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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

Jambalaya suspected of sickening dozens in Louisiana parish

Louisiana health authorities believe an outbreak of at least 49 salmonella poisonings and possibly one death may be linked to jambalaya sold Oct. 16 at a fundraiser in Caldwell Parish in northern Louisiana. Health officials say they anticipate more reports of illnesses to surface in the days ahead. Jambalaya, a stew-like Louisiana dish often made with chicken, sausage, seafood, vegetables and rice, is a Louisiana staple. The suspect jambalaya was served to at least 300 people. An autopsy is being performed to determine whether the death was caused by salmonella or other causes. Health authorities are advising anyone who has ... Read More

U.S. Claims Seafood Producer A Threat to Public Health

Federal authorities are taking legal action against a Los Angeles smoked fish and seafood manufacturer in an effort to prevent adulterated and potentially harmfully foods from entering the market. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said it filed a civil action against Michel Cordon Bleu Inc. and its owner Michel G. Blanchet, a French-trained chef, who prepare, pack, store, and distribute vacuum-packed, ready-to-eat smoked fish and shellfish. The government’s action mainly centers on the company’s failure to conduct a required hazard analysis to detect the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and Clostridium botulinum toxin formation in their vacuum-packed fish or fishery products. ... Read More

Publix recalls ground turkey for ‘extraneous materials’

Grocery chain Publix has announced a recall of ground turkey products produced and distributed by Prestage Foods, Inc. The company, based in St. Pauls, North Carolina, alerted Publix that the ground turkey may be contaminated with “extraneous materials.” The recall affects nearly 40,000 pounds of ground turkey. The problem was detected following a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) review. Workers conducting sanitation procedures on equipment reported a possible problem to the FSIS. On the same day, according to a Publix news release, a worker at one of the retail locations that received the ground ... Read More

Raw milk linked to Brucella bacteria exposure

Got raw milk? It’s a slogan used by Texas-based K-Bar dairy, which is currently in the limelight for illnesses spanning seven states linked to Brucella bacteria found in its raw milk, which had not undergone pasteurization to kill germs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas State Department of Health Services have received reports of people who drank K-Bar’s milk and have symptoms of brucellosis in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Ohio, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas, according to a CDC press release. “It’s very important for people who drank raw milk from this dairy to seek treatment ... Read More

More Maradol papayas recalled due to Salmonella risk

Bravo Produce Inc., of San Ysidro, California, is recalling Maradol papayas, grown by Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecomán y Costa Alegre SPR of RL and packed by Frutas Selectas de Tijuana, S. de RL de CV, because laboratory testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed Salmonella in some of the papayas. Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause infections that can be serious or life threatening in some people, including children, the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, Salmonella infection can result ... Read More

Country Fresh diced vegetables recalled

Country Fresh Orlando is recalling 5,999 cases of various diced vegetables because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. The diced vegetables include Fajita Blend, Stir Fry Vegetable, and Vegetable Kabob, distributed to Southeastern Grocers in Florida; Green Pepper Diced distributed to Southeastern Grocers in Florida and ... Read More