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Chipotle restaurants linked to new cases of E. coli

There is more bad news for Chipotle Mexican Grill. The burrito restaurant chain has been linked to a second outbreak of E. coli – the latest in a string of foodborne illnesses traced back to Chipotle restaurants across the United States. Five people in North Dakota, Kansas and Oklahoma have fallen ill with the bacteria between Nov. 18 and Nov. 26. All those sickened claimed to have eaten at a Chipotle restaurant during the week before they became sick. Weeks earlier, a different strain of E. coli sickened 46 people who claimed to have eaten at Chipotle in the days before ... Read More

Jars of almond butter, peanut butter recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

Jars of almond butter and peanut butter from Hain Celestial Group’s unit nSpired Natural Foods, and sold under various brand names, are being recalled after four people became sick after ingesting the products. The recall involves Arrowhead Mills brand peanut butters and MaraNatha almond butters and peanut butters, as well as lots of private label almond butter from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Safeway. A total of 45 production lots are affected by the recall. The nut butters were sold in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Routine testing by the ... Read More

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

Chia seeds recalled after the health food was linked to salmonella poisonings

At least 21 people have been infected with salmonella bacteria after eating chia seed powder, prompting a product recall and a multistate health investigation. Chia seeds are a health food product commonly blended into smoothies or into snacks to enhance diets with added nutrients and curb appetite for weight loss. The seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico, and are the same seeds used to sprout grass-like “fur” on clay figurines called Chia Pets. These illnesses are the first to link the food borne illness salmonella to chia seed powder. The salmonella bacteria is most often found ... 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

Government shutdown puts Americans’ health, safety at risk

Efforts by federal officials to quell a salmonella outbreak traced to raw chicken products that has sickened nearly 300 people and hospitalized dozens in 18 states have been dramatically slowed due to the government shutdown. The foodborne illness investigation is just one example of how the Congressional stalemate that has halted nonessential federal operations is putting Americans’ health and safety at risk. Only a handful of scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were working on outbreak detection, which severely hampered the organization’s ability to manage the situation. This week the CDC announced it would have to ... Read More

Most ground turkey products contaminated with fecal bacteria, new study finds

Nearly seventy percent of ground turkey samples tested by Consumer Reports researchers contained enterococcus, harmful bacteria harbored by fecal matter, and 60 percent of the samples also contained Escherichia coli (E. coli), another pathogen associated with the fecal contamination. According to Consumer Reports, a test of 257 retail samples of ground turkey taken from 21 states and encompassing 27 different brands found that more than 90 percent of the samples contained at least one of five bacteria researchers were watching for: Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, enterococcus, and campylobacter. The Consumer Reports study also found the disease-causing pathogens were resistant to ... 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

Another Trader Joe’s Recall Brings Food Safety Into Question

Due to a possible presence of the bacteria Listeria, Trader Joe’s, a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores, has announced a recall of 4,865 pounds of Trader Joe’s brand Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice entrées.  While 19 cartons of the recalled product have been halted at the distribution center, 240 cartons have already circulated to Trader Joe’s retail stores along the East Coast. These stores have been contacted and instructed to remove these recalled entrees from store shelves. To identify the recently recalled “Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice” entrée, look for the product code “2012-10-31” and lot code “30512” ... Read More