December 17, 2017

Staphylococcus Outbreak Prompts Frozen Chicken Recall in Canada

An outbreak of Staphylococcus illnesses in Canada has prompted the recall of some frozen breaded chicken breast strips. There is no more information about the outbreak; it was just mentioned in the recall notice. We do not know how many people are sick, their ages, their status, if anyone has been hospitalized, or where they live. The recalled product is Maple Leaf Foods Maple Leaf brand Chicken Breast Strips in 840 gram packages. The best before date is 2018 SE 29, and the UPC number on the product is 0 63100 03089 6. The chicken may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. This bacteria is found on the skin and in the nose of about 25% of healthy people and animals. The bacteria itself doesn't cause illness in healthy people, but the toxin can make you sick. Staph is … [Read more...]

Breaded Chicken Products Recalled in Canada for Possible Staphylococcus

Maple Leaf Foods is recalling various breaded chicken products in Canada for possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled products are Maple Leaf Chicken Breast Strips in 840 gram packages, with code 2018-04-20 and UPC number 0 63100 03089 6. Also recalled is Sufra Halal Chicken Burgers in 828 gram packages, with code 2018-01-20 and UPC number 0 61483 05778 3. Finally, Mina Halal Chicken Burgers in 828 gram packages are recalled. The code on that product is 7118, and the UPC number is 0 63100 42143 4. You can see pictures of product labels at the CFIA web site. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Discard them in a sealed container or double bagged package, or take them back to the place … [Read more...]

Staphylococcus Aureus Sickened Students at Science Olympiad

The Florida Department of Health in Columbia County has issued a press release stating that the illnesses that took place at the Science Olympiad at Gateway College in Lake City on February 4, 2017 were caused by Staphylococcus aureus toxin. At least 30 people were taken by ambulance from that event to the hospital after suffering from vomiting. Samples were taken of the pulled pork, smoked chicken, macaroni salad, chicken sandwiches, and baked beans from the lunch that was served at the event. The samples were tested for Clostridium perfringens, Bacillus cereus, and Staphylococcus aureus, which all can cause food poisoning in a matter of minutes or hours. All of those pathogens can cause food poisoning symptoms relatively quickly. All cause nausea and vomiting, and some can also … [Read more...]

Stone Meadow Farm Raw Milk Cheese Recalled for Staph

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning consumers not to eat certain batches of raw milk cheese from Stone Meadow Farm in Centre County. Samples taken on December 12, 2016 tested positive for Staphylococcus aureus. The warning is for Stone Meadow Farm's raw 60 day aged Havarti cheese and raw 60 day aged Colby Cheese. The cheese are labeled with the Stone Meadow Farm name and its address at 190 Quarry Road in Woodward, Pennsylvania. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The cheese were sold between October 2016 and mid-December 2016. The cheeses were sold in half-pound blocks at the Susquehanna Valley Growers Market in Lewisburg, Union County; the Boalsburg Farmers Market in Centre County; and the Millheim Farmers Market … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Cheese Recalled in Canada for Staphylococcus Toxin

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Portuguese Cheese Co. Ltd. is recalling St. Jorge and Queijo São Jorge raw milk cheese from commerce because they may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. Foods contaminated with this toxin will not look, smell, or taste spoiled. And the toxin is not destroyed by normal consumer cooking temperatures. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are St. Jorge raw milk cheese sold in variable size packages. The code on the product is Lot #914 and the UPC number is variable. Also recalled is Queijo São Jorge raw milk cheese in about 9 to 10 kg packages. There is no UPC number on that cheese. The code on that product, which appears only on the case, is AEE0215. The products were sold in Ontario at the retail level. … [Read more...]

Onondaga County NY Outbreak Caused by Food Poisoning

A gastrointestinal outbreak at a wedding reception at the Arrowhead Lodge in Onondaga County, New York last summer was caused by food poisoning, according to the New York Health Department. At least 35 people were sickened in July 2015; nine people had to be transported to hospital emergency rooms. Two people had to be hospitalized overnight. Lab tests on patient samples were positive for staphylococcus aura enterotoxin, a compound produced by that bacteria that makes people sick. The toxin can survive the cooking process and it can even grow in a salty medium, such as ham. Foods can be contaminated with Staphylococcus bacteria in several ways. Food workers can contaminate the food, or it can be contaminated during processing or transport. Past Staphylococcus outbreak have been … [Read more...]

Safeway in Canada Recalling Chicken Wings for Staphylococcus

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Safeway are recalling store packaged, cooked chicken wings because they may be contaminated with a toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. The toxin produced by this bacteria is not destroyed at normal cooking temperatures. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are all Safeway brand name. All codes up to and including August 14, 2015 are recalled. The products were sold in variable sizes. Party Pack Chicken Wings Hot Salt N Pepper with UPC number that beings with 236500 are recalled, along with PPK Wings Mix flavors Hot with UPC number that begins with 256870. Pinty's Wings Salt and Pepper Hot with UPC number that begins with 236542 are recalled, along with Pinty's Wings Salt and Pepper Cold with UPC number that begins … [Read more...]

Bell & Evans Chicken Nuggets Recalled for Staphylococcal Bacteria

Murray's Inc. of Pennsylvania is recalling about 20,232 pounds of gluten-free breaded chicken nuggets that tested positive for Staphylococcal enterotoxin. No reports of illness have been received to date. The recalled product is 12-ounce boxes of "Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets" with a "Best By" date of March 25, 2016. The product has the establishment number "P-516" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were distributed nationwide. The problem was discovered by the Colorado Department of Agriculture during a routine sampling program. Staphylococcal aureus produces seven different toxins that cause food poisoning, sometimes in as little as 30 minutes. Thoroughly cooking the product does not prevent the illness, as heat doesn't destroy the … [Read more...]

Alabama Links Staph Outbreak at Sunnyside Daycare to Food

Staph bacteria found in food served at Sunnyside Child Care Center is a genetic match to the strain that sickened 86 children, hospitalizing 30 of them, Alabama health officials have announced. Staphylococcus Aureus infections cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and lethargy. Chicken, pasta, green beans and apples were positive for the toxin,  State Health Officer Don Williamson told the Montgomery Advertiser. Health officials are working with kitchen staff on food safety procedures. The kitchen at the Sunnyside Child Care Center on S. Court Street prepares food for that location and the Sunnyside location on Norman Bridge Road. The facility was closed for  several days while the investigation was being conducted but reopened on Monday. … [Read more...]

Staphylococcus Aureus Found in Food Served at Sunnyside Child Care Center

Staphylococcus Aureus has been found in food served at two locations of  Sunnyside Child Care Center in Montgomery, AL where 86 children were sickened with food poisoning, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Most of the children were treated and released from local hospitals after experiencing symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and lethargy. Tests on samples from the daycare kitchen were negative for Norovirus, but health officials are still waiting for results of Salmonella, Shigella and E. coli tests. Health officials are working with kitchen staff on food safety procedures. The kitchen at the Sunnyside Child Care Center on S. Court Street prepares food for that location and the Sunnyside location on Norman Bridge Road. The kitchen will remain … [Read more...]

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