June 17, 2019

Salmonella Infections in Scioto and Lawrence Counties, Ohio Associated with Live Poultry

Salmonella infections in Scioto and Lawrence Counties in Ohio have sickened at least five people after purchasing chickens from the local farm supply stores, according to a post on the Portsmouth City Health Department Facebook page. There have been several Salmonella outbreaks linked to live chicks in the United States over the past several years. In 2017, there were eight ongoing multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections that were linked to backyard poultry. Chickens, turkeys, and ducks can carry pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella that can be transferred to humans. In those outbreaks, there were almost 400 people sick in 47 states. Public health officials are asking that anyone who thinks they or a family member has gotten sick after contact with live chickens to call … [Read more...]

Did the Last Thing You Ate Give You Food Poisoning?

Whenever anyone gets sick with a foodborne illness, the question is what food made them sick. Did the last thing you ate give you food poisoning? The answer, surprisingly, is probably not. Bacteria that cause food poisoning have incubation periods. During that time, the bacteria grows and some produce toxins and your immune system starts to respond. The response is what causes the symptoms. It can take some time for the symptoms of food poisoning to develop, depending on the pathogen. These incubation times are one reason why tracking the source of a food poisoning outbreak can be so difficult. First, investigators must interview patients and ask them what they ate in the past week. And second, it's difficult for patients to remember what they ate in the past week. These are … [Read more...]

Mexican Papayas Still on Import Alert For Salmonella Contamination

Mexican papayas are still on the FDA Import Alert list for possible Salmonella contamination, after a 2017 outbreak that sickened at least 251 people across the country with nine strains of the pathogen, including Thompson, Kiambu, Anatum, Agona, Gaminara, Urbana, Newport, Infantis, and Senftenberg. That outbreak began in March 2017 and ran through October 2017. Another Salmonella outbreak, that time Salmonella Agona, linked to Mexican papayas sickened more than 100 people in many states. Mexico produces 11% of the world's production of papayas, but about 65% of all of the papayas imported into the U.S. are from Mexico. The fruit is imported from the Mexican states of Jalisco, Colima, Chiapas, and Veracruz. The FDA document state that "Evidence shows there is widespread … [Read more...]

Lee’s Tea Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

The recall of Lee's Tea brand Teas in Canada for possible Salmonella contamination has been updated. This additional information was found during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's food safety investigation. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The tea was sold nationwide at the retail level in that country. NOTE: The CFIA posted a correction to the recalled products listed below on 3/28/17. The recalled products are all Lee's Tea brand. The recalled items are Gold Rush Loose Leaf in 105 gram packages. The codes on the product are 4-102318, 4-102518, 2021FE11, 2021FE15, 04-02011, and 04-02021, and the UPC number is 6 28055 21002 3. Gold Rush Loose Leaf in 110 gram bags is recalled, with code 2020DE07 and UPC number 6 28055 21002 3. Also recalled is … [Read more...]

What Are the Long Term Consequences of Food Poisoning?

Since 48,000,000 Americans are sickened with food poisoning every year, it's a safe bet to say that every American has had food poisoning at least once during their life. We are all aware of the symptoms of these illnesses, from E. coli O157:H7 to Salmonella to Listeria monocytogenes. But when you recover, should you still be concerned? Yes. All of these illnesses can lead to long term consequences. And each pathogen has its own set of health issues that can arise weeks, months, or years after recovery. That's why it's a good idea to have these illnesses recorded on your medical chart. E. coli O157:H7 This pathogen can cause the most serious illness. If a person contracts this infection, they may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a type of kidney failure. Shiga … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Consumers Against Darwin’s Natural Pet Raw Dog Food For Salmonella

The FDA has posted a warning for consumers to avoid feeding their pets some lots of Darwin's Natural Pet Products raw dog food because samples have tested positive for Salmonella bacteria. These three lots "represent a serious threat to human and animal health and are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they contain Salmonella," according to the notice. The raw dog food in question is: Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs: 5309(11)181019, manufactured on October 19, 2018 Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs: 5375(11)181106, manufactured on November 11, 2018 Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Turkey Recipe with … [Read more...]

Organic Matters Teas Recalled for Salmonella in Canada

OM Foods is recalling Organic Matters brand teas from the marketplace for possible Salmonella contamination. The teas were sold in British Columbia, Canada, and may have been sold nationally at the retail level. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. The teas are both Organic Matters brand. They include Organic Tulsi Tea Blend (Holy Basil), in 1 kg, 454 gram, and 113 gram sizes. The codes on the product are 28318, 30318, 32518, 35318, 02119, 03919, and 06519. There is no UPC number. The second recalled product is Organic OM Tea Blend, sold in 454 gram and 113 gram sizes. The codes on that product are 25118, 31818, 35318, 02119, and 07319. That product does not have a UPC number. You can see more pictures of the recalled products at the … [Read more...]

Publix, Winn-Dixie Recall Pillsbury Flour For Salmonella Risk

Two large chain stores, Public and Winn-Dixie, have recalled two lot codes of Pillsbury flour for possible Salmonella contamination. Pillsbury, Hometown Foods, and the FDA have not yet published anything about this recall on their sites. UPDATE: The FDA has released information about this issue. Ab out 12,245 cases have been recalled. The UPC number of the recalled flour is 0 5150022241 6. Just the lot numbers and the best if used by dates are different on the two lots. No reports of illness have been associated with this recall. Hometown Food Company is recalling two specific lots of Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour for possible Salmonella. The GTIN # is 0 5150022241 3, and the two lot codes are 8 292 APR 19 2020 and 8 293 APR 20 2020. On the Winn Dixie website, the notice … [Read more...]

Raw Dog Food Can Be Risky For Humans and Pets

According to a new study published in Veterinary Record, raw meat based diets for dogs pose a threat to humans and the dogs because they can be contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, Clostridium, and Enterobacteriaceae.  The study showed that some of these raw products have high levels of pathogens. Many recalls of frozen raw pet foods have been issued in the United States over the past few years. Those products have also been linked to human illnesses. In 2018, one person was sickened with a Salmonella infection after feeding a family pet Darwin's Natural raw ground chicken pet food. That product tested positive for  E. coli O128, Salmonella, and/or Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. And in January 2019, a Salmonella patient in Minnesota prompted a recall … [Read more...]

Sunstone Organics Kratom Recalled For Possible Salmonella

Sunstone Organics is recalling two lots of Sunstone Organics Kratom, including White Vein Kratom Lot 119 and Maeng Da Kratom Lot 124A. The recall covers both capsules and powder form, in all sizes. These products may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No reports of illness have been received to date in connection with this recall. The product is used as a tea or a supplement and is packaged in Kraft stand-up pouches, in three different size bags. The package sizes in the powder type are 25 grams, 50 grams, and 100 grams. The package sizes in the capsule form are 20 count, 60 count, and 150 count. You can see the UPC numbers for these recalled products at the FDA web site. All six kratom sizes pertain to the same lot number. These kratom products do not have an expiration … [Read more...]

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