Category: Food & Beverage

Cyclospora infections continue to increase; no common source found yet

The number of reported cases of domestically acquired cyclosporiasis illnesses has increased by 254 cases since the last update on July 14, 2021. Cases continue to be reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of July 27, there have been 462 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in people who had

Cake mixes, raw flour previously linked to foodborne illness outbreaks

Health investigators continue to try to determine what brand of cake mixes are linked to a current E. coli O121 outbreak as they also work to find out what specific ingredients or ingredients are the sources of the contamination. The outbreak has sickened 16 people in 12 states with 7

Multistate E. coli outbreak linked to cake mix

An ongoing E. coli outbreak affecting 16 people in 12 states has been linked to cake mix. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating the multistate outbreak of E. coli O121

E. coli outbreak sickens young children in Ireland

Health officials in Ireland are investigating an E. coli O26 outbreak at a childcare facility. Officials with the Department of Public Health Mid-West of the Health Service Executive (HSE) said the agency is managing the outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) and highlighted the importance of effective hand hygiene and

McCormick Italian Seasoning products and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning recalled over Salmonella concerns

McCormick & Company, Inc. is recalling McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning because of possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was shipped to 32 states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan,

New, Free Searchable Database of FDA and USDA Food Recalls

The Milwakee-based Food Industry Council, LLC has launched its “FIC Recall Reporter.™”   The new, free business tool is a searchable database of all FDA and USDA published Class I, Class II, and Class III food and beverage recalls since 2000. The Food Industry Council says its FIC Recall Reporter

Study finds Listeria in cheese in Ecuador

Researchers have highlighted the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in cheese in Ecuador. In Ecuador, the impact of listeriosis on public health is unknown because it is not a reportable disease. Soft cheese is consumed in most urban households in the country. A total of 260 artisanal cheese samples were collected from March

Switzerland sees decline in most infections for 2020

Campylobacter and Salmonella infections declined in Switzerland in 2020 while Listeria was stable despite a large outbreak. E. coli reports fell for the first time since 2014. The COVID-19 pandemic likely influenced disease reports, researchers said. Factors such as resources being diverted to coronavirus, hygiene measures and travel restrictions may

Judge orders Amos Miller to pay $250,000 fine within 30 days or risk jail

Federal Judge Edward G. Smith today signed a 39-page order imposing sanctions on Amos Miller and Miller’s Organic Farm, including a $250,000 fine and other penalties. “In order to effect defendants’ future compliance, by making them aware of the seriousness of their violations and the consequences for future violations, defendants are ordered

Crackdown results in seizure of 15,000 tons of illegal foodstuffs

More than 15,000 tons of food and drink worth $60 million has been seized globally in operations targeting fake and potentially dangerous products. Operation Opson X involved 72 countries between December 2020 and June 2021. The annual drive is coordinated by Interpol and Europol and featured police, customs, national food regulatory

Oysters recalled amid Washington’s largest ever Vibrio outbreak

Washington state has initiated a recall of live oysters harvested from the Samish Bay growing area in the Puget Sound area. The recall is in response to multiple cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus illnesses associated with oysters harvested in the area.  The outbreak has already surpassed the highest number of cases

Ethylene oxide scandal spreads to food additive

European countries are facing more ethylene oxide related recalls after the substance was detected in a food additive used in a range of products. Belgium first raised the alarm in September 2020 about ethylene oxide in products from India with sesame seeds. These related recalls are still continuing with thousands

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