January 27, 2023

Church Brothers and FreshPoint Parsley Recalled For Salmonella

Church Brothers and FreshPoint parsley are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. This recall information was posted on the FDA's Enforcement page so there is no mention of any possible illnesses associated with this issue. The recalling firms are Church Brothers LLC of Salinas, California, and FreshPoint South Florida, Inc. of Pompano Beach, Florida. The parsley was imported from Mexico. The recalled products include FC Parsley Curly Chopped Fine, packaged in 12 count containers. The UPC number for this product is 10022363. Also recalled is Parsley in 12 count packages distributed by FPSF, 22363 LOC 51, and Parsley in 6 count packages, distributed by FPSF, 22863 LOC 51. The Julian Dates on these products range from 346 to 354. About 1,269 cases of this parsley are … [Read more...]

Best Nutritionals Fenugreek Seed Powder Recalled For Salmonella

Best Nutritionals Fenugreek Seed Powder is being recalled because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This dietary supplement recall was terminated on January 13, 2023, but because the best by date is 10/24 we are including it. There is no indication of any illnesses, because this recall was posted on the FDA's Enforcement page. The recalling firm is Best Nutritional LLC of Piscataway, New Jersey. The recalled product is Best Nutritionals Fenugreek Seed Powder that is packaged in white plastic bottles with green, gold, and blue labeling. Each bottle contains 360 610 milligram hard gelatin capsules of Fenugreek seed powder, labeled in part, "Best Naturals Fenugreek Premium Herbal." The best by date for this product is 10/24. The lot number that is stamped on the label is … [Read more...]

Three Gold Coins Dried Mushrooms Recalled For Salmonella

Three Gold Coins Dried Mushrooms are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. This recall notice was posted on the FDA's Enforcement page, so there is no information about whether or not any illnesses are associated with the consumption of these mushrooms. The recalling firm is Tai Phat Wholesalers of Capitol Heights, Maryland. The mushrooms were distributed to consignees in these states: Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. About 341 cases of each type were distributed. No pictures of the products are available. The recalled products include Three Gold Coins Dried Mushrooms, sliced, that are sold in 50 x 2.5 ounce … [Read more...]

The FDA’s “Best” Worst Warning Letters of 2022

When the FDA discovers that a company has significantly violated federal regulations, the agency issues a warning letter. These letters enumerate some of the key violations and instruct the offender to devise and execute a plan to correct them within a designated timeline. All of these letters deal with serious food safety violations - filth, pests, bacteria, but some really stand out. Here are some of the notable warning letters the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent in 2022. "A History of Infestation" Dollar Tree Inc. This letter, sent November 8, 2022, pertains to an FDA inspection that took place January 11 - February 11, 2022, at Family Dollar Distribution Inc., located at 1800 Family Dollar Parkway, West Memphis, AR. At that time, the facility stored and distributed … [Read more...]

Safer Food Choices For Those at Risk For Food Poisoning

Every month there is at least one food recall about a potentially dangerous food in the United States. These recalls are for foods that may be contaminated with E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, cyclospora, and Campylobacter. Unfortunately, some foods are inherently risky because of the way they are grown or prepared. While the general public certainly is at risk for illness from these foods, there are some people who can become seriously ill if they are infected. There are safer food choices for anyone who is at high risk for food poisoning complications. People at higher risk for serious complications from food poisoning include the very young, the elderly, pregnant women, people with chronic health problems such as diabetes, and anyone with a compromised immune system. … [Read more...]

How Many Food Poisoning Outbreaks Were Unsolved in 2022?

How many FDA-regulated food poisoning outbreaks were unsolved in 2022? Taking a look at the FDA's CORE Outbreak Investigation Table, there were 25 multi-state outbreaks in 2022 that the FDA believes were linked to foods that agency monitors. Of those 25 outbreaks, 13 outbreaks were unsolved. The minimum number of people sickened in those unsolved outbreaks was 483. Every year in the United States, 48,000,000 people are sickened from contaminated food. There are 128,000 hospitalizations and about 3,000 people die. The FDA and USDA started using outbreak tables to inform the public about these events. The tables do not have much information until there is some action that consumers can take. However, before the tables were introduced, the public was never informed about these … [Read more...]

Sun Sprouts Alfalfa Sprouts Recall For Salmonella Expands

The Sun Sprouts alfalfa sprouts recall for possible Salmonella contamination has expanded to include two more lot numbers. Those sprouts are associated with a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that has sickened at least 15 people in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Oklahoma, even though the recall notice states that, "To date, SunSprout has received no complaints or reports of illness due to this recalled product." In fact, the company acknowledges that a preliminary investigation of an outbreak of illnesses likely associated with alfalfa sprouts triggered this recall. But the recall notice also states that "SunSprout, out of an abundance of caution, is initiating this voluntary recall while it further investigates how this alfalfa product was handled and stored after it left its Nebraska … [Read more...]

SunSprout Alfalfa Sprouts Recalled For Possible Salmonella

SunSprout alfalfa sprouts are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. The sprouts were distributed to customers in Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa between late November and early December 2022. The recalling firm is SunSprout Enterprises of Fremont, Nebraska. The recall notice states that "To date, SunSprout has received no complaints or reports of illness due to this recalled product. This voluntary recall is a result of a preliminary investigation by the State of Nebraska in connection with CDC of an outbreak of illness likely associated with alfalfa sprouts. SunSprout, out of an abundance of caution, is initiating this voluntary recall while it further investigates how this alfalfa product was handled and stored after it left its Nebraska facility." That outbreak has … [Read more...]

Wegmans Organic Microgreens Recalled For Possible Salmonella

Wegmans organic microgreens, baby kale and baby spinach with sweet pea leaves, and cat grass are all being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these items. the recalling firm is Wegmans Food Markets of Rochester, New York. The recalled products were sold at different Wegmans stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, an North Carolina. You can see the full list of potentially affected items at the Wegmans web site. According to that site, there is potential Salmonella contamination in the soil the products were grown in. The recalled products are Wegmans Organic Farm & Orchard Microgreens in 1.75 ounce containers, with UPC number 77890-25036 and use … [Read more...]

Study Confirms that Raw Milk Is Linked to Foodborne Illness

A new study has confirmed that raw milk is linked to foodborne illness. During the time period of 2013 to 2018, 75 outbreaks that caused 675 illnesses were linked to unpasteurized milk. Of these illnesses, almost half were among children and teenagers aged o to 19 years. Given that the consumption of raw milk is low in this country, with only about 1 to 2% of the adult population buying it, these numbers are shocking. The study points out that almost 80% of those outbreaks occurred in states where the sale of raw milk is allowed. Raw milk and raw milk products are a public health challenge in the United States. And laws that encourage availability of unpasteurized milk are associated with more illnesses and outbreaks. Raw milk can be contaminated with many different pathogens, … [Read more...]

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