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April 12, 2020: Salmonella Hader Outbreak Linked to Ground Turkey

Salmonella outbreak linked to ground turkey news – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS), along with other state and local agencies, have announced that there is a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Hader linked to ground turkey. Information on Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ground Turkey As of April 12, 2021, the CDC has reported 28 people, across 12 states, have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Hader linked to several ground turkey products. The CDC, USDA-FSIS, and state and local officials are continuing their investigation of this multi-state Salmonella outbreak, but epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback data point to ground turkey as the source of the illnesses. Officials are continuing to investigate this outbreak. The affected ground turkey products are: Nature’s Promise (94% lean, 6% fat) – 1 lb. Read More

February 12, 2021: Multit-State Listeria Outbreak Possibly Linked to Hispanic-Style Fresh and Soft Cheeses

Hispanic-Style Cheese Listeria Outbreak News – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an investigation into a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) infections potentially linked to Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses. Hispanic-Style Cheese Listeria Outbreak Information On February 12, 2021, the FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local partners, announced an investigation into a multi-state Listeria outbreak possibly linked to Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses. The FDA has begun its investigation and is in the process of collecting information to try to determine the origins of this Listeria outbreak. CDC analysis of available epidemiologic information has indicated that Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses may be the cause of the illnesses. Although, no specific brand or type of cheese have been confirmed as the source of the Listeria outbreak. According to the CDC, there have Read More

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February 8, 2021: Shenandoah Growers, Inc Issues Recall of Specific Imported Organic Basil due to Cyclospora

Shenandoah Growers, Inc. Organic Basil Recall News – Shenandoah Growers, Inc. has issued a recall for approximately 3,240 units of its branded fresh cut, packaged organic basil clamshells due to a possible Cyclospora contamination. Shenandoah Growers, Inc. Organic Basil Recall Information On February 8, 2021, Shenandoah Growers, of Harrisonburg, VA, recalled 3,240 units of its fresh cut, packaged organic basil clamshells, packed at its Indianapolis, IN location, due to traces of Cyclospora. The affected product originated in Colombia and was harvested by Puerto Vallarta Herbs SAS (Farm) and imported by Vallarta Organics LLC dba Organic Destiny. Organic basic products affected by this recall were distributed to various retail stores, between 2/3/21 to 2/4/21, in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. A table of the Organic Basil affected by this recall can be found at Read More

December 22, 2020: Leafy Greens E. Coli Outbreak Investigation

Leafy Greens E. Coli Outbreak News – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), along with state and local agencies, have investigated a nationwide outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 infections occurring in Fall 2020. Their investigation found that the illnesses were linked to leafy greens. Leafy Greens E. Coli Outbreak Information On December 22, 2020, the CDC announced that their investigation into the E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak appears to be over. Accordingly to epidemiology and traceback investigation, the FDA and CDC were able to determine that the E. coli outbreak was linked to leafy greens. These tests were not able to determine a specific type of leafy green that caused the illnesses. The FDA and CDC had announced this E. coli outbreak originally on October 28, 2020. Through tests and research, this E. Read More

November 12, 2020: Investigation Launched by FDA & CDC for E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Recalled Romaine Lettuce

E. coli Single Head Romaine Lettuce Outbreak News – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), along with state and local partners, have announced an investigation into illnesses related to a multi-state outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. Tanimura & Antle, Inc. recalled its romaine lettuce product on November 6, 2020. E. coli Single Head Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Information On November 12, 2020, FDA and CDC officials announced an investigation into multiple E. coli illnesses reported across several states linked to single head romaine lettuce. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) reported on November 6 that they collected a routine sample of romaine lettuce for testing. The sample came back positive for E. coli 0157:H7 and whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis determined that the E. coli 0157:H7 present in the sample matched Read More

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 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 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

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