February 26, 2020

Sprout Salmonella Outbreak Includes 3 in Maine

Three people in Maine are part of a 10-state Salmonella outbreak. The outbreak has been linked to mung bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods Inc. of Brooklyn has sickened 63 people in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Eleven people have been hospitalized. A recall has not been issued for the sprouts which were distributed to Asian restaurants and other establishments in nine states on the East Coast (all of the above except Montana. The single case patient there is believed to have contracted the infection while visiting the East Coast.) Wonton Foods stopped production and shipment of the sprouts on November 21, and made its last shipment it made was November 18. Consumers who have purchased these … [Read more...]

CDC Listeria Warning For Wholesome Soy Sprouts, Tofu, Noodles and Soy Milk

After a Listeria outbreak that killed two people and sickened three others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning consumers not to eat products produced by Chicago-based Wholesome Soy Inc. These products include: bean sprouts, soft tofu, firm tofu, fried tofu, fried tofu pouches, white tofu, triangular tofu, soybean noodles, and soy milk. The company has not issued a public recall, instead telling investigators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it plans to contact its customers by telephone. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as they risk serious, life-threatening illness if they do. Consumers who have already eaten some of these products should take a photo of the packaging, dispose of the product following … [Read more...]

After Deadly Listeria Outbreak, Wholesome Soy Says it Will Close, Recall Sprouts

After being linked to a Listeria outbreak that killed two people and sickened three others, Wholesome Soy Products Inc. told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it will halt production, cease distribution and issue a recall of mung bean sprouts identified as the source of the outbreak. Initially, agreed to halt production of some of its products, but not soy bean sprouts or the mung bean sprouts identified as the outbreak source. And said it would recall products except the sprouts, by notifying customers by telephone. The outbreak, which sickened four people in Illinois and one person in Michigan, was linked through whole genome sequencing and pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to products produced by Wholesome Soy Products Inc. The FDA inspected the Wholesome Soy … [Read more...]

Listeria in Mung Bean Sprouts Kills 2, Sickens 3 Others

Listeria in mung bean sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy Products Inc. has killed two people and sickened three others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports.  Four of the illnesses were reported in Illinois, one was reported in Michigan between June and August. The company issued a recall in August. Investigators used whole genome sequencing on Listeria strains isolated from the mung bean sprouts, environmental samples from the facility and from the five cases patients an found them to be "highly related." All five case patients were hospitalized. Two of the surviving patients reported eating bean sprouts before they became ill. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected the Wholesome Soy Products facility in August and October and found … [Read more...]

FDA Inspects Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, Linked to E. coli Outbreak

The FDA has conducted an investigation of Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC in May and June of 2014 after an E. coli O121 outbreak was linked to their products. The inspection revealed problems at the facility, including irrigation water dripping from rusty valves directly into sprouting vats containing growing sprouts, and tennis rackets with "scratches, chips, and frayed plastic" being used to scoop mung bean sprouts from the harvester to the conveyer belt. The outbreak has sickened at least 17 people in four states. Forty-seven percent of ill persons have been hospitalized in this outbreak, although no one has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), one of the complications of an E. coli infection. The outbreak case count is as follows: Idaho (3), Michigan (1), Montana (1), Utah (1), … [Read more...]

Jimmy John’s Sprouts: 5 Food Poisoning Outbreaks in 5 Years

For the fifth time in five years, sprouts served at Jimmy John's sandwich shops are the source of a food poisoning outbreak. Seven people in Washington and Idaho have confirmed cases of E .coli poisoning and three others have probable cases, Washington health officials announced yesterday. Last fall, an E. coli outbreak linked to Jimmy John's in the Denver area sickened eight people. The source of that outbreak was identified as fresh produce other than sprouts. But sprouts have been such a repeat offender for the chain that the company said it was permanently pulling them from the menu after a 2012 E.coli outbreak. But six months after he announced the sprouts were gone for good, the company's founder, Jimmy John Liautaud, brought them back. “I am rolling out a new sprout. Costs … [Read more...]

In Canada, Sprouts Recalled for Possible Salmonella

In Canada, Aquafuchsia Foods is recalling alfalfa sprouts because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The sprouts were sold in Quebec. No illnesses associated with the consumption of this product have been reported to date. The recalled products is Aquafuchsia brand Salad Plus - Alfalfa with a touch of radish! in 125 gram containers. The code on the product is 041, and the UPC number is 0 551176 1. The recall was triggered by CFIA test results. A food safety investigation is being conducted. Foods contaminated with Salmonella bacteria will not look taste, or smell spoiled. Those at greater risk for illness include the very young, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems and chronic diseases. But anyone can become ill with salmonellosis. If … [Read more...]

German Researchers Look for New Ways to Make Safer Salads

Dr. Herbert Schmidt is the head of the University of Hohenheim's Department of Food Microbiology. His work focuses on foods and E. coli contamination, particularly the virulent enterohemorrhagic strain of the bacteria called EHEC. These bacteria are also known as Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, or STEC, and they cause serious illness that can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). After the 2011 E. coli O104:H4 outbreak in Germany that sickened more than 3,800 people and killed 54, more research has been conducted into ways to make ready-to-eat foods safer. That outbreak was linked to raw sprouts. Dr. Schmidt's project is part of a collaboration between the Research Association of the German Food Industry, the German Federation of Industrial Research Association and the German Federal … [Read more...]

U Joo Foods Enters into Consent Decree with FDA

U Joo Foods, a Chicago sprout grower and processor have entered into a consent decree of permanent injunction with the FDA. The company and its owner are "prohibited from processing and distributing food until they demonstrate to the FDA that the facility and processing equipment are suitable to prevent contamination in the food that they process, prepare, store, and handle. In addition, they must routinely test the water where the sprouts are grown for evidence of contamination." Sprouts are more likely to be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria because of the way they are grown. In the fields, animals and birds can come into contact with the plants. In fact, many sprout seeds encapsulate bacteria as they grow. Then, when they are sprouted in warm, moist environments, bacteria can … [Read more...]

Sprouters Northwest Expands Sprout Products Recall

Sprouters Northwest is expanding its recall of sprout products to include all varieties of sprouts products, wheatgrass, and pea shoots because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The previous recall was issued on February 2, 2013. The new recall includes Brassica brand name, with the same sizes as Sprouters Northwest and LifeForce brands: 3 ounce, 4 ounce, 5 ounce, 1 pound, 2 pound, and 5 pound packages. Trader Joe's Organic Pea Shoots, with SKU number 92756, packaged in a 4 ounce plastic clamshell and offered for sale ONLY in Oregon and Washington States are also recalled. The best by dates are through 2/16/13. In addition, the recalled sprouts were also sold in Idaho. The problem was identified through surveillance of finished products collected at retail … [Read more...]

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