December 11, 2019

Aurora Packing Recalls Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7

Aurora Packing of North Aurora, Illinois is recalling about 62,112 pounds of raw beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses due to the consumption of these products. The Aurora Packing raw beef products were packaged on April 19, 2019. FSIS has posted a list of products that are recalled. They include Angus Chuck Tenders, Beef Neck Bones, Chuck Arm, Chuck Flap Meat, Short Rib, Ribeye, Skirt, and Back Rib, among other. The codes on the product are also included on that list. These products all have the establishment number "EST. 788" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These beef products were shipped nationwide for further distribution and processing. The possible contamination was discovered during traceback … [Read more...]

Foodborne Illnesses Increased in 2018 Compared to 2015-2017

Foodborne illnesses increased in 2018 compared to the period of 2015-2017, according to a new report by the Center for Disease Control for its Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report for the week of April 26, 2019. The report states that this increase may are partially attributable to increased culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs). CIDT identifies pathogens that were not routinely detected by other methods. During 2018, FoodNet identified 25,606 infections, 5,893 hospitalizations, and 120 deaths. The incidence of cyclospora infections increased "markedly," in 2018 because there were several large outbreaks associated with produce. And the number of illnesses caused by Campylobacter and Salmonella remain high. FoodNet surveils the population for lab-diagnosed infections … [Read more...]

Anatomy of an E. coli Outbreak Investigation

With the recent E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, and the current outbreak of E. coli O103 infections that have sickened dozens in the southern United States, we wondered how investigators solve these disasters. It's a tribute to public health officials that many outbreaks are solved, and the responsible foods or food safety lapses are identified. Outbreaks that happen at restaurants and gatherings are investigated differently from outbreaks that are linked to specific contaminated foods, such as the Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota linked to unpasteurized cheese because many more variables are in play. I attended a webinar sponsored by Fight Bac! and the Partnership for Food Safety Education in 2013. Bill Wharton of the Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County in … [Read more...]

Aurora Packing Recalls Beef Products For Possible E. coli

Aurora Packing Company of Illinois is recalling about 4,838 pounds of beef heel and chuck tender products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. No confirmed reports of illness have been received in association with this recall. The products were produced and packed on February 27, 2019. These are the recalled products: Varying catch weight cardboard box case packages containing bulk pieces of “AURORA ANGUS BEEF BONELESS BEEF – CHUCK TENDER” and case code 61150 marked on the label. Varying catch weight cardboard box case packages containing bulk pieces of “BONELESS BEEF – HEEL MEAT” and case code 29970 on the label. Varying catch weight cardboard box case packages containing bulk pieces of “BONELESS BEEF – HEEL MEAT” and case code 49970 stamped on the … [Read more...]

New Dates For Implementing Agricultural Water Produce Safety

FDA's Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas have addressed advancing new tools and science for produce safety via agricultural water, and have set new dates for implementation. The two E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks that were linked to romaine lettuce in 2018 were allegedly caused by contaminated agricultural water. In early 2018, 210 people were sickened in an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region of the country. Ninety-six people were hospitalized, and 27 developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can cause kidney failure. Five people died. This outbreak was the largest of its kind since 2006. The outbreak strain was found in canal water in the area. And in late 2018, romaine lettuce grown in … [Read more...]

Molida de Res Ground Beef Recalled For Possible E. coli O157:H7

La Rosita Fresh Market of  Mount Prospect, Illinois, is recalling about 54 pounds of raw ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in association with this problem. That pathogen can cause serious illness and possibly hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) if ingested. The beef was only sold at the La Rosita Fresh Market Inc. retail store. That facility is located at 1805 West Algonquin Road in Mount Prospect, Illinois. The recalled products is Molida De Red Ground Beef in various weights. The product is packed in white trays covered with plastic wrap. The dates on the product are “Packed On 3/13/19 Sell By 3/20/19” and “Packed On 3/14/19 Sell By 3/21/19." FSIS investigators discovered this problem on March 14, 2019 … [Read more...]

U.S. PIRG: Hazardous Meat and Poultry Recalls Nearly Double in 2018

U.S. PIRG, the federation of state PIRGs (public interest research groups), has found that the recalls of potentially hazardous meat and poultry recalls nearly doubled from 2013 to 2018. Their report, How Safe Is Our Food? During that time frame, while there has been a 10% increase in overall recalls, there was a 70% increase in chicken recalls, and an 83% increase in Class 1 meat and poultry recalls, which are those likely to cause serious illness or death. Some of these recalls may be because of better identification of pathogens in food, and new technology such as whole genome sequencing. The U.S. PIRG also says that the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 has also increased food recalls. Adam Garber, U.S. PIRG Consumer Watchdog said in a statement, "The food we nourish … [Read more...]

Top 10 Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2018

There were many food poisoning outbreaks in 2018. Thousands of people were sickened, many were hospitalized, and some died. This is a summary of the top 10 multistate food poisoning outbreaks of the year. Many lawsuits were filed in response to these outbreaks. McDonald's Cyclospora Outbreak. This outbreak sickened at least 511 people in 16 states, mostly concentrated in the Midwest. FDA investigators found the cyclospora oocyst in a sample of Fresh Express romaine and carrot mix that was used to make the salads. JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak. This outbreak, which has not been declared over, has sickened at least 333 people in 28 states. The company has recalled more than 12,000,000 pounds of ground beef products that were sold in Kroger stores and elsewhere around … [Read more...]

Wegmans Recalls Cauliflower Rice Products for E. coli O157:H7

Wegmans Food Markets is voluntarily recalling fresh Cauliflower Rice, Veggie Cauliflower Rice Blend, and Stir-Fry Mix with Cauliflower because it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. The recall was initiated by Produce Packaging that supplies the products. They notified Wegmans that the product may be contaminated. The recalled products all have use-by dates of 12/11/18 through 12/22/18. The recalled products are Wegmans Cauliflower Rice in 1 pound packages, with UPC number 25313500000; Wegmans Cauliflower Rice in 8 ounce packages with UPC number 25307200000, Wegmans Stir Fry Blend (with cauliflower) in 1 pound packages with UPC number 25335800000; and Wegmans Veggie (cauliflower) Rice Blend that is sold by the pound. The UPC number on that product … [Read more...]

Northwest Cuisine Creations Sandwiches Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

Spokane Product of Spokane, Washington is recalling Northwest Cuisine Creations and Fresh&Local sandwiches that were made with green and red leaf lettuce and foodservice lettuce filets because they were grown at Adams Bros. Farming, Inc. That farm has been associated with the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. Public health investigators found the bacteria in the sediment of a reservoir near the fields of that farm. The recalled products have the Northwest Cuisine Creations and Fresh&Local labels. They have the "Best Buy" dates of 12/14/18 - 12/21/18. The products were distributed to grocery markets in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Oregon. In addition, Green Leaf Filets (no label) in five and ten pound containers are being recalled from foodservice … [Read more...]

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