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Hundreds Ill, 3 Dead due to Salmonella-Tainted Cucumbers

Filed October 1st, 2015 Lillian

Salmonella-tainted cucumbers have been linked to three deaths and hundreds of cases of illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cucumbers have been linked to 558 cases of salmonella poona infections in 33 states. Between September 15 and September 22, an additional 140 cases were reported to the agency.

The cucumbers were distributed by Andrew & Williamson Sales Co., or A&W, based in San Diego. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), A&W imported the cucumbers from Rancho Don Juanito de R.L. De C.V. in Baja, Mexico. All “Limited Edition”-branded cucumbers were recalled on September 4. Continue Reading »

Giant Food of Maryland Recalls Koch Oven Cravers Chicken Products

Filed September 28th, 2015 F.A. Kelley

Giant Food of Maryland LLC launched a recall of Koch Oven Cravers brand frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products manufactured by Chicago-based Aspen Foods.

Giant is pulling these products off store shelves and informing consumers about the recall because the chicken may be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis, Meat & Poultry (meatpoultry.com) reports. Continue Reading »

Following Peanut-Related Salmonella Outbreak, Executive Sentenced to 28 Years

Filed September 23rd, 2015 Lillian

In a groundbreaking decision, a former company executive was sentenced to 28 years in prison for knowingly shipping out peanut product contaminated with salmonella. CNN reports that the sentenced handed down to Stewart Parnell, the former CEO of Peanut Corporation of American (PCA), is the harshest penalty ever to be given to a corporate executive in a food outbreak. His brother and food broker Michael Parnell, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Mary Wilkerson, who was the plant’s quality assurance manager, received a five year sentence.

The case relates to a deadly 2009 outbreak of salmonella in peanut butter paste manufactured by PCA. Nine people died and 714 people became sick in 46 states. CNN reports that it was one of the largest food recalls in US history one of the deadliest samonella outbreaks in recent years, involving products such as Keebler crackers and Famous Amos cookies handed out on airlines. Continue Reading »

Texas Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Grows to 121 Patients

Filed July 13th, 2015 Julie Fidler

Texas Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Grows to 121 Patients

Texas Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Grows to 121 Patients


The number of individuals sickened by an outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Texas has grown to 121, and 109 of those cases have been reported in the past two weeks.

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services said that most of the cases – 55 – are in Travis County. Eight are sick in Williamson County, six are sick in Dallas County, five in Harris County and four in Hays County. Continue Reading »

Petitioners Urge Federal Health Officials to Ban Eight Synthetic Flavorings That Can Cause Cancer in Humans

Filed June 12th, 2015 Julie Fidler

On Wednesday, a 38-page petition was filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling for a complete ban on eight synthetic flavorings that are currently permitted in minute amounts in baked goods, candy and ice cream.

The eight substances are Benzophenone, Ethyl acrylate, Eugenyl methyl ether, Myrcene, Pulegone, Pyridine, Styrene and Trans, trans-2,4-hexadienal. Seven of the eight substances have been identified by the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) since 1965. Trans, trans-2,4-hexadienal has been identified as GRAS since 1974. The petitioners – the Center for Science in the Public Interest, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Center for Environmental Health, Environmental Working Group, Center for Food Safety, Consumers Union, Improving Kids’ Environment, and individual scientists Maricel Maffini and James Huff – say the substances have been known to cause cancer in lab animals and should be subject to a zero-tolerance policy banning substances that induce cancer in humans or animals, according to Food Safety News. Continue Reading »

Recalled Instant Noodles Made by Nestle India Found to Contain MSG and Dangerous Levels of Lead

Filed May 21st, 2015 Julie Fidler

Maggi noodles manufactured by Nestle India have been recalled from shops around the country after testing revealed dangerous levels of lead and the presence of MSG.

Routing testing revealed excessive lead content in a batch of two dozen packets of Maggi noodles produced by Nestle India, The Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh announced. Two Indian health inspectors told Reuters that all of the packets of the instant noodle products tested in the state-run laboratory were contaminated. FDA officials detected a lead concentration of 17.2 parts per million (ppm). Safe limits of lead in that country range from 0.01 ppm to 2.5 ppm, according to Reuters. Continue Reading »

FDA Report Reveals Blue Bell Creameries Was Aware of Listeria Contamination at One of Its Facilities Back in 2013

Filed May 12th, 2015 Julie Fidler

Blue Bell Creameries recalled all of its ice cream products last month after several consumers were sickened by Listeria, but the company has known about the presence of the pathogen in one of its facilities since 2013.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Blue Bell was aware that Listeria had been found in its Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, plant in 2013, but failed to adequately improve its cleaning and manufacturing practices, the agency said in a report viewed by The New York Times (The Times). The company acknowledged the revelation in a statement obtained by The Times, saying its cleaning methods were insufficient at the time. Continue Reading »

Listeria Found in Jeni’s Ice Cream

Filed April 28th, 2015 Lillian

A sample of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams tested positive for listeria bacteria, prompting the Ohio-based company to recall all of its products. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture tested the sample from a Whole Foods in Lincoln, Nebraska, Associated Press reports. The recall closely follows a similar one recently issue by Blue Bell of Texas, whose ice cream products were linked to 10 listeria illnesses, including three deaths, in four states.

“At this time, the FDA does not believe that the finding of listeria in one sample of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is related to the outbreak and recall associated with Blue Bell Ice Cream,” said U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spokesman Jeff Ventura, according to AP. “We are continuing to investigate both situations and will provide updated information to consumers as we learn more.” Continue Reading »

Blue Bell Issues Recall of All its Products Over Listeria Fears

Filed April 22nd, 2015 Julie Fidler

About a month after listeria was found in two cartons of Blue Bell ice cream, the company announced a recall of all of its products.

On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that tests indicated Blue Bell products made at plants in Texas and Oklahoma were the source of a listeria outbreak that infected five individuals in Kansas with listeria, killing three of them. Three adults in Texas were also sickened by the bacteria, according to The New York Times (The Times). Continue Reading »

More than 1,900 Pounds of Baby Food Recalled Over Concerns it may Contain Pieces of Glass

Filed April 16th, 2015 Julie Fidler

Beech-Nut Nutrition has issued a recall of about 1,920 pounds of baby food products that may contain small pieces of glass.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall on Tuesday. The affected baby food was produced on December 12, 2014. The recall only applies to 4-ounce glass jars containing “Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato & chicken” products, according to the USDA website. Continue Reading »

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