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Jenis Ice Cream Had Troubles in 2008 Before Listeria Recall

snba-dining-jenis_0-300x284In 2008 the FDA inspected Jenis plant and found:

  • Effective measures are not being taken to exclude pests from the processing areas.
  • Failure to provide adequate screening or other protection against pests.
  • Employees in contact with food-contact surfaces and food-packaging materials were not maintaining adequate personal cleanliness.
  • Plumbing constitutes a source of contamination to food and equipment.Storage or use of toxic materials which are not required to maintain clean and sanitary conditions, arc unnecessary for use in laboratory testing procedures, are unnecessary for plant and equipment maintenance, and are unnecessary for use in plant operations.
  • Employees were observed to be drinking beverages in areas were food is exposed and equipment or utensils are washed.
  • Failure to wear beard covers and hair restraints where appropriate.
  • Lack of backflow protection from piping systems that discharge waste water and sewage.

And, in 2015 after Missouri Department of Agriculture found Listeria in finished product the FDA inspected Jenis again and this time found:

  • Responsibility for assuring compliance with current good manufacturing practices relating to personnel has not been assigned to competent supervisory personnel.
  • Failure to perform microbial testing where necessary to identify sanitation failures and possible food contamination.
  • Failure to provide sufficient space for placement o f equipment and storage o f materials as necessary for the maintenance o f sanitary operations and the production of safe food.
  • Failure to maintain buildings, fixtures, or other physical facilities in a sanitary condition.
  • Non food-contact equipment in manufacturing and food handling areas is not constructed so that it can be kept in a clean condition.
  • The design and workmanship o f equipment does not allow proper cleaning.
  • Failure to store raw materials in a manner that protects against contamination.
  • Failure to operate fans and other air-blowing equipment in a manner that minimizes the potential for contaminating food and food-contact surfaces.
  • All reasonable precautions are not taken to ensure that production procedures do not contribute contamination from any source.
  • Suitable outer garments are not worn that protect against contamination of food, food contact surfaces, and food packaging materials.
  • Failure to perform filling and packaging in a manner that protects food from becoming contaminated.

Beef Recalled Over E. coli Worry

thZYK Enterprises, Inc. a Duvall, WA establishment, is recalling 2,522 pounds of boneless veal trim and whole veal muscle cut products 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 following boneless veal trim and whole veal muscle cuts produced from January 2-23, 2015, are subject to recall:

60 lb. bulk boxes of boneless veal trim with a package produced date of January 5, 2015.
60 lb. bulk boxes of boneless veal trim with a package produced date of January 20, 2015.
Various size bulk boxes ranging from 22 to 63 lb. of boneless veal trim and whole muscle cuts with multiple package dates from January 2-8 through January 23, 2015.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 9325” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the boxes.

The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel while reviewing records following a positive test for E. coli O157:H7 on May 15, 2015.  A subsequent review of test records indicated that the company failed to report positive tests on January 6, 2015 and January 20, 2015. Product from these lots was shipped for further processing to wholesale establishments in California, Massachusetts, and Washington state.

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Canada Recalls E. coli Tainted Ground Beef

killarney-ground-beefThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning of possible E. coli contamination from ground beef sold by Killarney Market at 2611 East 49th Avenue.

The Vancouver store is voluntarily recalling its ground beef.

The CFIA says people should not consume the recalled products with sell dates between May 5 and May 11, 2015.

The recalled products include:

  • Killarney Market Lean Ground Beef, UPC starts with 200089.
  • Killarney Market Lean Ground Beef Family Pack, UPC starts with 200115.
  • Killarney Market Extra Lean Ground Beef Less than 10% Fat, UPC starts with 200117.
  • Killarney Market Extra Lean Ground Variable Beef Family Pack, UPC starts with 200119.
  • Killarney Market 100% Hormone Free Black Angus Lean Ground Beef, UPC starts with 200820.

The CFIA says recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea.

In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or suffer permanent kidney damage. Death can occur in severe cases.

The CFIA says so far there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the recalled beef.

Sprouts Recalled Over Listeria

Good Seed Inc. of Springfield, Virginia has issued a recall of soybean and mung bean sprouts for possible listeria contamination.

The company issued the recall on its one-, two- and ten-pound products produced on or after April 1.

The contamination was discovered after sampling by the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Safety Program.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections in people with weakened immune systems.

Healthy individuals may suffer from high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In pregnant women, listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

Consumers who bought the soybean and mung bean sprouts in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey or North Carolina should return them to the store for a full refund.

This is the second recall for soybean sprouts from a company in Virginia.

On April 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a recall for soybean sprouts produced by Henry’s Farms Inc., in Woodford.

That recall was also due to listeria contamination for products produced on or after March 24 and sold in Virginia or Maryland.

Continue reading for a list of the Good Seed Inc. products that have been recalled:

1-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC Code of “21111 10035” produced on or after April 1, 2015.
2-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC Code of “21112 58772” produced on or after April 1, 2015.
10-lb bags of soybean sprouts in black plastic bags labeled with a sticker “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” produced on or after April 1, 2015.
1-lb bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC code of “21111 20136” produced on or after April 1, 2015.
2-lb bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC code of “21111 25871” produced on or after April 1, 2015.
10-lb bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled with a sticker “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” produced on or after April 1, 2015.

Canada Issues Apple Listeria Recall From 10 US States

ucm445394Sun Rich Fresh Foods Inc. of Richmond, BC, Canada is voluntarily recalling sliced apple and products containing sliced apples, from its Northeast Fresh Facility located in Brampton, ON, Canada because they 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.

Apple slices and products containing sliced apples were distributed to IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, OH, WI and WV through retail stores, distributors and food service establishments. The recall is limited to product produced out of the Brampton, ON Canada facility, which is identified by a 7-digit numerical lot code that begins with the number 2.

The voluntary recall was the result of an abundance of caution by Sun Rich following a routine sampling program by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) which revealed that the finished products possibly contained the bacteria.

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home or establishment. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

Fisher Nuts Recalled for Salmonella – Again

Fisher-Nuts-329x169-300x154John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (JBSS) announced today that it is voluntarily recalling Fisher brand chopped walnuts packaged in 10 ounce plastic bags because some of these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Consumers who have recently purchased the items with the BEST BY DATES listed in the table below at retail stores located nationwide and in Puerto Rico should not consume this product. The BEST BY DATES can be found on the back of the bags.

To date, JBSS has not received any reports of illnesses in connection with the items listed above.

This voluntary recall is the result of a routine sampling program conducted by the FDA in the retail marketplace which revealed that a 10 ounce package of Fisher brand chopped walnuts contained Salmonella.

I think I have heard this before:

2014 John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Fisher Brand 8 oz. Chopped Walnuts and Fisher Brand 8 oz. Pecan Cookie Pieces Because of Possible Health Risk

2010 John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Snack Mix and Cashew Products Due to Possible Health Risk

2009 John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. Expands Voluntary Recall to Include Raw Shelled Pistachio Products and Products Containing Raw Shelled Pistachios Due to Possible Health Risk

Salmonella is an organism, which 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.

E. coli Recall of Hamburger

Skyline Provisions, Inc., a Harvey, Ill., establishment, is recalling 1,029 pounds of beef products contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Produced between April 15-25, 2015, the following products are subject to recall:

17 ½ boxes of Aurora Packers Intact Beef Round Flats

On April 15, 2015, Skyline sold the product under their D&S label (Establishment number: 19300), ground and tested one and a half cases of the product. On April 21, 2015, these products were found positive for E. coli O157:H7. The remaining intact, products were sold to Jack & Pat’s Old Fashioned Market in Chicago Ridge, Ill., where the product was ground and sold in various amounts of ground chuck patties, ground chuck, ground round, sirloin patties and porter house patties.

FSIS discovered the problem during a routine sampling program. Neither FSIS nor the company received any reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may have been sold and stored in consumers’ freezers.

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 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.

Frozen Wegetables Recalled Over Listeria

Inventure Foods, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of certain varieties of its Fresh Frozen™ line of frozen vegetables as well as select varieties of its Jamba “At Home” line of smoothie kits due to finding of Listeria monocytogenes, in its Jefferson, GA facility. Listeria is an organism that can cause 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.

These recalled products did not test positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and there are no known illnesses linked to consumption of Fresh Frozen IQF frozen vegetables or Jamba “At Home” smoothies to date. However, Inventure Foods has decided to err on the side of utmost caution and issue a voluntary recall because Listeria monocytogenes was detected in the facility during routine testing.

The Fresh Frozen products being recalled are distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts, mass merchandise stores and supermarkets in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Jamba “At Home” smoothies’ products being recalled are distributed to retail outlets, including mass merchandise stores and supermarkets east of the Mississippi River. Only specific Jamba “At Home” branded products are involved in this recall. No other Jamba® branded products are affected.

Salmonella Warning: Pennsylvania Agriculture Department Warns Consumers to Discard Raw Milk Purchased at Lancaster County Dairy

Consumers who purchased raw milk from Ben K. Stoltzfus, Breezy Meadows Dairy, 2457 Stumptown Road, Bird-In-Hand, PA 17505 should discard it immediately due to Salmonella contamination.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today said raw milk collected during required routine sampling by a commercial laboratory on April 7, 2015 tested positive for the bacteria.

Breezy Meadows, owned by Ben K. Stoltzfus, sells directly to consumers at an on-farm retail store. The packaged raw milk is sold in one-gallon and ½-gallon plastic containers. Approximately 80 gallons of raw milk were sold between April 7 and April 15, 2015. The plastic containers are not labeled.

Agriculture officials have ordered the owner to stop sale of all raw milk until further notice. Two samples taken at least 24 hours apart must test negative for pathogens before the farm can resume raw milk sales.

Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized.

Pennsylvania law allows farms to sell raw milk, but requires the farms to be permitted and inspected by the Department of Agriculture to reduce health risks associated with unpasteurized products.

When an incident of contamination is discovered, the department’s milk sanitarian works with the raw milk permit holder to educate them on where the issue occurred and how to find a solution.

Symptoms of Salmonellosis usually appear within 12 to 72 hours after consumption and include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and vomiting that can last anywhere from four to seven days.

For more information about salmonella, visit www.about-salmonella.com

To date, the Pennsylvania Health Department is not aware of any illnesses related to these products. Any person who consumed raw milk from Breezy Meadows Dairy and has symptoms should consult their physician, visit their local health center or call 877-PA HEALTH (714-3258).

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Salmonella Prompts Nuts to be Recalled

recall-signWhole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling packaged raw macadamia nuts due to possible Salmonella contamination. Salmonella is an organism which 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, 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.

The product was labeled as “Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts” and was packaged in 11 oz. plastic tubs. The recalled product has a best-by date of Feb. 4, 2016 and a UPC code of 7695862059-1.

Recalled items were sold in AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, KS, LA, NM, NV, OK, TX, and UT Whole Foods Market Stores.

Hines Nut Company, Dallas, TX, today announced a voluntary recall of WALNUT HALVES & PIECES, Lot Number 6989.  The product was supplied by GOLD STATE NUT COMPANY of Biggs, CA, and packaged by Hines Nut Company. There is a possibility these nuts may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those 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.

The product was packaged and distributed as follows:

HINES NUT BRAND

  • 128 cases, 25 trays per carton, in black foam trays with a Green and Gold Label
  • Tray weight of 16 ounces
  • Packaged  March 3, 2015
  • Lot Number 6989 printed on label
  • Best Buy Date of 12.28.15
  • UPC 07826406516-5

Distributed in Texas via Randalls Food Stores