Monthly Archives August 2016

3 brands of frozen corn recalled in 15 states because of Listeria

A Pennsylvania company is recalling three brands of its frozen corn that were distributed to 15 states because a package sampled from a retail store tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Cambridge Farms LLC of Lancaster, PA, has ceased the production and distribution of the frozen corn and is working with the Food and Drug Administration... Continue Reading Read More

Strawberry smoothies linked to Hepatitis A illnesses in Virginia

Frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and used by Tropical Smoothie Café locations in Virginia are possibly linked to a cluster of Hepatitis A infections, spurring state health officials to issue a public health warning. The restaurant chain has already pulled the implicated strawberries from all of its restaurants, not just the 100 locations in Virginia,... Continue Reading Read More

Sam’s Club bakery supplier denies it is endangering consumers

Orange Bakery Inc., whose customers include Whole Foods Market and Sam’s Club, this week denied claims in a federal civil case that allege the company stopped required food safety testing and has been forging third-party certifications for more than a year. The bakery company, based in Irvine, CA, has several facilities across the U.S. It... Continue Reading Read More

Oriental Packing Co. Inc. Issues Alert On Lead In Curry Powder

Oriental Packing Co., Inc., Miami, Florida is recalling approximately 377,000 lbs. of the following blended seasoning curry products because it is contaminated with lead. Lead can accumulate in the body over time and can cause serious and sometimes pe... Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog ‘Timing couldn’t have been better’ 40 sickened with E. coli O157 at Richey reunion

It was supposed to be unforgettable, but for some who attended the Richey, Montana, Centennial last month, it was unforgettable for the wrong reasons. Around 40 people from 10 states reported they had been infected with E. coli O157. At … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Brucellosis linked to unpasteurized camel milk in Israel

Two patients have been hospitalized at Meir Medical and another patient at Schneider Hospital in Petach Tikvah, suffering from brucellosis linked to the consumption of unpasteurized camel milk produced by the dairy company “Genesis.” Last week, two children were hospitalized … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Handwashing is never enough: E. coli outbreak suspected at Oregon fair

Washington County health officials are investigating after cases of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli were reported after some attendants at the Washington County Fair became ill. No sources has been identified, but public health officials said that livestock at the Washington … Continue reading Read More

New Hepatitis A cases likely in Hawaii despite scallop embargo

Hawaii health officials are asking for continued federal help with their investigation of a Hepatitis A outbreak traced to frozen, imported scallops served by Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai. Questions about possible wider distribution of the scallops were resolved late Tuesday when Department of Health (DOH) officials confirmed Honolulu-based distributor True World Foods... Continue Reading Read More

Teach kids to be cool with school lunches from home

Editor’s note: These suggestions come from a tip sheet written by Marianne Gravely, technical information specialist for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and published Aug. 16, 2016. Additional information isfrom USDA’s “Keep Lunches Safe” page. There’s a certain week when you know the summer is over. It’s when you start seeing the school supply... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Ben Chapman --- Source: barfblog Blast from the past: hep A inactivation in scallops

Raw scallops served at Genki Sushi have been fingered in a Hawaiian hep A outbreak. What if Genki had seared the scallops? According to some historic work, seared scallops aren’t probably hep A risk-reduced scallops either. Inactivation of Hepatitis A virus … Continue reading Read More