December 14, 2018

FDA Reiterates Warning About Achdut Tahini Linked to Salmonella Concord Outbreak

The FDA is reiterating its warning to consumers to avoid eating Achdut Tahini. Products made by Actdut Ltd., which is based in Israel, are linked to a Salmonella Concord outbreak that has sickened at least 5 people. Achdut updated their recall on December 11, 2018, to include all brands of tahini products that were manufactured from April 7, 2018 to May 21, 2018. Most of the Achdut tahini brands have expiration dates of April 7, 2020 to May 21, 2020. One exception is for Baron's brand tahini, with an expiration date of May 5, 2021. The tahini was sold through mail order and is available internationally in retail stores. The brands of Achdut tahini that are recalled include Achva, Achdut, Soom, S&F, Baron's, and Pepperwood. The product lot codes range from 18-097 to 18-141. … [Read more...]

Salmonella Newport Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef Grows to 333 Sick

The Salmonella Newport outbreak that is linked to ground beef from JBS Tolleson has grown to include 333 people sick in 28 states. Ninety-one people have been hospitalized. That's an addition of 87 more patients since the last notice was published in November 2018. Those additional 87 ill people live in 16 states. New states added to the outbreak count are Michigan, Mississippi, and West Virginia. Illness onset dates range from August 5, 2018 to November 9, 2018. The patient age range is from less than one year to 99. The hospitalization rate in this outbreak, which is 33%, is higher than the typical hospitalization rate for a Salmonella outbreak, which is 20%. The states with the most ill persons are Arizona, with 50, California, with 107, and Colorado, with 58. Of the 227 … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Update: More Achdut Tahini Recalled

Actdut of Ariel, Israel is recalling more tahini products that are linked to a Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. All packages and sizes of tahini that were produced on the dates of April 7 through May 21, 2018 are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. the tahini was distributed internationally through retail stores and mail order. The recalled products are Tahini, Whole Tahini, Organic Tahini, and Seasoned Tahini. The container sizes of these recalled products are: 15 ounce, 16 ounce, 17.6 ounce, 635 ounce (428 g, 454 g, 500 g, 18K g), with lot numbers 18-097 to 18-141 or with expiration dates April 7th to May 21st 2020. The Baron's brand that is recalled has the expiration date of 5/5/2021.  The brand names of the products are: Achdut, Baron's, … [Read more...]

Kosher Chicken Salmonella Outbreak Ends With 25 Sick, Lawsuits Possible

The kosher chicken Salmonella outbreak that was associated with Empire Kosher brand has ended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with 25 patients in 6 states. Eleven people were hospitalized in this outbreak, which is a very high percentage for a Salmonella outbreak. The Salmonella that sickened those people is Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory evidence found that some kosher chicken products were contaminated with the outbreak strain. The outbreak strain was found in samples of raw chicken collected from two facilities, including one that processes Empire Kosher brand chicken. The case count by state is: Maryland (1)< Massachusetts (2), New York (16), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (4), and Virginia (1). Illness onset dates … [Read more...]

California Hard Hit by JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak

California has been hard hit by the ground beef Salmonella outbreak linked to a 12-million-pound recall. About one-quarter of all illnesses reported in this outbreak, 66 of the 246 total, have occurred in California. It's also the state with most grocery stores affected by the massive recall. “More than 100 stores in California sold the recalled beef,” said Ryan Osterholm, a Salmonella lawyer with the national food safety law firm Pritzker Hageman. "No other state has even half that number." The outbreak, which was announced on October 4, 2018, includes 246 people in 25 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fifty-nine people got so sick they need to be hospitalized. Other states reporting illnesses linked to this … [Read more...]

JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Recall Associated With Salmonella Outbreak Expands

JBS Tolleson ground beef is associated with a Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened at least 246 people in 25 states. The recall issued in association with that outbreak that was originally announced on October 4, 2018 has now doubled. An additional 5,156,076 pounds of raw beef products is recalled, for a total of 12,093,271 pounds. The raw, non-intact beef items were packaged on various dates ranging from July 26, 2018 to September 7, 2018. All of the recalled products have the establishment number "EST. 267" inside the USDA mark of inspection or somewhere else on the label. They were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with product code, use by date, and distribution level, at the USDA web site. The … [Read more...]

Salmonella Concord Outbreak Linked to Imported Tahini Sickens Five

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released information about the Salmonella Concord outbreak that is linked to imported tahini produced by Achdut Ltd. in Israel. Five people in three states are sick with this infection. No one has been hospitalized, and no deaths are reported. The case count by state is: Hawaii (1), Michigan (1), and New York (3).  Illness onset dates range from June 16, 2018 to October 18, 2018. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates that tahini products from Achdut Ltd. are the likely source of this outbreak. Investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify patients who may be part of this Salmonella Concord outbreak. All five patients have been diagnosed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Concord. All five people … [Read more...]

Achdut Recalls Multiple Brands of Tahini Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Achdut is recalling multiple brands of Tahini because it is linked to a Salmonella Concord outbreak that has sickened at least five people. This product is imported from Israel. The recalled products are Tahini, Whole Tahini, Organic Tahini, and Seasoned Tahini sold under the brand names  Achdut, Baron's, S&F, Pepperwood, Soom and Achva. The product is packaged in these container sizes: 15 ounce, 16 ounce, 17.6 ounce, 635 ounce, and has lot numbers 18-097 to 18-141. The expiration dates on these recalled products range from April 7 to May 21, 2020. The product was distributed internationally in retail stores and through mail order. The recall notice states that the probable root cause for this recall is cross-contamination. Achdut is collaborating with health officials in the … [Read more...]

Salmonella Concord Outbreak Linked to Achdut Tahini

A Salmonella Concord outbreak that has sickened five people is linked to Baron's brand tahini that was manufactured by Achdut Ltd. This product is imported into the U.S. from Ari'el, Israel. Achdut has voluntary recalled all brands of tahini products manufactured from April 7, 2018 to May 21, 2018 with expiration dates that range from April 7, 2020 to May 21, 2020. The FDA is advising consumers to not eat recalled Achva, Achdut, Soom, S&F, Pepperwood, and Baron's brand tahini. The product codes range from 18-097 to 18-141. Some of these brands may lack specific dates or have labels that are written in Hebrew. If you can't identify a tahini that you are considering buying, don't buy it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified five people infected … [Read more...]

Senators Ask USDA For Information About Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Turkey

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have sent a letter to the USDA to ask them to provide the public with more information about the deadly multidrug-resistant Salmonella Reading outbreak linked to raw turkey products. The letter reads, in part, "USDA’s failure to provide identifying information for contaminated turkey to the public in advance of the holiday season is simply unconscionable. As such, we demand that you reverse course and immediately disclose the names of the slaughter facilities and processing plants—and, if possible, the consumer-level brand names—linked to this dangerous outbreak, so that Americans across the country can come together without worrying for the safety of their friends, family, and loved ones." The USDA did release a … [Read more...]

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