February 27, 2024

Get Super Bowl Delivery and Takeout Food Safety Advice

Get Super Bowl delivery and takeout food safety advice from the USDA to keep your guests safe from food poisoning at your party. There are special rules for handling takeout and delivery foods. If you ordered takeout or Super Bowl delivery foods the day before the game, make sure that someone is available to get the food inside your home and into the fridge in a timely manner. All food that is not going to be eaten immediately should be refrigerated. If you ordered the food for delivery the day of your party, refrigerate cold foods if it's more than two hours before it's time to eat. You may want to reheat foods before serving. If you are serving food to groups, the two hour rule is critical. Perishable foods cannot be in the danger zone of 40°F to 140°F for more than two hours. … [Read more...]

FDA CORE Outbreak Table Updated With New Listeria Outbreak

The FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Table has been updated with a new Listeria outbreak and information about other outbreaks. There are currently four active outbreak investigations on the table. The new Listeria outbreak is not yet linked to any food or product. There are at least 26 people who are sick. No recall has been initiated, traceback has not started, there has been no on-site inspection, and no samples have been collected or analyzed. For the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has sickened three people in a not yet identified food, nothing has changed. Traceback has been initiated, an on-site inspection has been conducted, and samples have been collected and analyzed. The outbreak of Salmonella Newport in an unidentified food has ended, with 45 illnesses, and the … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Tejocote Root Supplements Could Be Yellow Oleander

The FDA is warning consumers that some Tejocote Root supplements could instead be yellow oleander, which is a poisonous plant. In September 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report of several tejocote root products that were substituted with toxic yellow oleander. The FDA has tested nine products, and found that they do contain yellow oleander. Ingesting yellow oleander can cause serious health problems and can be fatal. The plant affects the neurological system, the gastrointestinal system, and the cardiovascular system. Symptoms of yellow oleander poisoning include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, cardiac changes, dysrhythmia, and more. The products the government is warning about are usually sold online through third … [Read more...]

Do Not Eat or Serve Intershell International Corp Live Scallops

The FDA is warning restaurants not to serve Intershell International Corp live scallops because they were harvested from prohibited waters in Massachusetts. The FDA says that the shellfish harvester was unlicensed and the scallops are incorrectly labeled with harvest location FED 514, with harvest dates of 12/26/23, 12/27/23, and 01/01/24. Restaurants and food retailers in Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania are included in this warning. The FDA is investigating to see if these scallops were distributed to other states as well. This warning does not include fresh or frozen non-live packaged scallop meat, which is the vast majority of scallops sold in the United States. Food retailers should dispose of the Intershell International Corp live scallops, whole … [Read more...]

Some Tejocote Root Supplements Have Toxic Yellow Oleander

The FDA says that some Tejocote root supplements are adulterated with toxic yellow oleander, which is a poisonous plant that is native to Mexico and Central America. The tested products are labeled Tejocote but are actually toxic yellow oleander. The supplements are usually sold online through third-party platforms. Ingestion of yellow oleander can cause serious health problems that can be fatal. The plant can cause neurologic, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular adverse health effects. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, cardiac changes, dysrhythmia, and more. In September 2023, the CDC published a report of several Tejocote root products that contained yellow oleander. The FDA initiated an investigation to sample and test more products. More … [Read more...]

FDA Updates CORE Outbreak Investigation Table

The FDA has updated its CORE Outbreak Investigation Table to include increases in case counts and advances in some of the investigations. There are seven investigations on the table at this time. The first outbreak investigation on the FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Table is the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak connected to an unidentified food. The FDA has initiated traceback, has conducted an on-site inspection, and has collected samples for analysis. Three people are sick in that outbreak. For the Salmonelal Newport outbreak in a not yet identified food, the case count has increased from 43 to 44 cases. That is an increase of one more patient since the last update. Traceback has begun, and samples have been collected and analyzed. For the deadly Salmonella Sundsvall and … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Against Red’s Best Illegally Harvested Chopped Clams

The FDA is warning restaurants not to serve Red's Best illegally harvested chopped clams for food safety reasons. Restaurants and food retailers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island may have purchased the clams. It is possible that the chopped clams may have been distributed to other states as well. The FDA is waiting for more information on the distribution of these chopped clams. The clams are labeled as #331 and #333, with shuck dates of 23/331 and 23/333. They were illegally harvested from prohibited waters in Massachusetts on November 25, 2023 and November 26, 2023. Clams that are illegally harvested may be contaminated with human pathogens, toxic compounds, or poisonous substances and can cause illness if eaten, even if they have been cooked. Clams are … [Read more...]

FDA’s Annual Warning About Consuming Raw Flour

It's time for the FDA's annual warning about consuming raw flour, since the holiday season is a traditional time for a lot of baking. There have been many outbreaks linked to raw flour and products made with raw flour, such the Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled Gold Medal flour earlier this year, and the E coli outbreak linked to cake mix two years ago. Because it is dry, flour seems so innocuous. But pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli can easily survive in low water foods. And flour is a raw agricultural product made from raw grains, which means that it can be contaminated with pathogens in the field, during harvest or transport, or during processing. The only thing that makes flour safe to eat is heat. Do not eat any uncooked cookie dough or batter. And do not make … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Against Neptune’s Fix Because of Serious Health Risks

The FDA is warning consumers not to buy or use Neptune's Fix, a product that is marketed for pain relief, to improve brain function, and treat anxiety, depression, and opioid use disorder. The government has received reports of serious complications after the use of this product, including seizures and loss of consciousness. The product contains tianeptine, which is a substance that is not approved by the FDA for any medical use. Tianeptine is considered an alternate to fentanyl and oxycodone. While some companies in this country are planning to seek FDA approval for this drug, that has not happened. According to Consumer Reports, tianeptine-related calls to poison controls centers have "skyrocketed" since 2015. At least four people in the United States have died after using the … [Read more...]

Two New Outbreaks on FDA’s CORE Outbreak Investigation Table

There are two new outbreaks on the FDA's CORE Outbreak Investigation Table, joining three other outbreaks. Only two of the five outbreaks have been solved so far. The first new outbreak is a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has sickened at least 11 people. No food has been identified in relation to these illnesses. We do not know the patient age range, where the patients live, illness onset dates, or if anyone has been hospitalized. Samples have been collected and analysis has started in this investigation. The second new outbreak is an E. coli O103 outbreak that has sickened at least 12 people. Again, we do not know the patient age range, if anyone has been hospitalized, where patients live, or when people got sick. No food has been linked to this outbreak. Traceback has … [Read more...]

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