September 24, 2016

Salmonella Outbreak in MN Associated With Taylor Farms Kale

A Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak associated with Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley sickened six people in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin in an email. The illnesses began between April 3 and April 26, 2016. One person was hospitalized as a result of their illness, and all patients are recovering. The product associated with this outbreak, Taylor Farms Organic Kale Medley "power greens" mix, was purchased at Sam's Club locations in Minnesota. The product contains kale, shredded carrots, chard, and spinach. That company pulled the product from store shelves nationwide on May 4, 2016, and directly notified all customers who purchased the product in Minnesota since March 1, 2016. Doug Schultz, of the Minnesota Department of Health, stated in … [Read more...]

Starbucks Customers Beware: Sandwiches May Contain E. coli Celery

More than 45,000 Starbucks holiday turkey sandwiches have been recalled because they main contain Taylor Farms celery that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. This recall is part of a huge recall affecting more than 155,000 items sold at restaurants and grocery stores across the country. The recalled product is SBUX Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Warm, in 7.7 ounce packaging. The number is 11045014.  The sandwiches have sell by dates of 11/20/15 to 11/28/15 and were sold in California, Oregon, and Nevada. The sell by date has passed, but it's possible that some consumers may still have these sandwiches at home in their refrigerators or freezers. If you do, throw it out and wash your hands carefully after handling the product. This recall stems from a multistate E. … [Read more...]

Taylor Farms Broccoli Salad Recalled for Undeclared Allergen, Nuts

Taylor Farms of Swedesboro, NJ is recalling approximately 377 pounds of Signature Café Broccoli Kale Salad with Chicken product because it contains an undeclared allergen, walnuts. There have been no reports of illness but people with allergies to tree nuts should not eat this product as it may cause a serious allergic reaction. The walnuts are packaged in a cupped packet inside the salad container. The recalled product was packaged in a 9.75-oz. plastic clam shell packages with "Use by" dates of “10/23/14,” “10/25/14,” and “10/27/14” on the lid of the product. The packages are stamped with “P-34513” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the label. The recalled salads were produced on 10/17/14, 10/19/14, and 10/21/14 and distributed to retail stores in Delaware, District of Columbia, … [Read more...]

Largest Multi-State Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2013: #1

A Cyclospora outbreak that began in June and sickened 631 people in 25 states before ending in late September was the largest multi-state food poisoning outbreak of 2013. Health investigators determined that the outbreak had multiple food sources and that most illnesses were linked to tainted produce imported from Mexico. Almost 80 percent of the cases were from three states: Iowa, Nebraska and Texas.  Public  health investigators in Iowa, which had 140 cases, and Nebraska, which had 87, determined that the source of illness in those states was commercial bagged salad mix produced by Taylor Farms of Mexico and served at Olive Graden and Red Lobster restaurants. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA concluded that many of the 270 cases of … [Read more...]

Nationwide Cyclospora Outbreak Case Count Stands at 636

The CDC has updated the Cyclospora outbreak again; now 636 people are ill and 45 people have been hospitalized. That's an addition of 20 cases since the last update two days ago. The next update from the government will be on September 4, 2013. Cyclospora is a single-celled parasite that causes an infection called cyclosporiasis. Symptoms include watery and explosive diarrhea, fatigue, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, weight loss, bloating, increased gas, vomiting, fever, and headache. The time between infection and symptoms is usually about 1 week. Since the Cyclospora oocyst isn't infective immediately when it's passed in feces, but takes a few days to sporulate and become infectious, this disease isn't usually passed from person to person, but through contaminated food. The … [Read more...]

Taylor Farms Salad Mix Not Source of TX Cyclospora Cases

Salad mix from Taylor Farms, which was identified as the source of Cyclospora illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska, is not the source of Cyclospora illnesses in Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As Food Poisoning Bulletin reported over the weekend,  the agency now believes that it's likely that there are multiple sources responsible for Cyclospora infections that have sickened more than 600 people in 22 states. Although Cyclospora is rare, there is a precedent for overlapping or back-to-back outbreaks. In 1997, more than 1,300 people contracted Cyclospora infections between March and July. Those illnesses were caused by three  different food sources (mesclun, raspberries and basil) from different countries. At least 610 cases of Cyclospora have been … [Read more...]

Clear of Cyclospora, Taylor Farms de Mexico Resumes Operations

Taylor Farms de Mexico,  the producer of mixed salad linked to Cyclospora outbreaks at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska, resumed operations yesterday after receiving an all-clear from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The company, which had suspended operations August 9 during the agency's investigation,  has agreed to implement a comprehensive Cyclospora sampling program for leafy green and other products from their farms and processing facility in Mexico. The program will also include sampling water and continued monitoring of the sanitary conditions at the facilities. The FDA has inspected Taylor Farms de Mexico’s processing facility and five farms identified through the traceback investigation and found that conditions and practices were in … [Read more...]

Taylor Farms Recalls Ham and Cheese Pretzel Rolls for Undeclared Allergen

Taylor Farms New Jersey, Inc. of Swedesboro, NJ is recalling a limited quantity of Black Forest Ham and Cheese on a Pretzel Roll with Swiss Cheese and Country Dijon Honey Mustard because they have may contain an undeclared tree nut allergen.  People with allergies or sensitivities to tree nuts should not eat these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. However,  people with allergies or severe sensitivities to tree nuts run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they eat these products. The problem with the recalled sandwiches is that the Dijon honey mustard packet was inadvertently replaced with a green pesto aioli packet containing pine nuts. The problem was discovered by an associate at one of the stores where the sandwiches are sold. The … [Read more...]

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