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Congresswoman Slams CDC Over ‘Slow’ Response To E. Coli Outbreak

U.S Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) slammed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its “stunning lack of guidance” and “slow and insufficient response” to a deadly outbreak of E. coli that Canadian health authorities linked to contaminated romaine lettuce. Rep. DeLauro, who often champions food safety issues, sent her harsh rebuke to CDC director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, criticizing the agency’s lack of initiative in informing Americans about the E. coli outbreak. In the letter, Rep. DeLauro suggests the CDC’s delay could have cost U.S. consumers their life. “CDC’s stunning lack of guidance to consumers regarding this outbreak is ... Read More

Fieldbrook expands cream bar recall to include raspberry cream bars

The Fieldbrook Foods Corporation’s cream bar recall has expanded once again, to include more than 28,000 cases of Raspberry Cream Bars that were included with Orange Cream Bars in ALDI seasonal split-case purchases. The expanded recall adds to a previous recall of all orange cream bars and chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars that were produced in 2017 on the company’s Hoyer 1 Line at its Dunkirk, New York plant. Bars manufactured at the other two Fieldbrook Foods plants are not affected. The recall was initiated because there is a risk the cream bars may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, ... Read More

Romaine Lettuce A Possible Suspect in Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

Health authorities in the U.S. and Canada are working to identify the source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened people in 13 states and several Canadian provinces. So far, romaine lettuce appears to be a possible culprit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Agency of Canada has identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak of the E. coli 0157:H7 strain there. In the U.S., state and local public health officials are interviewing people sickened on this side of the border to determine whether there is a correlation to Canada’s ... Read More

T. Marzetti Recalls Frozen Biscuits Over Listeria Concerns

T. Marzetti Company, the manufacturer of biscuits and other baked goods sold under various brand names, said on Tuesday that it is recalling a number of products because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. So far no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products, which are not ready to eat and require cooking, which reduces the risk of causing illness. Still, if the baking instructions are not properly followed or the product is mishandled, the risk of contracting listeriosis remains. Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in young children, elderly people, and others with ... Read More

Study Finds E. Coli infections from Raw Flour Could Be Common

Uncooked flour likely causes more E. coli illnesses and outbreaks than health officials once presumed, according to a newly published study in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Our data show that although it is a low-moisture food, raw flour can be a vehicle for foodborne pathogens,” the researchers said in the Nov. 23 report Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli Infections Associated with Flour. The researchers noted that certain behaviors in the kitchen such as licking a spoon used to stir cake batter or eating raw cookie dough have long been discouraged because of the risk of illnesses associated with the ... Read More

CDC Warns Raw Milk Consumers of Rare Bacterial Infection

People who consumed raw milk and raw milk products made by the Udder Milk cooperative should see their doctor because they are at risk of a rare but serious Brucella abortus RB51 infection, federal officials warn. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the warning this week for the second time in three months. The agency says that Udder Milk has not provided information about the farms that supply the co-op’s raw milk, making it impossible thus far to trace the source of a recent Brucella RB51 infection. In that case, a New Jersey woman became ill ... Read More

E. Coli Outbreak Sickens Hundreds of Marine Recruits

Hundreds of Marine recruits fell ill in an outbreak of E. coli at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Edson Range at Camp Pendleton, California, including nine that have developed kidney failure. U.S. Marine Corps officials have not identified the source of the E. coli outbreak but said the matter is under investigation and announced several measures being implemented to prevent further illnesses. Seventeen of the Marines-in-training sickened in the E. coli outbreak have required hospitalization off base, including nine whose illness led to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can cause strokes, seizures, ... Read More

Mary’s Harvest Fresh poultry products may be contaminated

Poultry products produced by Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc., may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious illness in some individuals, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in a public health alert. A recall was not issued because it is believed that all products are no longer in commerce and are past their “Best by” dates. The affected product includes 8..75-ounce containers of “Kale & Broccoli Slaw Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast (Rib Meat)” with item #20346 and a “Use By” dates of 10/12/17 through 10/16/17. They were produced ... Read More

Produce packer’s recall spurs chain reaction of recalls

Dozens of vegetable products are being pulled from grocery store shelves across the country after California-based Mann Packing announced it was recalling several of its products due to concerns that the vegetables had been contaminated with listeria, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Mann Packaging’s recall spurred a chain of recalls from other companies who carry or use Mann Packaging’s produce products. Meijer, a Midwestern chain similar to Walmart, recalled nearly 20 different ... Read More

Jambalaya suspected of sickening 150+ after Louisiana event

A softball fundraiser in a small Louisiana town went sorely wrong when the jambalaya served up by one vendor was linked to 158 illnesses, to date. At least 40 people had to go to the hospital as a result of their illness. A 56-year-old woman who ate the suspect jambalaya died. An autopsy was conducted to determine whether the cause was from foodborne illness. Results are pending. Health officials fear that the number of people sickened could climb in the days to come, and is urging those who ate the popular Louisiana dish at the festival to call the Louisiana ... Read More