August 22, 2019

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...]

Dungeness Valley Creamery Recalls Raw Milk, Cream For Possible E. coli

Dungeness Valley Creamery of Sequim, Washington, is voluntarily recalling their raw whole milk, raw skim milk, and raw cream, because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The same facility recalled the same products in April 2019 for the same pathogen. No illnesses have been reported to the creamery or to public health officials to date in connection with this problem. The recall was initiated after routine sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the toxin-producing E. coli bacteria in retail raw whole milk that is dated 06/05. Dungeness Valley Creamery is working with the Washington State Department of Agriculture to try to find the source of the pathogen. The day's raw whole milk, raw skim milk, and raw cream with best by dates of … [Read more...]

ALDI Baker’s Corner Flour Recalled For Possible E. coli Contamination

ALDI Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour is being recalled by the Rhode Island Department of Health after the potential presence of E. coli was found in that product. Officials tested a five pound bag of the product at the state health laboratories. The advisory affects just one lot code of Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour, packaged in five pound bags. The flour is packed for ALDI supermarkets. The lot code on the product is L18A02B, and the "best if used by" date is December 2, 2019. All other types of Baker's Corner flour are not affected. This recall is a good reminder that no one should consume products make with raw, or uncooked, flour. Flour is a raw agricultural product and has been contaminated with pathogens before. Any product that is grown outdoors can be contaminated by many … [Read more...]

Raw Oysters Sold by DiCarlo Seafood Linked to Outbreak Recalled

Raw oysters that are linked to a multistate, multi pathogen food poisoning outbreak have been recalled, according to the California Department of Public Health. The recalling firm is DiCarlo Seafood of Wilmington, California. At least 16 people who live in 5 states are sick in this outbreak. The pathogens involved are Shigella, Vibrio, E. coli, Campylobacter, and norovirus. Some of the patients are sick with more than one pathogen. Two people have been hospitalized because their illness is so severe. The patients live in Alaska, California, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Nevada. The DiCarlo Seafood imported raw oysters were harvested from Estero El Cardon in Baja California Sur, Mexico. They were sold at restaurants in California. We know they were sold at Fish Market Restaurant at … [Read more...]

Oysters From Mexico Linked to Multistate Shigella Vibrio Outbreak

Oysters from Mexico are linked to a multistate Shigella, Vibrio, E. coli, Campylobacter, and norovirus outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some patients were sickened with more than one pathogen. This outbreak was reported by the California Department of Public Health on May 7, 2019; all of the patients at that time lived in California. Now 16 people from five states are ill in this outbreak. Two people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. No deaths have been reported. One recall, by DiCarlo Seafood in Wilmington, California, has been issued. The case count by state is: Alaska (1), California (12), Illinois (1), New Hampshire (1), and Nevada (1). Illness onset dates range from December 16, 2018 to April 4, 2019. The patient age … [Read more...]

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