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Government shutdown becoming a health and safety risk for all Americans

The investigation of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 270 people in 18 states has been severely hampered by the federal government shutdown, the latest example of how the safety and health of Americans are being threatened by partisan squabbling on Capitol Hill. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) limited staff is already monitoring more than 30 other outbreaks, but with much of its staff furloughed, the agency has had to cease monitoring for some foodborne pathogens, such as shigella and campylobacter, while slowing the pace on active investigations. Dr. Christopher Braden, director of the ... Read More

Central Valley Meat Company recalls more than 58,000 pounds of ground beef destined for school lunches

Originally intended to be served in school lunches, more than 58,000 pounds of ground beef is being recalled by Central Valley Meat Company in Hanford, Calif. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the meat was recalled due to multiple customer complaints about small plastic pieces in the meat. The recalled beef was sold in individual 40-lb. cases, each containing 10-lb chubs of “Fine Ground Beef.” Inside the USDA Mark of Inspection, they will have the establishment number “Est. 6063A” along with either “6063A3091A” or “6063A3091B” case codes. Produced on April 1, 2013, ... Read More

Ground beef recalled nationwide for possible E.coli contamination

National Beef Packing Company, based in Liberal, Kan., has recalled 50,100 pounds of ground beef products distributed nationwide due to possible contamination with E.coli O157:H7. The products were produced on July 18, 2013, and shipped in 40 to 60 pound cases to retailers, wholesalers and food service distributors. No illnesses have been reported at this time. The recall was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). All recalled products bear the establishment number “EST. 208A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The following products are subject to the recall: 10 lb. chub of ... Read More

Beef jerky recalled by Alabama manufacturer for potential food allergens

Hickory Hollow Jerky, LLC, based in Eufaula, Ala., has issued a recall on 1,800 pounds of flavored beef jerky products due to improper labeling that does not notify consumers of a potential allergen. The products contain Worcestershire sauce and anchovy paste (fish), a known allergen, which could pose a hazard to consumers with allergies. Products included in the recall are: 3-oz. Original Recipe “HICKORY HOLLOW BEEF JERKY” bearing the establishment number “EST. 34550” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the label. 3-oz. Sweet Heat BBQ “HICKORY HOLLOW BEEF JERKY” bearing the establishment number “EST. 34550” inside the USDA mark ... 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

Louisiana meat company recalls 468,000 pounds of product for possible bacterial contamination

The Manda Packing Company is recalling 468,000 pounds of meat products produced at its Baker, La., facility between Feb. 27 and April 9 because of a possible bacterial contamination. The recall includes roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog headcheese, corned beef and pastrami. These products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected products were distributed to retailers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The recall includes eight types of meat sold under 41 different names with various “sell by” dates. Some of the product may ... Read More

Nearly 200,000 pounds of Farm Rich quesadillas, pizza, other products recalled for E. coli risk

Rich Products Corp. has announced a voluntary recall of its Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas, Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices, Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks, Farm Rich Mozzarella Bites and Market Day Mozzarella Bites. The recall involved 192,222 pounds of products distributed in retail stores nationwide. The products were recalled after one person became ill after eating the products. A test of food samples revealed the possible presence of E. coli. Twenty-four cases of illnesses related to the products have now been reported in 15 states. Rich Products Corp. is working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ... Read More

CDC report: Poultry linked to more food-related deaths than any other food

The March 2013 volume of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) contains the first-ever report conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of foodborne illnesses and outbreaks and the food that causes them. Data spanning a decade’s worth of foodborne illness outbreaks shows that poultry causes the most food-related deaths in the United States. The CDC estimates that major foodborne pathogens sicken more than nine million people annually in the U.S. For the study, researchers focused on 4,600 illness outbreaks that occurred from 1998 to 2008 and identified food commodities responsible for causing 128,269 documented cases of foodborne ... Read More

Canada expands recall of E.Coli-contaminated beef products

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) expanded a nationwide recall on beef Monday over fears that more products may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria than originally thought. Last week, the agency temporarily suspended the operating license of Alberta-based meatpacking company XL Foods, the largest Canadian meat processing company, effectively shutting down its operations until the source of the bacterial contamination could be found and eliminated. The Canadian recall now encompasses more than 300 beef products, including steaks, roasts, ground beef, and sausage sold in a various outlets under various brand names and no-name brands. According to the Associated Press, ... Read More