October 25, 2016

USDA FSIS Breaks Down 16 Years of Salmonella in 123-Page Report

Of the meat and poultry inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, Salmonella most commonly appears in chicken, ground beef and turkey. In that order. And Salmonella Kentucky is the most common strain of Salmonella. These are among the many findings in a 123-page report the agency compiled examining 16 years of Salmonella data. The report, entitled Serotypes Profile of Salmonella Isolates from Meat and Poultry Products January 1998 through December 2014, was published on the agency's website Friday. In the U.S., norovirus causes the most food poisoning, but Salmonella is the leading cause of bacterial food poisoning. Each year, Salmonella sickens about 1.2 million Americans. Of those about 19,000 are hospitalized and 380 die. In 2014, … [Read more...]

Hill Country Fare Ground Beef Recalled for Metal Pieces

Sam Kane Beef Processors of Corpus Christi, Texas has issued a recall for 60,350 pounds of Hill Country Fare ground beef products that may be contaminated with metal pieces.  Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. The  recalled ground beef packages were produced on July 26. They include: 10-lb chubs of  “Hill Country Fare Ground Beef” 73% Lean/27% Fat with a Packed On date of 7/26/2016, a Use-By date of 8/15/2016, and a case code number 00090180; 5-lb chubs of “Hill Country Fare Ground Beef” 73% Lean/27% Fat with a Packed On date of 7/26/2016, a Use-By date of 8/15/2016, and a case code number 00090150; 3-lb  chubs of “Hill Country Fare Ground Beef” 73% Lean/27% Fat with a Packed On date of 7/26/2016, a Use-By date of 8/15/2016, and a case code number … [Read more...]

Ground Beef Recalled for Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

All American Meats of Nebraska is recalling 167,427 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. This is a dangerous bacteria that can cause serious illness and death. No confirmed reports of illness have been received to date. The recalled products are "Ground Beef 80% Lean 20% Fat (Fine Grind) with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 62100, Ground Beef 73% Lean 27% Fat (Fine Grind)” with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 60100, “Ground Beef Round 85% Lean 15% Fat (Fine Grind)” with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 68560, and “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 68160. Also recalled is “Ground Beef Chuck 81% Lean 19% Fat (Fine Grind)” with sell by date 11-03-2015 and case code 63130, … [Read more...]

Western Meat Recalls 15 Months of Ground Beef for E.coli

Western Meat Co. of Tucson is recalling ground beef sold between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015 due to a possible E. coli 0157:H7 health risk. The recall affects 5 and 10 pound packages only. No illnesses had been reported at the time of the recall, but customers who have these products in their freezers should not use them as E. coli O157:H7 can cause severe illness. The recalled products were sold to limited customers in the Tucson area who will be reimbursed by the company for any packages they have that are included in the recall. … [Read more...]

Bi-Lo Market Recalls Ground Beef

Bi-Lo Supermarket of Rossville, Ga. is recalling ground beef that may be contaminated with pieces from a small plastic pop-up timer. The ground beef item was produced April 23, 2015. The recalled products were sold in 1-2 lb. packages marked  “Bi-Lo Market Style Ground Beef" with the "sell by" date of 4/25/15. These items were sold in Georgia and Tennessee. At the time of the recall, there were no reports of adverse reactions or oral injury associated with consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.     … [Read more...]

Cargill Recalls Meadowland Farms Ground Beef That May Contain Blue String

Cargill Meat Solutions of Wyalusing, Pa. is recalling approximately 8,294 pounds of ground beef product that may be contaminated with blue string.  The ground beef patties were produced on April 6, 2015 and shipped to warehouse locations in Connecticut and Maryland. The recalled products were packaged in 5.3-lb. trays containing sixteen pieces of “85% Lean 15% Fat MEADOWLAND FARMS Ground Beef 1/3 LB. PATTIES,” with a use or freeze by date of April 18, 2015. They have the establishment number “EST. 9400” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was discovered during a cleaning process when a cotton/poly blend blue string was found in one of the machines. At the time of the recall there had been no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these … [Read more...]

E. coli Illnesses in MA Investigated by State, Federal Authorities

Health officials in Massachusetts are working with federal authorities to investigate the source of three cases of E. coli poisoning that occurred in June.  Results from lab tests last week showed a link between the cases, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Little is known about the three patients who were diagnosed in June with E. coli O157:H7 infections. Health authorities are not releasing information such as the age, gender, or county of residence of any of the cases patients. Nor have they disclosed if any of those who were sickened required hospitalization. Symptoms of and E. coli infection include diarrhea that can be bloody and abdominal cramping. Some patients with E.coli infections develop a condition called hemolytic … [Read more...]

E. coli Illnesses Prompt Whole Foods Ground Beef Recall in Massachusetts

Three E.coli illnesses in Massachusetts have prompted a recall of ground beef products sold at Whole Foods stores in South Weymouth and Newton, Massachusetts. Three people who ate ground beef purchased from these stores developed E. coli O157:H7 infections between June 13 and June 25. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is working with the Massachusetts Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on an investigation of the illnesses. A recall has been issued for 368 pounds of ground beef products produced in June and sold at the stores. Health officials are concerned that some people may have the recalled products in their freezers. Consumers who have any of the products listed below should not eat them as E.coli can … [Read more...]

Researchers Fight STEC E. coli on Beef

Researchers from the department of animal science at Texas A&M Univeristy and Texas A&M AgriLife Research are focusing on ways to inhibit the growth of STEC E. coli on beef. The Shiga-toxin E. coli bacteria cause 230,000 cases of illness every year in the U.S., when beef is not handled properly and is not cooked to a minimum temperature of 160°F. That beef, when it is not cooked properly or deliberately undercooked, also causes more than 2,000 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) every year, a life-threatening complication of a STEC infection that can lead to kidney failure and death. Such is the case with the ongoing E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Missouri, where undercooked hamburger is linked with the illness of 11 people, six of whom have … [Read more...]

Wolverine E. coli Ground Beef Recall Expands Again

The USDA has expanded the recall list of Wolverine Packing Company ground beef for E. col O157:H7 to include more stores in more states.The USDA has stated that "this list may not include all retail locations that have received the recalled product or may include retail locations that did not actually receive the recalled product." Make sure that you check product-specific information to see if you have purchased the recalled hamburger. The USDA believes that the ground beef was sent to distribution centers nationwide. Missouri stores of Gordon Food Service Marketplace chain have been added to the list. In Illinois, Butcher Block Plus in Decatur may have sold the beef. In Minnesota, the Harvest Moon Co-op in Long Lake may have sold the hamburger. And in North Carolina, Foscoe Country … [Read more...]

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