January 20, 2020

Don’t Drink Unpasteurized Juice For Food Safety Reasons

Fall is the season for fresh juices, including apple and grape juices. The FDA has tips for what you need to know about juice and food safety: namely, don't drink unpasteurized juice or cider. If you drink untreated, or unpasteurized, juices, you run the risk of contracting food poisoning. In fact, in 2015, E. coli bacteria in High Hill Ranch unpasteurized apple juice sickened seen people. And in 2013, a Cryptosporidium outbreak in Iowa linked to unpasteurized apple cider sickened 11 people. Any juice made from produce can be contaminated just like the fresh produce can be. Pasteurization kills pathogens, making the juices and ciders safe to drink. Most of the juice for sale in the U.S. is heat-treated to kill bacteria. But some grocery stores, health food stores, farmers' … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Consumers About Nitrosamines in Zantac

The FDA is warning consumers about a nitrosamine compound called NDMA, or N-Nitrosodimethylamine, also known as dimethylnitrosamine (DMN), which is an ingredient in a heartburn drug called Zantac. The company that makes this drug, which is sold through prescription and also over-the-counter, has recalled all Zantac OTC in the United States. The first statement by the FDA about this issue was issued on September 13, 2019. At the time, they were investigating impurities in blood pressure and heart failure medicines, and recommended numerous recalls of those types of products. The FDA asked companies that produce ranitidine medications, including Zantac, to conduct testing on their products. There are inconsistencies in preliminary set results of this ingredient in Zantac products, … [Read more...]

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...]

Scombroid Outbreak Associated with Kroger Yellowfin Tuna Steaks

The FDA is advising consumers not to eat yellowfin tuna steaks from some Kroger stores. The states affected by this recall are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. On September 4, 2019, the FDA became aware of multiple scombroid poisoning cases in people who consumed tuna steaks purchased from three separate Kroger stores in Ohio. On September 5, 2019, Kroger agreed to remove all yellowfin tuna steaks from their stores in the above states. They are also notifying consumers who had purchased this product to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. This product may be sold as raw yellowfin tuna steaks at the seafood counter, or seasoned in … [Read more...]

Food and Water Safety Advice For Those in Hurricane Dorian’s Path

The FDA is offering food and water safety advice for those in Hurricane Dorian's path. The hurricane is making its way up the eastern coast of the United States this week. Hurricane warnings have been posted for the coasts of both North and South Carolina. When the power goes out, consumers need to take special precautions to make sure that the food stored in their homes remains safe. First, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. The fridge will keep food cold for about four hours, and a full freezer will keep the temperature low for about 48 hours if the door stays closed. Dry and block ice can be used to keep food safe for longer periods of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice will keep an 18 cubic foot, fully stocked freezer cold for two days. Flooding … [Read more...]

FDA Calls on Papaya Industry to Improve Practices in Wake of Outbreak

The FDA is calling on all sectors of the papaya industry to improve practices to better protect consumers in the wake of a Salmonella Uganda outbreak linked to fresh imported papayas. Since 2011, there have been eight Salmonella outbreaks linked to imported, fresh papayas. The 2019 outbreak is ongoing, but the first seven outbreaks have sickened more than 500 people, has caused more than 100 hospitalizations, and caused two deaths. The FDA notice states, "This trend has to stop." In the current outbreak, at least 71 people in 8 states are sick with the same strain of Salmonella Uganda as of early July, 2019. Twenty-seven people have been hospitalized. In the current outbreak, the FDA has named Agroson's LLC, the distributor of Cavi brand papayas, and has requested that the … [Read more...]

FDA Issues Warning Letter to Tahini Supplier After Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA has issued a warning letter to tahini supplier Brodt Zenatti Holdings in Jupiter, Florida, which imported tahini from Israel that was linked to a multistate Salmonella outbreak this spring. That outbreak sickened at least six people in ten states; one patient was hospitalized. This was the first warning letter issued under the authority of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals. The FSVP regulation requires that importers perform risk-based activities to make sure that food they import into the U.S. meets applicable food safety standards. FDA has been conducting FSVP inspections since 2017. They help importers understand the requirements and how to make corrective … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Against Miracle or Master Mineral Solution; Illnesses Reported

The FDA has issued a warning to consumers to avoid Miracle or Master Mineral Solution, since they have received many reports that these products have made consumers sick. The government first warned consumers about these products in 2010, but they are still being promoted on social media and sold online by independent outlets. These products are marketed under various names, including Miracle or Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, MMS, Chlorine Dioxide (CD) Protocol, and Water Purification Solution (WPS). When these products are mixed according to package directions, they become a chemical that is used as bleach. In addition, some of the distributors are making false and dangerous claims that Miracle Mineral Supplement, when mixed with citric acid, acts as an … [Read more...]

FDA Suspends Topway/Kazy’s Gourmet Food Facility Registration

Last week Food Poisoning Bulletin told you about the FDA warning retailers in Texas and Louisiana to stop selling Topway/Kazy's Gourmet salmon and tuna for sushi for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. On July 22, 2019, the FA suspended the food facility registration of the company, after seizure sanitation issues were found at that venue. Inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in that facility. Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response said in a statement "The FDA and the Texas DSHS have documented a pattern of food safety violations at the Topway facility as well as an unwillingness and disregard by the company to cease operations and correct severe violations at their facility. Topway’s unsafe practices not only violated the law, but … [Read more...]

Retailers in TX and LA Should Stop Selling Kazy’s Gourmet Seafood For Listeria

The FDA has advised retailers and restaurants in Texas and Louisiana to stop selling or serving products from Topway Enterprises, doing business as Kazy's Gourmet Seafood Production, because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The government is most concerned about salmon and tuna produced by the company for raw consumption. These products may be incorporated into sushi. The products in questions were sold July 10 through July 13, 2019. They are sold as fillets wrapped in clear plastic wrap. These product do not have a long shelf life, although they may be frozen. These products should be discarded. Retailers and restaurants should also clean and sanitize the surfaces that these products were served, stored, or prepared on. The FDA conducted an inspection of Topway … [Read more...]

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