October 20, 2019

How to Report a Problem With Food to the FDA and USDA

Most Americans have had food poisoning at one time or another, giving that 48,000,000 Americans contract this form of illness every year. Most people think they have the "stomach flu" or a "24 hour bug" when they actually have food poisoning. How do you report a problem with food? What do you do if you think you have food poisoning? First, know the symptoms of food poisoning for various pathogens: E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella. You can report your illness to the government if you think that a problem with food (such as the Northfork Bison E. coli outbreak) purchased from a store is the problem. First, call your doctor to get necessary treatment. Many foodborne illnesses can have long term health complications and this should be noted on your medical … [Read more...]

Gold Medal Unbleached Flour Recalled For E. coli O26 Contamination

General Mills is recalling five pound bags of Gold Medal unbleached flour with a "better if used by" date of September 6, 2020  for possible E. coli O26 contamination. No "direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product" have been received to date. The pathogen was found during routine sampling. The UPC number on the product is 016000 196100. Just this one date code of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour in five pound bags, 06SEP2020KC,  is recalled. All other types of Gold Medal flour are not affected by this recall. Check your pantry to see if you have this flour. If so, throw it away in a sealed container in a secure garbage can with a tight fitting lid so other people and animals can't access it. You can also take it back to the place of purchase … [Read more...]

Urban Remedy Recalls Salads and Wraps For Possible E. coli

Urban Remedy of California, is recalling 76 organic salads and wraps that contain spinach which may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The company says that spinach from a supplier tested positive for a small amount of E. coli. Urban Remedy is no longer purchasing spinach from that supplier. Seventy-six of these items are "still unaccounted for," according to the recall notice. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. All of the products have a use-by date of September 15, 2019. The recalled products are thirty 12-ounce package of Black Rice Umeboshi Bowl with UPC number 813377 022595, twenty one 9.7 ounce packages of The Benedict Brunch Bowl with UPC number 813377 022854, fourteen 6.7 ounce packages of Samosa Cauli Wrap with UPC number 813377 … [Read more...]

Owner of New England Meat Packing Admits Fabricating E. coli Results

According to the Justice Department, Memet Beqiri, also known as Matt Beqiri, pleaded guilty today in a Hartford federal court to falsifying E. coli test results for his business, New England Meat Packing, LLC. That company is located in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Mr. Beqiri waived his right to be indicted. According to the USDA's approved Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan for New England Meat Packing, the company must perform one generic E. coli carcass test for every 300 animals slaughtered. They must also periodically collect ground beef samples for E. coli testing. Between November 3, 2016 and September 9, 2017, Beqiri authorized the preparation and submission in the company's Lab Sample Report binder 36 documents relating to 52 separate carcass … [Read more...]

Ground Bison Recalled In Canada For E. coli O121 and O103

Northfork Bison Distributions, of Quebec, Canada, is recalling ground bison products in Canada because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121 and E. coli O103.  These products are linked to an outbreak in the United States that has sickened at least 21 people, but there are no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products in Canada. Some of these products were recalled in the U.S. on July 16, 2019. The recalled products were sold nationwide at the retail level. The recalled products are Natural Frontier Foods Bison - ground meat in 208 gram packages, with UPC number 6 76842 00147 7; Sensations Extra Lean Ground Bison in 280 gram packages, with UPC number 6 23682 11159 0; and La Terre des Bisons Bison ground (lean) in 1.5 pound containers with UPC … [Read more...]

Tamoxifen May Fight Lethality of Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli Bacteria

According to new research from the University of Texas at Austin's College of Pharmacy, the drug tamoxifen may help fight the lethality of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria. That drug is already approved by the FDA for treatment of diseases such as breast cancer. Researchers think that tamoxifen may block the ability of the toxins to invade human cells. The researchers have published a paper called "Tamoxifen blocks retrograde trafficking of Shiga toxin 1 and 2 and protects against lethal toxicosis" in Life Science Alliance. Certain types of E. coli bacteria produce Shiga toxins, which enter red blood cells and destroy them. The cells then travel throughout the bloodstream until they get to the kidneys. There, they clog tiny tubes called glomeruli, which destroys … [Read more...]

Shigella, Vibrio, E. coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Oysters Ends With 16 Sick

The Shigella, Vibrio, and E. coli outbreak that is linked to raw oysters harvested from Estero El Cardon estuary in Baja California Sur, Mexico, has ended after sickening 16 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Two people were hospitalized because they were so sick. The case count by state is: Alaska (1), California (12), Illinois (1), New Hampshire (1), and Nevada (1). Illness onset dates ranged from December 16, 2018 through April 17, 2019. The patient age range was from 26 to 80 years. State public health officials found more illnesses among people who also ate raw oysters from the same harvest area. The FDA investigated a subset of the illnesses investigated by the CDC. Those five patients were sickened with Shigella … [Read more...]

Brand Castle, Sisters Gourmet Mixes Recalled For Possible E. coli

Brand Castle LLC of Bedford Heights Ohio, in cooperating with ADM Milling Company, is recalling 25 ounce and 32 ounce glass jars of Cookie and Browne mix because they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. ADM Milling has issued a recall for the flour used in these products because of E. coli contamination that was found in a single lot of H&R Flour produced at their Buffalo plant. You can see product label photos at the FDA web site. The recalled products are: Brand Castle Arctic Chill Chocolate Mint Cookie Mix with UPC number 6-54448-01035-2 and lot number L6112618. It was distributed as potential retail product in Ohio as product samples only. Brand Castle Hot Cocoa Cookie Mix, with UPC number 6-54448-01036-9 and lot number L5111918. It was distributed to retail … [Read more...]

Pillsbury Bread Flour Recalled For Possible E. coli Contamination

Hometown Food Company is recalling specific lot codes of Pillsbury Bread Flour for possible E. coli contamination. This product was made by ADM Milling Company at the mill in Buffalo, New York. Some of the wheat used to make this product has been linked to an E. coli O26 outbreak that has sickened 17 people in 8 states. No illnesses have been associated with this specific recalled product. Some lots of King Arthur all-purpose flour, and all lots of 5 pound bags of ALDI Baker's Corner flour have been recalled in association with this issue. All of these products were manufactured at ADM Milling. The recall is for 4,620 cases of Pillsbury Best Bread Flour in 5 pound bags. It was distributed to a limited number of retailers and distributors in these states: Connecticut, Delaware, … [Read more...]

King Arthur Flour Recalls Unbleached Flour For E. coli Contamination

King Arthur Flour is recalling 14,218 cases of unbleached all purpose flour solids 5 pound bags because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The maker of the flour is ADM Milling Company. ADM Milling produced the Aldi Baker's Corner all purpose flour that is linked to an E. coli O26 outbreak that has sickened at least 17 people in 8 states. Some of the wheat used to make these lots of King Arthur flour have been linked to the ongoing outbreak. But the FDA recall notice states that "no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with King Arthur flour." The recalled flour is sold in 5 pound lots, with six specific lot codes and three Best Used by Dates. They are: BEST USED BY 12/07/19   LOT:   L18A07C BEST USED BY 12/08/19   LOTS: L18A08A, L18A08B BEST USED … [Read more...]

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