December 13, 2017

FDA Warns Against Eating Raw Dough Because of the Risk of E. coli HUS

The FDA is issuing a warning to consumers not to eat raw dough because of health risks of contracting an E. coli HUS infection. Eating any raw dough or batter can make you sick because of raw eggs and raw flour. Eggs can contain Salmonella bacteria, and, surprisingly, raw flour can contain pathogenic E. coli bacteria. In fact, there was a large E. coli O121 and O26 outbreak linked to General Mills flour just last year in the U.S. At least 63 people in 24 states were sickened; seventeen people were hospitalized because their illnesses were so severe, and one person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. And don't make homemade play dough made with raw dough. Kids often put their fingers in their mouths, and touching this dough may expose them to … [Read more...]

E. coli Bacteria Infections: Bacteria Produce Toxin Protein to Defend Themselves

E. coli bacteria produce a toxin protein to defend themselves and kill off other bacteria, according to new research published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research. There have been many E. coli bacteria outbreaks in the United States in the past several years, including the deadly outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter earlier this year and the current outbreak at Damsy Restaurant in Rochester, Minnesota. And last year, researchers discovered a strain of E. coli bacteria that had the mcr-1 gene for colistin resistance. This is bad news because that change gives the pathogenic bacteria "near pan-resistance to last-resort antibiotics," according to the study summary. Scientists study this bacteria to see how it manages to survive even in inhospitable conditions. These … [Read more...]

BrightFarms Recalls Produce for Possible E. coli Contamination

BrightFarms of Rochelle, Illinois is recalling packaged produce sold in Roundy's Supermarkets because they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Testing revealed the potential presence of this pathogenic bacteria at the company's Rochelle, Illinois greenhouse farm in Ogle County. There was no mention in the recall notice if illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. These BrightFarms branded products are sold at Mariano's Markets in Illinois, and Metro Market and Pick 'n Save stores in Wisconsin. The products are packaged in clear plastic clamshells. The best by dates on these recalled salad products are 10/24/2017, 10/25/2017, 10/26/2017, and 10/27/2017. The recalled salads include BrightFarms Baby Spinach  in 4 ounce and 8 ounce package … [Read more...]

Why Doesn’t Everyone Who Drinks Raw Milk Get Sick?

Over the years, Food Poisoning Bulletin has received many, many messages from people defending raw milk consumption. Every one of these messages has used the claim, "I have drunk raw milk for years and I have never gotten sick." There are several problems with that statement: one is the logical fallacy of a small sample size. But first, some history. There is a Salmonella outbreak that was just discovered in Washington state. Raw milk from Pride & Joy Dairy has teated positive for a rare strain of Salmonella Dublin that sickened and hospitalized two people in that state in January 2017. The dairy's license to sell raw milk was pulled by the Washington State Department of Health. Raw milk has been consumed by people for many years. And many people have been sickened and … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Recalled From Spanish Sonrise Dairy in Yacolt, WA For Possible E. coli

Whole raw milk is being recalled for possible E. coli contamination from Spanish Sonrise Dairy in Yacolt, Washington. A notice has been posted on the Washington Department of Agriculture web site. Routine sampling by that agency revealed the presence of toxin-producing E. coli in raw cream that was processed from raw milk. There are no known illnesses associated with the recalled product at this time. The Spanish Sonrise Dairy raw milk, with a best by date of August 23, 2017 has been recalled. The product is bottled in half gallon glass containers and was sold directly to private customers and at one retail store in the state. If you purchased this product do not drink it. Throw it out or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund. The recall statement reads, "Retail … [Read more...]

The Comfy Cow Ice Cream Recalled for Possible E. coli Contamination

The Comfy Cow is recalling pints of some of its ice cream flavors for possible E. coli contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The firm was notified in July through internal product sample testing that pints of Banana Puddin Y’all, Chocolate Squared2, Cookies and Cream, Cow Trax, Double Fold Vanilla, Georgia Butter Pecan, Intense Dark Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Fields Forever were either positive for E. coli or showed high counts of coliform bacteria. You can see the long list of recalled products, the sizes, UPC numbers, product label photos, and use by dates at the FDA web site. These products were distributed between June 13, 2017 and July 21, 2017. They were packaged in pint containers and sold in retail stores in Kentucky, … [Read more...]

Ardent Mills Recalls Flour in Canada for E. coli O121

The food recall warning in Canada issued on April 4, 2017 about Robin Hood flour that may be contaminated with E. coli O121 bacteria has been updated to include more products. There have been reported illnesses associated with flour, but at this time, "there have been no confirmed illnesses associated with the products identified in this Food Recall Warning," according to the CFIA. The newly recalled products were produced by Ardent Mills. The brand names of the recalled flour products include Brodie, Creative Baker, Golden Temple, and Robin Hood. To see the specific products recalled, the package sizes, the lot codes, best before dates, and the UPC numbers, please visit the CFIA recall page. This recall was triggered by findings by the CFIA during the investigation into the … [Read more...]

H&B Packing Recalls Beef for Possible E. coli O103

H&B Packing of Texas is recalling about 73,742 pounds of boneless beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103 bacteria. No confirmed reports of illness have been received to date in connection with the consumption of this item. The recalled product is 60 pound box containing boneless beef with case code 69029 and production date 03/06/17; they were produced on March 6, 2017. Also recalled is multiple combo bins containing 73,682-lbs of boneless beef with case code 69029 and production date 03/06/17. These products have the establishment number "EST. M13054" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to food manufacturers in Texas. The problem was discovered when FSIS was notified by the state of Texas' Meat Safety Assurance Unit about a positive non-O157 … [Read more...]

Ohio Farms Packing Recalls Veal for Possible E. coli

Ohio Farms Packing Company is recalling about 40,680 pounds of boneless veal products that may be contamianted with E. coli O103, according to the USDA. Also included in the recall is an undetermined amount of veal cutlets produced by the company and sold to food services. The cutlets were not sold to consumers. Companies that purchased products from Ohio Farms Packing Co. should contact the firm directly. The boneless veal products were produced November 30, 2016 through February 3, 2017. They include 60 pound boxes of Atlantic Veal & Lamb Inc: Boneless Veal SF with product codes 511012, 511020, 511021, 511023, 511024, 511030, 511032, 511034, 511336, 511337, 511340, 511341, 511343, 511351, 511362, and 511365. Also recalled are 60 pound boxes of Atlantic Veal & Lamb LLC: … [Read more...]

Cozy Vale Creamery Recalls Raw Milk for E. coli

Cozy Vale Creamery of Tenino, Washington is recalling raw milk because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the toxin-producing E. coli bacteria in the product. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. Cozy Vale raw whole milk with best by dates of 2/27 through 3/4 are being recalled. The milk is sold in quart, half gallon, and one gallon plastic jugs. It was sold at the on-farm store, at one drop off location, and in several retail stores throughout Western Washington state. If you purchased this product, do not drink it. Return it to the place of purchase for a refund, or throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package. Raw milk is legal to buy and … [Read more...]

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