October 18, 2017

If You’re Serving Kibbeh, Please Cook It First

Kibbeh is a dish from the Middle East and Africa that is traditionally served at some family celebrations. The variety known as Kibbeh nayyeh is prepared and served raw. And thus poses a risk of food poisoning. The dish is made from red meat, onion, cracked wheat, and spices. Many people who prepare this dish do try to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination, such as cleaning the grinding blades and keeping the meat cold, there is no way to ensure that the product is free from pathogenic bacteria other than to cook it. Any cut of beef or lamb could have pathogenic bacteria, such as E. coli O157:H7, on its surface. When this meat is ground, no matter where it is ground, whether the butcher or your home, the bacteria on the surface will be mixed all through the meat. No uncooked … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak At Bread & Butter Farm in Vermont

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Vermont has been announced in a recall notice on the USDA's website today. Two people were sickened after eating cooked beef burgers at an event at Bread & Butter Farm located in Shelburne, Vermont. FSIS was notified about this outbreak on September 30, 2017. Traceback information indicates that both patients ate ground beef products at that farm during an event that was supplied by Vermont Livestock Slaughter & Processing in Ferrisburg, Vermont. Illness onset dates ranged from September 18, 2017 to September 23, 2017. FSIS is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and the Vermont Department of Health to investigate this outbreak and will release more information as it becomes available. Vermont Livestock recalled 133 … [Read more...]

Thompson’s Ground Beef Recalled for Possible E. coli O157:H7

Clair D. Thompson & Sons of Pennsylvania is recalling about 700 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. These items were shipped to institutions in New York and Pennsylvania. They were produced and packaged on September 27-28, 2017 and October 2, 2017. The recalled items are 5 pound plastic. bags of "Thompson's Ground Beef," and 10 pound plastic bags of "Thompson's Ground Beef. They have the establishment number "EST. 9681" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The firm was notified on October 2, 2017 that their sample of ground beef had tested positive for the pathogenic bacteria by a third party lab. If you bought these products, do not use them. Throw them away in a … [Read more...]

Baraka Bakery Recalls Halal Ground Beef for Possible E. coli O157:H7

Baraka Bakery and Grocery in Nashville, Tennessee, is recalling an undetermined amount of ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses received to date in connection with this problem. The ground beef was sold to consumers from the firm's retail location in Tennessee. The Halal ground beef items were processed and packaged on dates from April 19, 2017 through April 26, 2017. The beef is butcher ground to order "Halal Ground Beef." If you purchased this product, do not eat it even if you are going to cook it thoroughly. FSIS is concerned that some of the product may be frozen in consumers' freezers. Throw it away in a sealed container, or take it back to the store where you bought it for a full … [Read more...]

Recall of Longo’s Meat Products for E. coli O157:H7 Updated

The food recall warning issued on April 21, 2017 in Canada for possible E. coli O157:H7 in Longo's meat products has been updated to include more products. Now, more than ground veal is being recalled. The products were sold from the Longo Brothers Fruit Market located at 5636 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with the package sizes, codes on the product, and UPC numbers at the CFIA web site. The newly recalled products include Ground Beef, Extra Lean Ground Beef, Medium Ground Beef, All Beef Lean Patties, All Beef Meatballs, and All Beef Meatloaf, among others. If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them, even if you are going to cook them thoroughly. Cross-contamination between raw meat and other foods is a real … [Read more...]

Do Not Eat “Tiger Meat” This Holiday Season

The USDA is asking consumers to not eat so called "tiger meat" this holiday season. This unusual dish, which is served in the Midwestern states with German heritage, is made of raw ground beef mixed with raw eggs and seasonings. It is also called "cannibal sandwich" or "steak tartare." In 2013, an E. coli outbreak linked to tiger meat was reported in Wisconsin. Three people were sickened in that outbreak. A recall of ground beef from Glenn’s Market and Catering in Watertown, Wisconsin was tied to that outbreak. All ground meats should be cooked to at least 165°F as tested with a food thermometer. Eating raw or undercooked ground beef, pork, seafood, or poultry is never safe, no matter where you purchased the meat or who prepared the food. Pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli, … [Read more...]

Top 10 Multistate Outbreaks of 2016: Number 7 Adams Farm E. coli

The seventh largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2016 was the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to beef products made by Adams Farm. Eleven people in five states were sickened in this outbreak. The case count by state is: Connecticut (2), Massachusetts (5), Pennsylvania (2), Virginia (1), and West Virginia (1). Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 27, 2016 to September 10, 2016. Patients ranged in age from 1 year to 74. Seven of those sickened in this outbreak were hospitalized, and one person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious condition that can cause kidney failure. No deaths were reported. Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory evidence indicated that beef products produced by Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, Massachusetts were the likely … [Read more...]

Silver Springs Farms Recall of Beef for E. coli O157:H7 Expands

The recall of beef products for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination by Silver Springs Farms in Pennsylvania is expanding. The original release was issued on September 30, 2016. This update includes more products produced from and/or commingled with the source material implicated in the original recall. The first recall was for 740 pounds of ground beef. The expansion includes an additional 7,203 pounds of ground beef patties and burgers, and an "undetermined" amount of sandwich steak products for a total of 7,970 pounds. There have been no reports of illness associated with the consumption of these products. The recall is for 20-pound cases containing 4 packages of 5-pound ground beef 80/20; 10-pound packages of "Camellia Beef Pattie 80/20" with package codes 6235 and 6242; and … [Read more...]

Paradise Valley Market Recalls Ground Beef for Possible E. coli

The Paradise Valley market in Chula Vista, California is recalling about 35 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The products were made and sold only on September 1, 2016. There have been no confirmed reports of illness linked to the consumption of these products. The market is located at 870 3rd Avenue in Chula Vista. The recalled products include 20 pounds of 15% lean ground beef. This product was packaged to order and sold at the Carnival Supermarket meat counter in reddish plastic bags with a tied knot at the top. The second recalled product is 15 pounds of 7% extra lean ground beef. The product was also packaged to order and sold at the Carnival Supermarket meat counter in reddish plastic bags with a tied knot at the top. While the expiration date … [Read more...]

Ranch Foods Beef Recall Associated with CO E. coli Outbreak

Good Food Concepts, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct in Colorado, is recalling 2,606 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. These products are possibly linked to an E. coli outbreak in Colorado. FSIS was notified of an E. coli O157:H7 illness possibly associated with ground beef consumption on July 14, 2016. The USDA worked with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the El Paso County Public Health Department to determine that there is a possible link between the products from Ranch Foods Direct and this illness. FSIS found E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef products originating from Ranch Foods Direct on July 25, 2016 through laboratory testing and traceback investigation. FSIS is working with those departments in … [Read more...]

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