May 26, 2024

Charcuterie Salmonella Outbreak Grows to 47 Sick in 22 States

The charcuterie Salmonella outbreak has grown to include 47 patients in 22 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ten people have been hospitalized because they are so ill. That is an increase of eight more states, 23 new patients, and five new hospitalizations since the original notice of the outbreak was issued on January 5, 2024. The case count by state is: Arizona (2), Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Nebraska (3), New Jersey (1), New York (4), Ohio (11), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (3), Texas (3), Utah (1), Vermont (1), Virginia (1), Washington (5), and Wisconsin (2). The patient age range is from one to 91 years. Illness onset dates range from November … [Read more...]

Public Health Alert Issued For More Ready to Eat Charcuterie

A public health alert has been issued for more ready to eat charcuterie that was sold at Costco and Sam's Club, according to the USDA. The brands include Fratelli Beretta and Busseto. A recall was not issued because the products are no longer for sale at those stores. In the previous recall, only Sam's Club was mentioned as a store that sold these products. And the Fratelli Beretta brand of antipasto is mentioned for the first time in this notice. The Fratelli Beretta Antipasto Gran Beretta was sold at Costco in a 24 ounce twin-pack (two 12 ounce trays). The Busseto Charcuterie Sampler was sold at Sam's Club in an 18 ounce twin-pack (two 9 ounce trays). All lot codes of these products are included in this alert. These items have the establishment numbers EST. 7543B or EST. 47967 … [Read more...]

What is Salmonella Salmonella I 4:I:-?

It's the source of an outbreak linked to tainted charcuterie, but what Salmonella I 4:I:-? A strain by that name hasn't been associated with any previous outbreaks, recalls, or illnesses, so it had us intrigued until the Minnesota Department of Health cleared up the mystery. "This isn’t a new or different serotype but a change in laboratory methods. Since we now do serotyping using whole genome sequencing, 4 [5] 12:I:- is now reported as 4:I:-," an epidemiologist in the Foodborne Unit explained. Salmonella 4 [5] 12:I:- is a "monophasic variant of Salmonella Typhimurium, and it is an emerging threat to both human and animal health," according to a recent study. Contaminated feed is considered the primary vehicle, researchers found.  The strain has caused several recent food … [Read more...]

Multistate Salmonella Outbreak May Be Linked to Charcuterie Boards

A multistate Salmonella outbreak may be linked to recalled Busseto Charcuterie Boards that were sold at Sam's Club stores, according to a USDA recall notice. There is one patient in Minnesota who was allegedly sickened after eating meats included in a Busseto Charcuterie Sampler. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture tested an unopened sampler taken from the patient's home and it was positive for the pathogen. Fratelli Berettta USA Inc. of Mount Olive, New Jersey recalled about 11,097 pounds of that ready-to-eat charcuterie board on January 2, 2024. The board has lot code L075330300 and best if used by date April 27, 2024. The board contains prosciutto, sweet sopressata, and dry coppa cured meats. In 2021, there was a multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to Fratelli Beretta … [Read more...]

Busseto Foods Charcuterie Sampler Recalled For Salmonella

Busseto Foods Charcuterie Sampler is being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. There is one illness in Minnesota that is linked to this product. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella that may be related to this product. The recalling firm is Fratelli Beretta USA Inc. The recalled product is 18 ounce plastic tray packages containing Busseto Foods Charcuterie Sampler with Prosciutto, Sweet Sopressata, and Dry Coppa. The lot code for this item is L075330300, and the best if used by date is April 27, 2024. The item is also sold as a twin pack with two 9ounce packages. The board has the establishment number EST. 7543B that is stamped inside the USDA mark of inspection, and EST. #47967 that printed on … [Read more...]

Which Stores Sold Peaches Recalled For Possible Salmonella Bacteria?

The latest outbreak in the U.S. and Canada linked to recalled Wawona peaches has sickened 101 people in both countries. Several recalls, including one secondary recall, have been issued in the U.S. and Canada. So which U.S. stores sold peaches recalled for possible Salmonella? And which brand names and products have been recalled? We have collected all of the recalls in the United States here in one place for your information. According to recalls posted at the FDA web site and on individual grocery chain web sites, the peaches were most likely sold at ALDI, Target, Walmart, Wegmans, Kroger, Jay-C, King Soopers, City Market, Fry's, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Smiths, Costco, Sam's Club, Hannaford, Food Lion, and Stop & Shop stores. For information on the peaches sold at … [Read more...]

MD E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Ready Pac Chicken Caesar Salad

A MD E. coli O157:H7 outbreak may be linked to Ready Pac Bistro® Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad that was purchased from several Sam's Club locations in that state, according to the Maryland Health Department. Seven people are sick. One person has been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. The health department is recommending the consumers not eat Ready Pac Bistro® Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad. The lot number on the product is 255406963, and the best by date is October 31, 2019. Officials tested unopened salad purchased by one of the patients, and found E. coli O157 in the romaine lettuce used in the salad. In addition to Sam's Club, these salad bowls are distributed to many other retailers. The notice did not name those retailers. The investigation is ongoing and more … [Read more...]

Lawsuit: Bakery Supplier to Whole Foods, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Sysco and More Faked E. coli, Listeria Tests

A bakery supplier to Whole Foods, Kroger, Sam's Club, Sysco, Rich Products, and US Foodservice has been falsifying tests for Listeria and E. coli documents for more than a year, according to a lawsuit filed by whisteblowing employees. Orange Bakery Inc. of Irvine, California had previously employed a third-party lab, Silliker Inc., to test for bacteria. Before severing ties with the lab some time before January 1, 2015, Orange obtained blank testing forms which it then forged to show negative results for Listeria and E. coli, the lawsuit alleges. Orange sells raw dough for bakery products to clients who cover every part of the country. In addition to the major retailers and club stores including Whole Foods, the Kroger family of stores and Sam's Club, Orange also supplies dough to … [Read more...]

If You Bought Fruit Recalled for Listeria, Here’s What to Do

We have received quite a few responses to the story about the recall of fruit from Sam's Club, Costco, and Trader Joe's stores for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. It's difficult to hear about this story, especially if you have already consumed the fruit and fed it to your family. Here's what to do. First, make sure you actually bought the recalled fruit. The FDA has published the Wawona Packing List that contains all of the fruit with lot and BlockID numbers. You can also see all the pictures of the packaging and crates with the UPC numbers and product sizes at the FDA web site. If you aren't sure if you did buy the recalled products, contact the store where you purchased the fruit; they should be able to tell you if you did buy it. Secondly, if you ate the fruit and … [Read more...]

Sam’s Club Recalls Blue Crab Spread for Listeria

Sam's Club is recalling Blue Crab Spread made by GoldCoast Salads for possible contamination with Listeria moncytogenes. The products under recall are 8 oz and 1 lb containers with a code EXP 1-31-13. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it. The product was produced December 3, 2012, by GoldCoast Salads based in Naples, Fla. and distributed to stores in the northeastern  and southeastern part of the United States. Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogen that can cause serious, sometimes fatal injury. About 90 percent of people who develop Listeria infections, called listeriosis, are hospitalized. Symptoms of an infection can take up to two months after exposure to develop.  They include stomachache, diarrhea, fever, muscle aches, stiff neck, headache, loss of … [Read more...]

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