Nationwide HUMMUS Recall Includes Regional Grocery Chains  
By News Desk on July 16, 2019

Dozens of hummus products sold under several grocery brands as well as others are under recall after Listeria monocytogenes was found at a manufacturing facility.   Pita Pal Foods LP of Houston did not report how many pounds of product are subject to the recall. The company also did not post any product photographs with the notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.  

The recalled hummus products were made between May 30 and June 25. Pita Pal distributed the products nationwide in the United States and exported some to the United Arab Emirates.   “Consumers who have purchased products listed below with these use by dates are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund,” according to the company’s recall notice. 

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled product should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop. 

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.

All Bucee’s Garlic Hummus     Fresh Thyme Original Hummus      All Harris Teeter Fresh Foods Market Hummus

All Original Hummus     Lantana Beet Hummus     Pita Pal Hummus     Reasor’s Hummus     Roundy’s Hummus

Schnucks  Hummus     7-Select Classic Hummus 

NY Officials Investigating Cyclospora Outbreak 

For a month now people in New York have been testing positive for parasitic infections that health officials say appear to have a foodborne vector.

There are currently 11 laboratory-confirmed patients infected with the Cyclospora parasite, according to an alert from the New York State Department of Health. At least three specific foodservice providers have been reported by some of the patients. 

“Several of the cases interviewed report they dined at the following establishments: The Italian American Community Center in Albany; A buffet during a private graduation event at Union College in Schenectady; Prime Life Restaurant at Beltrone Senior Living Community Center in Colonie,” according to the state health department.

“There is no indication that the illnesses are related to poor food handling or preparation at these establishments, and each of the establishments is fully cooperating with the investigation.”

New York officials did not provide any specific information on the confirmed patients except to say that their illnesses started becoming apparent in mid-June. The state officials are working with Albany County Department of Health, Montgomery County Public Health, Saratoga County Public Health and Schenectady County Public Health Services on the investigation. 

The state health department hinted that contaminated fresh produce could be the source of the Cyclospora parasites that have caused the cyclosporiasis infections.

“Additional establishments may be identified as this investigation continues. Contamination of produce with Cyclospora often occurs prior to arrival at food distribution centers and restaurants. This type of contamination is not easily removed by standard produce rinsing,” according to the state alert.

The department is closely monitoring an increase in cases of cyclosporiasis statewide and nationally, unrelated to the investigation in the Albany area, according to the alert. State and county health departments issued a Healthcare Provider Alert to local healthcare providers about the increase in laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclosporiasis and to advised them of appropriate methods of testing and treatment for people who may present with diarrheal illness consistent with this infection.

Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People can become infected with Cyclospora by consuming food or water contaminated with the parasite.

The time between becoming infected by the parasite and becoming sick is usually about one week. Cyclospora parasites infect the small intestine, usually causing watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements. Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue. Vomiting, body aches, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms may be noted. Some people who are infected with Cyclospora do not have any symptoms.

Walmart, Wonder, 7-Eleven, other brands of buns recalled for plastic bits

By Coral Beach on Jul 10, 2019 02:11 pm Several well known national brands of hamburger and hot dog buns, as well as lesser-known regional brands, are under recall by Flowers Foods Inc. because pieces of hard plastic present a choking hazard. The mega-baker issued the recall specifically because of “plastic pieces found in products,” according to the company’s recall notice posted with the...

Eat Smart kale salad kits recalled because of Listeria test results

By News Desk on Jul 10, 2019 10:07 am Bagged kale salad kits sold under the well-known Eat Smart brand are under recall in Canada because of test results involving Listeria monocytogenes. “Fresh Taste Produce Ltd. is recalling certain 794 G (28 OZ) Eat Smart brand ‘Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Bag Kits’ from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not...

Plastic spurs recall of pork, beef products from restaurants

By News Desk on Jul 10, 2019 09:38 am Following a consumer complaint about plastic in the food, a Minnesota company issued a recall for Popeyes pork tasso and ground been gravy. The frozen, ready-to-eat pork and beef gravy were produced on May 2. They have a best-by date of May 2, 2020. Fairmont Foods Inc. of Fairmont, MN, included more than 35,000 pounds… 

E.COLI animals and County Fairs 
By Dan Flynn on July 8, 2019

The San Diego Country Fair, which ended its run with plenty of fireworks on July 4th,  has turned out to be something of a warning shot to the many upcoming state and country fairs and rodeos about the danger of exposing farm animals to children.

The operators of the fair are “heartbroken” by the June 24 death of 2-year-old Jedidiah King Cabezuela and are continuing to count other E. coli victims. Two were added to the toll by county health officials after the San Diego County Fair closed out its season. Three additional illnesses are being investigated, which would mean an outbreak cluster of at least 10.

All visited the fair’s petting zoo or other animal contact areas where exposure to E. coli from animals feces was possible. A 4-year-old girl, who attended the show on June 21 and became ill on June 29, required hospitalization.

Investigators have not yet been able to determine whether the E. coli contamination originated at the petting zoo or in larger livestock areas. DNA-based testing is underway, but it will take weeks to get definitive answers.

The San Diego County Fair wrapped up its 27-day run on July 4. The event drew more than  1.5 million attendees. The San Diego Health and Human Services Agency confirmed the fair-related death along with three other cases on June 28.

“We are heartbroken and are working directing with county officials to ensure public safety,” fair management said in a media statement. They shut down the petting zoo and cut back access to other animal exhibits for the fair’s final week.

San Diego County’s environmental health inspectors have collected samples from individual animals who were at the fair along with swabs of the surrounding environment. The county sent the samples to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for testing and analysis.

The CDC will be able to create and compare genetic fingerprints to STEC bacteria from ill children. The San Diego Fair plans on waiting for the CDC findings before making any permanent changes in its animal contact policies.

San Diego’s fatality and the cluster of E. coli cases are getting attention throughout the country. Most fairs and rodeos occur during the warm summer months that remain.

The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians has recommendations for operators of those events on how to protect children who make contact with animals. Just as the veterinarians don’t call for eliminating all animal contact, it’s unlikely petting zoos and animal contact will be put off limits because of San Diego.

Even the next door Orange County Fair, which begins July 12, is not banning animal contact opportunities because of what happened in San Diego. It does plan more oversight and more hand-washing options. The Sacramento-based Western Fairs Association is calling the tragedy to its members attention.


In a note to its “Members and Friends,” the Western Fairs Association described a “communication piece” that is in the works:  “Western Fairs Association Members and Friends – in light of the situation that took place with the San Diego County Fair and their patrons, Western Fairs Association has spent several days gathering information to communicate to you, our members.  Can you spell lawsuits

Please know that WFA and CFSA have been working diligently and collaboratively to develop a communication piece that will be distributed to our membership shortly. Please utilize this communication piece and share with your teams – staff, board, vendors and partners- so together we can continue to provide safe, friendly, fun entertainment at all of our county and state fairs.”   Here’s the list of WFA events scheduled for the remainder of the year.  Now we know where a lot of the sick kid syndrome comes from that in the past was simply ignored , some of these bad boys like Salmonellas have morphed and become more dangerous.  Four were affected at that fair and the youngest died within days.  

See for the schedule of that fair.

Antibiotic resistance complicates treatment of people infected in pig ear outbreak

By Dan Flynn on Jul 04, 2019 12:06 am A suspected link between pig ear treats and 45 human cases of salmonellosis is being investigated by federal and state officials, the U.S Food and Drug Administration announced today. The FDA said the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found salmonellosis in 45 patients from 13 states that is from Salmonella enterica serotype

Pig ear dog treats are the suspected source of a multidrug-resistant, multistate Salmonella outbreak among humans, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that whole-genome sequencing analysis of Salmonella isolates from 30 of the 45 outbreak victims predicted antibiotic resistance or decreased susceptibility to ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, gentamicin, nalidixic... 

Timing, temperature and tragedy — avoid the third on July 4-th with simple food safety practices

By U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jul 04, 2019 12:05 am Editor’s note: Children, pregnant women and older adults can develop serious and life-threatening illnesses from food poisoning. Holidays usually include these high-risk groups, making food safety even more important than usual. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is urging everyone to be food safe as they cook out this...

E. coli from beef to romaine: Can the past be the prelude?

Gary M. Weber, president of G.M. Weber Consulting LLC, submitted this column for original publication in Food Safety News. Numerous E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks linked to Romaine lettuce have been a tragedy for both consumers and the leafy greens industry. The leafy greens industry is aggressively addressing approaches to prevent future outbreaks.... 

Sandwich firm involved in Listeria outbreak goes into liquidation

By News Desk on Jul 02, 2019 12:02 am The sandwich producer that has become infamous for it’s part in a Listeria outbreak that killed at least five people in England has gone into liquidation. The Good Food Chain had been told it could restart operations by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) this past week as it was no longer involved in the investigation. 

Globalization increases risk of multi-country food safety issues – FAO

By News Desk on Jul 02, 2019 12:00 am Increased globalization of the food supply means people worldwide are more exposed to different hazards, according to a United Nations agency. In a brochure on the future of food safety, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) said this is of particular concern for countries that rely heavily on food imports as preventable... 

Green Giant, Trader Joe’s, other brands of vegetable products recalled for Listeria

By News Desk on Jul 01, 2019 11:07 pm Saying state inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of an unspecified fresh vegetable product, Growers Express LLC launched a recall of Green Giant and other brands of products from various retailers in dozens of states. Self-described as “the primary licensed partner of Green Giant Fresh, the exclusive fresh produce arm of the iconic Green

Gastro cost in Belgium estimated at hundreds of millions annually

By Joe Whitworth on Jun 30, 2019 12:03 am The annual cost of acute gastroenteritis for the Belgian economy has been estimated at between €210 million ($239 million) and €1 billion ($1.14 billion). A study by the Belgian institute for health Sciensano estimated the burden of illness from 2010 to 2014 in terms of deaths, patients admitted to hospitals, people consulting their general practitioner..

Toddler dies from E. coli infection after visit to petting zoo at county fair

By News Desk on Jul 01, 2019 12:05 am A 2-year-old is dead and three other children aged 2 to 13 are sick after visiting a San Diego County Fair petting zoo.  According to the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), the children were infected with a Shiga-toxin causing E. coli  bacteria, or STEC, from contact with farm animals at the fair. HHSA... 

Sprout, tofu company warned 18 months after FDA inspectors found bugs, rodents, Listeria in Chicago

By News Desk on Jul 01, 2019 12:04 am The FDA issued a warning letter in recent days regarding an inspection 18 months ago at a sprout and tofu facility where federal officials found live rodents and cockroaches, as well as Listeria bacteria.  In the letter, regional officials with the Food and Drug Administration told Steven Seeto that his company Fortune Food Product Inc.... 

WGS use on pathogens ‘extremely limited’ in developing countries

By News Desk on Jul 01, 2019 12:02 am Use of whole genome sequencing is extremely limited in most developing nations, according to a study. Researchers found while some countries lack the capacity to collect and analyse the data generated from whole genome sequencing (WGS), the main technical gap in most developing nations is in data interpretation using bioinformatics. The study was published in...

Letter to The Editor: Better food safety through science, not emotions 

By Food Safety News Readers on Jul 01, 2019 12:01 am letter to the editor When the Washington Post, members of Congress, and 35 other organizations raised concerns about a proposed modernization of a food safety and inspection process, we needed to provide a scientific perspective to the issue. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed a regulation called the New Swine Inspection System... 

Cdc Warns Against Papayas From Mexico 

More than 60 people are confirmed sick with Salmonella infections in a multi-state outbreak linked to fresh papayas from Mexico, according to a public alert issued this afternoon.

Consumers should check their homes for papayas imported from Mexico and dispose of them. Anyone who has fresh papayas of unknown origin should error in the side of caution and also throw away the fruit.

“Throw the papayas away, even if some of them were eaten and no one has gotten sick. Do not eat fruit salads or other mixes that include papayas from Mexico,” the CDC’s alert says. “If you aren’t sure the papaya you bought is from Mexico, you can ask the place of purchase. When in doubt, don’t eat the papaya. Throw it out.”

Anyone who has had papayas from Mexico, including consumers, restaurants and other foodservice operations, should wash and sanitize places where papayas were stored: countertops and refrigerator drawers or shelves. 

Reason for Alert:

The revision of this Import Alert (IA) dated 02/20/2019 adds Private Laboratories Sampling, Method and Testing Information and updates the Division of Import Operations contact information.   Mexico produces 11% of the worlds production of papayas. U.S. import data shows that approximately 65% of all papayas imported into the U.S. are from Mexico (primarily from the Mexican states of Jalisco, Colima, Chiapas, and Veracruz), which makes Mexico the largest exporter of fresh papayas into the U.S. Evidence shows there is widespread contamination of Mexican papaya with Salmonella, a human pathogen. 

Based on this evidence, FDA has determined that papaya imported from Mexico appears to be adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because the papayas appear to contain Salmonella, an added poisonous or deleterious substance that may render food injurious to health.

FDA has been collecting and analyzing samples of raw, fresh whole papaya imported from Mexico. The  FDA analysis found Salmonella in 33 samples out of a total of 211, or a 15.6% positive rate. The positive samples were from 28 different firms and include nearly all the major papaya producing regions in Mexico.  
In addition, a multi-state outbreak of human infections of salmonellosis occurred.   The pathogen, identified as Salmonella Agona, is attributable to a specific, uncommon serotype of Salmonella with an indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern by two enzymes. 

Current outbreak details - Salmonella Uganda 

As of today, a total of 62 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Uganda have been reported from eight states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from Jan. 14 to June 8. Most illnesses have occurred since April. Ill people range in age from 1 to 86 years old, with a median age of 60. Fifty-three percent of ill people are female. 

Of 35 people with available information, 23 of the — 66 percent — have been hospitalized. No deaths attributed to Salmonella have been reported.

Fullerton, CA restaurant with illnesses reported by crowd-sourcing closed again

Pita Hot, the Fullerton, CA restaurant with illnesses that were identified by the crowd-sourcing site was closed for a second time on June 25.

The Orange County Health Agency reported ongoing foodborne illness as the reason for the second closure. The agency suspended the restaurant’s operating permit. Pita Hot was ordered to cease handling food, close, and remain closed until all conditions warranting closure are corrected.

Orange County first closed Pita Hot on June 19 but permitted it to re-open on June 20. Before it’s allowed to re-open this time, a “responsible party” from Pita Hot must attend an enforcement hearing and all employees must attend a Food Worker Education class.

Employees experiencing vomiting or diarrhea symptoms cannot work until they are free of any signs of illness for at least 72 hours. The restaurant itself must conduct cleaning and disinfection for major pathogens, discard certain foods, and review hygiene procedures.

In following up after Pita Hot re-opened on June 20, an environmental health inspector learned that an employee worked on June 22 while experiencing gastrointestinal illness. Food facilities are prohibited by law from allowing anyone with an infectious disease to come to work.

Pita Hot management earlier reported that two ill employees worked on June 15 and 16, before the first closure.

About one week before the first closure, the crowd-sourcing website, reported receiving almost 200 reports representing several hundred people who had become ill. Some of the stories were about individuals and families, while others were about attendees at catered events.

The website, is recently credited with helping to identify several high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks.  It also has released an app designed to help people decide where to go when dining away from home.  The app identifies restaurants with recent reports of food poisoning. Another feature allows users to easily upload photos of restaurant receipts and potentially dangerous food they are served.   “Food poisoning is a common, costly, and avoidable menace. The app will allow all of us to dine safer, together,” says founder Patrick Quade.

Bill for Safe Food Act seeks to consolidate federal oversight

By Coral Beach on Jun 27, 2019 12:05 am Citing fragmented food safety oversight, which is split up between 15 federal agencies, two lawmakers want Congress to scrap the current system and the ineffective laws that regulate it. The Safe Food Act could weave the patchwork system “where no single voice guides industry, retailers and consumers” into a seamless force for safer food in...

Pork industry wants FDA out of livestock genome editing

By News Desk on Jun 27, 2019 12:04 am The pork industry wants the regulation of livestock genome editing transferred to the USDA from the Food and Drug Administration. The USDA already regulates genome editing of plants. To support the transfer, an industry trade association has launched the “Keep America First in Agriculture” campaign. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is sponsoring the effort....

High Court says USDA can keep secrets about $70 billion in SNAP spending

By Dan Flynn on Jun 26, 2019 12:06 am The Argus Leader did not ask for much. It just wanted to know where the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP food stamp spending ended up. That was more than a decade ago when SNAP spending was less than today’s $70 billion. South Dakota’s largest newspaper has been fighting all that time to get the…

FDA modifies alerts for food imports

By News Desk on Jun 26, 2019 12:02 am The FDA uses import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations on food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed. Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed below. Click on the URLs to view the actual alerts. Import Alert Description URL for Alert IA-16-105… 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sides with growing fruits and vegetables over aesthetics

By Dan Flynn on Jun 26, 2019 12:00 am Governor Ron DeSantis has signed Florida’s Senate Bill 82, prohibiting local governments from banning vegetable gardens on any part of residential properties. It means Florida property owners can again grow fruits and vegetables, which are rich in vitamins, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants, on any part of their residential properties, including their front yards. The... 


Small amount of frozen andouille sausage recalled for metal piece found by customer

By News Desk on Jun 25, 2019 07:21 pm San Giuseppe Salami Co. by Giacomo in  Elon, NC, has recalled approximately about 830 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE), frozen andouille sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, according to the US. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The RTE, frozen andouille sausages were produced on May 14. The

Comment now on safety proposed guidance for fresh sprouts
By Coral Beach on Jun 25, 2019 12:05 am Beginning today, the FDA is accepting comments on proposed guidance designed to improve the safety of fresh sprouts, which have been responsible for at least 50 outbreaks in the past two decades. The proposed guidance would apply to all entities in the food supply chain, from seed producers through distributors and on to those who... 

Lab tests prompt Keurig Dr Pepper to recall water because of arsenic level

By News Desk on Jun 24, 2019 03:34 pm The Keurig Dr Pepper company today announced a recall of an unspecified volume of its Peñafiel brand unflavored mineral spring water because an independent laboratory found “volative levels of arsenic” in samples. The company reported the unflavored spring water was imported from Mexico. All date codes of all unflavored Peñafiel mineral spring water products, including ... 

Infant formula pulled from Walmart stores nationwide because of metal

By News Desk on Jun 24, 2019 03:05 pm Parent’s Choice Advantage infant formula, which is sold exclusively at Walmart stores, is under recall nationwide because of a consumer report about metal in the product. Perrigo Company PLC announced the recall of more than 23,000 containers of the “Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron” today. The specific product covered by the... 

Wholesaler recalls Kraft, Lactaid, Oscar Mayer, other brands of perishables

By News Desk on Jun 22, 2019 12:01 am A break in the cold chain, referred to by industry as temperature abuse, because of a mechanical malfunction prompted C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. to recall dozens of perishable products, some containing meat or poultry, from two Target stores. Holding food at incorrect temperatures can result in the growth of spoilage organisms or pathogens. Temperature abuse…

Congressional duo continues push for switch to single food safety agency

By News Desk on Jun 21, 2019 12:07 am Describing the US food safety system as “hopelessly fragmented and outdated,” a congresswoman is pushing for the creation of a single federal agency to secure the nation’s food supply. Currently the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture each have jurisdiction over food, with the FDA responsible for everything except meat, poultry

Amos Miller’s Organic Farm ( Amish godly ‘ practice’s” not above the laws )

Amos Miller and Miller’s Organic Farm must appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marilyn Heffley on July 18 for a settlement conference about whether the operation is subject to federal food safety laws, according to court documents.

Miller and Miller’s Organic Farm, based in Bird-in-Hand, PA, were named on April 4 as defendants in a 97-page civil complaint by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Miller is accused of selling meat and poultry products — which are misbranded and have not been federally inspected — to consumers throughout the United States.

The civil action is the latest attempt by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to get the man called an “ethical Amish farmer” on his Gofundme page to comply with some of the federal government’s primary food safety laws and regulations.

Miller responded to the lengthy complaint with a one-page hand-written statement on April 26.

“Defendants Answered the Complaint as Follows: We do not have legal counsel yet. We are looking for representation. We reserve the right to amend this answer after counsel is retained. The defendants deny all allegations in the complaint and ask the court to dismiss this action,” Miller’s letter to the court says. Miller continues to represent himself and Miller’s Organic Farm in the matter.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward G. Smith did not dismiss the case, nor did he grant Miller’s request for a continuance before the initial pretrial conference on June 13.

Recalls of frozen avocados from Safeway, Albertsons, for Listeria

Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods Inc. is voluntary recalling “Signature Select Avocado Chunks” with a best before date of Oct 11, 2020, after an inspection test revealed Listeria monocytogenes in the product.

The company initiated the recall “based on strict precautionary measures after the company was informed by the FDA that a routine sampling program found a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in one sample bag of the product,” according to the Nature’s Touch notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

Vegetable garden bill is close to the last to get Gov. DeSantis’ attention

By Dan Flynn on Jun 19, 2019 12:04 am On Tuesday in Tallahassee, after meeting with CDC boss Robert Redfield about the agency’s initiative that seeks to reduce new HIV transmission by 75 percent in five years, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis went about signing bills. He signed the following into law: CS/HB 7 – Direct Health Care Agreements CS/HB 207 – Impact Fees CS/HB

Study finds pathogen issues with ready-to-eat salad and sprouts

By News Desk on Jun 19, 2019 12:01 am A study by German researchers has raised concerns on the microbiological quality of ready-to-eat salad mixes and fresh sprouts. The three-year research project by the Max Rubner Institute also found the microbiological quality of cucumbers, carrots and mushrooms was good.  Mixed lettuce received a good to medium result and herbs were rated as medium. The… 

Some Ragú pasta sauces recalled because of fragments of plastic

By News Desk on Jun 18, 2019 08:14 pm The company behind Ragú brand sauces is recalling an unreported amount of pasta sauces from stores nationwide because they may contain fragments of plastic. Mizkan America Inc. did not include any information in its recall notice about how the plastic may have gotten into the sauces or how the problem was discovered. The company also... 

Sprouts Farmers Market recalls spinach in 19 states after Listeria test

By News Desk on Jun 18, 2019 01:38 pm The Sprouts Farmers Market grocery chain is recalling conventional and organic frozen spinach manufactured by National Frozen Foods of Oregon, because a random test came back positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The test showed the bacteria in the finished product, according to the company recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration. However, the notice… 
Patient count almost doubles in outbreak linked to salads, sandwiches

By News Desk on Jun 18, 2019 12:02 am A review of National Health Service food has been ordered by Conservative Health Secretary Matt Hancock after the number of deaths linked to a Listeria outbreak from pre-packed sandwiches and salads rose to five and the case count to nine. “I have been incredibly concerned by this issue and strongly believe that we need a…
Salmonella cases in UK from food on cruise ships confirmed with WGS

By Joe Whitworth on Jun 18, 2019 12:01 am The United Kingdom has reported 24 cases of Salmonella linked to travel on cruise ships. Salmonella Enteritidis cases are from cruise ships visiting destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. The outbreak was detected through whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis. They have sampling dates from May 6 to 21, 2019. Five other cases have sample… 

WinCo recalls frozen raspberries from 10 states because of norovirus test
By News Desk on Jun 17, 2019 02:58 pm WinCo Foods LLC is recalling frozen red raspberries because of potential contamination with norovirus. The Food and Drug Administration found norovirus in a sample of WinCo brand raspberries and informed the Boise, ID, company, according to the recall notice. Rader Farms of Bellingham, WA, produced the berries for WinCo.  The recall notice does not indicate… 

Dry Dates From Shivam Distribution

6/15/2019 - A fruit product with too high a sulfite content was recalled Thursday by Longwood, FL-based Shivam Distributors.  The recalled product is 14-ounce packages of “Dry Dates.” The high sulfite content, a preservative, could cause adverse health consequences with symptoms such as itchiness, upset stomach, headache, stiffness, diarrhea, cough, nausea, and weakness.

The recalled, “Dry Dates” were distributed in the Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Panama City, Tallahassee, Pembroke Pines, Lake Mary, and Deland areas of Florida and in Savannah GA, Charleston, SC, Winston-Salem NC through retail stores from June 2018 to May 2019.

Ruiz Foods Recalls 123.2 Tons Of Breakfast Wr
aps For Containing “Small Rocks”

6/15/2019 - Denison, TX-based Ruiz Foods Products Inc late Friday recalled approximately 246,514 pounds of frozen, not ready-to-eat (NRTE) breakfast wrap products containing bacon that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically small rocks, according to the US 

Texas Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The frozen egg, potato, bacon and cheese wrap items were produced on Jan. 17, 2019 and Jan. 18, 2019. The following product is subject to recall:

  • The small rocks were discovered on June 14, 2019, when Ruiz Foods advised FSIS of three consumer complaints regarding foreign material in the wrap products. The firm continues to investigate the source of the foreign material.

Salmonella Count Skyrockets - Backyard Flocks Dangerous

6/13/2019 - The number of people confirmed with Salmonella infections from backyard poultry flocks has increased more than 400 percent since May 10, with a third of the sick people younger than 5 years old.  

In an update this afternoon, the CDC reported that as of June 7 there were 279 people across 41 states who have been infected. In a previous update posted May 16, the agency said that as of May 10 it had received reports on a total of 52 people across 21 states who had been sickened in multiple multistate outbreaks this year.

Of the 152 patients for whom the information is available, more than a fourth had to be admitted to hospitals because their symptoms were so severe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No confirmed deaths have been reported. 

“(Whole genome sequencing) WGS analysis of 24 isolates from ill people predicted antibiotic resistance to amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, ampicillin, cefoxitin, ceftriaxone, fosfomycin, gentamicin, kanamycin, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, tetracycline, or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.”

Victims told investigators they got chicks and ducklings for their backyard flocks from agricultural stores, websites, and hatcheries. People can become infected with pathogens such as Salmonella bacteria from touching poultry or their environment, according to the CDC. Birds carrying the bacteria can appear healthy and clean.

Diapers And Salmonella

County public health officials in Omaha, NE, have confirmed they are investigating a Salmonella outbreak at a daycare center, but they have not reported how many of the 100 children enrolled at the center are sick.

Health department spokesman Phil Rooney said it could be something as simple as employees not properly washing their hands after changing a child’s diaper and then handling or serving food.

The implicated Elite Childcare Academy location has closed until further notice for cleaning and employee training. The daycare center cannot reopen without permission from public health officials. 

The business operators sent a notice to parents and guardians of children enrolled at the daycare center asking that they complete a survey to help determine the source of the Salmonella.

Last Summer’s Outbreaks Turn Attention TO CYCLOSPORIASIS

It’s uncomfortable to talk about intestinal illness known as cyclosporiasis for many to think about because it’s caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. And as recently as the late 1990s, Americans did not have to worry about it unless they traveled abroad. The world, however, changed in 1996 when Guatemalan-grown imported raspberries gave the Clyclospora parasites the ride they needed to cause a first of its kind cyclosporiasis outbreak across both the United States and Canada.

That first North American cyclosporiasis outbreak in 1996 “was an early warning to public health officials and produce industry that the international sourcing of produce means that infectious agents once thought of as only causing traveler’s diarrhea could now infect at home.”

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did confirm 2,810 cyclosporiasis patients. That means there were likely thousands of additional people infected, but they were not verified.

Hometown Food Co… Recalls Pillsbury Flour  Multi-state E. coli outbreak
For the second time this year Hometown Food Co. is recalling some of its Pillsbury flour because of bacterial contamination. This time the pathogen is E. coli and the flour is from a mill linked to an outbreak.

The new recall includes more than 4,600 cases of Pillsbury “Best Bread” flour. Hometown Food shipped the implicated flour to retailers and distributors in 10 states. Federal officials are urging consumers to check their homes for the recalled flour, according to an outbreak update posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

Hometown Food initiated the recall amidst an eight-state outbreak of E. coli O26. there are at least 17 people confirmed sick, according to an update this weekend by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three of the patients have required hospitalization. As of June 15, no illnesses had been confirmed in connection to Pillsbury flour

ADM Milling Co. manufactured the recalled Pillsbury flour at a mill in Buffalo, NY. The same plant was used to make Baker’s Corner brand flour that has been linked to the E. coli outbreak. ADM produced and packaged the Baker’s Corner flour for Aldi.  Also King Arthur is the second brand of flour, following Aldi’s Baker’s Corner, to be recalled in less than a month because of E. coli contamination in flour from Archer Daniels Midland Co. King Arthur Flour Inc. distributed its recalled flour nationwide.

People in eight states have been confirmed with infections from E. coli O26, according to an update posted today by the Food and Drug Administration. Three of the 17 patients have required hospitalization. No illnesses had been directly linked to the King Arthur brand flour as of the posting of the recall today. 

Seventeen people are sick with E. coli infections and three have been hospitalized in an outbreak traced to flour recalled yesterday by the Aldi grocery chain.

The Rhode Island Department of Health has isolated the outbreak strain of E. coli O26 in an unopened bag of Baker’s Corner all-purpose flour. Aldi recalled some 5-pound bags of the flour this week after the state officials informed company officials about finding the pathogen. That was before federal officials announced the outbreak.The flour was produced and packaged for Aldi by ADM Milling Co., which is a subsidiary of the Archer Daniels Midland Co.

The flour may have been used to produce Aldi baking mixes. Some of the outbreak patients reported tasting raw batter made from such mixes in the days before becoming ill.  On an undisclosed date, the Rhode Island Department of Health collected and analyzed an unopened sample of the flour and determined it contained E. coli O26. The department issued a public warning Wednesday to consumers not to eat the flour.

Mushrooms Picked By Asian Immigrants - DANGEROUS

Immigrants face higher risks for poisoning from foraging wild foods on May 31, 2019  A recent mushroom poisoning case in Minnesota illustrates how people who set out to gather nature’s bounty can find themselves carrying home a basket of toxins, especially if they are not well versed in local species.

Following a mushroom hunting walk in Minnesota in October 2018, a forager suddenly fell ill and went into respiratory failure. The fight of his life began a couple of hours after eating mushrooms he had gathered near his workplace.

“He said this was the first time he had picked mushrooms since arriving in Minnesota in 2015 and that he had selected the mushrooms because they resembled the Ochre mushroom — Amanita hemibapha var. ochracea — from his native Burma,” according to a report published in the CDC’s Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report. 

Almost 35 Tons Of Catfish Recalled

J Deluca Fish Company Inc., doing business as Nautilus Seafood, is the second California based seafood importer this week to recall thousands of pounds of Siluriformes, also known as catfish, that was not presented for import re-inspection into the United States, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

According to the recall notice, the recalled 69,590 pounds of Nautilus brand catfish was produced at a Vietnamese establishment that was not eligible to export Siluriformes to the United States. The frozen Siluriformes products, specifically yellow walking fish, were distributed to retail locations nationwide. The recall notice says the fish products were imported from Vietnam to the United States on various dates from August 2018 to January 2019.

The problem was discovered on May 22 during routine FSIS surveillance activities of imported products.  “FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers or refrigerators or both,” according to the recall notice. 

Recall Of 95,000  Pounds Of Johnsonville Smoked Sausage

The iconic Johnsonville company has initiated an international recall of some of its smoked sausage after a consumer complained about finding hard, green plastic in some jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage.

More than 95,000 pounds of the smoked sausage, all produced and packaged on March 12, are subject to the recall. The 14-ounce packages have a best-by date of June 9 printed on the back. The sausage packages also have the establishment number “EST. 34224” printed inside the USDA mark of inspection on their labels.  

“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.”

Perdue Recalls Chicken Nuggets About Bones

An unspecified number of complaints to Perdue Foods LLC and the federal government have led to the company recalling almost 16 tons of chicken nuggets, tenders and strips. Consumers reported finding pieces of bone in the products.

Purdue distributed the 31,703 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products to retailers nationwide. Some of the products are distributed frozen, others are refrigerated. Some are in consumer-sized packages, others are in bulk boxes.

Simply Smart Organics branded consumer packages and Chef Quik brand bulk boxes are included in the recall, according to the recall posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

FDA - Frozen Berries Contaminated With  Hep-A, Kroger, Others

Federal officials issued a public alert tonight warning about frozen berries that have tested positive for hepatitis A contamination. Private Selection brand berries sold at Kroger stores and other retailers are consequently under recall. The FDA alert applies to all Private Selection brand frozen fruit.

Laboratory tests conducted as part of an ongoing special project revealed the contamination, according to the public alert from the Food and Drug Administration. The agency didn’t report how many packages or pounds of the frozen berries were distributed. The Kroger Co. recall notice says the implicated berries were “manufactured” by Townsend Farms. 

“The FDA is advising consumers not to eat and to throw away frozen fruit purchased from Kroger and other retail locations packaged under Kroger’s ‘Private Selection’ brand,” according to the FDA alert.

Whole Foods Market Recalls Pesto - Lack of Milk and Peanut Allergen Warning

A consumer has reported an allergic reaction to “made-in-house” pesto sauce sold in Whole Foods Market stores in North America. The grocery chain has recalled two products in five states as a result.

The chain is recalling “specialty made-in-house basil pesto” and “specialty made-in-house sundried tomato pesto” because the products may contain undeclared milk and tree nuts, specifically walnuts and pine nuts. The company’s recall notice has been posted by the Food and Drug Administration. Consumers are urged to check their homes for the implicated sauces.

Costco’s Kirkland Berries for Hepatitis A 
Frozen berries packaged under Costco’s signature Kirkland brand are now part of a nationwide recall that began when government testing found hepatitis A contamination in frozen blackberries that are used in multiple products from Townsend Farms Inc.

Costco sold the recalled frozen berries in stores in San Diego, Los Angles, and in Hawaii, according to the Townsend Farms recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration. The recall notice urges consumers to check their homes for the berries.






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