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October 8, 2020: Salmonella Newport Onion Outbreak Declared Over

Salmonella Newport Onion Outbreak News – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an update on the Salmonella Newport onion outbreak advising that it appears to be over. The outbreak stemmed from onions distributed by Thomson International. Taylor Farms and Giant Eagle also recalled products containing the affected onions. Salmonella Newport Onion Outbreak Information On October 8, 2020, the FDA declared that the Salmonella Newport onion outbreak to be over. The recalled onion products should no longer be available for purchase in stores. Some of the affected onions may still be in possession of consumers or in restaurants, especially if they were frozen. Accordingly, consumers should be vigilant about any onions affected by this outbreak. Per the FDA update,  “Although the outbreak is being declared over, the FDA will continue its root cause investigation and will communicate any findings that could assist future prevention Read More

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October 5, 2020: FDA Update on Salmonella Stanley Outbreak

Salmonella Stanley Mushroom Outbreak News – Per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has completed genetic testing which determined that the ongoing Salmonella Stanley outbreak is linked to the recalled mushroom products from Wismettac Asian Foods. The FDA’s last update was on September 24, 2020. Salmonella Stanley Mushroom Outbreak Information On October 1, 2020, the CDPH reported that whole genome sequencing (genetic testing) confirmed that the Salmonella present in the mushroom samples matched the current outbreak strain. Currently, the last onset of illness date was August 26, 2020. There are 43 total reported illnesses, with 4 hospitalizations, from ten states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The affected mushroom products have been confirmed to have been distributed in the following states (and DC): AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, Read More

October 1, 2020: Country Fresh Chunk Watermelon Recall Issued For Potential Listeria Contamination

Country Fresh Chunk Watermelon Recall Announced After FDA Inspection Detects Listeria On Packing Equipment. Country Fresh is recalling chunk watermelon from select stores due to the potential for Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) product contamination.  The chunk watermelon recall was prompted after the FDA detected Listeria on equipment used in packing the product. The FDA made these findings during a recent inspection. Country Fresh Chunk Watermelon Recall Information The Country Fresh chunk watermelon recall affects product codes of watermelon items shipped directly to RaceTrac and Walmart’s retail distribution centers stores in certain stores located in Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas (See Company Recall Announcement). The product was packaged in a variety of clam shell containers. The best-if-used by dates of October 2, 3, and 4, 2020 and the SKUs are as follows: “Walmart – Freshness GuaranteedWatermelon 4 x 10 oz – Read More

September 25, 2020: Allison Breast Center Monument Radiology Safety Alert Issued For Mammography Problems Reports FDA

Allison Breast Center Monument Radiology Safety Alert Announced – This Safety Alert is intended for Patients, Health Professionals, Risk Managers, and Radiology. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a safety alert for patients who had mammograms at the Allison Breast Center at Monument Radiology, located in Richmond, Virginia, on or after June 17, 2018, due to possible problems with the quality of their mammograms. Allison Breast Center Monument Radiology Safety Alert Background Information – According to the FDA, the facility did not meet the standards for mammography quality under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) of 1992.  Therefore, the facility may not legally perform mammography at this time, as it does not have an active MQSA certificate reported the FDA. On August 27, 2020, the FDA directed the facility to notify all patients who received mammograms at Read More

September 24, 2020: Salmonella Mushroom Outbreak- Salmonella Stanley Infections Linked To Wood Ear Mushrooms

Public health officials have alerted the public to an ongoing Salmonella mushroom outbreak and mushroom recall. Restaurants should not sell or serve recalled mushrooms cautions the FDA. Salmonella Mushroom Outbreak The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health officials together, are investigating an ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella Stanley infections likely linked to eating wood ear mushrooms.  The mushrooms linked to the outbreak were imported by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, California. Wood ear mushrooms are a dried mushroom, often labelled or referred to as Kikurage, Dried Black Fungus, Dried Fungus, or Mu’er/Mu Er/Mu-Err. Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. Announces Mushroom Recall On September 23, 2020, Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. issued a recall for all Shirakiku brand imported Dried Fungus (also known as Black Fungus or Read More

September 23, 2020: Wismettac Asian Foods Issues Recall for Dried Fungus Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Wismettac Asian Foods Dried Fungus Recall News – Wismettac Asian Food, Inc., of Santa Fe Springs, CA, has initiated a recall for its Shirakiku brand imported Dried Fungus (also known as Black Fungus or Kikurage) due to a potential Salmonella contamination. Wismettac Asian Food Dried Fungus Recall Information On September 23, 2020, Wismettac Asian Foods issued a recall for its dried fungus product due to a possible Salmonella contamination. The affected dried fungus product was distributed to restaurants in AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, Washington DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NC, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, and British Columbia in Canada. The recalled dried fungus product is called Black Fungus (Kikurage), with item number 60403, pack size of 5 lb., and UPC Code 00074410604035. Wismettac Read More

Septmeber 17, 2020: Acella Pharmaceuticals Issues Thyroid Tablet Recall Due To Sub Potency

Acella Pharmaceutical Thyroid Tablet Recall announced on September 17, 2020. Acella Pharmaceuticals, LLC recalled one lot each of the company’s 15-mg and 120-mg NP Thyroid®, Thyroid Tablets, after testing found these lots to be sub potent. The company stated that the product may have as low as 87% of the labeled amount of the medication, levothyroxine (T4). Acella Pharmaceuticals issued the following risk statement as part of the thyroid tablet recall: “Patients being treated for hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), who receive sub potent NP Thyroid®, may experience signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) which may include, fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, puffy face, hair loss, slow heart rate, depression, swelling of the thyroid gland and/or unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight. There is reasonable risk of serious injury in newborn infants or pregnant women with hypothyroidism Read More

September 17, 2020: Blue Bell Creameries Ordered To Pay $17.25 Million In Criminal Penalties Following 2015 Listeria Outbreak

Ice cream manufacturer, Blue Bell Creameries L.P., has been ordered by a federal court in Texas to pay $17.25 million in criminal penalties for shipping Listeria contaminated products linked to a deadly 2015 listeriosis outbreak. In May 2020, Blue Bell Creameries pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of distributing adulterated ice cream products.  The $17.25 million fine is the largest criminal penalty imposed following a conviction in a food safety case, and was reported by the Justice Department to be consistent with the terms of a please agreement previous filed in the case. “American consumers must be able to trust that the foods they purchase are safe to eat,” said an Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.  “The sentence imposed today sends a clear message to food manufacturers that the Department of Justice Read More

August 25, 2020: Russ Davis Wholesale Recalls Peaches and Peach Salsa due to Salmonella Outbreak

Russ Davis Peach Recall News – Russ Davis Wholesale has issued a recall for peach salsa products under the Crazy Fresh and Quick & Easy brands due to a possible Salmonella contamination linked to the ongoing Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak. To date, Prima Wawona and ALDI, among others, have issued recalls for peach products due to the ongoing outbreak. Russ Davis Wholesale Peach Recall Information On August 25, 2020, Russ Davis Wholesale recalled its peach salsa products due to potential Salmonella contamination. This recall is in association with the Prima Wawona recall of peaches on August 22, 2020. The affected peach products can be found in the table at the bottom of this post. The recalled peach salsa products were delivered to retail stores in MN, WI, ND, SD, MI, IA, NE, and WY. Some containers of recalled peach salsa may have been purchased from Read More

August 24, 2020: FDA Issues New Update for Ongoing Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Peaches

Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak Update News – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the CDC, state, and local partners, is continuing to investigate  a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to peach products. To date, Prima Wawona and ALDI have issued recalls for peach products linked to the ongoing outbreak. The FDA’s last update was on August 22, 2020. Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak Update Information On August 24, 2020, FDA and CDC officials issued an update stating that the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued public health and consumer advisories reporting cases in Canada related to the ongoing outbreak in the United States. Further, they warned consumers to avoid eating recalled Prima Wawona peaches. The FDA’s traceback investigative team is working to identify the source of the ongoing Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak. FDA officials will continue to update the Read More

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