Monthly Archives February 2018

Company recalls raw chicken, salmon dog food for Listeria risk

Northwest Naturals of Portland, OR, is recalling its frozen, raw chicken and salmon dog food chubs from retailers after random government testing showed Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Pets that eat the food and pet owners who handle it are at risk of Listeria infection. Also, utensils, pet bowls and counters or other surfaces or cloths that come into contact... Continue Reading Read More

Raw milk test in Pennsylvania prompts Campylobacter warning

Pennsylvania officials warned consumers earlier this month that they should immediately discard all raw milk from Conoco View Dairy because it was contaminated with Campylobacter, which can cause serious infections and is killed by pasteurization. As of Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which issued the warning Feb. 15, had not received any reports of... Continue Reading Read More

Darwin’s pet food Salmonella problem dates back to 2016

Arrow Reliance, doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, has known since at least early 2016 about possible Salmonella contamination in its pet foods according to information contained in two Establishment Inspection Reports. Darwin has recalled nine production lots of its Natural Selections and Zoologics lines of pet food since October 2016, with the most... Continue Reading Read More

Hawaii reports first confirmed rat lungworm case of 2018

The Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed the first case of rat lungworm disease in the state this year in an adult resident of West Hawaii on Hawaii Island. The individual became seriously ill earlier this month and is being treated at a hospital. Laboratory results confirmed evidence of the rat lungworm parasite in the... Continue Reading Read More

Advisory committee revises hepatitis A vaccine guidance

With a unanimous vote, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending that anyone over the age of 12 months, who hasn’t been vaccinated for hepatitis A, should receive the vaccine after the fact if they are exposed to the highly contagious virus. Post-exposure immune globulin should be administered to unvaccinated adults aged 40 and older depending... Continue Reading Read More

Northwest Naturals Voluntarily Recalls 5lb Frozen Chicken and Salmon Pet Food Chubs Because of Possible <em>Listeria Monocytogenes</em> Health Risk

Northwest Naturals of Portland, Oregon is recalling 5lb frozen Chicken and Salmon petfood chubs because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes can affect animals eating the products and there is risk... Read More

FDA says 44 deaths linked to kratom products; recall initiated

Although the agency says it is unrelated to a current investigation of a multi-state Salmonella outbreak, the FDA is overseeing the recall and destruction of  “a large volume” of kratom products. Twenty states have reported 28 confirmed cases of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- infections linked to consumption of dietary supplements containing kratom, according to previous announcements... Continue Reading Read More

FDA updates spice risk profile; 7,200 samples analyzed

Four years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft risk profile on the public health dangers associated with spices, identifying the presence of pathogens such as Salmonella and filth in general. It described efforts to reduce the public health risk posed by consumption of contaminated spices and identified control options to prevent contamination.... Continue Reading Read More

Walmart, Loblaw, Metro recall popcorn Canada; insects found

Canadian officials posted a nationwide recall of Great Value brand popcorn from Walmart stores after a consumer complained of finding insects in the product. The recalled popcorn, produced Dec. 28, 2017, is packed in 1-kilogram bags. The packaging identifies the product as “Great Value Popping Corn” according to the recall notice posted Feb. 6 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Consumers can identify the recalled Great Value brand... Continue Reading Read More

Scientists urge regulators to revisit 60-day rule for raw gouda

For the third time since 2005, researchers have parsed data from an E. coli O157: H7 outbreak traced to raw milk gouda cheese. For the third time, they have concluded the “60-day rule” isn’t long enough to ensure dangerous bacteria in unpasteurized gouda have died. This time around the scientists did more than publish the... Continue Reading Read More