September 26, 2016

Paradise Valley Market Recalls Ground Beef for Possible E. coli

The Paradise Valley market in Chula Vista, California is recalling about 35 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The products were made and sold only on September 1, 2016. There have been no confirmed reports of illness linked to the consumption of these products. The market is located at 870 3rd Avenue in Chula Vista. The recalled products include 20 pounds of 15% lean ground beef. This product was packaged to order and sold at the Carnival Supermarket meat counter in reddish plastic bags with a tied knot at the top. The second recalled product is 15 pounds of 7% extra lean ground beef. The product was also packaged to order and sold at the Carnival Supermarket meat counter in reddish plastic bags with a tied knot at the top. While the expiration … [Read more...]

Raw Pork and Pork Organ Products Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

Raw pork and pork organ products sold in Alberta, Canada are being recalled for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Cantran Meat Company is the recalling company. These products may have been transformed into raw muscle meat cuts, ground pork, sausages, and raw ready-to-eat products. The products, which have only been sold fresh, have been distributed only in Calgary, Alberta. No illnesses have been definitively linked to the consumption of these recalled products, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Alberta Health Services, and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak in Alberta. These recalled products were sold or distributed by the facilities listed from April 28 up to and including May 14, 2016. They may have been sold … [Read more...]

Oak Leaf Farm E. coli Outbreak, 34 Sick

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Oak Leaf Farm in Lebanon, Connecticut has now sickened 34 people, according to the State Department of Public Health (DPH). Officials are advising anyone who recently purchased goats from Oak Leaf Farm to consult with their livestock veterinarian. The patients, who range in age from 10 months to 45 years old, have a median age of five. Twenty eight of those sickened are children 14 years old and under; 18 of them are five and under. Nine people required hospitalization. Five have been treated and released. Three of the four who remain hospitalized have been diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS),  a complication of  E. coli infections that most often affects children under 10, causes kidney failure, seizure, stroke, coma and … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 on Leafy Greens? It’s the Cows

Most people are surprised when a food poisoning outbreak is linked to leafy greens. Fresh vegetables are not the foods we think of in relation to foodborne illness. But the fact remains that leafy greens are the most common vector for delivering pathogenic bacteria to humans. Bacteria get onto leafy greens and other produce in several ways. They can be contaminated in the field by feces from birds and other animals. They can be contaminated in the field by poor worker hygiene. They can be contaminated in transport in dirty containers and trucks. They can be contaminated during processing if a facility doesn't keep animals out, or if workers are sick. But there is one means of contamination that may be most troublesome: location of a farm field next to a cattle feedlot, as a study … [Read more...]

Dashing Dishes Products Recalled in Canada for E. coli O157:H7

Dashing Dishes and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are recalling pork products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. There is an E. coli O17:H7 outbreak currently ongoing in Canada linked to pork, but there are NO illnesses definitively linked to the consumption of these recalled products. Dashing Dishes is recalling pork-containing prepared meals from the marketplace. They were sold by Dashing Dishes at unit 9, 2820 Centre Avenue NE in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, up to and including February 11, 2016. The recalled products all have Dashing Dishes brand name. They include Slow Roasted Pork, Red Currant Slow Braised Pork with Thyme, Cranberry Pork Chops, Ginger Pork and Veggie Stir Fry, Honey Apple Pulled Pork, Sausage Lentil Stew, Rustic Tarragon Pork Chops, … [Read more...]

Canadian Recall of Pork Products for E. coli O157:H7 Updated

The recall of pork products in Canada for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination has been updated to include more stores were the products may have been sold. Hillview Meat Processor is recalling raw pork and pork organ products because they may be contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria. These products were sold in Alberta. The stores where the products may have been sold previously only included those in Calgary, Alberta, but they were also possibly sold in Acme, Alberta and Crossfield, Alberta. The stores that may have carried the products include ACME Meats at 127 Main Street in Acme, Alberta; Crossfield Meats Ltd. at 1017 B Nanton Avenue in Crossfield, Alberta; QC & C Meat Shop Ltd. at 5320 17 Avenue SE in Calgary; and Paolini's Sausage & Meat (Crossroads Market) at 1235 … [Read more...]

Pork Recalled in Canada for E. coli O157:H7

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Hillview Meat Processor are recalling raw pork and pork organ products for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. There have been "no illnesses definitively linked to the consumption of these products," according to the press release. The products were sold in Calgary, Alberta at seven stores. The pork and pork organs may have been transformed into raw muscle cuts (such as pork tenderloin), ground pork, sausages, and raw ready-to-eat products. They may have been sold fresh or frozen, up to and including February 16, 2015. They may have been sold pre-packaged or clerk served, with or without a label. If you are not sure whether or not you purchased one of these recalled products, contact the retailer and ask. The products were sold at Paolini's … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak in Alberta, Canada Sickens 14

An E. coli outbreak in Canada has sickened 14 people, according to the Alberta Health Services (AHS).  Testing has linked at least two of the cases to a pork sausage. Alberta consumers who purchased Paolini’s Sausage & Meats Ltd’s Hungarian Farmer’s Sausage before Feb. 2, 2016, should handle the product as though it were raw meat and use a food thermometer to make sure it has reached an internal temperature of 71 C before eating it. Cooking to this temperature will kill any bacteria, AHS advises. Symptoms of an E. coli infection, which usually develop within one to three days of exposure, include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. Those most at risk are children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems. To reduce the risk of bacterial contamination, … [Read more...]

Paolini’s Sausage Products Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Paolini's Sausages and Meats are recalling some sausage products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. The products were sold and distributed by Paolini's Sausage and Meats in Calgary, Alberta, and may have been sold by other retailers in Alberta up to and including February 5, 2015. The products may have been sold pre-packaged or have been clerk-served, and were sold both with and without a label. If you aren't sure whether or not you have a recalled product, check with the grocery store where you bought it. The recalled products are Hungarian Farmer Sausage, Hot Hungarian Farmer Sausage, Mexican Twist Sausage, Buffalo Hungarian Sausage, Wesfalian Smokies, Onion Mettwurst/Frishe Zweibel Mettwurst, Fine Mettwurst, … [Read more...]

FDA Begins Testing Cucumbers and Hot Peppers

The FDA is ramping up testing of cucumbers and hot peppers, after six reports of food poisoning outbreaks linked to cucumbers from 1996 to this year.  Those foods are eaten raw, and they are often contaminated. Produce can be contaminated in several ways. It can come into contact with polluted water, or dirty equipment during growing, harvesting, and post-harvest production. Ill workers who harvest and sort the produce by hand can also contaminate it. The government is seeking information on the prevalence of Salmonella and E. coli O157:H76 on fresh cucumbers. There is currently a Salmonella outbreak linked to slicer cucumbers imported from Mexico by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. The CDC reports that 838 people in 38 states have been sickened in the past two months. Fresh … [Read more...]

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