreaks during that time frame. STEC is Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria, most often E. coli O157:H7. Those outbreaks caused 1,212 illnesses, 77 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and eight deaths. More of those outbreaks were linked to romaine lettuce than any other type of leafy green. Forty-five percent of those outbreaks occurred in the fall, and 28% occurred in the spring. Leafy greens are the second most common source of foodborne STEC outbreaks, after ground beef. The connection between those two products is that cattle are considered the major reservoir for the pathogen, and STEC … [Read more...]

Lakeside E. coli Ground Beef Retail Distribution List Released By USDA

The Lakeside E. coli ground beef retail distribution list has been released by the FDA, listing stores that may have sold the meat. This recall from Lakeside Refrigerated Services was issued on June 15, 2020. About 42,922 pounds of the ground beef were recalled for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall. The ground beef was sold under the bread names Marketside, Thomas Farms, and Value Pack. The way the beef was packaged, along with the package sizes, use by dates, and lot codes were listed in the recall notice. They include ground beef and ground beef patties. The ground beef products all have the establishment number "EST. 46841" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The potential contamination was discovered during … [Read more...]

Sweetened Dried Cranberries Recalled For E. coli O157:H7 in Canada

Les Aliments Johnvince of Quebec is recalling sweetened dried cranberries for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product has no brand name. It is sweetened dried cranberries, with PLU number 5176. Variable weights of the product were sold in Quebec. The typical size is a plastic bag of about 300 grams. The codes on the product are 06472, 06481, and 0648. This packaged product may have been sold with or without codes at the consumer level from May 28, 2020 up to and including June 8, 2020. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product are advised to contact their retailer. This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency … [Read more...]

Lakeside Ground Beef Recalled For Possible E. coli O157:H7

Lakeside Refrigerated Services of Swedesboro, New Jersey, is recalling about 42,922 pounds of ground beef because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to the consumption of this product. The raw ground beef was produced on June 1, 2020. The recalled products are: 1-pound vacuum packages containing “MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF” and a use or freeze by date of 07/01/20 and lot code P-53298-82. 1-pound vacuum packages containing four ¼ lb. pieces of “MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED GROUND BEEF PATTIES” and a use or freeze by date of June 27, 2020 and lot code P-53934-28. 3-pound  vacuum packages containing three 1 lb. pieces of “MARKETSIDE BUTCHER ORGANIC GRASS-FED … [Read more...]

Health Alert For P&S Ravioli Company 12 Meat Ravioli For E. coli O157:H7

The USDA has issued a public health alert for P&S Ravioli Company 12 Jumbo Meat Ravioli for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. A recall was not issued because the product is no longer available for sale. The USDA is concerned that some product may be in consumers' freezers. So, check your freezer to see if you have this product. The recalled item is a frozen, raw ground beef ravioli that was produced on April 30, 2020. It is 13-ounce boxes containing "P&S Ravioli Company 12 Jumbo Meat Ravioli" with a use-by date of 11/30/2020 and lot code 20121. The product has the establishment number "EST. 2736" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to a limited number of retail locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The problem was discovered when P&S Ravioli … [Read more...]

Raw Beef and Veal Recall For E. coli O157:H7 in Canada Updated

The food recall warning for raw beef and veal for E. coli O157:H7 in Canada that was issued on October 17, 2020 and many other dates has been updated with more information. This information was discovered during the Canadian Food InspectionAgency's food safety investigation. The investigation has been closed. You can see the long list of recalled products at the CFIA web site. The products include beef bone-in hind shank, beef back ribs, fresh beef, choice grain-fed veal scallopine (frozen), ground beef, boneless veal shank, flat iron, rump roast, beef liver, beef top sirloin, and boneless beef brisket, among others. These beef and veal products may have been sold at these facilities:  50 Point Market, Bani Butcher Shop, Buckingham Meat Market, Dabrowski's Smoked Meats, Del Zotto and … [Read more...]

Scarpone Ground Veal Recalled in Canada for E. coli O157:H7

The Italian Store is recalling Scarpone Italian Store brand frozen ground veal from the marketplace for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. There have been no reported illnesses associated with this consumption of this product to date. The veal was sold in Alberta at the consumer level. The recalled product is Scarpone Italian Store frozen ground veal, which was sold in various size packages. The UPC number of the recalled product starts with the number series 0 200904. All of this product that was sold between December 23, 2019 and January 13, 2020, inclusive, is recalled. The veal was sold at The Italian Store at 5140 Skyline Way Northeast in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. If you bought this product, do not eat it, even if you are planning to cook it. The possibility of … [Read more...]

Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning consumers not to eat Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit because it is linked to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in that country. This product is not likely available at retail stores, but some consumers may have it in their homes. The recalled product is Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit, sold in 315 gram packages. The UPC number on the product is 0 71279 30906 4. All packages bearing a Best Before date up to and including 07DE19, and a lot code beginning with "Z", and indicating "Salinas" as a source of Romaine lettuce. This product was sold in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. The recall was triggered by CFIA findings during an investigation into a … [Read more...]

CFIA Cancels License of Ryding-Regency Meat Packers

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has cancelled the Safe Food for Canadians license of Ryding-Regency Meat Packers LTD that are loaded in Toronto, Ontario, effective December 2, 2019. The license of this facility was suspended on September 17, 2019. This happened because "of the opinion that a risk of injury to human health may result if the licence holder continues to conduct an activity that is identified in their licence. It was determined as part of a food safety investigation that the licence holder had failed to implement effective control measures." Many food recalls for E. coli O157:H7 in various beef and veal products were associated with this investigation. You can see the long list of recalled products, brand names, and more information about these recalls at the … [Read more...]

Bonduelle Romaine Salads Recalled in Canada for Possible E. coli

Bonduelle romaine salads are being recalled in Canada for possible E. coli O157:H7. There is one illness associated with these products in Manitoba, but technically no "outbreak" because that requires at least two sick. The salads were sold in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick and may have been sold in other provinces or territories. The recalled products are all Bonduelle brand. They are Caesar Salad with Chicken and Bacon sold in 174 g packages. The UPC number on the product is 0 77745 27111 8 and the use by date is 10/29/2019. Also recalled is Chef Inspired Salad with Turkey & Ham sold in 220 gram packages. The UPC number is 0 77745 27113 2 with a use by date of 10/31/2019. Cobb Salad with Turkey & Bacon is also recalled. That product is sold in 206 gram packages. The UPC … [Read more...]

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