December 11, 2016

E. coli Outbreak Prompts Huge Taylor Farms Celery Recall

An E. coli outbreak that has sickened 19 people has triggered a massive recall of products containing Taylor Farms celery.  Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as E. coli can cause serious illness and death. At least 19 people in seven states have already been sickened, two of them have hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a life-threatening complication that causes kidney failure. The recalled products include vegetable trays sold at Walmart and 7-Eleven; wraps and salads sold at Target; prepared salads sold at Costco; salad sold at King Soopers; salads and wraps sold at Pantry and Savemart; salad kits, veggie trays and salads at Safeway, Vons and Albertons; the Holiday Turkey Sandwich sold at Starbucks; and salad kits at Tony's. A celery and diced onion … [Read more...]

Target Recalls Blue Bell No Sugar Added Mooo Bars for Listeria

Target is recalling Blue Bell No Sugar Added Mooo Bars for potential Listeria contamination. The recall stems from a Listeria outbreak linked to single serving ice cream products made on a production line at Blue Bell's Brenham facility. Five people who were patients at Via Christi hospital in Wichita between January 2014 and January 2015 contracted listeriosis from contaminated Blue Bell ice cream they were served while hospitalized for unrelated illnesses.  Three of them died. Lab tests have established that the rare Listeria strains cultured from the five Via Christi patients match those found in Blue Bell ice cream products made on one production line at Blue Bell's Brenham facility. The company’s CEO says the machine is no longer in use and products  affected, many of which … [Read more...]

Walgreens Pulls Phony Herbal Supplements; Walmart, Target, GNC Keep Selling

After tests showed their store-brand herbal supplements did not to contain the herbs on their labels,  Walmart, Walgreens Target and GNC all received cease and desist letters from New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman yesterday.  Only Walgreens has responded by pulling the products. Walmart Target and GNC issued statements that they were looking into the matter. While they do, their shoppers cam feel free to shell out $8-$10 on bottles full of sand, allium, pine, wheat/grass, rice mustard, citrus, dracaena (houseplant) or cassava (tropical tree root), but labeled Ginseng, Garlic, St John' Wort or Echinacea. Because that's what the tests found. According to Schneiderman's office,  79 percent of herbal products tested did not contain plant species identified on the label. And … [Read more...]

Hummus, Dips Sold at Target, Trader Joe’s Recalled for Listeria

A number of dips are being recalled for possible contamination. Lansal, d.b.a. Hot Mama's Foods is recalling about 14,860 pounds of hummus and dip products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported, but the symptoms of listeriosis, the illness caused by the Listeria bacteria, can take months to manifest. You can see the pictures of product labels at the FDA web site. The recalled products include Target Archer Farms Tradition Hummus in 10 ounce containers. The UPC number is 85239233405, use by date is June 11, 2014, and it was sold nationally. Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus in 2 pound packages is recalled. This is a non-retail item, used in SuperTarget store production of Archer Farms Mediterranean Veggie Hummus Wrap and … [Read more...]

Target Joins List of Retailers Saying No To GE Salmon

Target has joined the list of retailers pledging to keep genetically engineered (GE) salmon out of their stores if the GE fish is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA will likely not requie labeling of genetically engineered salmon, if it's approved, leaving  consumers with no way of knowing if the fish they are buying is natural engineered. During the comment period on GE salmon, more than 1.5 million people submitted comments to the FDA opposing the approval of what would be the first-ever GE animal approved for human consumption. To help consumers, a coalition of 30 groups including Friends of the Earth, the Center for Food Safety, Food & Water Watch, and Consumers Union; have asked  grocery stores, seafood restaurants, chefs, and seafood companies to … [Read more...]

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