November 24, 2020

Bagged Salad Cyclospora Outbreak Sold at ALDI, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco

A bagged salad cyclospora outbreak has sickened 76 people in 6 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The salads include ALDI Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salad, Hy-Vee Brand Garden Salad, and Jewel-Osco Signature Farms Garden Salad. Investigators are trying to determine if other products may also be a source of these illnesses. The patient case count by state is: Iowa (28), Illinois (23), Kansas (1), Minnesota (10), Missouri (7), and Nebraska (7). Sixteen people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The patient age range is from 16 to 92 years. And illness onset dates range from May 11, 2020 to June 14, 2020. Cyclospora outbreaks have happened every year in the United States for the past several years. Last year, at least 2400 … [Read more...]

Hy Vee Recalls Cheesecake Made with Diamond Crystal Mix For Possible Salmonella

Hy Vee, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is recalling its cheesecakes that were made with Diamond Crystal Brands cheesecake mix for possible Salmonella contamination. Their supplier let them know about this issue. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The mix was distributed to 117 of Hy-Vee's 249 grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The specific stores were not named. The cheesecake mix itself is in a plastic container with a plastic lid, with expiration date ranging from December 6, 2018 to January 11, 2019. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with product package sizes and UPC numbers. The recalled products include Cherry Cheesecake, Oreo … [Read more...]

Risks of Food Poisoning in Packaged and Prepared Foods

There have been quite a few food poisoning outbreaks in 2018 that were linked to packaged and prepared foods, that is, foods that have been prepared in a factory or plant. The Fareway/Triple T chicken salad Salmonella outbreak is one example, as is the Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak that was linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal and the Salmonella outbreak linked to Hy Vee Spring Pasta Salad. Both of these items were "ready-to-eat," which means that the consumer doesn't heat them before eating. That makes them risky, according to an article by Consumer Reports. There is zero tolerance for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in ready-to-eat products in this country, but no such restrictions apply to Salmonella bacteria. Packaged and prepared foods may seem safe, but they can cause … [Read more...]

The Number 8 Food Poisoning Outbreak of 2018: Hy Vee Spring Pasta Salad

The number eight multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2018 was the Salmonella Sandiego and Salmonella enteric subspecies IIIb outbreak linked to recalled HyVee Spring Pasta Salads that sickened at least 101 people in 10 states. That outbreak ended in September 2018. The illness onset date range was June 21, 2018 to August 7, 2018. Twenty-five patients were hospitalized. The case count by state was:  Illinois (2), Iowa (37), Kansas (3), Minnesota (23), Missouri (3), Nebraska (11), North Dakota (1), Oregon (1), South Dakota (19), and Tennessee (1).  The patient age range was from 1 year to 89. Officials interviewed 95 people and found that 26% were hospitalized. In interviews, patients were asked what they ate the week before they got sick. Sixty, or 76%, of 79 ill persons … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Hy Vee Spring Pasta Salads Ends; Lawsuits Filed

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Hy Vee Spring Pasta Salad has ended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after sickening 101 people in 10 states. Twenty-five people were hospitalized because they were so sick. That's an increase of 22 more patients since the last update on August 1, 2018. The salad was recalled on July 17, 2018. The bacteria that caused these illnesses were Salmonella Sandiego and Salmonella enterica subspecies IIIb.  The patient case count by state is: Illinois (2), Iowa (37), Kansas (3), Minnesota (23), Missouri (3), Nebraska (11), North Dakota (1), Oregon (1), South Dakota (19), and Tennessee (1).  The patient age range was from 1 year to 89. Illnesses in this outbreak started on dates ranging from June 21, 2018 to August 7, 2018. … [Read more...]

Hy Vee Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Spring Pasta Salad Grows to 79 Sick; Lawsuits Possible

The multistate Hy Vee Salmonella outbreak linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads has grown to include 79 people in 9 states, according to the CDC. The salad was recalled on July 17, 2018. The salad contains shell pasta, carrots, celery, cucumbers, green pepper, onion, and mayonnaise. Officials have not yet determined which component of the salad is contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria in this Hy Vee Salmonella outbreak. Fifty-eight more ill persons have been added to this outbreak count since the last update on July 18, 2018. Four more states reported ill people: Illinois, Kansas, North Dakota, and Tennessee. The main outbreak strain of bacteria in this outbreak is Salmonella Sandiego. Salmonella enteric subspecies IIIb has been added to this investigation because two people … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs In On Hy-Vee Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Salads; Lawsuits Possible

The FDA has weighed in on the Hy-Vee Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads. At least 21 people in five states have been sickened in this outbreak. Five people are hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. The case count by state is: Iowa (8), Minnesota (7), Missouri (1), Nebraska (4), and South Dakota (1). The patient age range is from 5 to 89. Illness onset dates range from June 23, 2018 to July 3, 2018. The FDA first learned about this outbreak on July 16, 2018. The FDA, CDC, and state partners started investigating this outbreak and identified Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad as a possible source of these illnesses. On that same day, Hy-Vee removed the Spring Pasta Salad products from all of its 244 stores located in llinois, Iowa, Kansas, … [Read more...]

Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad Linked to Salmonella Sandiego Outbreak; 20 in MN, SD, NE, MO, and IA Sick; Some May Sue

Hy-Vee is recalling its Spring Pasta Salad because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Twenty-one people in Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa are sick and are linked to this recalled product. Five people have been hospitalized. The recall includes Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads in both 1 pound and 3 pound containers. The salads were produced between June 1, 2018 and July 13, 2018, and are available from the deli service case in those stores. The expiration date range is from June 22, 2018 to August 3, 2018. The pasta salad was distributed to all of Hy-Vee's 244 grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Hy-Vee removed all of the Spring Pasta Salad from its shelves and service cases on July 16, … [Read more...]

Hy-Vee Trail Mix Recalled for Listeria

Hy-Vee, Inc. of West Des Moines, Iowa, is recalling six trail mix products that may be contaminated with Listeria. The recalled products were sold at Hy-Vee stores in the eight states where it does business. Consumers who have purchased them should not eat them. The products include Hy-Vee Caramel Cashew Honey Crunch Trail Mix, Hy-Vee Dark Chocolate Cranberry Trail Mix, Hy-Vee Mountain Trail Mix, Hy-Vee Mountain Trail Mix To Go, Hy-Vee Berry Trail Mix and Hy-Vee Santa Fe Trail Mix. For details about the recalled products click the link above. Listeria can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections. Those most at risk are young children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms, which can take 70 days to develop,  include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, … [Read more...]

HyVee Recalls Dog Food For Aflatoxin

Hy-Vee, Inc. is recalling certain bags of dog food due to elevated levels of aflatoxin, a chemical contaminant found in corn. Consumers who have purchased these products should not feed them to their dogs. Aflatoxins cause cancer in animals, but are allowed at extremely low levels in nuts, seeds and legumes because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers them "unavoidable contaminants" that pose little risk if small amounts are eaten over a lifetime. The problem with the dog food products was discovered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. At the time if the recall no illnesses had been reported in association with the recall. The products have been removed from Hy-Vee stores. The recalled products carry three different "Best By" dates, 11/19/2013, 11/24/2013 and … [Read more...]

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