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Food Poison Journal

Food Poisoning Outbreaks and Litigation: Surveillance and Analysis

Dry Eviscerated Salted Fish Recalled

ucm497551Krasnyi Oktyabr Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, is recalling Vobla (Roach) Dry Eviscerated Salted Fish and Bream Dry Eviscerated Salted Fish because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the products even if they do not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potential fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, blurred or double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing weakness of other muscles abdominal distention and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

The products were imported from Russia and sold to retail stores in New York and California from February through April 2016.

The products are sold in un-coded clear, vacuum pack plastic bags, each weighing 5.29 ounces:

  • VOBLA (ROACH) DRY EVISCERATED SALTED FISH, UPC 4606495-001308;
  • BREAM – DRY EVISCERATED SALTED FISH, UPC 4606495001346

The potential for contamination was noted after routine sampling and inspection by the US Food and Drug Administration and subsequent analysis of the Bream fish by the FDA confirmed that the Bream fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Salmonella Recall: Organic Spiced Herbal Tea

ucm497300CVS Pharmacy® announced today that it has voluntarily recalled select cases of Gold Emblem Abound™ Organic Spiced Herbal Tea following notification from the manufacturer that the product is potentially contaminated with Salmonella. An ingredient produced by the manufacturer’s raw material supplier tested positive for Salmonella in another company’s product. CVS Pharmacy’s Gold Emblem product also contains this ingredient.

The product is labeled “Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea 1.41 oz” and was packed in 1.4 oz cartons. The recalled product has a single best by date of 18 Mar 2018 with a UPC code 0 50428 541043. No other best by dates are affected. The product was available at CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide.

Salmonella is an organism that 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.

Approximately 200 units of the recalled product were sold prior to this recall. The Company is not aware of any reported cases of illness to date related to this product and it has issued this voluntary recall as a matter of precaution.

CVS Pharmacy has removed the affected products from its stores and the manufacturer has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A “do not sell” block has also been placed in the Company’s store register system to prevent further sale of these recalled items.

Fifteen Frozen Vegetable Items Recalled over Listeria

CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is voluntarily recalling fifteen frozen vegetable items that have 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.

No illnesses have been reported to date, but the company is recalling the products as a precaution. The Listeria was discovered through routine testing by state health officials in OhioListeria monocytogenes was found to be present in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and one lot of IQF organic white sweet cut corn.

Recalled items were sold in plastic bags and are marked with Use By Dates located on the back of the package. Listed below are details regarding the recalled items:

Label

Size

Item

UPC

Use By Date

True Goodness by Meijer

10 oz

Organic Petite Green Peas

7 13733 43099 9

11/26/2017

True Goodness by Meijer

10 oz

Organic White Sweet Corn

7 13733 43098 2

11/21/2017

Wellsley Farms Organic

4 lb

Organic Mixed Veg 

8 88670 01013 6

10/25/2017

Wellsley Farms Organic

4 lb

Organic Green Peas

8 88670 00997 0

2/10/2018

Wellsley Farms Organic

4 lb

Organic Green Peas

8 88670 00997 0

2/15/2018

Wellsley Farms Organic

4 lb

Organic Green Peas

8 88670 00997 0

3/17/2018

Organic by Nature – Canada

2.5 kg

Organic Green Peas

846358000619

10/22/2017

Organic by Nature – Canada

2.5 kg

Organic Green Peas

846358000619

12/3/2017

Organic by Nature – Canada

2.5 kg

Organic Green Peas

846358000619

3/16/2018

Organic by Nature

4 lb

Organic Green Peas

846358000695

10/25/2017

Organic by Nature

5 lb

Organic Green Peas

846358000633

2/15/2018

Organic by Nature

5 lb

Organic Veg Medley w/ Shelled Edamame

846358000657

2/11/2018

Organic by Nature

4 lb

Organic White Supersweet Corn

846358000701

11/19/2017

Organic by Nature

5 lb

Organic White Supersweet Corn

846358000640

9/13/2017

Schwan’s

16 oz

Organic SS Yellow & White Cut Corn

007218060433

11/16/2017

2B5320

 

We know the recalled frozen vegetables were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between September 13, 2015 and March 16 in the following states, and may be redistributed in other states nationwide: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and in British ColumbiaAlbertaManitobaSaskatchewan of Canada.

Lorigo Meating Place Recalls Hamburger over E. coli Concerns

08814dfb6f2f41d1bce6fe7dacbee6cbMeating Place, a Buffalo, N.Y., establishment, is recalling approximately 325 pounds of ground beef product that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ground beef patties were produced on April 15, 2016. The following product is subject to recall: [View Label (PDF Only)]

  • 5-lb. boxes of “LORIGO BRAND BEEF PATTIES KEEP FROZEN THE MEATING PLACE INC.” with a package code of 120106.

The product subject to recall bears establishment number “Est. 8631” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The item was shipped to retail and institutional locations in the Buffalo, NY area.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during routine in-plant review of testing results. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product.

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 to 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.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.