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FOODBORNE ILLNESS - USA: (MICHIGAN) RESTAURANT, CLOSTRIDIUM PERFRINGES

4/14/2014

Pro-MED Mail Post
www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id=20140414.2402260
The Michigan Department of Community Health reports that an outbreak of foodborne illness at Bonicki's Sports Bistro in Muskegeon could have resulted from improper food storage. In a news release on Friday morning [11 Apr 2014], health department officials said the investigation at Bonicki's turned up the presence of _Clostridium perfringens_, a common bacterium that [produces a toxin that] can cause foodborne illness. The bacterium is found throughout nature but "typically causes illness when foods are served after improper storage or held at inadequate storage temperatures," according to the health department. Bonicki's remains open for business. Its owner, Norm Spyke, earlier told MLive Muskegon Chronicle that he was working with public health officials and that the restaurant had maintained full compliance with health regulations. For the complete news item, please visit http://www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id=20140414.2402260

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Kettle Brand Voluntarily Recalls Limited Run of Bakes Sea Salt Potato Chips Due to Potential Milk Allergen

2/18/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm386110.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 13, 2014 -Kettle Brand is issuing a voluntary recall on a limited run of its 4-ounce Kettle Brand Bakes Sea Salt Potato Chips because of potential exposure to milk-based sour cream seasoning, a potential milk allergen not declared on the ingredient label. The brand is recalling 144 cases as a precaution. The product was distributed to 12 customer warehouses that supply retail stores nationwide. This is the only item impacted, and there have been no reports of illnesses or injury. Product Name UPC Code Manufacturing Code Best-Buy Date Kettle Brand Bakes Sea Salt Potato Chips 84114 10984 2 09309210, ending with four numbers ranging from 05:00 – 10:30 01MAY14 Concern for the safety and satisfaction of its customers is a top priority. Kettle urges people who have an allergy or sensitivity to milk to avoid eating this batch of Kettle Brand Bakes Sea Salt. For reference, manufacturing codes can be found in the upper right-hand corner of the front package. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm386110.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Ice Cream Specialties Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanut Allergen In Dairy Rich Chocolate Ice Cream

2/18/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm386108.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 14, 2014 - Ice Cream Specialties of Merrillville, Indiana is recalling Dairy Rich Chocolate Ice Cream because it may contain peanut butter, which contains a peanut allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. There have been no illnesses reported to date in connection with this product. Dairy Rich Chocolate Ice Cream was distributed in Northwest Indiana, Northeast Illinois and Deer Park, New York and it reached consumers through grocery stores and other retail food outlets. The affected product is packaged in 56-ounce paper cartons with the Dairy Rich graphic logo and a picture of a chocolate ice cream scoop on the front and back panels. This voluntary recall is limited only to packages of Dairy Rich Chocolate Ice Cream bearing the following UPC and Best Used by Date. The Best Used by Date can be located on the left-hand end panel (the side panel) of the carton. No other Dairy Rich Ice Cream products are affected. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm386108.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Kettle Brand Voluntarily Recalls Limited Run of Bakes Sea Salt Potato Chips Due to Potential Milk Allergen

2/14/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm386110.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 13, 2014 -Kettle Brand is issuing a voluntary recall on a limited run of its 4-ounce Kettle Brand Bakes Sea Salt Potato Chips because of potential exposure to milk-based sour cream seasoning, a potential milk allergen not declared on the ingredient label. The brand is recalling 144 cases as a precaution. The product was distributed to 12 customer warehouses that supply retail stores nationwide. This is the only item impacted, and there have been no reports of illnesses or injury. Concern for the safety and satisfaction of its customers is a top priority. Kettle urges people who have an allergy or sensitivity to milk to avoid eating this batch of Kettle Brand Bakes Sea Salt. For reference, manufacturing codes can be found in the upper right-hand corner of the front package. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm386110.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Ice Cream Specialties Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanut Allergen In Dairy Rich Chocolate Ice Cream

2/14/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm386108.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 14, 2014 - Ice Cream Specialties of Merrillville, Indiana is recalling Dairy Rich Chocolate Ice Cream because it may contain peanut butter, which contains a peanut allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. There have been no illnesses reported to date in connection with this product. Dairy Rich Chocolate Ice Cream was distributed in Northwest Indiana, Northeast Illinois and Deer Park, New York and it reached consumers through grocery stores and other retail food outlets. The affected product is packaged in 56-ounce paper cartons with the Dairy Rich graphic logo and a picture of a chocolate ice cream scoop on the front and back panels. This voluntary recall is limited only to packages of Dairy Rich Chocolate Ice Cream bearing the following UPC and Best Used by Date. The Best Used by Date can be located on the left-hand end panel (the side panel) of the carton. No other Dairy Rich Ice Cream products are affected. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm386108.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Does Ultraviolet Mean Ultrasafe?

1/27/2014

FoodSafetyNews.com
Cathy Siegner
www.foodsafetynews.com/
American consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the safety-enhancing methods used on food and beverage products before their arrival at retail outlets: pasteurization by heat and high-pressure treatment, and irradiation by gamma rays, X-ray or electron beams. But they may not know much about ultraviolet radiation (UV), which is gradually becoming more common as a relatively inexpensive and, depending on the type product on which it’s used, effective method of reducing or eliminating pathogens. UV is classified into three general areas by wavelength: UV-A, UV-B and UV-C. UV-A has the longest wavelength range (320-400 nanometers) and is the type of radiation responsible for sunburns and is linked to skin cancer. UV-B, at 280-320 nanometers, also plays a role in skin tanning and burning, but it’s a minor one compared to UV-A. For the complete news item, please visit http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/01/pasteurization-does-ultraviolet-mean-ultrasafe/#.UvKF7LHnbcs

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Winn-Dixie Recalls Instant Chocolate Drink Mix Sold in Florida

1/27/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm383023.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 12, 2014 - Winn-Dixie today announced an immediate recall of the 30 oz. canister of Winn-Dixie Instant Chocolate Drink Mix, with expiration date code of JUL 14 15B, from shelves in all stores throughout Florida. The recall does not affect stores in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana or Mississippi. The reason for the recall is the potential that the product may contain an incorrect formula mixture, which could result in an undeclared milk allergen. “We advise customers who have a milk allergy to throw it out immediately to ensure they do not experience any health issues,” said Brian Wright, Winn-Dixie’s vice president of communications and community. Winn-Dixie has received no reports of any issues associated with consumption at this time. The recall only pertains to canisters with the expiration date code of JUL 14 15B. The product UPC code is 2114022031. Consumers who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk products are urged not to consume and return products to the store for a full refund. To receive the refund, customers may present proof of purchase through a receipt or the product-packaging label. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm383023.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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PMI Nutrition, LLC Recalls Red Flannel® Cat Food Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

1/27/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm383066.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 25, 2014 - PMI Nutrition, LLC (PMI), Arden Hills, Minn., has initiated a voluntary recall of its 20 lb. bags of Red Flannel® Cat Formula cat food for possible Salmonella contamination. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution after routine testing by the FDA Detroit District Office identified possible Salmonella contamination. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm383066.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Araya Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Tree Nuts, Wheat, Milk and Soy in Their Chocolate Bars, Marshmallows, Dry Fruits and Chocolate Gift Boxes

1/24/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm382939.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 23, 2014 - ARAYA INC of Katy, TX is voluntarily recalling various types of products including Marshmallows, Chocolate gourmet bars, Dry Fruits covered in chocolate and assorted chocolate gift boxes because they may contain traces of allergens not declared on the label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Wheat, Tree Nuts, Soy and Milk Protein run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The Marshmallows, Chocolate gourmet bars, Dry Fruits covered in chocolate and chocolate gift boxes were distributed nationwide directly to customers via FedEx from internet sales and in the state of Texas through the following retailers: CENTRAL MARKET – HOUSTON, CENTRAL MARKET - NORTH LAMAR, CENTRAL MARKET – PRESTON, CENTRAL MARKET – WESTGATE, HEB - FRY RD, HEB #99 Louetta, HOTEL MOKARA For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm382939.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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UPDATED: Allergy Alert - Undeclared Milk in Five Kinnikinnick Foods Products

1/24/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm382900.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Edmonton, Alberta - January 23, 2014 – Kinnikinnick Foods of 10940 120 Street, Edmonton, AB is expanding previous recalls of January 10 & 15th. Kinnikinnick has determined that an ingredient used in the production of these products contained MILK allergens that were not listed by the manufacturer of that ingredient and may be present in these finished products. MILK is not declared on the packaging of these 5 Kinnikinnick products. Routine testing by Kinnikinnick discovered this MILK contamination in a specific lot of an ingredient which was certified by the manufacturer to contain no MILK allergens. The distributor of this ingredient in Canada, Burnbrae Farms, has currently recalled 4 lots of this ingredient and several additional lots are under investigation. We are voluntarily recalling all lots produced up to and including the Best Before dates indicated below which contained the ingredient. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm382900.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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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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