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E. COLI EHEC - USA (17): (MINNESOTA) COUNTY FAIR

8/5/2014

ProMED Mail Post
www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id=20140805.2661957
There have been 9 confirmed cases of _E. coli_ in Rice County recently; all those affected were in attendance at the Rice County Fair. Tina Schlottman, an infection prevention nurse at District One Hospital, said they have seen 4 of the 9 patients at their campus. "We are following the state guidelines on how to treat and test patients," she said. "We are working very closely with the Minnesota Department of Health." She was not able to give an update on any of the 4 patients. According to an email that was sent to the Rice County Agriculture Society board of directors and shared with the Daily News, the Minnesota Department of Health informed fair officials last week [week of 28 Jul 2014] that a case of _E. coli_ had been reported to the department. After further investigating, it was found to have come from the county fair. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health did not return a call for comment on Mon 4 Aug 2014. Rice County Fair Manager John Dvorak said he was made aware of the incident last Thu 31 Jul 2014. "They determined it was coming from Rice County," he said. "But (those infected) were at other fairs prior to ours." For the complete post, please visit http://www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id=20140805.2661957

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Oasis Brands, Inc Recalls Quesito Casero 12oz Because Of Possible Health Risk

8/4/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407927.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 4, 2014 - Oasis Brands, Inc of Miami, FL is recalling Quesito Casero 12oz with expiration date 09/27/14, because it has the potential to be contaminated with 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. Quesito Casero 12oz was distributed in North Carolina and Virginia through retail stores. Product comes in plastic bags, name Quesito Casero 12oz, Brand Lacteos Sta. Martha, Fresh Curd, Exp. Date 09/27/14 "No illnesses have been reported to date." For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407927.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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New England Greens, LLC dba Vibrant Health Recalls Green Vibrance and Rainbow Vibrance Because of Possible Health Risk

8/1/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407801.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 1, 2014 - New England Greens of Canaan, Connecticut announced a recall of specific lots of Green Vibrance and one lot of Rainbow Vibrance. Due to a miscommunication, the list of lot numbers identified in the recall notice was not a complete and accurate list. The company is now revising the recall notice with an updated list of the lots affected by the recall. The company is asking the public to disregard the list provided in the previous notice and refer to the lot numbers below. New England Greens of Canaan, Connecticut is recalling 15 lots of Green Vibrance and one lot of Rainbow Vibrance after a former raw material supplier, Raw Deal of Allamuchy, NJ, recalled the Organic Parsley Leaf Powder used to manufacture Green Vibrance and Rainbow Vibrance because of the potential for contamination with Salmonella. Although the possibility is slight that any amount of Salmonella is present in any of the recalled lots of the above-mentioned products, New England Greens is issuing the recall with an abundance of caution for the safety of its consumers. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Salmonella is a bacterial organism which may cause from mild to severe food poisoning. In severe cases, sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems may result. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. For the complete recall notice, including a list of affected products, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407801.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Sunburst Superfoods Recalls Organic Raw Carob Powder Because of Possible Health Risk

8/1/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407794.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 1, 2014 - Sunburst Superfoods of Tuckahoe, NY, is recalling Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder sold from March 12, 2014 through July 28th, 2014, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder was distributed throughout the United States to consumers through online sales. Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder was sold in One Pound and Five Pound bags with no coding. The product is packaged in re-sealable, all-natural brown paper bags with a thin metal and thin plastic lining on the interior of the bags. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407794.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Wawona Packing Co. Expands Its Voluntary Recall of Fresh, Whole Peaches, Plums, Nectarines, and Pluots Because of Possible Health Risk

7/31/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407600.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 31, 2014 - Out of an abundance of caution, Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California is expanding its voluntary recall from July 19, 2014, of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is 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 July 19 recall covered specific lots of products packed from June 1 through July 12, 2014. Wawona Packing Company is expanding the recall, as a precautionary step, to cover all products packed in the Wawona Packing Co. facility from June 1, 2014 through July 17, 2014 because the company’s experts have yet to identify with scientific certainty the source of Listeria monocytogenes in the facility. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407600.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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BOTULISM - USA (05): (OHIO, CALIFORNIA) CANNED PESTO, ALERT, RECALL

7/31/2014

ProMED Mail Post
www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id=20140731.2647937
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr Ron Chapman and state health officer warned consumers today [30 Jul 2014] not to eat VR Green Farms jarred food products because they may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with _Clostridium botulinum_. Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed jarred and canned foods may lead to serious illness and death. CDPH is coordinating with the US Food and Drug Administration and the Ohio Department of Health in the investigation of 2 cases of suspected foodborne botulism infections that may be associated with consumption of the firm's Pine Nut Basil Pesto. VR Green Farms of San Clemente, California, is voluntarily recalling the following varieties of jarred food products: Pine Nut Basil Pesto, Pickled Farm Mix, Old World Tomato Sauce, Sundried Tomatoes in Olive Oil, Tuscan Grilling Sauce, and Pasta Sauce. These food products were sold under the VR Farms label and packaged in Mason-style glass jars with screw-on metal lids. The product labels do not include any coding or "use by" dates. The products were sold at the VR Green Farms stand in San Clemente, CA and via the Internet to consumers throughout the USA. For the complete post, please visit http://www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id=20140731.2647937

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CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat VR Green Farms Jarred Food Products Because of Botulism Risk

7/30/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407542.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 30, 2014 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman warned consumers today not to eat VR Green Farms jarred food products because they may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum. Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed jarred and canned foods may lead to serious illness and death. CDPH is coordinating with the US Food and Drug Administration and the Ohio Department of Health in the investigation of two cases of suspected food-borne botulism infections that may be associated with consumption of the firm’s Pine Nut Basil Pesto. VR Green Farms of San Clemente, California, is voluntarily recalling the following varieties of jarred food products: Pine Nut Basil Pesto, Pickled Farm Mix, Old World Tomato Sauce, Sundried Tomatoes in Olive Oil, Tuscan Grilling Sauce, and Pasta Sauce. These food products were sold under the VR Farms label and packaged in Mason-style glass jars with screw-on metal lids. The product labels do not include any coding or “use by” dates. Photographs can be found on Recalled Product Photos Page. The products were sold at the VR Green Farms stand in San Clemente, California and via the Internet to consumers throughout the United States. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407542.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Hawaii Could Follow California by Repealing Glove Law

7/29/2014

FoodSafetyNews.com
News Desk
www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/07/hawaii-could-follow-california-by-repealing-glove-law/
Cost concerns and general opposition may prompt Hawaii to try and follow California by repealing new state health rules requiring food service workers to use utensils or gloves when preparing sushi or other ready-to-eat foods. The new rules just went into effect July 21 and have already drawn criticism from restaurant managers who say that wearing gloves while preparing certain foods is problematic, especially for sushi chefs. “There’s a lot of frustration. They’re trying really hard to feel the rice, the dab of wasabi, the texture of the fish,” said Chad Yang, general manager of the Morimoto Waikiki Japanese restaurant in Honolulu. For the complete news item, please visit http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/07/hawaii-could-follow-california-by-repealing-glove-law/

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Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Issues Voluntary Recall For Various Chunks of Energy Products Because They Contain Organic Carob Powder From Ciranda, Inc., Which May Be Contaminated With Salmonella

7/29/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407197.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 29, 2014 - Lakewood, CO. Natural Grocers is issuing a voluntary recall of Chunks of Energy Carob Greens and Chunks of Energy Date / Flax/Tumeric because they contain organic carob powder from Ciranda, Inc., Hudson, WI 54016, which may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infection (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. These products were repackaged by Natural Grocers and sold in small bags in the refrigerated bulk foods section of the stores. A black and white printed label is affixed to each bag. The product was distributed only to Natural Grocers’s 84 stores located in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. For the complete recall notice, including a list of affected products, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407197.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Hummingbird Wholesale Recalls Organic Raw Carob Powder for Possible Salmonella Contamination

7/29/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407221.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -July 29, 2014 – Hummingbird Wholesale in Eugene Oregon has been notified by its supplier of a recall of Organic Raw Carob Powder due to possible health risks related to potential Salmonella contamination. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail, or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. Hummingbird Wholesale has taken immediate action to recall the Organic Raw Carob Powder in order to ensure the safety of its consumers. Hummingbird Wholesale is working closely with the FDA on this matter. Hummingbird Wholesale is dedicated to providing the highest quality organic and raw products, and the safety of our customers is our number one priority. Products in question were sold to processors and retail outlets in Oregon, Washington, and California and to the end consumer in Oregon in 20 lb boxes and 5 lb bags between the dates of 5/22/14 through 7/24/14. For the complete recall notice, including a list of affected lots and products, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407221.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Toss the towel

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Damp towels and sponges provide a prime environment for pathogen and other bacteria to grow. Consider using paper towels to clean up kitchen surfaces. When done, throw away the towel. If you use cloth towels, wash them often in the hot cycle of your washing machine.

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