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Final Report Adds Details to E. Coli Outbreak from Trader Joe’s Salads

7/22/2014

FoodSafetyNews.com
James Andrews
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In October 2013, 33 people in four states were sickened by E. coli O157:H7 in an outbreak that was quickly traced back to pre-packaged salads sold at Trader Joe’s grocery locations. On Monday, the California Department of Public Health released its final report on the outbreak with a wealth of new details on the investigation, including two previously unreported additional salad products associated with the outbreak. Early in their investigation, health officials traced the outbreak to two salad products sold at Trader Joe’s: Trader Jose’s Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken and Trader Joe’s Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken. Both of those salads were produced by Atherstone Foods Inc., of Richmond, CA, operating under the name Glass Onion Catering. For the complete news item, please visit http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/07/final-report-adds-details-to-e-coli-outbreak-from-trader-joes-salads/

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Records To Be Kept by Official Establishments and Retail Stores That Grind Raw Beef Products

7/22/2014

Federal Register Volume 79, Number 140 (Tuesday, July 22, 2014)
www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-22/html/2014-17128.htm
SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend its recordkeeping regulations to specify that all official establishments and retail stores that grind raw beef products for sale in commerce must keep records that disclose the identity and contact information of the supplier of all source materials that they use in the preparation of each lot of raw ground beef. They must also record the names of those supplied source materials, including any beef components and any carryover from one production lot to the next. The records would also be required to document lot numbers, the amount of the beef component used in each lot (in pounds), the date and time each lot of raw ground beef product was produced, and the date and time when grinding equipment and other related food-contact surfaces were cleaned and sanitized. Official establishments and retail stores would also have to comply with the proposed recordkeeping requirements with respect to raw beef products that are ground at an individual customer's request. For the complete notice, please visit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-22/html/2014-17128.htm

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ISU Food Safety Campaign Focuses on Leafy Greens

7/21/2014

FoodSafetyNews.com
News Desk
www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/07/iowa-state-develops-food-safety-campaign-focused-on-older-adults/
Because leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach are often a source of contamination, Iowa State University researchers are targeting their safe handling in an effort to protect older adults, who are particularly susceptible to severe illness or death in foodborne illness outbreaks. Dr. Susan W. Arendt, associate professor of hospitality management at Iowa State, said that, with a growing aging population in the U.S., it’s critical to focus on food safety in operations that serve older adults. Proper handling and preparation of leafy greens will help reduce the number of food poisoning cases, she added. Arendt is leading a team of researchers observing how food service workers in restaurants, hospitals, and assisted living and long-term care facilities handle, prepare and serve leafy greens. Employees were also interviewed about the steps they follow in the kitchen. The research team took swabs of utensils and food contact surfaces at different times throughout the process to measure bacteria levels and contamination. For the complete news item, please visit http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/07/iowa-state-develops-food-safety-campaign-focused-on-older-adults/

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Wegmans Issues Voluntary Recall of Bakery Products That May Contain Fresh Peaches, Nectarines and Plums Supplied by Wawona Packing Company

7/20/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405956.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 20, 2014 - Rochester, NY - Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is voluntarily recalling several in-store baked desserts that may contain fresh peaches, nectarines, and/or plums. The fruit was supplied by California-based Wawona Packing Company, which issued a voluntary recall when routine testing by the company showed potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses associated with this recall have been reported to Wawona or to Wegmans. L. monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate foods and cause a mild non-invasive illness (called listerial gastroenteritis) or a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness (called invasive listeriosis). Persons who have the greatest risk of experiencing listeriosis after consuming foods contaminated with L. monocytogenes are fetuses and neonates who are infected after the mother is exposed to L. monocytogenes during pregnancy, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems. Customers who have experienced these symptoms should contact their physician.

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Wawona Packing Co. Takes Precautionary Step of Voluntarily Recalling Fresh, Whole Peaches, Plums, Nectarines, and Pluots Because of Possible Health Risk

7/19/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405943.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 19, 2014 - Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12,2014 due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Wawona Packing has notified retailers of the specific lots being recalled. No other products are impacted by this recall. No illnesses have been linked to this recall to date. Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The recalled products were shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers who resell the products. Because we do not know the locations of the companies that purchased the products from our direct customers, the company is issuing a nationwide recall. Consumers can identify the recalled products by the information provided in the attached list and photographs. Anyone who has the recalled products in their possession should not consume them and should discard them. Consumers with questions may contact Wawona Packing at 1-888-232-9912, M-F, 8am-5pm ET , or visit www.wawonapacking.comdisclaimer icon for a copy of this press release. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405943.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Mars Food North America Voluntarily Recalls Specific Batch and Item Number Representing Less Than 2,000 Cases --No Other UNCLE BEN’S® Products Affected--

7/18/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405615.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 16, 2014 - Mars Food North America is voluntarily recalling two Lot Codes of UNCLE BEN’S® READY RICE® Garden Vegetable with Peas, Carrots & Corn pouch product, representing less than 2,000 cases. Some pouches in these lot codes were filled with a different product that contains barley, a non-wheat source of gluten, which is not declared on the product packaging. This action relates only to UNCLE BEN’S® READY RICE® Garden Vegetable with Peas, Carrots & Corn pouch products with a “Best Before Date 06/15 MADE IN CANADA” with either of these Lot Codes printed on the package: 422GBBFP1L OR 422GBBFP1R 423AABFP1L OR 423AABFP1R No other Lot Codes, or any other UNCLE BEN’S® Brand products, are involved in this action. No Mars Foodservices products are involved in this action. Only these specific lot codes are impacted. The product should be returned to where it was purchased. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405615.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Whole Foods Market Hyannis Recalls Chocolate Chewies Cookies Due to Undeclared Tree Nut Allergen

7/18/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405942.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 18, 2014 - CAMBRIDGE, MA - Whole Foods Market is recalling "Chocolate Chewies" produced and sold in the Hyannis, Massachusetts location due to an undeclared tree nut allergen. The product was sold in the store between Sunday, July 13, 2014 and Friday, July 18, 2014 in clear, clamshell packaging and has a Use By date of: 7/18/14. The chewies contain walnuts as an ingredient. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Signage is posted to notify customers of this recall, and all affected product has been removed from shelves. No allergic reactions or illnesses have been reported. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405942.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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FSIS Proposed Rule Requires Source Records for Ground Beef Products

7/16/2014

FoodSafetyNews.com
News Desk
www.foodsafetynews.com/
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to require all makers of raw ground beef products to keep records of the meat’s sources. Retail outlets regularly make ground beef by mixing cuts of beef from various sources. This proposal, if finalized, will require them to keep clear records identifying the source, supplier, and names of all materials used in the preparation of raw ground beef products. This would help USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) when tracing the producer of ground meat linked to a foodborne illness outbreak. For the complete news item, please visi thttp://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/07/fsis-proposed-rule-requires-source-records-for-ground-beef/

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King of Pops Charleston SC Issues Allergen Alert on Undeclared: Soy, Milk, Egg and Wheat

7/16/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405366.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 16, 2014 - King of Pops of Charleston, SC is recalling mislabeled banana puddin’ pops and keylime pie pops because they may contain milk, wheat, egg, and/or soy some of which is undeclared on the label. The labels do contain milk, flour, chocolate, egg, vanilla wafer, and/or graham cracker, which may contain allergens milk, soy, egg, and wheat. King of Pops is working closely with the FDA, SC Dept. of Agricultural, and SC Dept. of Health to correct the labeling issue to FDA standards. Additionally, these products are submitted to the SC Dept. of Health for testing every quarter and meet all Health codes during these regular tests. The UPC codes on these products are 59959 00305 and 59959 00304. All known mislabeled products have already been removed from stores. People who have allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, wheat, egg or soy run the risk of severe or life threatening allergic reactions if they consume these products. These pops are distributed in Charleston, SC at retail stores. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405366.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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As Urban Agriculture’s Popularity Rises, What Are the Food Safety Concerns?

7/15/2014

FoodSafetyNews.com
James Andrews
www.foodsafetynews.com/
On a hillside in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, tomato plants line walkable pathways just off the sidewalk, while, farther uphill, honeybees buzz around various flowing shrubs near a wooden apiary. The urban garden is certainly a unique sight considering its location just blocks from the I-5 freeway and a five-minute drive from two major sports stadiums. This is the Beacon Food Forest. Despite resembling more of a garden than a wooded forest at the moment, the Beacon Food Forest will join the growing number of public food forests sprouting up around the U.S. when its organizers officially open it later this year. And when it eventually covers the planned seven-acre expanse, it will be one of the largest such projects on public land in the country. These areas intend to offer sources of free, healthful food to the public, all while educating community members about food production and rehabilitating the local ecosystem. Signs encourage visitors to eat what they see growing, with an emphasis on educated harvesting. For the complete news item, please visi thttp://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/07/as-urban-agricultures-popularity-rises-what-are-the-food-safety-concerns/

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Food Safety Tip of the Day

Clean your plate.

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Keeping raw and cooked food separate a major step to preventing cross contamination. Never place cooked food back on the same plate or cutting board that previously held raw food. Separate plates should be used for raw and cooked foods because the juices from the raw food can contain illness-causing bacteria that will then contaminate the properly cooked food.

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