Category: Food & Beverage

Investigations into Salmonella outbreaks advancing but no cause found yet

Two Salmonella outbreak investigations that have sickened a total of more than 200 people are picking up steam at the FDA. One has sickened at least 127 people with Salmonella Oranienburg infections and stretches across 25 states.  Although the source of the outbreak pathogen remains unknown, an update Sept. 22 from the Food and Drug…

Georgetown University reports outbreak among students; source unknown

At least a dozen students at Georgetown University have reported being sick with symptoms that resemble foodborne illness and an official says they may be part of a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella infections. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Ranit Mishori says the school is working to determine the cause of the illnesses. “At this time…

Green Field Farms Dairy recalls chocolate milk in nine states over lab results

Green Field Farms Dairy of Fredericksburg, OH, has announced a recall of 1,242 units of its whole chocolate milk product because a laboratory analysis indicated the product was not effectively pasteurized. Pasteurization kills harmful bacteria, parasites and viruses. The affected milk was distributed in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware…

Outbreak connected to shredded pork rinds leads to CFIA warning

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Ontario Ministry of Health are warning restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area not to purchase, use, or serve certain brandless Shredded pork rinds because of possible Salmonella contamination. Shredded pork rinds subject to CFIA warning. This warning was triggered by an investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak of…

Children sick in French outbreak

Local public health officials in France are investigating more than 20 cases of food poisoning, mostly affecting children. The Hauts-de-France public health agency (ARS) reported the suspected outbreak in recent days among pupils in schools in a commune in Northern France. A total of 21 students enrolled in three schools in Saint-André-lez-Lille have been identified…

Ireland reports four Salmonella outbreaks so far this year

Irish public health officials have reported four recent outbreaks of Salmonella. The four different salmonellosis clusters affected 15 people, according to a report published by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in Ireland. Patients ranged in age from infants to people more than 80 years old with 11 females and four males sick. Four of…

Cake mix E. coli outbreak declared over without specific source identified

Federal officials have been unable to determine the specific product implicated in an E. Coli outbreak linked to cake mixes and have declared the outbreak over. The investigation into the outbreak is also over, according to an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Food and Drug Administration worked on traceback, but…

Kroger recalls bagged kale because of Listeria concerns

Kroger is recalling Kroger brand 16-ounce bagged kale because of potential Listeria contamination. There is concern that consumers may have unused portions of the implicated kale in their homes because its best-by date has not yet passed. Customers who purchased the recalled product should not eat it. The company’s recall notice says that this recall…

Ohio company recalls parsley from 6 states because of E. coli test result

Buurma Farms Inc. of Willard, OH, is recalling some of its plain parsley after testing showed possible contamination with Shiga-toxin producing E. coli. The product being recalled is Buurma plain (flat-leaf) parsley with a harvest date of Aug. 30 from the company’s Gregory, MI, location.  “A random, routine regulatory sample collected on Sept. 7 at…

EPA again working on yet another Navigable Waters Protection Rule

Both because it wants to and because a federal court wants it done, the EPA will be working on a new Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Such work has gone on now for almost 50 years. The Clean Water Act of 1972 says adding pollutants or dredge or fill material into a “water of the United…

Anonymous tip leads to USDA recall of beef, chicken empanada products

SAS Foods Enterprises Inc. is recalling more than 3,700 pounds of beef and chicken empanada products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. They also have a false USDA mark of inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. “The problem was discovered after FSIS received an…

Carbon monoxide poisoning from food preparation sickens restaurant patrons

Officials in Hong Kong are investigating carbon monoxide poisoning in a restaurant that left 14 people needing hospital treatment. The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health reported that the group ate a “hot pot” dinner using charcoal as cooking fuel in one room at a restaurant in Wan Chai. Hot pot…

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