Category Archives: food recall

USA – Pillsbury Bread Flour Recalled For Possible E. coli Contamination

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Hometown Food Company is recalling specific lot codes of Pillsbury Bread Flour for possible E. coli contamination. This product was made by ADM Milling Company at the mill in Buffalo, New York. Some of the wheat used to make this product has been linked to an E. coli O26 outbreak that has sickened 17 people in 8 states. No illnesses have been associated with this specific recalled product.

Some lots of King Arthur all-purpose flour, and all lots of 5 pound bags of ALDI Baker’s Corner flour have been recalled in association with this issue. All of these products were manufactured at ADM Milling.

The recall is for 4,620 cases of Pillsbury Best Bread Flour in 5 pound bags. It was distributed to a limited number of retailers and distributors in these states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The recalled product has one UPC number, 0 5150020031 5. One of the bags has lot code 8 342 and use by date of JUN 08 2020. The other has lot code 8 343, and use by date JUN 09 2020.

All other Pillsbury bread flour products with other UPC numbers, best by dates, and lot codes are not affected by this recall. Best if used by dates are  printed on the side of the package below the Nutrition Facts Panel.

USA – WinCo Frozen Red Raspberries Recalled For Norovirus

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WinCo Foods of Boise, Idaho is recalling frozen red raspberries that were manufactured by Rader Farms of Bellingham, Washington, because the product may be contaminated with norovirus. Norovirus is highly contagious, and causes symptoms of vomiting, watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and nausea. No  illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall.

Sweden – New outbreak of Yersinia infection is being investigated

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In Sweden, the National Institute of Public Health, or Folkhälsomyndigheten is reporting a new outbreak of infections caused by Yersinia enterocolitica type O3. The source of infection is still unknown.

So far, 26 cases of disease have been confirmed to belong to the outbreak by means of whole-genome sequencing. Another handful of cases are investigated. Since the current outbreak strain of Yersinia enterocolitica type O3 has been found in different parts of the country, it is likely that a food borne infection. The current outbreak strain differs from the one that caused a Yersinia outbreak earlier in the spring.During the middle of May, an number of reported cases of Yersinia infection has been seen in Sweden. Seven regions from different parts of the country have reported cases, but the majority of cases come from the northernmost regions of the country.

Australia – The Egg Basket the seventh company to recall eggs due to Salmonella contamination

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FOUR brands of eggs in NSW are the latest to issue a recall due to a salmonella enteritidis contamination.

Wholesale company The Egg Basket conducted a recall of Country Fresh Eggs, Just Eggs, Chefs Choice Free Range and Chefs Choice Cage Free eggs on Friday.

The eggs were sold directly from the business in Kemps Creek and at Flemington Markets in NSW and can be identified by use-by dates of 14 June, 20 June, 24 June, 29 June, 5 July, 9 July or by the stamp eb24449 on the shell.

USA – Delaware Warns Consumers Against Raw Milk After Brucellosis Case

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The Delaware Division of Public Health is warning consumers to avoid consuming raw dairy products as a woman living in Sussex County has been diagnosed with a Brucella melitensis infection. This illness affects people who come into contact with sick animals or contaminated animal products.

Research – Prevention of Foodborne Cyclospora Outbreaks

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In the spring and summer of 2018, Fresh Express and other fresh produce suppliers were linked to a Cyclospora cayetanensis outbreak — with U.S.-grown fresh produce samples testing positive for the parasite. To address this issue, Fresh Express formed the Blue-Ribbon Panel on the Prevention of Foodborne Cyclospora Outbreaks, comprising scientists with deep expertise in the biology of the organism, food safety, outbreak response, and public health. The panel was charged with studying the parasite and identifying controls to limit further C. cayetanensis– associated outbreaks. After a November 2018 in-person meeting, the Blue-Ribbon Panel formed four working groups that continued to work on C. cayetanensis specific issues related to root-cause assessment, preventive measures/controls, collaborative approach, and testing
validation over the next several months. This report contains the working groups’ preliminary findings, recommendations, and continuing priorities to more effectively prevent and control C. cayetanensis outbreaks going forward.

 

UK – Update on listeria cases being investigated

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The Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland are continuing to investigate foods linked to listeria infections in hospitals.

There continues to only be cases in England.

All products linked to the cases have been withdrawn and food chain investigations continue.

Listeria is widespread in the environment and can contaminate a range of foods. However, all reported cases of listeria linked to food production are fully investigated to ensure public safety is being protected.

Low levels of listeria are legally permitted in some foods. The risk to the general population is low and infections are rare.

To date, all of the cases linked to this incident have involved people from vulnerable groups in healthcare organisations who were being treated for existing medical conditions.

North Country Quality Foods, which supplies meats produced by North Country Cooked Meats, took action once a link was confirmed to withdraw products that might pose a risk of listeria infection. This withdrawal notification instructed businesses not to use the food or distribute it further. North Country Cooked Meats and North Country Quality Foods both remain closed.

The Good Food Chain, who were supplied with ingredients from North Country Cooked Meats, has withdrawn all products from hospitals and other businesses and has ceased production.

Dr Colin Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer at the FSA said:

‘Our sympathies remain with the families of the patients who have tragically passed away.

‘We have taken action along with local authorities to minimise the risk based on the evidence so far.

‘The FSA will continue to investigate the cause of the outbreak to prevent a reoccurrence.’