May 9, 2021

Soaking Nuts Grains and Seeds in Cold Water Reduces Salmonella Risk

Soaking nuts grains and seeds in cold water reduces the risk of Salmonella growth, according to a new study from Oregon State University. Raw sprouts have long been considered a risky food because they are often contaminated with pathogens that can cause serious illness, and there is no "kill" step before they are eaten. These foods aren't exactly "sprouts," which are a known food safety risk, since the root doesn't emerge, but include grains, nuts, and seeds that are soaked so their hulls soften and the product swells. These products are made by soaking in room temperature water overnight. When the hulls swell, "anti nutrients" are reduced, which are compounds that reduce the human's body to absorb vitamins and minerals. These foods are then dried using low temperature and humidity … [Read more...]

Celebrity Imported Ham Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Olymell S.E.C./L.P. of Quebec, Canada, is recalling about 6,804 pounds of ready to eat ham products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. The recalled product is Celebrity Imported Ham. There are no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions received by the company to date in association with the consumption of this product. The recalled ham was packaged on November 5, 2020. The recalled product is 12-pound plastic film vacuum package of Celebrity Extra Lean Imported Ham 98% Fat Free. The product has the codes "20309 11 – 91", "20309 21 – 91", "20309 31 – 91" or "20309 51 – 91" printed on the side of the package. This product has the Canadian establishment number 180 that is stamped inside the Canadian inspection mark which is located on the label below the … [Read more...]

Two Lots of Meow Mix Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Two lots of Meow Mix dry cat food are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. The J. M. Smucker Corporation is the recalling company. There have been no reports of pet or human illness received by the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled products are Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food packaged in a 30 pound bag. The retail UPC number printed on the package is 2927452099 and the lot code is 1081804. The best if used by date is 9/14/2022. The second recalled product is Meow Mix Original choice Dry Cat Food, also packaged in a 30 pound bag. The retail UPC number for that product is 2927452099, and the lot code is 1082804, and the best if used by date is 9/15/2022. These products were sold at select Walmart stores in … [Read more...]

How Long Can You Store Easter Eggs After the Holiday?

Making and decorating hard cooked eggs for the Easter holiday is traditional. But how long can you store Easter eggs after the holiday? The answer is one week. Which means that this next Sunday, all of your hard cooked Easter eggs should be eaten or discarded. If you stored the eggs after peeling, they should be kept in a bowl of cold water. And change the water every day. Unfortunately, you can't freeze whole hard cooked eggs or they will be rubbery. You can remove and freeze the yolks if you want. Of course, that time frame assumes that you cooked the eggs to well done, refrigerated them within two hours of cooking, and stored them in a refrigerator at a temperature less than 40°F. And used food-grade dye to color the eggs. And that you didn't hide them directly on the ground … [Read more...]

Sabra Dipping Company Recalls Classic Hummus For Possible Salmonella

Sabra Dipping Company is recalling 2,100 cases of their Classic Hummus because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The FDA screened a single tub of this product and found the potential contamination. No illnesses or consumer complaints have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. This voluntary recall of Sabra Dipping Company Classic Hummus is limited to one SKU of the 10 ounce version of this product. No other Sabra products are affected by this recall. This product was distributed in these sixteen states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The recalled product is Sabra Dipping Company … [Read more...]

Midwestern Pet Foods Recalls Dog and Cat Foods For Possible Salmonella

Midwestern Pet Foods is recalling some brands of dog and cat foods because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The brand names that are included in this recall are CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Venture, Unrefined, Sportmix Wholesomes, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportstrail, Sportmix and Meridian. These foods were produced at the company's Monmouth, Illinois production facility. No pet or human illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. People and animals can be infected with Salmonella from contaminated food. Animals can contract this infection and then pass the bacteria through their stool, which can contaminate their fur and the environment. People can contract this infection by handling the food, or by petting the animal or … [Read more...]

Kareem Chef Halva Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Kareem Mart of Garden City, Michigan is recalling Kareem Chef Halva, Halva with Pistachio, and Halva with Chocolate food treats because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of these items. The recalled Kareem Chef Halva products were distributed through Mediterranean food stores and wholesalers in these states: Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The products were sold between March 2020 and February 2021. The recalled items were sold in 1 pound and 2 pound plastic tubs. Only one lot was distributed, with a best before date of July 1, 2022. You can see pictures of the recalled products at the FDA web site. The potential for contamination … [Read more...]

Bravo Packing Expands Its Recall of Pet Food For Salmonella and Listeria

Bravo Packing is expanding its March 4, 2021 recall of pet food products for possible Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No human or animal illnesses related to the consumption of these products have been reported to the company to date. The recall now includes all Bravo Packing pet food and bones in all package sizes. During an FDA inspection, samples collected tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The recall is being expanded due to potential cross-contamination. The recalled products include Performance Dog chub frozen raw dog food in 2 pound size; Performances Dog chub frozen raw dog food in 5 pound size; "Green Tripe" cub - ground bovine stomach frozen raw dog food in 2 pound packages, and "Green Tripe" chub-ground bovine stomach frozen … [Read more...]

Five Outbreak Investigations on USDA Table; Two Are Active

There are five outbreak investigations on the USDA outbreak response table for 2021 only two are active. That table, like the FDA's CORE Investigation table, does not give much information to the public about the outbreaks. The USDA says that "The table does not include outbreak investigations that did not result in one more of the outcomes." Those outcomes include a recall of an FSIS-regulated product linked to the illnesses, a public health alert, and/or an after-action review report. The inactive outbreaks include an E. coli O145 outbreak that officials suspect is linked to ground beef; an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak of unknown origin that does have a link to a CDC Investigation Notice; and a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak of unknown origin. The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak CDC … [Read more...]

Alqosh Sesame Oil Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Mediterranean Food Inc. of Warren, Michigan is recalling Alqosh Sesame Oil because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled Alqosh Sesame Oil is packaged in a 2 pound, clear plastic jar. The lot number printed on the side of the jar is 16082020, and the production date of 08/16/2020 is stamped on the side of the jar. This recalled product was distributed in Michigan retail stores and distributors through the company's staff. It was distributed from November 6, 2020 to December 10, 2020. The potential for contamination was found after routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development after one of the retailers sold the product … [Read more...]

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