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Salmonella Outbreak From Raw Chicken Sickens Dozens in 29 states

A multidrug-resistant form of Salmonella that has sickened at least 92 people in more than two dozen states is linked to raw chicken products from a variety of sources, federal health officials say. The outbreak of Salmonella infections has affected people in 29 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Twenty-one of the 92 people sickened by the foodborne illness have been hospitalized. According to the CDC, the outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry. “A single, common supplier ... Read More

FDA Bans Six Artificial Flavorings known to be Carcinogenic

Six artificial flavorings that are known to cause cancer in animals have been “delisted” by federal regulators and can no longer be used by food manufacturers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Oct. 5 announcement may raise some eyebrows. How long have these carcinogenic artificial flavorings been used by food manufacturers? Why were the additives FDA-approved in the first place? How widespread was their use before the FDA banned them? The FDA’s announcement fails to answer these questions, but the agency has said its decision to delist the artificial flavorings was prompted by scientific data presented in one of ... Read More

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Recalled Ham Kills One

A multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to ham, including one death, has triggered Johnston County Hams of Smithfield, North Carolina, to recall nearly 90,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products. Federal and state health officials say the outbreak of listeriosis has sickened at least three people in North Carolina and Virginia and has been linked to one death in Virginia. Ongoing investigations of the outbreak are being led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and health officials in the affected states. Listeria illnesses are relatively rare ... Read More

Farm eggs linked to 38 cases of Salmonella infection

Gravel Ridge Farms, located in Cullman, Alabama, has issued a recall of Large Cage Free Eggs after samples collected during an inspection at the plant identified its shell eggs as linked to 38 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses. The recall involves both single dozen and 2.5 dozen flats of Gravel Ridge Farms Large Cage Free Eggs with the UPC 7-06970-18444-6 and the Use By Dates ranging from 7/25/18 through 10/3/18. The eggs were distributed between June 25 and Sept. 6, 2018, and were sold primarily in restaurants and retail stores in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Customers who have purchased these ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Alabama Eggs

Federal health officials have issued an urgent food safety alert amid an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in Alabama and Tennessee linked to Gravel Ridge Farms eggs. The Cullman, Alabama egg producer recalled its cage-free Grade A large eggs after health officials investigating the spate of reported Salmonella illnesses traced evidence back to the egg company. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that the outbreak is ongoing. The 14 reported illnesses occurred between July 10, 2018, to Aug. 7, 2018. Illnesses that occurred after Aug. 22 might not have been reported yet due to the time it ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kosher Chicken Kills One, Sickens Several Others

An outbreak of Salmonella illness that caused one death and at sent at least 17 others to the hospital for treatment has been linked to raw chicken products packaged and sold by Empire Kosher brand, federal health authorities announced. Although the outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to the chicken started nearly a year ago, health officials investigating the outbreak only recently discovered that those sickened had eaten kosher chicken. When asked what brand of chicken they had consumed, the patients reported eating Empire Kosher brand. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said its Food Safety and Inspection Service arm ... Read More

CDC: McDonald’s Salads Sickened Hundreds in 15 States

Federal health authorities said an outbreak of Cyclospora parasite linked to McDonald’s restaurants in the Midwest has sickened about 400 people in 15 states. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update said that U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials traced the Cyclospora to Fresh Express salad mix with romaine lettuce and carrots. Fresh Express supplied the salad mix to McDonald’s. When people throughout the Midwest started getting sick last month, public health officials discovered that the majority of them had eaten salads from McDonald’s. That finding prompted McDonald’s to stop selling salads at about 4,000 of its ... Read More

Listeria Threat Persists at NYC Food Processing Facility, Feds Say

In an effort to eliminate the threat of Listeria monocytogenes and other serious foodborne pathogens from a Staten Island food manufacturing and distribution facility, a federal court in Brooklyn has entered a permanent injunction against the affiliated companies and their owners. The court action stems from a complaint filed in May by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against Euroline Foods LLC and Royal Seafood Baza Inc. Together, the companies make and distribute ready-to-eat fish products, vegetable salads, and cheese in a Staten Island plant that federal authorities said is chronically ... Read More

Panera Customer Sues Over E. Coli Poisoning From Salad

A Panera Bread customer who became “violently ill” and hospitalized after eating salads contaminated with E. Coli earlier this year is suing the bakery-café restaurant chain. NJ.com reports that Robin Hall of Long Valley, New Jersey, ate salads at a Panera location in Mount Olive on March 22 and again on March 27. At some point unspecified in the lawsuit, Ms. Hall became sick to the point of requiring hospitalization. She remained in the hospital from March 29 to April 8 for treatment of an illness allegedly caused by the Panera salad. Ms. Hall’s lawsuit, filed July 13 in Superior ... Read More

Several Ritz Cracker Products Recalled For Salmonella Risk

The manufacturer of Ritz crackers is recalling several of its Ritz cracker sandwich and Ritz Bits products over the risk of potential Salmonella contamination. Deerfield, Illinois-based Mondelez Global, one of the world’s largest producers of snack foods, confections, and beverages, announced the voluntary recall on Saturday, July 21.  The company said the potential Salmonella contamination stems from the whey powder it uses in certain Ritz products. An external supplier provides the whey powder to Mondelez. The Ritz products covered by the recall have been sold in every state, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mondelez said it is not ... Read More