October 28, 2016

Soylent Food Bar Recalled in Canada; Reported Illnesses

Rosa Foods and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are recalling Soylent brand Food Bar due to reported illnesses. Consumers should not eat these recalled products. The recalled products were sold through the internet. They are Soylent Food Bar in 60 gram packages. There is no UPC number on this product. The package size is 60 grams. The codes on the product are: 14JUL 17, 15JUL17, 18JUL17, 02AUG17, 04AUG17, 08AUG17, and 10AUG17. Also recalled is Soylent Food Bar in 12 x 60 gram packages. The UPC number is 858369006023. The codes on the product are 14JUL 17, 15JUL17, 18JUL17, 02AUG17, 04AUG17, 08AUG17, and 10AUG17. If you think you got sick after eating this recalled product, see your doctor. If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Throw them away in a sealed … [Read more...]

Mighty Taco Outbreak Caused by Bacillus Cereus

The food poisoning outbreak at Mighty Taco restaurants in Erie and Niagara Counties in New York state was caused by Bacillus cereus, Mary C. St. Mary of the Erie County Department of Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin. At least 158 people have been sickened in this outbreak. The statement she sent to us reads: "The Wadsworth Center, the public health laboratory of the New York State Department of Health, has identified Bacillus cereus in patient clinical specimens, as well as from refried beans collected from Mighty Taco restaurants, as part of an investigation into gastrointestinal illness among several patrons of certain Mighty Taco restaurants. Bacillus cereus is a type of bacteria that produces a toxin that causes illness, usually resulting in vomiting within 30 minutes to 6 … [Read more...]

Toulouse Petit Kitchen Closed in Seattle Amid Outbreak

Public Health - Seattle & King County closed the Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood after a foodborne illness outbreak was associated with that facility. It is located at 601 Queen Anne Avenue North. The restaurant was closed on September 22, 2016. The reasons given on the King County web site were for: potentially hazardous food held at unsafe temperatures, improper cooling of potentially hazardous food, inadequate facilities to control temperature of potentially hazardous food under cold holding, and foods not protected from cross contamination. The page on that restaurant also says: "Imminent health hazard: investigation of possible foodborne illness outbreak." Six out of seven people from the same party ate at the restaurant on … [Read more...]

Hiring a Caterer? Due Diligence is in Order

A wedding held in Snonomish County, Washington state last month was the scene of a food poisoning outbreak that sickened at least 20 people. The caterer for that event, Mr. Rick's Catering, was unlicensed and unpermitted. In fact, that business was recently fined by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for continuing to operate without a permit since 2012. If you are planning an event and need a caterer, it behooves you to investigate their background. Unlicensed caterers do exist in this country. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reminds consumers that buy9ing food from permitted food sellers reduces your risk for foodborne illness. No food is 100% safe, of course, but reducing the risk of contamination is important. Permitted caterers employ staff who are trained … [Read more...]

FDA Finds E. coli O121 in Bag of Gold Medal Flour

The FDA has released a statement confirming that they found E. coli O121 isolates from an open sample of General Mills flour belonging to a consumer who was sickened with the pathogenic bacteria. The government used whole genome sequencing to analyze the E. coli bacteria. The isolate was closely genetically related to the clinical isolates taken from sick people. The flour came from a lot that General Mills has recalled. At least 38 people in 20 states have been sickened with the outbreak strain of E. coli O121. Ten people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so severe. Some of those who got sick had eaten or handled raw dough. The case count by state is: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (2), California (1), Colorado (4), Iowa (1), Illinois (4) Massachusetts (2), … [Read more...]

Safety of Raw Manure Questioned Under FSMA Rule

The safety of raw manure under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule on produce safety is being questioned by the FDA. Submissions on assessing the risk of raw manure as fertilizer are requested. Manure from cattle, chickens, horses, and other farm animals can be, and usually are, contaminated with E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. The FDA is going to conduct a risk assessment to find out how much consumer health is put at risk by the use of raw manure as fertilizer in growing crops covered FSMA's produce safety rule. The agency wants helps of stakeholders, the animal agriculture industry, academia, and members of the public. Produce is the most common food source linked with food poisoning outbreaks. Recent outbreaks just in the past few weeks linked to raw produce … [Read more...]

Possible Foodborne Illness Outbreak at Lucky’s Taproom in Dayton, OH

Dayton & Montgomery County public health officials are investigating an "outbreak of illness associated with eating" at Lucky's Taproom & Eatery, located at 520 East Fifth Street in Dayton, Ohio. At least 60 people have ben sickened as of 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Of those sickened, four have been admitted to area hospitals. The first complaint of illness was received on February 29, 2016. The restaurant was inspected that day, but results of the inspection have not yet been released. Symptoms of those sickened include stomach cramps, diarrhea, headache, nausea, and vomiting, which is typical for most foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic bacteria. Public Health officials obtained stool samples from ill persons and took food samples from the restaurant that … [Read more...]

Garden of Life Salmonella Ingredient Identified

Garden of Life has announced they have isolated the ingredient in their RAW Meal Organic Shake and Meal Replacement Products that was potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Those products are linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Virchow that has sickened at least eleven people. One person has been hospitalized. The ingredient is Organic Moringa Leaf Powder from a third party supplier. This ingredient was only used in RAW Meal products. Other Garden of Life products use Moringa Leaf Powder obtained from other suppliers. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with lot numbers, UPC numbers, and expiration dates, at the FDA web site. These products have a long shelf life and they are most likely in consumer's homes. If you have any of these products, do not use … [Read more...]

Michigan Hit Hard in Dole Salad Listeriosis Outbreak

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four people from Michigan have been sickened in the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to Dole prepackaged salads. A Dole brand Field Greens packaged salad was collected in Ohio in mid-January 2016 and tested positive for a Listeria isolate that was "highly related genetically" to isolates taken from ill patients. The salad was produced at the Springfield, Ohio Dole processing facility. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that packaged salads produced at the Dole facility are the likely source of this outbreak. Dole has stopped production at that facility and has withdrawn all salads produced at that facility from the market. Illnesses in this particular outbreak go back to July 5, 2015. All of the 12 people … [Read more...]

If You Bought Dole Salads Recalled For Listeria, Don’t Panic!

We received so many comments about the Dole salad recall for Listeria monocytogenes that I thought I would write more about the illness and your risk of contracting it. Any Dole prepackaged salad with a code starting with the letter "A" has been recalled. Listeria is a dangerous pathogen, but there's no need to panic. There have been thousands and thousands of those bags of salad sold, and, even using the multiplier for Listeria monocytogenes outbreak, only about 34 people have been sickened in the United States and Canada. Your odds of actually developing the illness are quite low. Second, if you did purchase a bag that was recalled or ate some of the recalled salads, be aware of the symptoms of listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria. Symptoms include flu-like fever and … [Read more...]

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