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E. coli is Just in Time for the Summer BBQ – Steak and Hamburger Recalled

mechanical-tenderizerLombardi Brothers Meats, a Denver, Colo. establishment, is recalling approximately 26,975 pounds of tenderized steak and ground beef 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 tenderized steak and ground beef products with generic labeling were produced between June 12 and June 30, 2015. The following products are subject to recall:

Various catch weights of “BEEF BALL TIP STK CAB”
Various catch weights of “BEEF TOP SIRLOIN STK CAB”
Various catch weights of “BEEF TOP SIRLOIN STK CAB BASEBALL”
Various catch weights of “BEEF COUNTRY CLUB SIRLOIN CAB”
Various catch weights of “BEEF TOP SIRLOIN CHATEAU CAB”
Various catch weights of “BEEF PATTY CAB 85/15 2/1R”
Various catch weights of “BEEF GROUND CAB 75/25”
Various catch weights of “BEEF GROUND CAB”
Various catch weights of “BEEF GROUND CAB 80/20”
Various catch weights of “BEEF GROUND CAB 90/10”
Various catch weights of “BEEF GROUND CAB 75/25”
Various catch weights of “BEEF PATTY CAB 85/15 2/1R”
Various catch weights of “BEEF PATTY CAB 80/20 3-1 RND”
Various catch weights of “BEEF PATTY CAB 80/20”
Various catch weights of “BEEF GROUND 80/20  EMP”
Various catch weights of “BEEF PATTY CAB 75/25”
Various catch weights of “BEEF PATTY CAB 80/20 2-1 RND”
Various catch weights of “BEEF PATTY CAB 80/20 2-1 THK”
Various catch weights of “BEEF PATTY CAB 80/20 8-1”
Various catch weights of “BEEF PATTY CAB 80/20 3-1 THK”
Various catch weights of “BEEF PATTY CAB 80/20 4-1 RND”
Various catch weights of “BEEF PATTY CAB 80/20 4-1 NO U BOARDS”
Various catch weights of “BEEF PATTY CAB 80/20 2-1 NO UBOARDS”

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 772” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were shipped for hotel, restaurant and institutional use in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

The problem was discovered June 30 when the firm received a positive result for E. coli as part of its in-house sampling program. Some products made from the same source material as the positive sample were shipped into commerce.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our E. coli lawyers have litigated E. coli and HUS cases stemming from outbreaks traced to ground beef, raw milk, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, and other food products. The law firm has brought E. coli lawsuits against such companies as Jack in the Box, Dole, ConAgra, Cargill, and Jimmy John’s. We have proudly represented such victims as Brianne Kiner, Stephanie Smith and Linda Rivera.

Barber Foods Recalls Salmonella Stuffed Chicken – Antioch Farms Not Yet

Barber Foods, a Portland, Maine establishment, is recalling approximately 58,320 pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken product that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The Chicken Kiev item was produced on January 29, 2015; February 20, 2015; and April 23, 2015. The following product is subject to recall: [View Label (PDF only)]

  • 2-lb. 4-oz. cardboard box containing 6 individually pouched pieces of “BARBER FOODS PREMIUM ENTREES BREADED-BONELESS RAW STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH RIB MEAT KIEV” with use by/sell by date of April 28, 2016, May 20, 2016 and July 21, 2016 and Lot Code number 0950292102, 0950512101, or 0951132202.

The product subject to recall bears the establishment number “P-276” inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was shipped to Sam’s Club retail stores in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The product subject to recall has not been available for retail sales since June 26, 2015; however, FSIS suspects that consumers may have this item in their freezers.

In the Barber Foods outbreak, four illnesses occurring from April 5 through June 8 were linked to its Chicken Kiev. This product has a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stamped code of P-276. This product is sold at many different retailers, including grocery store chains. The four cases in this outbreak ranged in age from 19 to 82 years, all from the metro area, and two were hospitalized.

In the second outbreak, where there has been no recall to date, three people got sick from May 9 to June 8 after eating Antioch Farms brand Cordon Bleu raw stuffed chicken breast with a U.S. Department of Agriculture stamped code of P-1358. This product is sold at many different grocery store chains. The three cases were all adults in their 30s and 40s from the metro area, and two were hospitalized.

Salmonella: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants. The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Salmonella Recall: Natural Grocers brand Caribbean Nut & Fruit Mix

ucm453520Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc., a Lakewood, Colo., based natural grocery chain, is recalling one lot of Natural Grocers brand Caribbean Nut & Fruit Mix as the product contains macadamia nuts that have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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.

This recall was initiated after being notified of positive Salmonella findings in product sampled by the FDA.

The product was distributed to Natural Grocers’ 97 stores located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Whole Foods Recalls Salmonella Macadamia Nuts

ucm452910Whole 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 (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 labeled as “Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts” and was packaged in 11 oz. plastic tubs. The recalled product has best-by dates of March 19, 2016 through June 21, 2016 and a UPC code of 0-76958-62059-1.

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

No illnesses have been reported to-date. Based upon routine testing conducted by an FDA-contracted laboratory, it was determined that the raw macadamia nuts tested positive for Salmonella.

Mung Bean Sprouts Recalled Over Listeria

Good Seed Inc. of Springfield, VA, is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company announced a similar recall last month, also for potential Listeria contamination.

The most recent problem was discovered through surveillance monitoring coordinated by the Virginia Rapid Response Team (RRT), Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and testing by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, which revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the product.

The following products are being recalled by the firm:

  • 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 May 8, 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 May 8, 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 May 8, 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 May 8, 2015.
  • 10-lb. bags of soybean sprouts in black plastic bags labeled with a sticker “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” produced on or after May 8, 2015.
  • 10-lb. bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled with a sticker “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” produced on or after May 8, 2015.

The recalled products were distributed to retail stores in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey.

Niagara Bottled Water Recalled Over E. coli

niagarawaterpkgThe Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection (DEP), and Health are advising consumers that spring water bottled by Niagara between June 10 and June 18 at its facilities in Hamburg, Berks County or Upper Macungie, Lehigh County should not be consumed due to the possibility of contamination.

Niagara purchased spring water from Far Away Springs-Auburn in Schuylkill County.

Multiple water quality sample results from Far Away Springs that were provided to DEP as part of routine testing indicated the presence of E. coli in the water.

Niagara received the contaminated water and did not treat the water at a DEP-permitted treatment facility.

So, DEP cannot provide assurance to the public as to the quality of the water bottled by Niagara between June 10 and June 18.

Canadian Mushrooms Recalled Over Listeria Fears

slicedmushrooms_406x250-300x151Champ’s Sliced Crimini Mushrooms, a product of Canada, are being recalled by the United Salad Co. of Portland, OR, due to potential Listeria contamination. The recalled Champ’s Mushrooms are contained in a 227-gram or 8-ounce package with a UPC number of 6 78286 88877 5.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

More 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.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product to date.

The recalled mushrooms were distributed to retailers and supermarkets on June 13 and 14 in Oregon and Washington. Each individual container does not have a code date; however, the product’s average shelf life is 10 days.

The affected Sliced Crimini Mushrooms were recalled by the Portland company’s supplier, Champ’s Mushrooms in Canada.

Shirk’s Meat – Pork and Beef – Recalled After Listeria Test

Screen Shot 2015-06-20 at 8.17.41 PMShirk’s Meat, a Dundee, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,478 pounds of pork and beef products that may be contaminated with Listenia monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The various pork and beef items were produced between April 1, 2015 and May 12, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • 2-lb. vacuum sealed packages of “Smoked Ham End Roast Prepared for Seven Bridges Farm” with a use by/sell by date of April 7, 2016.
  • 2-lb vacuum sealed packages of “Smoked Ham Center Cut Slices Prepared for Seven Bridges Farm” with a use by/sell by date of April 7, 2016.
  • 1-lb. vacuum package of “Beef Mild Snack Stix” with a use by/sell by date of May 8, 2015.
  • 1-lb. vacuum package of “Pork Mild Snack Stix” with a use by/sell by date of May 8, 2015.
  • 1-lb. vacuum package of “Beef Hot Snack Stix” with a use by/sell by date of May 8, 2015.
  • 1-lb. vacuum package of “Pork Mild Snack Stix” with a use by/sell by date of May 8, 2015.
  • 30-lb. bag of “Smoked Pork Andouille Sausage Prepared for Perfectly Pickled Products” with a use by/sell by date of May 9, 2015.
  • 1-lb. package of “Pork and Beef Hotdogs” with a use by/sell by date of April 15, 2016.
  • 10-lb packages of “Pork and Beef Hotdogs” with a use by/sell by date of April 24, 2016.
  • 1-lb vacuum sealed bag of “Pork Beef Hotdogs,” with use by/sell by dates of May 04, 2016.
  • 10-lb vacuum sealed bag of “Pork Beef Hotdogs” with a use by/sell by date of May 4, 2016.
  • 1-lb vacuum package of “Pork Beef Hotdogs Prepared for Triangle T Ranch” with a use by/sell by date of May 4, 2016.
  • 1-lb package of “Seven Bridges Farm Pork Mild Snack Stix” with a use by/sell by date of April 1, 2016.
  • 12 to 14-lb bucket of “Lard/Pork Fat” with a use by/sell by date of June 13, 2015.
  • 9 to 12-oz vacuum sealed bag of “Smoked Sausage with Cheese” with a use by sell/by date of June 6, 2015.
  • Random weights of “Smoked Whole Hams” with a use by/sell by date of June 13, 2015.
  • 12 to 16-oz vacuum package of “Smoked Pork Chops” with a use by/sell by date of April 16, 2016.
  • 1-lb vacuum sealed bag of “Smoked Ham Hocks” with a use by/sell by date of April 16, 2016.
  • Random weights of whole vacuum sealed “Smoked Whole Ham” with a use by/sell by date of April 23, 2016.
  • 1-lb package of “Beef Sweet Bologna” with a use by/sell by date of May 30, 2015.
  • 1-lb package of “Cooked Picnic Roll” with a use by/sell by date of May 30, 2015.
  • 2-lb package of “Smoked Ham Center Cut Slices” with a use by/sell by date of April 29, 2016.
  • 2-lb package of “Smoked Ham End Roast” with a use by/sell by date of April 29, 2016.
  • 1-lb package of “Smoked Ham Hocks” with a use by/sell by date of May 1, 2016.
  • 12 to 16-oz vacuum sealed package of “Smoked Pork Kielbasa Prepared for Triangle T Ranch” with a use by/sell by date of May 1, 2016.
  • 6 to 8-oz vacuum sealed bag of “Beef Mild Snack Stix” use by/sell by date of June 15, 2015. This product does not bare the FSIS mark of inspection.
  • 6 to 8-oz vacuum sealed bag of “Beef Hot Snack Stix” use by/sell by date of June 15, 2015. This product does not bare the FSIS mark of inspection.
  • 6 to 8-oz vacuum sealed bag of “Pork Milk Snack Stix” use by/sell by date of June 15, 2015. This product does not bare the FSIS mark of inspection.
  • 6 to 8-oz of vacuum sealed bag of “Pork Hot Snack Stix” use by/sell by date of June 15, 2015. This product does not bare the FSIS mark of inspection.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 18894” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to a various retail locations in New York.

The problem was discovered during routine sampling. In early April 2015 this establishment underwent construction, and in May 2015, FSIS performed routine Listeria monocytogenes sampling. Environmental, product-contact surface and Ready-to-Eat (RTE) products that were analyzed for sampling were found to be Listeria monocytogenes positive. Additional FSIS and establishment sampling confirmed Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Listeria Recall: California Raw Goat Milk Feta Cheese

Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery has recalled its raw goat milk feta because test results indicated the presence of listeria, the company said Friday.

The product was sold at two Marin retail outlets, Cowgirl Creamery in Pt. Reyes Station and Good Earth Natural Foods in Fairfax. The containers are labeled Raw Goat Milk Feta – Redwood Hill on the store labels, with Lot Code #14000610.

Redwood Hill is taking this voluntary action as a precaution and has not heard of any illnesses arising from eating the product, the company said.

“We got confirmation June 18 that all products had been pulled from the outlets’ shelves,” said Helen Lentze, a spokeswoman for Redwood Hill. The stores have put up signs alerting customers to the recall, Lentze said.

“If anyone bought a container with ‘Raw Goat Milk Feta — Redwood Hill’ on the label, we urge all customers to discard the product and contact the store for a refund,” Lentze said. The product was also sold at Cowgirl Creamery at the San Francisco Ferry Building and Bom Dia in San Francisco.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and those with weakened immune systems.

Listeria Recall: California Cold Smoked Salmon

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Karen Smith warned consumers today not to eat certain batch codes of Santa Barbara Smokehouse’s cold-smoked salmon because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can lead to severe illness or death.

CDPH and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are currently investigating Santa Barbara Smokehouse in Santa Barbara, California, due to bacteriologic contamination found in the processing facility and in a packaged sample of smoked salmon.

Santa Barbara Smokehouse has initiated a voluntary recall of all cold-smoked salmon manufactured at its Santa Barbara facility between March 1, 2015 and April 8, 2015, after learning about Listeria monocytogenes contamination in a product surveillance sample and environmental samples collected at the processing facility. No illnesses have been associated with the recalled products at this time.

Santa Barbara Smokehouse’s recalled cold-smoked salmon was packed under the Cambridge House, Channel Islands, Coastal Harbor, Santa Barbara, North Shore, S.F. Specialty, and Harbor Point brand names. The recalled products were vacuum-packed and distributed as both fresh and frozen products. The CDPH Website has a list of the specific product names and batch codes affected by this recall. Example photos of the affected products can be seen here.

CDPH recommends not eating any cold-smoked salmon manufactured by Santa Barbara Smokehouse with the affected batch numbers. CDPH also recommends that anyone in possession of these recalled products return them to the place of purchase for a refund or dispose of the product into a garbage bag and put it in the trash.

The brands of smoked salmon identified above were likely distributed to wholesale food distributors, airline catering companies, and foodservice distributors. Subsequent product distribution may have resulted in retail sales to consumers. Santa Barbara Smokehouse continues to work with CDPH and FDA to address any potential sources of contamination in the processing environment. CDPH continues to work with Santa Barbara Smokehouse to determine the distribution of potentially affected products.

Symptoms of Listeria infection may include high fever, headache and neck stiffness. Infants, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for severe illness and death. Listeria infection in pregnant women can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth, premature delivery or infection of the newborn baby. The CDPH website has more information about Listeria infection.

CDPH recommends that consumers who feel sick after eating cold-smoked salmon products should consult their health care provider. Consumers that see smoked salmon with the affected batch numbers manufactured by Santa Barbara Smokehouse being sold are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll-free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.