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Listeria Concerns Shut Down Michigan Food Manufacturer

The presence of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in multiple environmental samples collected from a Saranac, Michigan food producer has prompted the federal food police to shut down the company’s facilities. A complaint filed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 29 alleges Saranac Brand Foods Inc. and its owners, Dennis and Daniel Nowak, are producing ready-to-eat foods such as macaroni salad, coleslaw, spinach dip, enchilada sauce, and other salads, dips and sauces in a dangerously dirty facility contaminated by Listeria in several places. Numerous FDA inspections and testing showed that the facility hosted a “resident strain” of the Listeria pathogen, ... Read More

Several Tahini Products Recalled for Salmonella Risk

If you purchased Tahini paste or similar sesame-based products recently, federal regulators want you to know that several products originating from a major Israel-based sesame producer are being recalled due to concerns that they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Archdut LTD of Ariel, Israel, is recalling tahini products sold under a multitude of brand names: Achdut, Baron’s, S&F, Pepperwood, Soom, and Achva. The tahini products were distributed internationally and sold through retail stores and by mail order. They include tahini, whole tahini, organic tahini, and seasoned tahini products sold in 15oz, 16oz, 17.6oz, 635 oz (428g, 454g, 500g, 18Kg) containers. ... Read More

Romaine Growers To Implement New Labeling in Wake of Outbreak

The latest multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce has prompted U.S. officials to announce new measures growers have agreed to take that will make future recalls more targeted and efficient. Two days before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised the public to avoid the consumption of all romaine lettuce and other products containing romaine lettuce, despite the source. The sweeping recall was necessary, health officials said, because at the time they lacked the information to accurately trace infections back to a specific source. Since the CDC’s original announcement, the outbreak has ... Read More

Avoid All Romaine Lettuce, CDC Says As E. Coli Outbreak Widens

U.S. health officials are warning people to steer clear of romaine lettuce, which they say has caused an ongoing outbreak of E. coli responsible for 32 confirmed illnesses across the country, including 13 hospitalizations, and an additional 18 people in Canada. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials have traced the illnesses to romaine lettuce, they have not yet identified the exact source of the E. coli contamination. “It’s still early in this investigation and work remains to pinpoint the source of contamination that contributed to this outbreak,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... Read More

Jennie-O Recalls Raw Turkey Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

U.S. health officials have announced a recall of raw turkey products they say is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in multiple states, including one death. On Nov. 15, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, of Barron, Wisconsin, announced it is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recall was triggered when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found a sample of Jennie-O raw turkey tested positive for Salmonella Reading – the same Salmonella strain linked to an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections that has sickened at least 164 people in 35 states, including one death in California. The ... Read More

Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Cereal Recalled for Salmonella Risk

Eating Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch cereal could make you sick due to the potential presence of Salmonella bacteria, U.S. officials warn. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch cereal after a routine sampling by the manufacturer, the Quaker Oats Company, detected the presence of Salmonella in some of the finished products. The good news is that the potential Salmonella contamination appears to be limited to a small batch of Cap’n Crunch cereal distributed to five Target stores in the Midwest. According to the FDA, the recall covers 21 outstanding boxes ... Read More

Four Infant botulism cases in Texas linked to honey-flavored pacifiers

Texas health officials are warning parents not to give children honey pacifiers after four infants were hospitalized with botulism infections. The four children lived in different parts of Texas, but all had been sucking on pacifiers flavored with honey that originated from Mexico. The babies fell ill between mid-August and October and all were hospitalized. Health officials say the honey may contain a bacterium that can produce a botulism toxin in the intestines of small children and attack the nerves and eat away at the organs. Symptoms of botulism poisoning include difficulty breathing, paralysis and death, according to the Texas ... Read More

One Death Reported in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Turkey

An ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey has been blamed for one death and 164 confirmed illnesses in 35 states, federal health officials reported. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the death in a Nov. 8 announcement that also said 63 of the patients with confirmed salmonellosis linked to turkey have been hospitalized. The CDC and state health officials continue to investigate the widespread salmonella outbreak but say it is not linked to a single source. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with the ... Read More

Duncan Hines Cake Mixes Recalled Over Potential Salmonella Contamination

Duncan Hines is recalling four of its boxed cakes mixes after federal health officials tentatively linked an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses to the products. The recall, announced on Monday, Oct. 5, covers Duncan Hines Classic White, Confetti Cake, Butter Golden, and Classic Yellow cake mixes. “Conagra Brands is collaborating with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak,” the company’s recall announcement stated. Duncan Hines said the outbreak remains under investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the ... Read More

2.5 Million Pounds of Taquitos Recalled Over Salmonella, Listeria Risks

Nearly 2.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and beef taquitos have been recalled over concerns the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella – two types of bacteria that commonly cause serious foodborne illnesses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the recall stems from diced onions supplied to Ruiz Food Products Inc., the manufacturer of the taquitos. Ruiz Foods received a notification from its onion supplier on Oct. 16 that the onions used in the production of the taquitos could be contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella. No confirmed reports of Listeria or Salmonella infections linked to the ... Read More