December 6, 2019

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...]

What Are the Common Symptoms of Food Poisoning?

Given that 48,000,000 Americans are sickened with food poisoning every year in this country, every American has most likely had food poisoning. But many people confuse the symptoms of these illnesses with the "24 hour flu" or "stomach flu." As a result, some patients could be undiagnosed and untreated, and develop the long term consequences of these illnesses without even knowing they had been sickened by these pathogens. What are the symptoms of food poisoning? At this time, there are five ongoing multistate food poisoning outbreaks in the U.S. An E. coli O103 outbreak is linked to ground beef, a Salmonella Carrau outbreak is linked to precut melons, a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak is linked to deli meats and cheeses, and a Salmonella Newport outbreak is linked to raw … [Read more...]

Feeding Change Young Thai Coconut Recalled for Salmonella

FeedingChange Canada is recalling their Young Thai Coconut Meat because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this issue. The coconut was sold in British Columbia and Ontario, and may have been sold nationally at the retail level. The recalled product is Feeding Change Young Thai Coconut Meat, sold in 454 gram packages. The codes on the product are Best By : May 28 2020 CM 14818A and the UPC number is 0 91037 12927 7. The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency Test results. An investigation has been launched, which may lead to the recall of other products. The CFIA is making sure that the company is removing the recalled product from stores. If you purchased this product, do not eat it and do not use it … [Read more...]

Caito Foods Recalls Fresh Cut Melon Linked to Salmonella Carrau Outbreak

Caito Foods in Indianapolis is recalling fresh cut watermelon, fresh cut honeydew melon, and fresh cut cantaloupe and fresh cut mixed fruit containing one or more of these melons, since the products are linked to a Salmonella Carrau outbreak. At least 93 people in 9 states are sick in this outbreak. Caito Foods has temporarily suspended producing and distributing these products while the government and the company investigate the issue. The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers. They were distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The states where ill persons live are Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, … [Read more...]

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...]

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