June 21, 2024

2022 Meat and Poultry Recalls Far Below Average

In-depth analysis from Food Poisoning Bulletin Meat and poultry producers issued 46 recalls last year, a number far below the pre-pandemic four-year average of 126, according to a Food Poisoning Bulletin review of meat and poultry recalls published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS). Since 2010, the only year with fewer recalls was 2020 when there were plant closures due to COVID outbreaks. Not surprisingly then, the number of recalls for bacterial contamination by one of the three major pathogens – E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria was also the lowest since 2010 excluding the first year of the pandemic. The four-year average for these recalls before the pandemic was 26. In 2022, there were just nine recalls for meat and poultry … [Read more...]

Listeria was Top Pathogen Source of Recalls and Related Deaths in 2021

In-depth analysis from Food Poisoning Bulletin  Listeria was the top pathogen source of food recalls and related deaths in 2021, according to an in-depth analysis by Food Poisoning Bulletin. After our second annual analysis of recalls for meat and poultry, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), we turned our attention to recalls for all other foods which are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Listeria findings are some of the key takeaways from our deep dive into 2021 food recalls. How We Did This We focussed on the recalls that FDA gathers from press releases and other public notices and publishes on its website. While these represent only a portion of all annual recalls for FDA-regulated foods, (we'll just call them "food … [Read more...]

Vitakraft Vita Smart Hedgehog Food Recalled for Salmonella Risk

Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. of Weston, OH has issued a recall for Vitakraft Vita Smart Hedgehog Food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.  This can pose a risk of illness for hedgehogs who eat the food and humans who handle it. At the time of the recall, the company was unaware of any illnesses associated with the product. The recalled product  has the following identifying information: UPC: 0-51233-34792-9 Lot: 343422 Expiration date: 11/06/22 Animals with Salmonella infections may appear lethargic or experience diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, fever, or vomiting. If your pet at this product and has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian. In humans, symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody. In … [Read more...]

In Canada, Del Monte, Sysco Cantaloupe Recalled for Salmonella

In Canada, Del Monte and Sysco brand cantaloupes are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers who have purchased these melons should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The recalled Del Monte individual cantaloupes were sold up to and including February 18, 2016 have the PLU 4050, 12-count cases had the lot number 360012 . The Sysco Imperial Fresh Cantaloupe was distributed in 3 count boxes with the Lot  number 127 12 035 5. They were distributed in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba. They may have been distributed nationally. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea that can be bloody usually appear six to seventy-two hours after infection and last up to a week. Those at highest risk to … [Read more...]

Homestat Steel Cut Oats with Chia, Flax and Rye Recalled for Salmonella

Homestat Farm of Dublin, OH is recalling some packages only of Organic Steel Cut Oats & Chia with Flax And Rye Flakes because the flax seed ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. The recalled products were sold in 42 ounce cartons with the UPC 8 35882 00620 4 and "Best Buy" dates: 03/16/17-1, 03/16/18-1, 03/19/17-1, 03/19/17-2, 03/23/17-1, 03/23/17-2, 03/24/17-1, 03/26/17-1, 03/26/17-2, 04/08/17-2. The best buy date is embossed on the bottom flap of box next to the bar code. The recalled product was distributed on a limited basis in Sams Club stores in AK, CA, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, MD, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, OH, PA & TX. Symptoms … [Read more...]

Wegmans and Melissa’s Pine Nuts Recalled for Salmonella

Two brands of pine nuts, Wegmans and Melissa's, are being recalled for Salmonella. Although there were no reports of illness at the time of the recall, consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness. The recalled is being issued by World Variety Produce, Inc. of Los Angeles. The company has ceased production and distribution during the investigation. The Melissa's brand recalled nuts were sold in 2 oz plastic bags with the UPC 0-45255-14351-5,  the use by date 09.14.2016 and the batch code 15CNP10. The Wegmans brand nuts were sold in 3 oz plastic tubs with the UPC 0-77890-24823-2, and best if used by dates 041016 or 041716. The recalled products were sold in the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, … [Read more...]

Perfect Bar Recalls Peanut Butter, Cranberry Crunch for Salmonella

Perfect Bar is recalling specific lot numbers of its Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch flavors due to potential contamination of Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported, but consumers who have purchases these bars should not eat them. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of an infection include: fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Consumers who have eaten the recalled products and are experiencing theses symptoms should see a doctor. To see the lot codes and expiration dates of Perfect Bar’s recalled Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch bars, click the link above.   … [Read more...]

Nutriom Expands Egg Product Recall for Salmonella

Nutriom of Lacey, WA is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg products for possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. Eating  food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a food poisoning infection. Symptoms of salmonellosis, which include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, usually develop within 12 to 72 hours after exposure and last up to seven days. At this time, illnesses associated with the recalled product had not been reported to the company or to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). The dried egg products included in the expanded recall were produced from Jan. 2013 through Jan. 2014, and bear the establishment number “INSPECTED EGG PRODUCTS … [Read more...]

Organic Peppercorns Sold at Whole Foods, Other Stores Recalled For Salmonella

Organic peppercorns, sold at Whole Foods, Frontier Co-ops, Sporuts, Meijer and other retailers that sell natural foods, are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. Frontier Natural Products Co-op is recalling the peppercorns sold under the brand names: Frontier, Simply Organic,  Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value, Nature’s Place, Meijer and Sprouts. The recalled products were sold in all 50 states and in some parts of Canada. Click the link above for further product details. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. The product, which was steam pasteurized at the source,  tested negative for Salmonella by Frontier Natural Products Co-op, but positive on a recently conducted random test. Frontier Natural Products Co-op  said it is immediately … [Read more...]

Foster Farms Chicken Salmonella Outbreak Creeps Along

It has been one month since the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a Public Health Alert due to concerns that illnesses caused by Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California. Since that time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its count of how many people have been sickened in an outbreak that does not appear to be over but has slowed down since public agencies and food poisoning experts in law and academia have called attention to the threat. Meanwhile, attorneys for victims have been moving on Foster Farms chicken litigation to win recoveries and Salmonella lawyer Fred Pritzker said his firm is continuing to accept new cases. "For victims of … [Read more...]

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