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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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Waste not, save more: How to make every bite count

April 21, 2011

Rachel Zoe on Waste...at least that's what we think she'd say

 Waste not, save more. 

With the escalating prices of everyday life and a belt-tightening economy, everyone is more mindful of where their green is going. Yet, if you were to peek into your local landfill, you’d find almost 40% of it from fresh food – a waste of precious resources and a weight on the environment. 25% of our water and 4% of oil go into food that ends up in the trash, and it costs the U.S. $1B (with a B) dollars a year just to deal with disposal. To add to the pile, methane gas from food waste is 21x more harmful to the environment than car emissions.*

Give your fruit + veggies a wash before they chill.  We know, you’ve been trained to wait until you’re ready to use it.  But that’s because they’re talking about using water.  You, my friend, know better. Eat Cleaner Fruit + Vegetable Wash extends your shelf life and helps make your fruit and veggies ‘fast food’ because they’re ready to eat in a flash.  Clean it, dry it and store it.

 

Break bread with friends and family.  Nothing like gathering people you love around the table or sharing food with someone.  It not only brings you closer together, it helps avoid waste.  Swap nights where one cooks and the other cleans up and bring a little extra to work to share with your cohorts.  It’s amazing what a little food can do to break the ice, too!

Give it back to the earth. Collect that organic goodness and complete the life cycle.  Compost is one of the best way to feed your garden, flowers and herbs.   Most local waste management companies will even provide one to you at little or no cost.  For more info on becoming a safer, cleaner composter, click here for a how-to primer.

*Source:  Dept. of Agriculture, Science NOW.

How can you make every bite more earth wise?  Try these 6 on for size.

Avoid Take Out. According to cleanair.org, the US population tosses out paper bags & plastic cups, forks & spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times! That $.99 burrito may seem cheaper and more convenient in the short run but all that packaging – disposable trays, bags, cups and cutlery – has to go somewhere!

Make a list, shop for it once. Gas has gone through the roof! If you make a list, shop for your ingredients once, and plan your meals for the week, you can maximize your resources and time. Store them in reusable containers and take them to work and have plenty ready for the kids’ lunchboxes. Getting organized will save you time and after all, who has time to waste?

Shop seasonally. The further food has to travel, the longer the carbon footprint behind it. When it comes to fresh fruit and veggies, check to see if they’ve trekked around the globe before you buy them. The NRDC’s Simple Steps website is a good resource to find fresh produce in season depending on where you live and the time of year.

Meat-less. It’s estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef compared to about 200 pounds of tofu. Cutting down on meat consumption just once a week can also reduce your risk of heart disease by almost 20, according to the Meatless Monday campaign. Check out our featured recipe below.

Go wild fish. When it comes to seafood, opt for wild and line caught varieties over farm raised, which can often be confined, medicated and fed dried food pellets made up of fish oil and fish meal (cannibal fish?). Plus,farm raised fish have been found to contain lower omega-3 levels and higher omega-6 fatty acid levels, a pro-inflammatory that you want to try and avoid.

Pay it forward. Supporting companies that use sustainable ingredients, processes and packaging while giving back to the environment and their local economies can continue to pay it forward with your purchase. Look for these practices on their packaging, social media and year end reports. Even if these products and services cost a little more, look at it as an investment into the future.

The Fit Foody…bringing you all the food that’s fit to eat.

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Turkey burgers, sprouts, seafood and walnuts recalled: Think before you bites

April 4, 2011

 Updates from our friends at  S.T.O.P.  (Safe Tables our Priority) 

Salmonella in Turkey Burgers

   

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 –Jennie-O Turkey Store, a Willmar, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 54,960 pounds of frozen, raw turkey burger products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. As FSIS continues its investigation of illnesses related to this recall, additional raw turkey products may be recalled. As a result, FSIS is alerting consumers to take extra care when preparing all raw turkey products.

To prevent salmonellosis and other foodborne illnesses, wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry, and cook poultry—including ground turkey burgers—to 165° F, as determined with a food thermometer.

The products subject to recall include: [View Label; PDF Only]

  • 4-pound boxes of Jennie-O Turkey Store® “All Natural Turkey Burgers with seasonings Lean White Meat”. Each box contains 12 1/3-pound individually wrapped burgers.

 
A use by date of “DEC 23 2011” and an identifying lot code of “32710” through “32780” are inkjetted on the side panel of each box, just above the opening tear strip. Establishment number “P-7760” is located within the USDA mark of inspection on the front of each box. The products were packaged on Nov. 23, 2010 and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

This recall taken from: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_028_2011_Release/index.asp

Listeria in Seafood Products

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 30, 2011 -Frankly Fresh, Inc. of Carson, CA. is recalling its seafood line of products, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only shortterm symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Product was distributed in the California and Nevada Areas through retail supermarket stores. Products are packed under the Frankly Fresh label in a variety of sizes in plastic containers with safety seals on.

The affected products / lots are:

Item Number Item Description UPC Afftected Code Dates Between
229233 Ceviche de Camaron 10lbs 826520370191 4/02 to 4/16/2011
229243 Ceviche de Camaron & Pescado 10 lbs 826520370184 4/02 to 4/16/2011
229253 Agua Chile de Camaron 10 lbs 826520370177 4/02 to 4/16/2011
229263 Cocktail de Camaron con Pulpo 10 lbs 826520370207 4/02 to 4/16/2011
231322 KRAB & SHRIMP LOUIE 14 OZ FF 826520100958 3/21 to 4/05/2011
231981 Premium Fish Ceviche 10 lb N/A 3/29 to 4/13/2011
231993 Premium Krab Salad 10 lbs 826520370214 3/29 to 4/13/2011
231994 Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche 10 lbs 826520370221 3/29 to 4/13/2011
2325051 KRAB & SHRIMP 7# 826520300518 3/21 to 4/05/2011
233116 Tuna Sandwich Wedge 5.3 oz 826520105816 3/19 to 4/03/2011
234023 FISH CEVICHE 10# 826520700233 3/29 to 4/13/2011
234032 FAVORITE KRAB 10# 038794930487 4/08 to 4/23/2011
234033 Ceviche W/ Pasta Salad 7# 82652030146 3/19 to 4/03/2011
234042 SEAFOOD COCKTAIL 10# 038794348862 4/08 to 4/23/2011
2340422 SEAFOOD COCKTAIL 10# (BOX) 038794348862 4/08 to 4/23/2011
234052 CEVICHE 10# 038794348855 4/08 to 4/23/2011
234072 KRAB & SHRIMP LOUIE 10 LB 826520300105 3/29 to 4/13/2011
234093 CEVICHE MIXTO 10# FF 826520300334 4/02 to 4/16/2011
234223 Seafood Cocktail 8/16 oz 826520100507 4/02 to 4/16/2011
234243 Krab & Shrimp Louie Salad 16 oz 826520100484 3/21 to 4/05/2011
234253 Krab Salad 16 oz EA Retail Unit 826520100491 3/21 to 4/05/2011
234273 Ceviche Salad 16 oz EA Retail Unit 826520100514 3/21 to 4/05/2011
235032 WRAP TUNA 10 OZ FF 826520100842 3/21 to 4/05/2011
254514 Seafood Salad 1/14 oz. 826520104543 3/21 to 4/05/2011
262033 Tuna Salad Wedge 6.3 oz. 041573103521 3/19 to 4/03/2011
252163 Tuna Salad w/Pickles 1/ 5 lb 826520300877 3/21 to 4/05/2011
254364 Krab & Shrimp Louie Salad 6/12 oz 826520104574 4/08 to 4/23/2011
254183-1 FF Krab & Shrimp Louie 6/9.5 oz 826520103157 4/08 to 4/23/2011

NO ILLNESSES HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO DATE.
The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the FDA in conjunction with Frankly Fresh Company, which revealed that the finished products may contain the bacteria. Frankly Fresh has voluntarily ceased the production and distribution of these products as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Frankly Fresh Seafood Products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company via email at we-care@franklyfresh.com and/or our hot line at 1-800-826-3322 MON-FRI from 9 to 5 Pacific Time.

This recall taken from: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm249270.htm

Clostridium botulinum in Smoked Roundscad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 31, 2011 – Arko Foods International of Los Angeles, CA is recalling Angelina Brand Smoked Roundscad, 8oz packs, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to consume the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

Angelina Brand Smoked Roundscad was distributed in California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, New York, Texas, Maryland, and Florida through retail stores, supermarkets, and wholesale distributors.

The product is in 8 oz bags with header indicating Angelina brand which were distributed to the market from 2009 to January 2011.

The product is imported from the Philippines and is uneviscerated. It may have the potential to cause Botulism. However, note that no illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased and who still has Angelina Brand Smoked Roundscad in stock are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers who have questions may contact the company at (323) 257-1888 from Monday to Friday at 9am to 6pm (Pacific Standard Time).

This recall taken from: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm249386.htm

 Salmonella in Sprouts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 30, 2011 – Louie Foods International of Fresno, California, is voluntarily recalling all Louie’s brand sprouts with a “Use By” date on or before 4/14/11, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. To-date, no illnesses have been reported.

Products affected by the recall include:

  • Alfalfa Sprout Mix, 4 oz. cups (UPC 11324 04401)
  • Alfalfa Sprout Mix, 16 oz. bags (UPC 11324 16401)
  • Clover Sprouts, 4 oz. cups (UPC 11324 04406)
  • Clover Sprouts, 16 oz. bags (UPC 11324 04406)
  • Spicy Sprouts, 4 oz. cups (UPC 11325 04402)
  • Broccoli Sprouts, 4 oz. cups (UPC 11324 04407)

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 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.

Products were sold to distributors located in the Central Valley and along the Coast of California. Within hours of being notified, Louie Foods International contacted all of its customers and advised them to destroy the affected products.

The contamination was detected during a random test conducted by the USDA, in a package of the alfalfa-clover sprouts. However, as a precautionary measure, Louie Foods International is recalling all sprout products produced during the same time period. Louie Foods International has temporarily ceased the production and distribution of the sprout products subject to this recall. The California Department of Public Health, FDA and Louie Foods International continue their investigation into the source of the problem.

Consumers are urged to destroy the above listed products or to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers may contact Jay Louie at Louie Foods International, 1-559-264-2745 for additional information.

This article taken from: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm249283.htm

 Salmonella in Jalapeno Peppers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 18, 2011 – Thomas Produce of Boca Raton, FL, is recalling 320 boxes of Jalapeno 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.

The recalled Jalapeno Peppers were sold to distributors in Florida, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania from 2/15/2011 to 2/18/2011.

The fresh, whole, green Jalapeno Peppers were sold in generic cardboard bushel boxes (1 1/9 bushel size). The 2.5″x1″ affixed label on the box has the code 1054811HJBT. This is the only lot affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall is the result of routine sampling by FDA which revealed that one sample of the finished product tested positive for the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of this lot of peppers as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

If you have any questions or concerns you may contact Richard Wilson of Thomas Produce Company at 1-561-482-1111 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST.

This article taken from:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm249201.htm

Salmonella in Walnuts (Canada)

OTTAWA, April 3, 2011 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Amira Enterprises Inc. are warning the public not to consume certain bulk and prepackaged raw shelled walnut products described below because these products may be contaminated with may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

All raw shelled walnuts sold from bulk bins, all package sizes and all lot codes / Best Before dates of the following raw shelled walnuts and products containing walnuts are affected by this alert. The affected products were available for purchase from January 1, 2011, up to and including April 4, 2011. The raw shelled walnuts are imported from the USA.

Brand Product
Amira Raw shelled walnuts sold from a bulk bin*
Amira Prepackaged raw shelled walnuts (Halves/Pieces/Crumbs)
Tia Prepackaged raw shelled walnuts (Halves/Pieces/Crumbs)
Merit Selection Prepackaged raw shelled walnuts (Halves/Pieces/Crumbs)
Amira Mistral Mix containing walnuts
Tia Mistral Mix containing walnuts
Amira Salad booster containing walnuts
Tia Salad booster containing walnuts

*The brand name Amira may not be marked on the raw walnuts sold from the bulk bins.

Consumers who have purchased walnuts from bulk bins are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected product.
 
These products have been distributed in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and Ontario. However, they may have been distributed nationally.

This recall taken from:  http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2011/20110403e.shtml 

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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Think Before You Bite – Recalls This Week

January 27, 2011
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

S.T.O.P. E-alert

Listeria in Bagged Salads

LANDOVER, Md., Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Following notification from its supplier, State Garden, Giant Food of Landover, Md. has announced a voluntary recall of several Nature’s Promise organic bagged salad items due to the potential for listeria contamination. All affected products contain a “Best if Used By Date” of January 15, 2011.

The following products are affected by this recall:

  • Nature’s Promise Organic Baby Spinach & Spring Mix, 7 oz., UPC 688267086410  
  • Nature’s Promise Organic Caesar Salad Kit, 10.75 oz., UPC 68826723573
  • Nature’s Promise Organic Spring Mix, 16 oz., UPC 688267039089        
  • Nature’s Promise Organic Sweet Baby Lettuce, 7 oz., UPC 688267086403                 
  • Nature’s Promise Baby Spinach w/ Ranch Dressing & Fork, 3.75 oz. UPC 688267123559
  • Nature’s Promise Organic Caesar Salad w/ Caesar Supreme Dressing & Fork, 5.75 oz. UPC 688267123566
  • Nature’s Promise Organic Spring Mix w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressings & Fork, 3 oz. UPC 688267123542                 

To date, Giant has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

Listeria is a common organism found in nature. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea, which can arise up to several weeks after consumption. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

Customers who have these products should discard them and bring their purchase receipt to any Giant for a full refund.  Customers looking for additional information may call Giant Corporate Brands toll free line at 1-877-846-9949. Consumers may also visit our website at www.GiantFood.com or contact State Garden at 1-888-841-6191 for more information. If customers have any health concerns, they should contact their doctor.

This recall taken from:  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/giant-food-issues-a-voluntary-recall-of-natures-promise-bagged-salads-114656094.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 Listeria in Gluten Free Mac and No Cheese, and Wheat Free, Gluten Free French Bread Pizza

LAWRENCE, Mass., Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Ian’s is voluntarily recalling specific lot numbers of two products due to a risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy persons may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

The following two products with the specific use-by dates and UPC codes listed are being recalled because they may have been distributed to retailers nationwide and sold in the frozen foods section of the supermarket:

  • 8-ounce boxes of Ian’s Wheat Free, Gluten Free Mac and No Cheese with a use-by date of 26Aug2011 and UPC code 7-49512-43670-8 (372 packages impacted)
  • 8-ounce boxes of Ian’s Wheat Free, Gluten Free French Bread Pizza with a use-by date of 28Aug2011 and UPC code 7-49512-91572-2 (120 packages impacted)

 

A total of 492 individual boxes are potentially affected.

Consumers who purchased the above products with the specific use-by dates and UPC codes listed are asked to return the products to the place of purchase to receive a full refund. Products that do not contain the specific use-by dates and UPC codes listed are not affected by the recall, and can be used by consumers.

Consumers with questions can contact Ian’s at 1-800-543-6637 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, or at customerservice@iansnaturalfoods.com.

This recall taken from:   http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ians-voluntarily-recalls-two-products-due-to-risk-of-contamination-by-listeria-bacteria-114530034.html

3 Years of Product Recalled and Company Ordered to Close, Due to Clostridium botulinum

**Please note: this is an update on the black bean sauce recall S.T.O.P. previously reported.**

The state health department has issued a recall for more than one hundred locally produced food products.

They include jams, salad dressings, and sauces that were manufactured at a Waipio processing plant.

Health officials say the foods have a potential risk for botulism.

Basically — if you had a recipe you wanted bottled for sale — this is the place you came to.

Products like Arturo’s hot sauces.

“We’ve been in business for 30 years and have never had a product recall or problem with our product,” said Steve Geimer.

The Health Department issued an Order to Cease and Desist, after the U-S Food and Drug Administration found evidence of improper manufacturing standards at the First Commercial Kitchen plant.

A recall issued last Thursday only included two products: Ohana Flavors Black Bean Sauce and Barbs Local Style Black Bean Sauce.

But now, The recall includes EVERYTHING that was manufactured there over the past three years.

The Health Department says it issued the mass recall after the company failed to produce required documentation and because of inadequate testing to ensure no bacteria growth.

This article continues at:  http://www.khon2.com/news/local/story/Waipahu-food-company-ordered-to-shut-down/54OIlk7SzkefBwrk9E0yHA.cspx

7 States Get and “A” and 14 Get an “F,” for Their Ability to Handle Foodborne Illness

WASHINGTON—A nationwide report card grading the 50 states and the District of Columbia on how well they detect, investigate, and report outbreaks of foodborne illness finds great variability—indicating that many states are only reporting a small fraction of the number of outbreaks as states with better detection and reporting systems.

Using 10 years of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Outbreak Alert! database, CSPI assigned a letter grade and created an outbreak profile for each state. CSPI used two states that are widely recognized for having strong investigating and reporting systems as benchmarks. Those states, Oregon and Minnesota, have excellent laboratory facilities and public health departments that are quick to interview individuals who are suspected to have been outbreak “cases.” They report nine and eight outbreaks per million people per year, respectively. Those two states, and five states that reported equally high reporting rates for outbreaks, received ‘A’s: Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Washington, and Wyoming.

In contrast, 14 states reported only one outbreak of foodborne illness per million people: Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.

“States that aggressively investigate outbreaks and report them to CDC can help nail down the foods that are responsible for making people sick,” said CSPI food safety director Caroline Smith DeWaal. “But when states aren’t detecting outbreaks, interviewing victims, identifying suspect food sources, or connecting with federal officials, outbreaks can grow larger and more frequent, putting more people at risk.”

This article continues at:  http://www.cspinet.org/new/201101191.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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The New Food Safety Bill – Do You Bite?

January 7, 2011

Do you feel safer with the new Food Safety Bill?

This week, President Obama signed the revolutionary Food Safety Modernization Act into law, a $1.4 billion proposition and the most sweeping policy related to food safety in almost 100 years – this nearly two years after a salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated peanuts sparked renewed focus on the FDA’s food-safety function. The United States has also seen high-profile recalls of eggs, spinach and other products in recent years and a mass recall of sprouts just this week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last month that about one in six Americans gets sick, and 3,000 die, from food borne diseases each year.

But what does all this policy jargon mean to YOU?  Let’s boil it down:

If you’re a restaurant, food manufacturer or distributor:

– Increased number of facility inspections and food safety records to be reviewed

– Mandatory recalls if a company does not volunteer to stop selling tainted products, trace food outbreaks to its source and step up food inspections. In the past, company recalls were not enforced

– Owners, operators, or agents in charge of a food facility must identify and implement preventive controls to significantly minimize or prevent hazards that could affect food manufactured, processed, packed, or held by such facility.

– Allows for fines to be imposed on companies that have issued recalls and food facility re-inspections.

If you’re a consumer:

– Possibly higher food prices, from grocery stores to restaurants. Everyone will be absorbing the increases.

– More traceable food. Manufacturers will now be required to implement a traceability program. Look for scan codes on every piece of produce you purchase.

– Voluntary food allergy and anaphylaxis management guidelines for schools and early childhood education programs.

– Hopefully, much safer food across the board.  But then again, can the government really control it all, or are they biting off more than they can chew?

Weigh in.

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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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