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TOTAL RECALL: Think before you bite 5/13

May 13, 2011

 

 Salmonella in More Tomato Products

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 7, 2011 – Mann Packing is voluntarily recalling certain vegetable platters and Snacks on the Go product because the grape tomato ingredient may be contaminated with Salmonella. As of today this recall has expanded to include Safeway’s Eating Right Veggie Party Platter with “best if used by dates” and in stores specified below.

This recall is part of a larger recall initiated by Six L’s Packing (Immokalee, Fla) on April 29, 2011. Six L’s is recalling a single lot of grape tomatoes packed on April 11, 2011 that can be identified by Cherry Berry lot code DW-H.

The contamination was detected through a random sample obtained by the USDA at a distributor in New York. The tomatoes were grown at a farm in Estero, Fla. which has since ceased production. The strain of Salmonella has not been determined and no illnesses have been reported.

This nationwide, voluntary recall, by Mann Packing includes the following items with best if used by dates ranging from 05-09 to 05-16 2011.

• Safeway’s Eating Right Veggie Party Platter (universal product code 79893-10708, weight 3 pounds, 6 ounces) sold at Carrs, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Pavilions, Randall’s, Safeway, Tom Thumb, and Vons.
• Mann’s Veggies On the Go (universal product code 16519 01411-6, weight 1 pound, 2 ounces).
• Mann’s Snacks on the Go with Celery, Carrots, Tomatoes (universal product code16519 01501-4, weight 8.75 ounces).
• Mann’s Vegetable Platter Large (universal product code 16519 01407-9, 2 pounds, 8 ounces).

The voluntary recall does not include any other products packed or distributed by Mann Packing.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and abdominal pain. In rare cases the organism can get into the bloodstream and cause more serious complications (for more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov).

Mann Packing is working with its customers to remove the subject products from distribution. The appropriate regulatory agency has been notified.

Retailers have been contacted and asked to identify, segregate and hold all products matching the information included in this notice.

Consumers who purchased the specific items mentioned above are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Customers and consumers with questions may contact Mann Packing at 1-800-285-1002 or via info@veggiesmadeeasy.com.

This recall taken from: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm254904.htm

Consumers Warned to Avoid Eating Oysters rom Area 1642  in Apalachicola Bay, Florida

 

Warning follows bacterial illness outbreak

Fast Facts
• The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers, restaurant operators, commercial shippers and processors of shellfish not to eat, serve, purchase, sell or ship oysters from Area 1642 in Apalachicola Bay, Fla. because the oysters may be contaminated with toxigenic Vibrio cholerae serogroup O75.

• Nine persons have been reported with illness. For eight, the illness was confirmed as caused by toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O75; laboratory confirmation is pending in the other person. No one was hospitalized or died.

• All ill persons reported consumption of raw or lightly steamed oysters.

• Traceback indicates that oysters harvested from Area 1642 in Apalachicola Bay, Fla., between March 21 and April 6, 2011, are associated with illness. 

• Those who have recently purchased oysters should check with the place of purchase and ask if they were harvested from the affected growing area.

What is the problem?
Raw oysters harvested from Area 1642 in Apalachicola Bay, Fla. between March 21 and April 6, 2011, have been linked to eight confirmed and one possible case of toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O75 infection. The ill persons ate raw or lightly cooked oysters harvested from that area. Ill persons reside in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Indiana; all report consumption of oysters while in Florida.  There are several designated harvest areas within Apalachicola Bay, Fla, and each of these has a unique numerical identifier. Area 1642 is a zone that stretches from north to south in Apalachicola Bay just on the east side of the bridge that goes from Eastpoint, Fla., to St. George Island, Fla. The zone is approximately two miles wide from east to west.

This warning taken from:  http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm254754.htm

Donuts Recalled

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 10, 2011 – Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. is recalling the following Entenmann’s brand bagged Pop’Ems donuts and Bimbo brand 8 pack Donitas donuts sold in the following states because they may develop an uncharacteristic smell and become moldy within the product code:

Entenmann’s

Product Names
Sizes
States
UPC Codes
Powdered Pop’Ems Donuts 10 oz./284 grams AZ, CA, NV, UT 72030 01570
Cinnamon Pop’Ems Donuts 10 oz./284 grams AZ, CA, NV, UT 72030 01985
Rich Frosted Pop’Ems Donuts 10.5 oz./298 grams AZ, CA, NV, UT 72030 01571

Bimbo

Product Names
Sizes
States
UPC Codes
Sugared Donitas Donuts 8 count – 3.6 oz./102 grams AZ, CA, ID, NV, UT, WY 74323 07039
Powdered Donitas Donuts 8 count – 4.0 oz./113 grams AZ, CA, ID, NV, UT, WY 74323 04976
Chocolate Frosted Donitas Donuts 8 count – 4.3 oz./122 grams AZ, CA, ID, NV, UT, WY 74323 09964

The products were manufactured in the same facility.

The Entenmann’s products being recalled are in blue and white bags with the following dates which are printed on the top front of the bags:

  May 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 29, 2011
  June 1, 2, 6, 2011 

The Bimbo products being recalled are in cellophane wrappers with the same dates which are printed in a circle in the upper right of the package.

The company announced the recall after it received complaints of the unpleasant odor and temporary illness.  While the potential for serious health problems is low, some consumers are sensitive to the uncharacteristic off-smell and should not eat the recalled products because of possible temporary gastro-intestinal distress, including nausea and diarrhea. 

All products with the above code dates are being removed from store shelves in the affected states.  No other Entenmanns’s or Bimbo products or other states are affected.

Consumers who have purchased the product can return the product to its place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-984-0989 at any time 24 hours a day.

This recall taken from: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm255026.htm

Salmonella in Paprika (Canada)

 

OTTAWA, May 11, 2011 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Alimentarus Import Export Inc. are warning the public and retailers not to sell, use or consume the Piment doux moulu (mild ground paprika) described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected product, Dar Al Assala brand Piment doux moulu (mild ground paprika), imported from Morocco, was sold to various retail stores in Quebec as 5 kg bags bearing UPC 6 111242 541054, lot code PD17-F278 and best before date 05/10/2012.

This product is also known to have been sold from bulk. If you have purchased bulk paprika on or after November 12, 2010, and are unsure if you have the recalled product, check with your place of purchase to verify if it is subject to the recall.

This product is known to have been distributed in Quebec.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled.  Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness.  In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections.  In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea.  Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

The importer, Alimentaurus Import Export Inc. located in Montreal, QC is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

This recall taken from: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2011/20110511e.shtml

Listeria in Pork Loin (Canada)

 

OTTAWA, May 12, 2011 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Fumagalli brand Pronta Fresca Lonza Stagionata (Seasoned Dry Cured Pork Loin) described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, Fumagalli brand Pronta Fresca Lonza Stagionata (Seasoned Dry Cured Pork Loin), imported from Italy, is sold in 100 g packages bearing UPC 8 002469 571352, Batch 119066 and Best Before 05/07/2011.

This product has been distributed in Quebec.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

The Importer, Les Aliments Edesia Inc. located in Saint-Hubert, QC is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

This recall taken from: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2011/20110512be.shtml

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Snoqualmie Valley CA

 

SEATTLE–An outbreak of Hepatitis A in the Snoqualmie Valley has county health authorities asking people to get vaccinated.  Matias Valenzuela, public education coordinator with the county’s public health department, said his office has responded to six confirmed cases in the Valley, all in adults.  No word yet on the source of the outbreak. 

Hepatitis A is the only common vaccine-preventable foodborne disease in the United States (Fiore, 2004). It is one of five human hepatitis viruses that primarily infect the human liver and cause human illness. Unlike hepatitis B and C, hepatitis A doesn’t develop into chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis, which are both potentially fatal conditions; however, infection with the hepatitis A virus (HAV) can still lead to acute liver failure and death.

This article taken from: http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/snoqualmie-valley-hepatitis-a-outbreak/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FoodPoisonBlog+%28Food+Poison+Blog%29

 STOP in the News: China Imports in the Grocery Store – A Cause for Concern

 

**STOP President Nancy Donley Quoted Below**

  

With Chinese products dominating more than just the shelves of dollar stores, it shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise — if you’re surprised at all — that imports from the largest nation in the world are increasingly finding their way into American grocery stores.

But the Chinese imports are starting to crop up in parts of the store that were more typically dominated by U.S. grown products or those from Central America. One such place is the freezer case, where imports are up 20 percent over the past decade and it is no longer unusual to find frozen vegetables that originated in China.

Even so, China still accounts for only seven percent of the overall market of frozen fruits and vegetable — up from two percent in 1999, notes Corey Henry, vice president of the American Frozen Food Institute,

“So, yes, imports from China have grown quite a bit, but still represent a small segment of the overall fruit and vegetable market,” Henry says. “China is the fourth largest foreign supplier of fruit and vegetables with Mexico, Canada and Chile the top three.”

But, if you shift away from frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables, where influence is growing but not yet commanding, you need not stray too far to see domination.

“I am concerned with just what regulatory program they have over there for food,” says Nancy Donley, president of STOP Foodborne Illness, a safe food advocacy group. “China has just always been one that raises concerns for us.”

Donley said the country has just said too many times that it is cleaning up its act: “‘We promise to never do it again until the next time’.”

The complete article can be viewed here:  http://blogs.reuters.com/prism-money/2011/05/11/china-imports-in-the-grocery-store-a-cause-for-concern/

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Total Recall: Taylor Farms ready-to-eat salads

May 5, 2011

 Salmonella in Ready to Eat Fresh Salad Products

 

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2011 – Taylor Farms Pacific, a Tracy, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 22,000 pounds of ready-to-eat fresh salad products that contain meat and poultry because the grape tomatoes used in these products may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The problem was discovered when Taylor Farms Pacific was notified by its tomato supplier, Six L’s, that a specific lot of grape tomatoes was being recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination. Taylor Farms Pacific, in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration, announced the recall of products containing the grape tomatoes on May 2, 2011. Some of the USDA-regulated products may have already been identified in that release (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm253580.htm).

The products subject to recall in packaging for consumers include:

  • 6.5-oz. plastic trays of “Marketside Chef Salad” with a use-by date of “5/2/11,” and the case code “10210276.”
  • 5.25-oz. plastic trays of “Marketside Cobb Salad” with a use-by date of “5/6/11,” and the case code “10210277.”
  • 12-oz. plastic trays of “Signature Cafe BLT Salad with Chicken” with a use-by date of “4/27/11,” and the case code “10218631.”
  • 12-oz. plastic trays of “Signature Cafe Cobb Salad” with a use-by date of “4/27/11” or “4/28/11,” and the case code “10218625.”
  • 11-oz. plastic trays of “Signature Cafe Chef Salad” with a use-by date of “4/27/11,” and the case code “10218627.”

Each package bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 34013” or “P-34013” inside the USDA mark of inspection and the use-by date as noted above. The products subject to recall were produced from April 20–24, 2011, and were sent to distribution centers in Ariz., Calif., Nev., Utah and Wash. for further distribution to retail stores.

The products subject to recall in packaging for retailers, who may have assembled the kits and then repackaged the products for retail sale include:

  • 96-oz. packages of “Safeway Signature Cafe Cobb Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10218805” and a use-by date of either “5/3/11″or “5/4/11” and distributed in Ariz., Calif., Colo. and Ore.
  • 88-oz. packages of “Safeway Signature Cafe Chef Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10218807” and a use-by date of “5/4/11,” “5/5/11” or “5/7/11” and distributed in Ariz., Calif., Colo. and Ore.
  • 96-oz. packages of “Safeway Signature Cafe Cobb Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10218816” and a use-by date of either “5/2/11,” “5/3/11” or “5/4/11” and distributed in Wash.
  • 88-oz. packages of “Safeway Signature Cafe Chef Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10218818” and a use-by date of “5/4/11” or “5/5/11” and distributed in Wash.
  • 96-oz. packages of “Safeway Signature Cafe BLT Chicken Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10218822” and a use-by date of “5/4/11” and distributed in Wash.
  • 138-oz. packages of “Walmart Marketside Asian Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10219991” and a use-by date of “5/3/11,” “5/5/11” or 5/6/11 and distributed in Ariz. and Nev.
  • 136-oz. packages of “Walmart Marketside Buffalo Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10219992” and a use-by date of “5/7/11” and distributed in Wyo.
  • 6.07-lb. packages of “Walmart Marketside Chef Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10212096” and a use-by date of “5/5/11,” “5/6/11” or “5/7/11” and distributed in Ariz., Nev., N.M., Utah, Wash., and Wyo.
  • 6-10 oz. packages of “Raleys to Go California Cobb Salad” bearing the case code “10201360” and a use-by date of “5/4/11” and distributed in Calif.
  • 6-11.5 oz. packages of “Raleys to Go Classic Chef Salad” bearing the case code “10201364” and a use-by date of “5/4/11” and distributed in Calif.
  • 100-oz. packages of “Save Mart Pacific Coast Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10202161” and a use-by date of “5/7/11” and distributed in Calif.
  • 17.39-lb. packages of “Taylor Farms Italian Sub 2 CT Pasta Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10203008” and a use-by date of “5/7/11” and distributed in Ore.
  • 84-oz. packages of “Taylor Farms Cobb Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10210193” and a use-by date of “5/5/11” or “5/8/11” and distributed in Ariz.
  • 84-oz. packages of “Taylor Farms Cobb Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10210204” and a use-by date of “5/6/11” and distributed in Calif.
  • 12.25-lb. packages of “Sam’s BLT Chicken Spinach” bearing the case code “10212049” and a use-by date of “5/8/11” and distributed in Calif.
  • 7.7-lb. packages of “Walmart Marketside Ranch Cobb Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10212097” and a use-by date of “5/5/11,” “5/6/11” or “5/7/11” and distributed in Ariz., Nev., N.M., Utah, Wash. and Wyo.
  • 88-oz. packages of “Safeway Signature Cafe BLT with Chicken Salad Kit” bearing the case code “10218707” and a use-by date of “5/4/11” and distributed in Ariz. and Ore.

Each package bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 34013” or “P-34013” inside the USDA mark of inspection and the use-by date as noted above. The products were produced on various dates from April 20 and April 27, 2011. When repackaged into individual kits, the packages do not bear the USDA mark of inspection or the establishment number.

When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/
Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp
.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

This recall taken from: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_033_2011_Release/index.asp

Salmonella in Grape Tomatoes

  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 3, 2011 – Mastronardi Produce of Kingsville, Ontario is recalling a limited quantity of grape tomatoes.  The products are associated with a recall by Six L’s Packing Company of Immokalee, Florida on April 29, 2011 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  There have been no illnesses reported to date.

Grape Tomatoes Subject to This Recall:  

Brand & Product

Size

UPC

Lot #

State

Aldi “From the Vine” Grape Tomatoes 1 pint clamshell package 0 33383 65585 7

41141, 41144, 41149

IL, MI, WI

Sunset Grape Tomatoes 1 pint clamshell package 0 57836 65585 0

40665, 40667,
40673, 40883,
40955, 40986,
40989, 40990,
40991, 41148,
41154, 41155
41160

FL, MA, MD, MI,
NJ, NY, OH, TX
WI

Sunset Grape Tomatoes 2 lb clamshell package 0 57836 65586 7

40680

NJ

Trader Joe’s Splendido Little Tomatoes 12 oz clamshell package 0080 8606

40675, 40676,
41142

Eastern Seaboard, & Midwest
Locations Only

   
The Lot number is on the side of the UPC in vertical position.  Direct Accounts that received these lots have been formally notified.  Direct Accounts that were not formally notified are not involved in this recall.  This recall does not include any other tomato products distributed by Mastronardi Produce.

Consumers who have purchased from a specific lot of grape tomatoes mentioned above are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact Mastronardi Produce at 734-943-0276, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

This recall taken from: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm253995.htm

 Kabobs Recalled

  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 4th, 2011 – In cooperation with Taylor Farms’ expanded recall of products containing grape tomatoes, Safeway is also expanding its voluntary recall to include fresh kabobs made with grape tomatoes sold in our full-service meat counter in several states.

The kabobs were made using grape tomatoes supplied by Taylor Farms and sourced from grower Six L’s that were recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination.

The recalled kabobs were sold between April 26, 2011 and May 3, 2011 and have a Sell By Date up to and including May 3, 2011. The kabobs were sold in Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak N Save stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota and Southwest Washington State.

The recall effects the following kabobs, including any additional kabobs made with grape tomatoes.

Item Description                                        UPC
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SALMON ATLANTIC KABOB                               23037000000
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SALMON ATLANTIC KABOB MESQUITE                      23037100000
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SCALLOP SEA KABOB W/VEGETABLES                      23040600000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SHRIMP KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                        23040700000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
TUNA KABOBS FRESH                                   23040900000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
HALIBUT KABOB W/VEG                                 23040500000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SALMON KABOB W/VEGETABLES FRESH                     23363900000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SALMON ATLANTIC KABOB MESQUITE                      23364000000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SALMON ATLANTIC KABOB MARINATED                     23364000000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SALMON KABOB W/VEGETABLES FRESH                     23363900000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SALMON KABOB W/VEGETABLES FRESH                     23363900000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
HALIBUT KABOB FRESH WITH VEGETABLES                 23180700000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
TUNA KABOBS FRESH                                   23513400000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SHRIMP KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                        23875100000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SCALLOP SEA KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                   23700400000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SALMON ATLANTIC KABOB MARINATED                     23364000000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
BEEF KABOBS WITH VEGETABLES                         20173200000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
BEEF KABOBS WITH VEGETABLES                         20725100000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
BEEF KABOBS WITH VEGETABLES                         20888800000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
CHICKEN KABOBS WITH VEGETABLES                      20746000000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
CHICKEN KABOB TERIYAKI WITH VEGETABLES              20746100000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
TURKEY KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                        20747500000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
PORK KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                          20948200000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
MILD ITALIAN SAUSAGE KABOB WITH VEGETABLES          25014400000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
BEEF KABOBS TERIYAKI WITH VEGETABLES                20944000000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SAUSAGE SMOKED KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                20948400000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
GOURMET CHICKEN KABOB WITH ZUCCHINI & TOMATO        20974700000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
MARINATED CHICKEN KABOB WITH ZUCCHINI & TOMATO      20974800000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
GOURMET BRATWURST KABOB WITH MUSHROOMS AND TOMATO   20974900000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SAUSAGE KABOB GOURMET                               20975800000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
CHICKEN KABOB GOURMET ZUCCHINI TOMATO               20894300000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
CHICKEN KABOB MARINATED ZUCCHINI TOMATO             20894400000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
BRATWURST KABOB GOURMET MUSHROOM TOMATO             20894500000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SAUSAGE KABOB GOURMET                               20895300000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
PORK KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                          20347300000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SAUSAGE ITALIAN MILD WITH VEGETABLES                20430200000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
CHICKEN KABOB W/VEGETABLES                          20923300000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
TURKEY KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                        20599000000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------
SAUSAGE SMOKED KABOB WITH VEGETABLES                20442700000
--------------------------------------------------  -----------

No illnesses have been reported. Safeway initiated this recall as a precautionary measure.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, particularly in young children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and/or abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Salmonella can cause foodborne illness (salmonellosis) through cross- contamination. Consumers are reminded to wash their hands before and after handling eggs. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site at www.cdc.gov1.

Customers are asked to discard these products or return them to their local store for a full refund. Customers who have questions about the recall can contact Safeway at 1-800-SAFEWAY or Taylor Farms at 209-835-6300 between the hours of 8am to 5pm PST, Monday through Friday, or visit the FDA website at www.FDA.gov2.

This recall taken from: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm254064.htm

 

 

 Salmonella in Maggi Noodles

   

**This product has also been recalled in the US**

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Nestlé Philippines is recalling a number of its Maggi beef and chicken noddles for possible salmonella contamination.

The company said it found traces of salmonella in 2 batches of the noodle product’s beef variant.

“The product recall is a precautionary measure… to ensure the safety and quality of our products,” Nestlé Philippines said in an ad published in a newspaper.

Consumers who bought the recalled products are requested to contact Nestlé Philippines hotlines at telephone numbers 898-0061 (Metro Manila) and 1-800-100-637853 (provinces, toll-free).

Nestlé Philippines, however, said its products are safe to eat if the cooking instructions are properly followed.

Salmonella infections typically affect the intestines, causing vomiting, fever, and other symptoms.

Suzette Lazo, director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told ANC Top Story on Thursday that Nestlé Philippines has informed her office regarding the recall.

This recall continues at:  http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/05/05/11/maggi-noodles-recalled-over-salmonella-scare

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Salmonella in Peppers, Lean Cuisine Recalls…and Other Think Before You Bites

March 22, 2011

From our friends at S.T.O.P. (Safe Tables Our Priority)

Salmonella in Peppers

WorldVariety Produce, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling Serrano Peppers, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

 

The affected Serrano Peppers were isolated to 300 cases from Lot # 69073901, product of Mexico.

 

This recall extends only to Walmart stores in Wisconsin, Montana, Utah and Wyoming; in addition to Jewel-Osco stores in Illinois. The affected Serrano peppers were sold from bulk displays between the dates of March 1, 2011 through March 18, 2011.

This recall continues at:   http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm247761.htm 

Lean Cuisine Recalled

  

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2011 –Nestle Prepared Foods Company, Gaffney, S.C., establishment, is recalling approximately 10,260 pounds of frozen spaghetti and meatball entrees that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include: [View Label]

  • 9.5-oz. packages of “Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites, Spaghetti with Meatballs.”

The packages bear the establishment number “Est. 7991” and the case code “0298595519P” and a best before date of November, 2011 printed on the side of the package, underneath the ingredient listing. The spaghetti and meatball products were packaged on Oct. 25, 2010, and shipped to distributors and retail stores east of the Rocky Mountains.

The problem was discovered after the company received complaints from consumers in Minn., S.D. and Wisc., upon finding hard plastic in the product. FSIS has not received any reports of injury at this time. Anyone concerned about an injury from consumption of this product should contact a healthcare professional.

This recall continues at:  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_021_2011_Release/index.asp

Listeria in Sandwiches

By Cheryll A. Borgaard

WinCo Foods has voluntarily removed its deli sandwich, the “All American ½ Deli Sub,” from its Longview store after routine surveillance sampling by the Washington Department of Agriculture revealed they might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The sandwiches were available only at the Longview store and were sold March 2 to March 11. The product removed was labeled as “sell by” March 7 to March 16, according to the Cowlitz County Health Department.

County health department officials said WinCo went beyond official recommendations.

“WinCo only had to pull certain sandwiches that were made in a specific time with a specific product, but they decided to pull all of the All American sandwiches until they know exactly what (the contaminant source) is,” county health department spokeswoman Janis Housden said Monday.

“What we’re trying to ascertain is if it was a specific lot or was it something that was contaminated after it was opened on site,” she said.

This recall continues at:  http://tdn.com/news/local/article_98a6f4ae-4ea6-11e0-842b-001cc4c002e0.html  

Listeria in Wieners and Sausage

SUGARCREEK — Sugar Valley Meats has issued a voluntary recall due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination involving approximately 200 pounds of ready-to-eat wieners, beef wieners and small-link smoked sausage.

Package labels bear the establishment number (Est. 165) inside the Ohio Department of  Agriculture inspection legend. The products involved were sold through Sugar Valley’s retail store from Feb. 23 through March 15.

The problem was discovered as a result of routine sampling by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The department has not received any consumer complaints or reports of illness.

Consumption of food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes can cause listerosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Customers are encouraged to return any products in question to Sugar Valley Meats, and may call Reuben Erb or Lavern Yoder at (330) 852- 4423 with concerns or questions.

This recall taken from:  http://www.cantonrep.com/newsnow/x13280254/Sugar-Valley-Meats-recalls-wieners-sausage 

Sprout Processor Banned from Distributing Sprouts

Maryland sprout processor enters into consent decree with the FDA – Action prompted by repeated food safety violations.

The Food and Drug Administration announced today that Vegi-Pak Farm LLC of Mt. Airy, Md., and its president, Sun Ja Lee, and general manager, Brian W. Lee, signed a consent decree recently prohibiting them from processing, holding and distributing bean sprouts due to their failure to comply with federal food safety laws. 

Vegi-Pak Farm grows, processes, packages and distributes ready-to-eat soybean sprouts and holds and distributes tofu and mung bean spouts. The products are sold to markets in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The consent decree, entered in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, on March 4, 2011, stems from evidence that Vegi-Pak Farm violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by introducing into interstate commerce food that was prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions, and by adulterating food after shipment in interstate commerce.

This article can be found in full at:  http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm247016.htm

  

New Jersey Assembly Passes Bill to Legalize Raw Milk Sales

 

***If you are concerned about the sale of raw milk in your state, contact S.T.O.P. at 800-350-STOP.***

By Bill Wichert

New Jersey residents are one step closer to buying raw milk in their home state.

The New Jersey Assembly this afternoon passed Assembly bill A-743 to legalize the sale of raw milk. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman John DiMaio, R-Warren/Hunterdon, received 71 yes votes, six no votes and one abstention.

The New Jersey Senate has not taken action on the proposal yet.

Under the Assembly bill, the non-pasteurized milk only could be sold at the farms where the raw milk is produced. The legislation also lays out specific testing requirements for the raw milk. State officials also would conduct health tests on the cattle used to produce raw milk.

Raw milk advocates have called for the legalization of raw milk sales as a way of supporting local farmers and giving consumers the choice of what type of milk to put on their kitchen tables.

The health implications of drinking raw milk remain subject to debate. Raw milk consumers tout its health benefits, but federal officials have said raw milk may contain disease-causing bacteria.

In Assembly bill A-743, raw milk permit holders must post signs at their businesses that say, “Raw milk is not pasteurized and may contain organisms that cause human disease.”
 

This article taken from:  http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/express-times/index.ssf/2011/03/new_jersey_assembly_passes_bil.html 

S.T.O.P. is a national nonprofit public health organization dedicated to the prevention of illness and death from foodborne pathogens by:

*Advocating for sound public policy

*Building public awareness; and

*Assisting those impacted by foodborne illness

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Over 34,000 lbs of Organic Ground Beef Recall

January 3, 2011

Just to prove, it doesn’t mean it’s pathogen free if it’s organic.  Think before you bite.

S.T.O.P. E-alert

E. coli in Organic Ground Beef

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2010 – First Class Foods, Inc., a Hawthorne, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 16-oz. packages of “NATURE’S HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF BRICK” sold singly with one of the following “USE or FREEZE by” dates: “12/30/10” or “01/08/11.”
  • 16-oz. packages of “ORGANIC HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF BRICK” sold singly and in three-packs with one of the following “USE or FREEZE by” dates: “12/28/10” or “01/06/11.”
  • 16-oz. packages of NATURE’S HARVEST GROUND PATTY” containing four (4) 4-oz. patties with the following “USE or FREEZE by” date: “12/30/10” or “01/08/11”

Each package label bears the establishment number “EST. 18895” as well as the identifying Pack Date of “10341 and 10350 Julian date. These ground beef products were produced on Dec. 7, 2010, and Dec. 16, 2010, and were shipped to retail establishments in Calif., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Wis., and Wash. State. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website

This recall taken from: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_070_2010_Release/index.asp

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Freshway Recall: Lettuce think before we bite

May 7, 2010

When will the madness end?  When people start taking food safety into their own hands.  It’s why we created Eat Cleaner in the first place.  Using the power of plant science, we give you a simple way to protect your family’s plate.  Restaurants, caterers and anyone serving food to others should also take heed.  The two minutes it takes to wash with Eat Cleaner can make a big difference in the lives you love.

Read these stories from members of S.T.O.P. (Safe Tables Our Priority) and learn why events like these should make us all think before we bite.

Washing with Eat Cleaner can help prevent your risk of E.coli infection.

By Lauren Bush and Valerie Threlkeld

Valerie

There is not a more helpless feeling than to have your healthy, beautiful 20-year-old daughter call you from 200 miles away and tell you something is physically wrong with her. It is a feeling I know all too well.

The symptoms my daughter described to me didn’t resemble anything that a young woman should encounter. Hospital personnel couldn’t seem to diagnose the problem – they were only able to rule things out. She then had to endure going from office to office to get records and test results while barely able to stand. When her dad brought her home, after racing 400 miles round trip, we took her to an urgent care center. The medical professionals there, too, sent her home with us.

The next day my daughter Lauren was directly admitted to the hospital. The horrifying battery of painful tests that followed was almost more than she could endure. Finally, after nearly having surgery to remove her colon, the news broke that there was an E. coli outbreak from baby spinach. Lauren recalled she had eaten a large baby spinach salad a few days before. She was tested for this particularly lethal strain of E. coli and it was confirmed. After spending a week in the hospital with strong IV antibiotics, she was discharged – 20 pounds lighter and very weak.

This was the most trying time our family has ever experienced. Lauren lost an entire semester of college, had to move back home, and experienced depression and other lingering physical changes from this horrifying illness. We continue to hope shewill not have long-term health impacts and will be able to enjoy good health.

This scenario should be in the minds of congressional lawmakers. My child is only one of thousands who have suffered due to shortfalls in the current food-safety system. Fortunately her story had a happy ending, but other families she has met while speaking in Washington have not been so lucky.

Lauren has traveled to Washington three times to speak about her experience. This is an easy subject to overlook until it affects you personally. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) would make a difference to not only our family but to the many others who count on our government to do the right thing. Senators, please give me and mothers around the country the Mother’s Day gift we have been waiting far too long for – safer food.

Lauren

Despite growing up in a small town in rural Kentucky, I had big dreams in store for my future. I wanted to go to law school, live in New York City and change and conquer the world. I never imagined in planning to reach these goals that I should have left room to be sickened by food, be forced to leave college and almost die in the process.

Nevertheless, as I began my junior year of college at the University of Kentucky, I ate a spinach salad infected with hemorrhagic E. coli O157:H7. I was hospitalized for a total of two weeks and was in recovery for six months.

The first two years after my traumatic, sudden illness I felt very uncomfortable discussing what happened with anyone because foodborne illness is an ugly journey. There is blood, diarrhea, tears, and nausea, and pain — tremendous amounts of pain. Then last summer I was contacted by the New York Times for an article regarding food safety and came to realize that my voice could make a difference. It could save others from the same life-changing experience, or at least I thought it could.

I have now been to Washington, D.C., three times in the last year with Safe Tables Our Priority (S.T.O.P.) and the Make Our Food Safe coalition. I have met with my representatives, written letters, and told my story what feels like hundreds of times. Unfortunately, my voice can only travel so far. Until government officials in Washington realize the devastatingly negative impact that unsafe food can cause and move forward on passing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), we will all continue to be in danger.

There have been several large national outbreaks of contaminated food products since the spinach outbreak that made me sick. My only question is: What is Congress waiting for?

Go to http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/mothersletter and sign your name to a letter to Congress from moms just like you pushing action on food safety legislation.

This blogpost taken from:  http://www.momsrising.org/blog/food-safety-reform-cannot-wait-a-mother-daughters-story/

E. coli forces lettuce recall; 19 ill in 3 states

By Marie Clare Jalonick

WASHINGTON — A food company is recalling lettuce sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia because of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people, three of them with life-threatening symptoms.

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that 12 people had been hospitalized and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was looking at 10 other cases probably linked to the outbreak.

Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, said it was recalling romaine lettuce sold under the Freshway and Imperial Sysco brands because of a possible link to the E. coli outbreak.

College students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ohio State in Columbus and Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y., are among those affected, according to local health departments in those states.

The FDA is focusing its investigation on lettuce grown in Arizona as a possible source for the outbreak, according to two people who have been briefed by the agency. Donna Rosenbaum, director of the food safety advocacy group Safe Tables Our Priority and one of those briefed, said the agency held a phone call with public health advocates Thursday.

Rosenbaum and other public health advocates have long been pushing for stronger food safety laws. The House passed a bill last year that would give the agency much more authority to police food production, but the Senate has not acted on it.

The New York state Public Health Laboratory in Albany discovered the contamination in a bag of Freshway Foods shredded romaine lettuce on Wednesday after local authorities had been investigating the outbreak for several weeks. The bag of lettuce came from a processing facility that was also linked to the illnesses, the FDA said. The agency would not disclose the name of that facility or its location but said an investigation was under way.

E. coli infection can cause mild diarrhea or more severe complications, including kidney damage. The three patients with life-threatening symptoms were diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can cause bleeding in the brain or kidneys.

It was not immediately clear why students on college campuses were sickened. Freshway Foods said the lettuce was sold to wholesalers, food service outlets, in-store salad bars and delis.

Susan Cerniglia, spokeswoman for the public health department in Washtenaw County, where the University of Michigan is located, said it doesn’t appear that students who were sickened ate the contaminated food on campus. It is believed they may have been sickened at local restaurants, she said. Most of those sickened lived in Ann Arbor and not on campus.

The Erie County, N.Y., health department issued an alert late last month that linked at least one diagnosis of E. coli to a student who ate at a Daemen College dining facility. The alert said twelve students had been sickened after eating at the school and three students were hospitalized.

Kevin Montgomery of the Erie health department said Thursday that one case of E. coli was confirmed at Daemen College and another was suspected. All of the students have now recovered, he said.

The most common strain of E. coli found in U.S. patients is E. coli O157. The CDC said the strain linked to the lettuce, E. coli 0145, is more difficult to identify and may go unreported.

Freshway Foods said in a statement Thursday that the FDA informed the company about the positive test in New York on Wednesday afternoon. The statement said “an extensive FDA investigation” of Freshway Foods’ facility in Sidney has not uncovered any contamination at the plant.

The recalled lettuce has a “best if used by” date of May 12 or earlier. The recall also affects “grab and go” salads sold at Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets and Marsh grocery stores.

The lettuce was sold in Alabama, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

This article taken from:  http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hEnc00D5YgQjLxbZqLLkjOw_fwzgD9FI0FRO1

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