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E. COLI EHEC - USA (20): (MASSACHUSETTS) GROUND BEEF

8/17/2014

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Whole Foods Market locations, South Weymouth, MA and Newton, MA, are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with _E. coli O157:H7_, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today, 15 Aug 2014. FSIS was notified of an investigation of _E. coli_ O157:H7 illnesses on 25 Jun 2014. Working in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the CDC, FSIS determined that there is a link between ground beef purchased at Whole Foods Market and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiologic investigation, 3 case-patients have been identified in Massachusetts with illness onset dates ranging from 13 and 25 Jun 2014. While the onset of illnesses was in June 2014, on 13 Aug 2014, additional laboratory results provided linkages between the 3 MA case-patients and ground beef purchased from Whole Foods. Traceback investigation indicated that all 3 case-patients consumed ground beef purchased from 2 Whole Foods Markets prior to illness onset. FSIS is continuing to work with state and federal public health partners on this investigation to determine a common source and will provide updated information as it becomes available. _E. coli_ O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers. For the complete list of locations and SKUs, please visit http://www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id=20140817.2698112

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Massachusetts Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

8/15/2014

USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service
www.fsis.usda.gov/
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2014 – Whole Foods Market locations, South Weymouth, Mass. and Newton, Mass., are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. FSIS was notified of an investigation of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses on June 25, 2014. Working in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FSIS determined that there is a link between ground beef purchased at Whole Foods Market and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiologic investigation, 3 case-patients have been identified in Massachusetts with illness onset dates ranging from June 13, 2014 to June 25, 2014. While the onset of illnesses was in June, on August 13, 2014, additional laboratory results provided linkages between the 3 MA case-patients and ground beef purchased from Whole Foods. Traceback investigation indicated that all 3 case-patients consumed ground beef purchased from 2 Whole Foods Market prior to illness onset. FSIS is continuing to work with state and federal public health partners on this investigation to determine a common source and will provide updated information as it becomes available. E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-053-2014-release

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Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH)

8/15/2014

Federal Register Volume 79, Number 158 (Friday, August 15, 2014)]
www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-15/html/2014-19448.htm
SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are sponsoring a public meeting on October 23, 2014. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions that will be discussed at the 46th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), in Lima, Peru, November 17-21, 2014. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 46th Session of CCFH and to address items on the agenda. For the complete notice, please visit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-15/html/2014-19448.htm

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Voluntary Recall Notice of McCormick Ground Oregano Due to Possible Salmonella Risk

8/13/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm410107.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 13, 2014 - SPARKS, Md., August 13, 2014- McCormick & Company, Incorporated is initiating a voluntary recall of McCormick® Ground Oregano, 0.75 oz bottle, UPC 0-523561-6 with code dates BEST BY AUG 21 16 H and AUG 22 16 H due to possible contamination with Salmonella. This recall does not impact any other McCormick Ground, Whole or Oregano Leaves products. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, 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. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. For the complete recall notice, including a list of states shipped to and UPC code, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm410107.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Implementation of FSIS Traceback and Recall Procedures for Escherichia coli O157:H7 Positive Raw Beef Product

8/13/2014

Federal Register Volume 79, Number 156 (Wednesday, August 13, 2014)]
www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-13/html/2014-19141.htm
SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing that it will implement new traceback procedures when FSIS or another Federal or State agency finds raw ground beef or bench trim presumptive positive for Escherichia coli O157:H7. FSIS is also announcing that it will begin requesting an establishment to recall product if an establishment was the sole supplier of beef manufacturing trimmings source materials for ground beef product that FSIS or another Federal or State agency finds positive for E. coli O157:H7, evidence suggests that the contamination most likely occurred at the supplier establishment, and a portion of the product from the originating source lot produced by the supplier establishment was sent to other establishments. FSIS is also clarifying circumstances when the Agency will ask suppliers of product used in bench trim to recall the product. FSIS is also announcing the availability of updated guidance documents. Finally, FSIS is responding to comments on the May 7, 2012, Federal Register notice, ``Changes to FSIS Traceback, Recall Procedures for Escherichia coli O157:H7 Positive Raw Beef Product, and Availability of final Compliance Guidelines'. For the complete notice, please visit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-13/html/2014-19141.htm

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Georgia Firm Recalls Chicken Nugget Product Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

8/12/2014

USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service
www.fsis.usda.gov/
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2014 – Perdue, a Gainesville, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,306 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FSIS announced today. The following product is subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)] 8-oz. box of “APPLEGATE naturals CHICKEN NUGGETS” bearing the establishment number “P2617” and the “BEST BEFORE” date of “02/05/15”. The product was produced on Feb. 5, 2014, with a sell by date of Feb. 5, 2015 and bear the establishment number “P2617” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The products were shipped to retail outlets nationwide. The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints that small pieces of plastic were found in the products. FSIS and the company have received no reports of injury or illness from consumption of the product. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness from consumption of these products should contact a healthcare provider. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-052-2014-release

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Sunfood Recalls Organic Carob Powder Because Of Possible Health Risk

8/11/2014

US Food & Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm409694.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 11, 2014 – Sunfood of El Cajon, CA is recalling Organic Carob Powder, 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. Organic Carob Powder was distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders. The product comes in 1lb, 20lb & 55lb white poly bags. The following lot numbers were affected: 140321,140416,140509,140516,140609,140616 & 140623. Expiration date is 6/5/2015 and UPC Code 803813-04429 8. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm409694.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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New York Firm Recalls Sausage Product Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen

8/6/2014

USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service
www.fsis.usda.gov/
ASHINGTON, August 6, 2014 – Zemco Industries Inc., a Buffalo, NY, establishment, is recalling approximately 106,800 pounds of smoked sausage due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains soy, a known allergen that is not declared on the label of the product. The product subject to recall includes: [View Labels (PDF Only)] 2.5 lb. packages of “CAVANAUGH SMOKED SAUSAGE” The products were produced on June 11, 2014; June 13, 2014; June 19, 2014; July 10, 2014; July 19, 2014; and Aug. 1, 2014. The recalled product has Use By dates of Sept. 9, 2014; Sept. 11, 2014; Sept. 17, 2014; Oct. 8, 2014; Oct. 17, 2014; and Oct. 30, 2014. The product bears the establishment number “Est. 5222” on the package. The product was sent to distribution centers for resale as well as retail establishments nationwide. The problem was discovered by the company. The problem occurred when the company reformulated the product and updated packaging and labeling but the employees utilized the old formulation containing soy that was not declared on the updated packaging and labels. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider. For the complete recall notice, please visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-050-2014-release

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

8/5/2014

ProMED Mail Post
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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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Food Safety Tip of the Day

Store it, don't ignore it.

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There are many important steps to take to ensure your food or product is properly stored. All potentially hazardous, ready-to-eat food stored in refrigeration should be discarded if not used within seven days of preparation. All potentially hazardous, ready-to-eat food should be labeled with the date it should be sold, consumed or discarded. Discard any food that has passed its use-by date. Produce should not be washed prior to storage.

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