December 3, 2016

Raw Vegetables Associated with Iowa Cyclospora Food Poisoning

Fresh vegetables are the likely source of the Cyclospora outbreak in Iowa, but public health officials in the state haven't pinpointed the cause. A statement from the Iowa Department of Public Health said the correlation with unspecified fresh vegetables was derived from scientific food history interviews of case patients. The same epidemiological study found that fruit is not a likely cause. With the outbreak involving a rare pathogen and a number of additional cases reported in Nebraska and other Midwestern states, public health offiicials in various jurisdictions are revisiting Cyclospora and Cyclosporiasis (the disease it causes). Cyclosporiasis symptoms include a watery diarrhea that lasts an average of 57 days if untreated. Other symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite, weight … [Read more...]

Listeria Concern Prompts Pre-cut Veggie Recall In Canada

Pre-cut vegetables sold as “Freshly Cut Grillers” by Pure Hothouse Foods are being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The Pure Flavor brand of  Freshly Cut Grillers under recall were distributed in Ontario and sold in 14 oz / 400 g trays with “Use By” dates of August 11, 2012 through August 26, 2012. The UPC codes for each variety are as follows: Premium Medley, 6 84924 06001 4; Asparagus Blend, 6 84924 06012 0; Rustic Blend, 6 84924 06003 8 and Steak Topper 6 84924 06002 1. No illnesses have been associated with the consumption of these products. CFIA is monitoring the voluntary recall by Pure Hothouse. Food that is contaminated with Listeria may not look or smell bad and Listeria can thrive in cold … [Read more...]

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