December 16, 2019

How to Report a Problem With Food to the FDA and USDA

Most Americans have had food poisoning at one time or another, giving that 48,000,000 Americans contract this form of illness every year. Most people think they have the "stomach flu" or a "24 hour bug" when they actually have food poisoning. How do you report a problem with food? What do you do if you think you have food poisoning? First, know the symptoms of food poisoning for various pathogens: E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella. You can report your illness to the government if you think that a problem with food (such as the Northfork Bison E. coli outbreak) purchased from a store is the problem. First, call your doctor to get necessary treatment. Many foodborne illnesses can have long term health complications and this should be noted on your medical … [Read more...]

USA Thick Pig Ears Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

TDBBS is voluntarily recalling two sizes of pig ear pet treats that were sold through Amazon. They are USA Thick Pig Ear 8 Pack and USA Thick Pig Ear 20 Pack. No illnesses have been reported that are linked to these products. There is an ongoing Salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear pet treats in this country that has sickened at least 143 people in 35 states as of September 5, 2019. These treats are not linked to that outbreak. The recalled products are TDBBS, LLC USA Thick Pig Ear 8 Pack with UPC number X001768PNB. The best by dates and lot code pairs on the product are: Best By Date: 4/22/2021 Lot Code: 1129T1 and Best By Date: 6/06/2021 Lot Code: 1549T1. Also recalled are TDBBS, LLC USA Thick Pig Era 20 Pack with UPC number X000RBC5VF. The best by date and lot code pairs on that … [Read more...]

Update on MDR Sambar Masala Recall For Salmonella

The recall of House of Spices (India) MDH Sambar Masala for possible Salmonella contamination has been updated. The original FDA recall notice is gone, and has been replaced. There were three lot codes and three expiration dates noted in the original recall notice. Now just one lot code and expiration date of the product is recalled. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled item is MDH Sambar Masala and it was disturbed in Northern California retail stores. The single recalled item is sold in 3.5 ounce (100 gram) boxes with the red and white MDH logo. the lot code is 48, and the expiration date marked on the package is DEC 2021. This product is produced by R-Pure Argo Specialities and is distributed by House of Spices (India), The … [Read more...]

MDH Sambar Masala Recalled For Possible Salmonella

NOTE: This recall has been updated, and now just one lot has been recalled: lot number 48 and DEC 2021. House of Spices (India) is recalling three different lots of MDH Sambar Masala (Sambhar Masala) because it tested positive for Salmonella contamination by the FDA through a certified laboratory. The product is produced by R-Pure Agro Specialities and distributed by House of Spices (India). The recall notice did not state whether or not any illnesses are associated with this recalled product. The product is sold in a 3.5 ounce (100 gram) box with the red and white MDH logo, with UPC number 6291103750327. The lot code/expiration date combinations on this recalled product is 107/NOV 2021; 48/DEC 2021; and 47/DEC 2021. If you purchased this product, do not use it or consume it, even … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Against Aunt Jeni’s Home Made Frozen Raw Pet Food

The FDA has issued a warning for pet owners to not feed them certain lots of Aunt Jeni's Home Made Frozen Raw Pet Food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Two sample of finished product collected during an inspection of Aunt Jeni's Home Made tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria. The products that tested positive are: Aunt Jeni’s Home Made, Turkey Dinner Dog Food, sold in 5 pound (2.3kg) packages, with lot number 175199 JUL2020; and Aunt Jeni’s Home Made, Chicken Dinner Dog Food, sold in 5 pound (2.3kg) packages, with lot number 1152013 JUL2020. If you have any of these products in your home, throw them away in a sealed container so other animals can't access them. The press release states that "FDA is issuing this alert … [Read more...]

Mountain Mel’s Teas Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Mountain Mel's Essential Goods of Welches, Oregon is recalling several types of Mountain Mel's teas because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The Mountain Mel's teas were distributed in Oregon and Washington state through New Seasons Market, and nationwide through Azure Standard, and through the Mountainmels and Amazon web sites. They were distributed on June 28, 2019 and July 20, 2019. The recalled products include: The Milk Lady’s Herbal Tea Blend, with UPC number 7 99632 05658 4, is packaged in a tall thin tin container with 2 ounces of tea per tin, with a purple label. The lot number of the recalled batch is # ML6271950. The lot number can be located on the bottom of the tin package. The … [Read more...]

Brutus & Barnaby Recalls Pig Ears For Possible Salmonella

Brutus & Barnaby of Clearwater, Florida is recalling all sizes of Pig Ears for Dogs because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. There is no mention whether or not any illnesses have been linked to this product. But there is a Salmonella outbreak linked to pig ears that has been declared by the CDC. At least 127 people have been sickened by these types of products as of the last update at the end of July 2019. The Brutus & Barnaby Pig Ears were distributed through all states in the country via Amazon, Chewy, Brutusandbarnaby, and brick and mortar Natures Food Patch stores located in Clearwater, Florida. The product has the company's trademark logo and says "Pig Ears 100% Natural Treats for Dogs." They were sold in four sizes: 8 count, 12 count, 25 count, and 100 … [Read more...]

Outpost Natural Foods License Suspended For Insanitary Conditions

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the City of Milwaukee Health Department have suspended the licenses at Outpost Natural Foods due to insanitary conditions. That facility is located at 2826 South Kinnickinnic Avenue in Milwaukee. DATCP has suspended the cooperative's meat establishment license, and the city has suspended the retail food processing activities. Insanitary conditions were uncovered during a routine inspection. Ready-to-eat products tested positive for Salmonella contamination. More inspections found unsafe food handling practices that could "pose a public health risk," according to the notice posted by DATCP. Outpost Natural Foods is cooperating with public health and food safety officials and is working to correct … [Read more...]

Chef Toby Pig Ears Recalled For Possible Salmonella

Dog Goods USA is recalling Chef Toby Pig Ears Treats for possible Salmonella contamination. Although there is a multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats, no illnesses have been linked to this specific brand. The company is investigating this problem and is conducting an internal investigation to determine how this issue may have occurred. The recalled product is Chef Toby Pig Ears, with product lot codes of: 428590, 278989, 087148, 224208, 1168723, 428590, 222999, 074599, 1124053, 226884, 578867, 224897, 1234750, 444525, 1106709, 215812, 230273, 224970, 585246, 327901, 052248, 210393, 217664, 331199, 225399, 867680, 050273, 881224, 424223, 225979, 431724, 226340, 880207, and 334498.  These are non-irradiated bulk and packaged pig ears. The company was contacted … [Read more...]

FDA Cautions Pet Owners To Avoid Texas Tripe Raw Pet Food

The FDA is cautioning pet owners to avoid feeding their pets Texas Tripe raw pet food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The company issued a recall of some of these products a week ago, but the recall only mentioned Listeria monocytogenes as a contaminant, not Salmonella. Texas Tripe has recalled 35 lots for each of its 23 product varieties. The FDA is issuing an alert because thee lots "represent a serious threat to human and animal health," according to the notice. These products are sold and stored frozen, and the government is concerned that some may be in consumers' home freezers. The Office of the Texas State Chemist collected 23 finished product samples at the Texas Tripe facility. Of those, 16 tested positive for … [Read more...]

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