December 3, 2016

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...]

In Canada, Papillon Roquefort Cheese Recall Updated

The recall issued on June 17, 2015 for Papillon brand name Roquefort cheese for possible Staphylococcus toxin has been updated. No illnesses have been reported in connection to the consumption of this product. The updated information is a recall for Papillon Roquefort cheese sold in variable size packages. All codes up to and including Best Before: 2015.09.15 are recalled. The packages have variable UPC numbers. The toxin produced by this bacteria is not easily destroyed by regular cooking temperatures, so even baking or grilling this cheese will not make it safe to eat. If you have purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. … [Read more...]

Papillon Roquefort Cheese Recalled in Canada for Staphylococcus

Saputo Inc. is recalling Papillon brand Roquefort cheese because it may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The recalled items are Papillon Roquefort sold in 100 gram packages. All codes up to and including Best Before: 2015/SE/15 are recalled. The UPC number is 3 177890 001008. The second recalled item is Papillon Roquefort cheese in variable sizes. The half wheel sizes are about 1.375 kg. All codes up to and including Best Before: 2015.09.15 are recalled. The UPC numbers for these products starts with 2 999231 0. This product may have been sold in smaller packages, cut and wrapped by some retailers. Contact the place of purchase to see if you purchased this recalled product if you … [Read more...]

Staph Bacteria Caused Outbreak at Salt Lake Homeless Shelter

Food contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin was the source of the food poisoning outbreak at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall in Salt Lake City last week, the Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) has determined. About 50 people were taken to the hospital. The toxin is caused by Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria found on the skin that can cause illness if it makes its way into heated or cooled food. Most often this happens when food handlers touch food with their bare hands. If food is stored or served within the “food danger zone” of 40° F to 140° F, the bacteria can grow and produce the toxin. “This is an important reminder to anyone who prepares food—either commercially or at home—that hand washing, avoiding bare-hand contact with food, and keeping hot foods hot and … [Read more...]

Update on President’s Choice Hummus Recall for Staphylococcus Toxin

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Loblaw Companies Limited are expanding the recall of President's Choice brand hummus to include many more products. These products may be contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin produced by bacteria. There have been illnesses reported associated with the consumption of these products. You can see the long list of recalled products, along with package sizes and UPC numbers at the CFIA web site. The recall now includes Roasted Garlic Hummus, Hummus, Spicy Hummus, Caramelized Vidalia Onion Hummus, Roasted Garlic Red Pepper and Cumin Hummus, Olive Tapenade Hummus, Sweet Potato and Harissa Dip, and Red Harissa Hummus, among others. They were sold nationally at the retail level. You can also see pictures of recalled product labels at the CFIA site. If … [Read more...]

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