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Jury selection begins for trial of employees of peanut processing plant at center of deadly Salmonella outbreak

Jury selection is underway for the trial of three people, employees and associates with a peanut processing plant blamed for the deadliest Salmonella outbreak in U.S. history, which killed nine people and sickened more than 700 in 2009. Former Peanut Company of America owner Stewart Parnell, his brother and food broker Michael Parnell, and the peanut plant’s quality control manager Mary Wilkerson were indicted last year on 76 criminal counts that allege the three shipped peanuts contaminated with Salmonella to industrial food customers – including nursing homes, schools and food suppliers – and covered up lab tests that showed some batches ... Read More

Foster Farms chicken plant issues first recall in salmonella outbreak

Foster Farms, the poultry processing plant that distributed chicken contaminated with salmonella that has sickened hundreds of people in the past 16 months, has issued its first recall of the products. Packages of Foster Farms chicken affected by the recall have a “use or freeze by” date ranging from March 21 to March 29, and are imprinted with plant codes P-6137, P-6137A and P-7632. Though the meat has sickened more than 500 people across 25 states and Puerto Rico, the recall was initiated because of one single illness – that of a 10-year-old California boy who had to be hospitalized. Salmonella ... Read More

College student sues meat packing plant after E. Coli poisoning

Kalamazoo college student Rachel Tamminga is suing a meat packing plant after hamburgers she consumed at two local restaurants landed her in the hospital for six days. The meat was linked to a recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef processed by Wolverine Packing Co. in Detroit due to E. Coli contamination. The affected ground beef was sold to restaurants in four states – Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. The recall was later extended to the rest of the U.S. after it was determined that the meat was shipped to distributors who may have sold it to individuals. At ... Read More

Almost 1.8 million pounds of ground beef recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

Nearly 1.8 million pounds of ground beef is being recalled because it may contain the bacteria E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced. The affected products involve Wolverine Packing Co. ground beef sold for restaurant use in four states – Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. The affected meat was also distributed to institutions such as the Department of Defense and the National School Lunch Program. Recalled packages are marked with the number “EST. 2574B” and have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MMDD14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.” ... Read More

17-state salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers

An outbreak of salmonella illnesses in 18 states has been traced to cucumbers from two suppliers in Mexico, federal health authorities say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are 73 confirmed illnesses linked to eating the cucumbers contaminated with the “Salmonella StPaul” bacteria. No deaths have been linked to the outbreak so far. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed two Mexico-based growers, Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse on a federal import alert. Both companies are located in Culiacán, Sinaloa state, Mexico. Customs agents will deny cucumbers originating from the two companies ... Read More

CDC says food illnesses on the rise, reports sharp increase in shellfish-related sickness

The number of people sickened by pathogens in contaminated food grew last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday in its summary of 2012 public health data documenting foodborne illness in the United States. According to data from the CDC’s FoodNet surveillance system, cases of foodborne infection went up 3 percent in 2012 from the year before. The CDC attributes this escalation in food-related illnesses partly to a surge in the number of illnesses from the Vibrio bacteria found in undercooked shellfish and raw oysters. Records show that those illnesses were up 25 percent, but government ... Read More

Vitamin pills recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

Standard Process is recalling three dietary supplements because the tablets may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled products include: • Cataplex ACP (Product number 0700 and 0750) Lot 114 • Cataplex C (Product number 1650 1655) Lot 114 • Pancreatrophin PMG (Product number 6650) Lot 114 The tablets were distributed in 60 cc and 200 cc amber glass bottles with Best Used By (BUB) dates of 5/13 indicated on both the bottles and the boxes. No other products or lot numbers are affected. Cataplex ACP is a vitamin pill that contains complex vitamins such as A and C. It also ... Read More