Posted on August 2nd, 2013
More than 50,000 pounds of ground beef packed at a Kansas plant have been recalled over fears of a possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. The ground beef was produced by National Beef Co. on July 18 and sold to retailers, wholesalers and food service distributors across the country, the USDA said. An investigation determined National Beef was the sole supplier of the beef that tested positive for E. coli, the USDA said. No reports of illness have been linked to the beef, according to the USDA. The E. coli was detected during routine government monitoring and limited to one 10-pound package of ground beef, according to the company, National Beef Packing Co. in Liberal, Kan.
“We encourage customers to check their refrigerators and freezers for the recalled item and to immediately discard the product or bring it back to their store,” Brian Wright, a company spokesman, said in a statement. “Customers who purchased the product may visit their neighborhood Winn-Dixie to request a full refund, no questions asked.”
Here’s a list of all the products involved in the general beef recall:
- 80 percent lean/20 percent fat fine ground chuck
- 85/15 fine ground beef
- 90/10 fine ground beef or sirloin
- 93/ 7 fine ground beef
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Posted on July 10th, 2013
Following Consumer Reports’ January investigation that found arsenic in apple and grape juices, they recently tested more than 200 samples of a wide variety of rice products, including white and brown rice, cakes, crackers and cereals. Often, rice cereal is a baby’s first solid food, raising concerns about not only what we put into our own bodies, but what we’re feeding our children. Many household brands, including those aimed at the gaining gluten-free market were found to contain measurable amounts of arsenic in its two forms. While both the organic and inorganic forms are harmful, inorganic arsenic is a human carcinogen and has been known to cause skin, lung, and bladder cancer. Following these reports, the USA Rice Federation fired back, claiming that there are no documented adverse health effects from ingesting rice containing arsenic. Meanwhile, local organic food supporters are not surprised at the find. ”Why are we seeing arsenic pop up in our food? Because it’s in our water, in our soil. How did it get there? We put it there,” Home Grown Foods Owner Amanda Owen told KY3 in an interview. The report says the remnants of lead-arsenate insecticides used years ago lingers in the soil–even though they were banned in the 80′s. “It’s important to know where your food is coming from, who grew it and how,” Owen said. While arsenic can leave the body in a day or two once consumption has ceased, long-term continous exposure to low doses of arsenic may change the way cells communicate, and reduce their ability to function. It could potentially play a role in the development of diabetes, vascular disease and lung disease as well as the previously mentioned cancers.
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Posted on March 15th, 2013
Following a massive recall issued by Taylor Farms Retail Inc., the outbreak has reached a total of 39 states, nearly 80% of the country, including: Wyoming, Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, Nebraska, North Carolina, Montana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Maryland, Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Hawaii, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Colorado, California, Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, Alaska, Washington and Oregon. While the CDC only reports 33 cases over five states, 13 of those have resulted in hospitalizations. The affected products include five-ounce packages of Simple Truth Organic Baby Spinach with UPC 0-11110-91128-5 and “Best By” date of 2/24/2013, as well as 16-ounce trays of Taylor Farms Organic Baby Spinach with UPC 0-30223-04780-3 and “Best By” date of 2/24/2013.
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Posted on March 7th, 2013
Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC has issued a voluntary recall on various canned tuna products due to a manufacturing error that prevented the cans from meeting safety standards set by the company. Cans that do not meet seam standards could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or by pathogens, which could lead to illness if consumed. The specific product being recalled is Chicken of the Sea Brand 5-ounce chunk white albacore tuna in water sold at retail locations nationwide in single cans between February 4, 2013 and February 27, 2013.
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Posted on February 15th, 2013
A voluntary recall has been issued by Taylor Farms Retail Inc. for various products that could potentially be contaminated with E. coli. Two of the products shipped to Missouri specifically are the 5 oz. and 16 oz. Organic Baby Spinach trays, though other states are affected. The Taylor Farms website has not recieved any reports of illness at this time, but if you have experienced complications relating to these products, seek medical attention immediately.
Escherichia coli, or E. coli, is an extremely diverse group of bacteria found in most human and animals’ intestinal tracts. Only a few of these varieties are referred to as ‘Shiga toxin-producing E. coli’ or STEC, the pathotype most commonly heard about in the news. Anyone can be infected, though young children and the elderly are more likely to develop severe illness. Symptoms of a STEC infection range from mild stomach cramps to diarrhea and vomitting. More serious cases can lead to potentially life-threatening kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). Signs that a person may be developing HUS include fatigue, decreased urination, and loss of color inside cheeks and lower eyelids. Most people suffering with HUS recover within a few weeks, but some may suffer permanent damage or even death.
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Posted on February 8th, 2013
In the last month, multiple U.S. food-processing companies have been forced to recall various products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the bacterium responsible for causing Listeriosis. A few of the companies on the list are; Sprouters Northwest, GoldCoast Salads, Whole Foods Market, Knott’s Fine Foods Inc., and Delifish. The affected products range anywhere from cream cheese bagels and packaged chicken salads to cold smoked fish products and assorted sprouts, such as alfalfa, clover, etc.
Complications resulting from exposure to the Listeria bacteria are host-specific and can vary greatly from one case to the next. Most people experience symptoms commonly associated with ‘food poisoning’ such as fever and body aches, usually preceded by nausea or other gastrointestinal issues. That being said, listeriosis is considered an ‘invasive’ infection, meaning it can move beyond the gastrointestinal tract and infect other parts of the body. Those most at risk are older adults, children, and those with immunodeficient conditions. These people are susceptible to the normal symptoms as well as septicemia and meningitis in some cases. Pregnant women experience the same symptoms, but the stakes are higher as infection can also result in miscarriage, still birth, and premature delivery. Even babies that make it to term are at risk for serious infections, such as bacteremia and meningitis.
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Posted on August 20th, 2012
Atlanta — The Centers for Disease Control is collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections. Joint investigation efforts indicate that cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana is a likely source of this outbreak. As a result of the initial investigations by the state health departments in Indiana and Kentucky, a farm in southwestern Indiana has contacted its distributors, which reach outside Indiana into other states, and is withdrawing its cantaloupe from the market place.The farm has agreed to cease distributing cantaloupes for the rest of the growing season.
Public health investigators are using DNA “fingerprints” of Salmonella bacteria obtained through diagnostic testing with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, or PFGE, to identify cases of illness that may be part of this outbreak. They are using data from PulseNet, the national subtyping network made up of state and local public health laboratories and federal food regulatory laboratories that performs molecular surveillance of foodborne infections.
A total of 141 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 20 states. The number of ill people identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (7), Arkansas (3), California (2), Georgia (1), Illinois (17), Indiana (13), Iowa (7), Kentucky (50), Michigan (6), Minnesota (3), Missouri (9), Mississippi (2), New Jersey (1), North Carolina (3), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (6), Texas (1), and Wisconsin (2).
Among persons for whom information is available, illness onset dates range from July 7, 2012 to August 4, 2012. Ill persons range in age from less than 1 to 92 years, with a median age of 49 years old. Fifty-five percent of ill persons are female. Among 64 persons with available information, 31 (48%) patients reported being hospitalized. Two deaths have been reported in Kentucky.
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Posted on April 11th, 2012
An article by the Columbian Daily Tribune has reported that two more individuals have become ill with e coli in Central Missouri. The article reads as follows:
Raw dairy products are cited as a “possible risk factor” in two more cases of a strain of E. coli that has now sickened seven people in Central Missouri.
State health officials reported yesterday that the same strain of E. coli bacteria has been confirmed in infections in Boone, Howard, Cooper and Camden counties. Three of the cases, including a 2-year-old girl who is still hospitalized, are in Boone County.
Five of the E. coli victims are adults. The hospitalized 2-year-old, in addition to a 17-month-old in another county, developed symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a severe condition that can lead to permanent kidney damage.
Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. A fever is sometimes present but is not high. State health officials said most patients’ symptoms improve in five to seven days, but some patients go on to develop HUS, usually about a week after the diarrhea starts.
Gena Terlizzi, public information officer for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said consumption of raw dairy products has been identified as a “possible risk factor in some of these cases.” State and county health officials haven’t positively identified the source of the E. coli outbreak.
Terlizzi did not say whether other possible sources of contamination were being investigated.
Current Missouri law provides a limited exception to state milk inspection laws for farmers to sell raw milk or cream directly to consumers. Geni Alexander, public information officer for the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, said a bill now under consideration in the Missouri Senate, SB 841, would expand the exception to allow a farmer to sell as much as 100 gallons of raw milk or cream per day at a farmers market.
The city/county health department advises consumers to avoid consumption of any raw dairy product. Alexander said raw milk producers are not subject to inspection by the local health department, which does not track or have a list of people who sell raw milk.
The only time local inspectors would encounter raw dairy products would be during an inspection of a retail food establishment, including farmers markets, mobile food markets and restaurants.
“If we find raw milk at a retail food establishment, we order it destroyed,” Alexander said.
Christine Tew, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Agriculture, said in jurisdictions where the sale of raw milk or cream is allowed, producers must first apply to the State Milk Board for a permit. The permit requires compliance with bottling, capping and labeling regulations. Tew said the only permitted facility in Missouri is located in Galena.
Read more: http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2012/apr/11/two-more-cases-of-e-coli-found-in-central-missouri/
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Posted on April 10th, 2012
Missouri state health officials have confirmed that five people from central Missouri, including two toddlers, have become contaminated with E coli since March. Although the exact cause of the contamination is yet to be known, health officials did say that three of the patients reportedly ingested raw dairy products. The health department says that the two year and seventeen month old remain hospitalized with life-threatening conditions affecting their kidneys. The other cases are from Cooper and Howard counties.
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Posted on February 26th, 2012
The first of what is expected to several lawsuits have been filed by an Iowa woman against Jimmy John’s for tainted sprouts. The woman is claiming she become ill after eating the sprouts. Heather Tuttle, 27, is seeking compensation from Jimmy Johns for her medical expenses and paing and suffering.
Heather is one of 12 individuals from Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Wisconsion who became ill after consuming the sprouts between December 25th and January 15. This includes several local Springfield, MO residents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that a preliminary investigation identified a common lot of clover seeds that were used to grow the tainted sprouts. The CDC said the seed supplier had warned Jimmy Johns to stop using them.
This is not the first time Jimmy Johns has been involved with sprout related illnesses. Since 2008, over 400 people have complained of illness due to sprouts.
Federal regulators warn against eating raw sprouts, which are one of the most frequent perpetrators of foodborne illness. Though they are often touted as a health food, sprouts grow in warm and humid conditions, which encourage bacterial growth.
As this food poisoning outbreak has reached the Ozarks, many individuals from the surrounding Springfield, Missouri area have been affected with e. coli.
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