April 1, 2020

Mountain Rose Herbs Kudzu Root Recalled For Possible Salmonella

Mountain Rose Herbs Kudzu Root Herbal Supplement is being recalled because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product is Organic Kudzu Root Herbal Supplement with lot numbers 24247-X and 24247. It was sold to customers who ordered from the company's website and was also sold at the company's retail shop in Eugene, Oregon. And it was sold through mail orders by phone or fax from June 17, 2019 to March 2, 2020. In addition, the product may have been resold. Mountain Rose Herbs Kudzu Root was also distributed directly to customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, … [Read more...]

Sobeys and Foodland Asian Vegetable Mix Recalled For Salmonella

The recall of Fresh Sprouts Bean Sprouts in Canada for possible Salmonella contamination has prompted its first secondary recall. This recall was triggered during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation. Sobeys and Foodland Asian Vegetable Mix, which both contain bean sprouts, is recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date to the company or to the government in connection with this issue. These Sobeys and Foodland Asian Vegetable Mix products were sold in Ontario at the retail level. The recalled products include Sobeys Asian Vegetable Mix, sold in variable size packages. The UPC number on the product starts with 208066. The codes on the label are up to and including BB: 2020MR15. Also recalled is Foodland Asian … [Read more...]

Fresh Sprouts Fresh Bean Sprouts Recall For Salmonella Updated

The food recall warning issued on February 21, 2020 for Fresh Sprouts Fresh Bean Sprouts for possible Salmonella contamination has been updated to include more information. The sprouts were sold at the retail level in Ontario. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this problem. The recalled product is Fresh Sprouts Fresh Bean Sprouts sold in 454 gram (1 pound) containers. The UPC number on the product is 8 27468 00100 0 and the codes printed on the label are 20/MAR/17 and 20/MAR/18. The package code in the first recall was for 20/FEB/28. This recall was triggered by test results. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting an investigation which may prompt the recall of other products. If that happens, consumers will be informed on … [Read more...]

New Data Shows Rising Antibiotic Resistance Among Foodborne Pathogens

Bad news about antibiotic resistance and food poisoning: New surveillance data from European Union member states shows rising antibiotic resistance to a medically important antibiotic among foodborne pathogens. The report focuses on antibiotic resistance levels in Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The bacteria that were analyzed were taken from humans, pigs, calves, broiler chickens, and turkey. Resistance to the critically important antibiotic ciprofloxacin is common in some species of Salmonella taken from patient isolates. Resistance to ciprofloxacin ranged from high to very high in Campylobacter recovered from people, food producing animals, and poultry. This resistance makes infections much more difficult to treat. In … [Read more...]

Caito Foods Closes its Fresh Cut Business After Loss of Customer

Caito Foods closes its Fresh Cut business  after the loss of a major customer, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter that was sent on Thursday, February 27, 2020 to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Businesses in Indiana are required to go follow a mandatory notification process before plants are closed. The letter states, "Given a recent unforeseen cancelation of a customer contract that makes up the majority of our Fresh Cut business, Caito Foods is forced to close its Fresh Cut manufacturing operation." The lost customer was not named in the company's statement or the letter. More than 300 jobs will be lost in May 2020. Layoffs will begin on April 27, 2020 and continue over a two week period. These layoffs will not affect the … [Read more...]

Celebrate Frozen Profiteroles Recalled in Canada For Salmonella

Celebrate Frozen Profiteroles recalled in Canada for possible Salmonella contamination. Giant Tiger Stores in Canada is recalling Celebration Frozen Profiteroles and Eclairs from the marketplace because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. These products were distributed at the retail level in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. The products were sold at these Giant Tiger locations in Canada: 417 Wellington St., St. Thomas, Ontario 350 Scott St., St. Catharines, Ontario 29 Chambers St., Smith Falls, Ontario 2480 Walkley Rd., Ottawa, Ontario 6061 Hazeldean Rd. Stittsville, Ontario 4501 Tecumseh Rd. East, Windsor, Ontario 330 avenue St-Laurent, Louiseville, Quebec 1254 boulevard Louis-XIV, Quebec City, Quebec 46 Robie St., Truro, Nova Scotia The … [Read more...]

Fresh Sprouts Bean Sprouts Recalled in Canada For Possible Salmonella

Fresh Sprouts Bean Sprouts are being recalled in Canada for possible Salmonella contamination, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The sprouts were distributed in Ontario at the retail level. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product is Fresh Sprouts Bean Sprouts, which were sold in 454 gram containers. The UPC number on the product is 8 27468 00100 0, and the code on the package is 20/FEB/28. This recall was triggered by test results. The Canadian Food InspectionAgency is conducting a food safety investigation which may lead to the recall of more products. If this happens, the public will be informed by a notice on the CFIA web site. The government is also verifying that industry is removing this product from the … [Read more...]

One Lot of Aunt Jeni’s Frozen Raw Pet Food May Contain Salmonella

The FDA is cautioning pet owners not to feed their animals one lot of Aunt Jeni's Frozen Raw Pet Food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. That product is Aunt Jeni's Home Made All-Natural Raw Turkey Dinner Dog Food, sold in 5 pound (2.3 kg) packages. The lot number on the product is 175331, and the use by date is NOV2020. In the notice, the FDA states, "FDA is issuing this alert because this lot of Aunt Jeni’s Home Made frozen raw pet food represents a serious threat to human and animal health. Because the product is sold and stored frozen, FDA is concerned that people may still have it in their possession." Salmonella can sicken humans and dogs. The Salmonella that may be in this product is resistant to multiple antibiotic drugs. In January 2020, the FDA … [Read more...]

Researchers at Flinders University Use Sous Vide To Remove Salmonella From Eggshells

Researchers at Flinders University in Australia have found a way to use sous vide to remove Salmonella from the surface of eggshells. The study was published in Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. Sous vide is a cooking method where food is vacuum sealed inside plastic bags and immersed in a water bath for longer periods of time than other methods. The water temperature is set to the desired final internal temperature of the food. Eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, and in fact, several outbreaks in recent years have been linked to shell eggs. Because of this potential contamination, food safety experts advise consumers to cook eggs thoroughly to 160°F, avoid recipes that use uncooked and undercooked eggs, and to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water after … [Read more...]

Do You Make Spaghetti Carbonara? You Need to Read This

If you make Spaghetti Carbonara, as I do, which is that traditional dish where raw eggs are beaten, then stirred into hot cooked spaghetti (to "cook" the eggs), you need to read this study published in LWT, a journal of Food Science and Technology. This method of cooking does not kill all bacteria that may be present in the eggs. The only thermal processing, or kill step, is heat transfer from the hot pasta, which isn't sufficient to destroy all of the pathogens. Scientists inoculated egg yolks with a pool of Salmonella reaching 8.8 log10 CFU/g. The contaminated egg yolks were added to the cooked spaghetti, after the pot was taken off the heat. Right after the pasta was cooked and drained, it was 86°C (186°F), which is quite hot and well above the 165°F the eggs need to reach to … [Read more...]

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