July 22, 2019

Aqueon Betta Food Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Central Aquatics of Franklin, Wisconsin is recalling 96 cases of Aqueon Betta Food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This poses a health hazard to fish pets and to the people who handle the food, especially if they have not thoroughly wash their hands after handling the food or any surfaces that may have come into contact with the food. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The recalled product is Aqueon Betta Food sold in 0.95 ounce glass jars. The item number on the product is 100106051, the UPC number is  0 15905 06051 6, and the expiration dates are EX04JUN22 and EX05JUN22.. The manufacturing dates on the food are 06/04/2019 and 06/05/2019. The product was distributed to Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Fish … [Read more...]

Texas A&M Studying Super-Repellent Surfaces For Food Safety

Texas A&M Agrilife Research and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station were awarded a grant from the USDA to study and develop super-repellent and anti-fouling surfaces for foods. These types of surfaces could be used to help ensure the safety of fresh food products. Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, AgriLife Research food science and co-principal investigator for the project said in a statement, "There is a need to reduce those outbreaks associated with microbial contamination that may take place in different operations along the fresh produce chain. The surfaces we are designing avoid cross-contamination and reduce the risk of biofilm formation.” Some bacteria, such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria monocytogenes, can develop biofilms that help protect them from … [Read more...]

Two Good Reasons to Avoid Raw Cookie Dough: Salmonella and E. coli

Most everyone, by now, knows that food safety experts say you should avoid raw cookie dough or cake batter, because of the possibility of food poisoning. The two culprits in those foods are raw flour and raw eggs. Studies have shown that both of those ingredients can and have been contaminated with pathogens. Flour can be contaminated with E. coli and Salmonella bacteria  (an E. coli outbreak that is happening right now is linked to flour) and raw eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella. But are these foods contaminated often enough to be a problem? The answer is yes, even though only a small percentage of raw flour and raw eggs may be contaminated. These pathogens have what scientists call "low infective doses," which means that just a few bacteria can make you very sick. … [Read more...]

MyChopChop Grounded Peper Recalled in Canada For Salmonella

MyChopChop is recalling MyChopChop brand Grounded Peper from the marketplace because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This product may have been distributed nationally at the consumer level. There have not been any reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The Peper is a product of Nigeria. The recalled product is MyChopChop Grounded Peper in 100 gram packages. There are no codes on the product, and no UPC number. All units sold up to and including June 3, 2019 are part of this recall. The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of more products. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away after first … [Read more...]

CDC Says: Don’t Rinse That Chicken!

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) is reiterating advice it has given before: don't rinse that chicken! Americans eat more chicken than any other meat, and chicken is often contaminated with Campylobacter, Salmonella, and Clostridum perfringens bacteria. Anyone who purchases raw chicken should handle it carefully to prevent food poisoning. Cooks and even cookbooks have told consumers to rinse chicken before cooking. But that advice is incorrect; don't rinse that chicken!  Bacteria can aerosolize under running water, and can contaminate everything within a 3-foot radius of the faucet. That means that the sink, countertop, and even you can be contaminated with pathogens if you rinse your chicken. The only thing that gets rid of bacteria on chicken is cooking it to … [Read more...]

Recall of Young Thai Coconut Meat for Salmonella Updated

The recall of Feeding Change brand Young Thai Coconut Meat in Canada for possible Salmonella contamination has been updated with more product information. The product was distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. The recalled product is Feeding Change Young Thai Coconut Meat, sold in 454 gram packages. The codes on the product are: Best By : JUN 01 2020 CM 152181A; Best By : JUN 13 2020 CM 164181A; Best By : JUN 14 2020 CM 165181A; and Best By : JUN 18 2020 CM 169181A. The UPC number printed on the product is 0 91037 12927 7. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. More products may be recalled as there investigation proceeds. If you … [Read more...]

Ecoideas Tigernuts Recalled For Possible Salmonella

Ecoideas is recalling Organic Skinned Tigernuts, a tuber sold as a snack food, in Canada for possible Salmonella contamination. The product was sold in Ontario and Quebec and was also sold through the Internet. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The recalled products are Ecoideas brand. They include Organic Skinned Tigernuts sold in 227 gram packages, with code 84919101 Best By 013121, and UPC number 8 75405 00284 9; and Organic Skinned Tigernuts in 454 gram packages, with codes 85619101 Best By 013121, and UPC number 8 75405 00285 6. This recall was triggered by a recall in another country. A food safety investigation is being conducted. If more products need to be recalled, this recall notice will be updated. If you purchased this product, do … [Read more...]

Celebrate Profiteroles and Eclairs Recalled For Salmonella in Canada; Illnesses Reported

Retail Resource Services in Canada is recalling some Celebrate brand frozen profiteroles and eclairs for possible Salmonella contamination. There are illnesses linked to these recalled products. These products were sold at the retail level and to foodservice locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. The recalled products are all Celebrate brand. All codes are recalled. They include Mini Chocolate Eclairs in 365 gram packages, with UPC number 8 858762 720047; Classical Profiteroles/Classic Profiteroles in 325 gram packages, with UPC number 8 858762 720009 and Egg Nog Profiteroles, in 375 gram packages, with UPC number 8 858762 720016. The following have no UPC number, as they are foodservice … [Read more...]

Foodborne Illnesses Increased in 2018 Compared to 2015-2017

Foodborne illnesses increased in 2018 compared to the period of 2015-2017, according to a new report by the Center for Disease Control for its Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report for the week of April 26, 2019. The report states that this increase may are partially attributable to increased culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs). CIDT identifies pathogens that were not routinely detected by other methods. During 2018, FoodNet identified 25,606 infections, 5,893 hospitalizations, and 120 deaths. The incidence of cyclospora infections increased "markedly," in 2018 because there were several large outbreaks associated with produce. And the number of illnesses caused by Campylobacter and Salmonella remain high. FoodNet surveils the population for lab-diagnosed infections … [Read more...]

FDA Improves Ice Cream Production Safety After Listeria Outbreaks

The FDA announced today that they are taking steps to improve ice cream production after inspecting food facilities and collecting and testing samples from the environment where foods are produced. The notice states, "Following a string of safety issues related to a number of U.S. ice cream distributors, the FDA engaged a team to inspect and obtain environmental samples from 89 ice cream production facilities in 32 states to test for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella. The government fond that some were in violation of the law." There have been two Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks linked to ice cream in the past few years. Last year, one person was sickened after eating Working Cow Homemade ice cream. And in 2015, the CDC released information about 10 people sickened with … [Read more...]

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