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Food Poison Journal

Food Poisoning Outbreaks and Litigation: Surveillance and Analysis

Whole Foods Recalls Macadamia Nuts for Salmonella

ucm508046Marin Foods Specialties, Inc. is recalling packaged raw macadamia nuts sold in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington Whole Foods Market stores 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.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The product was labeled as “Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts” and was packaged in 6 oz clear plastic tubs. The recalled products have “best by” dates of 8/21/16 through 11/6/16, and a UPC code of 99948200132. The product was distributed only to Whole Foods Market stores in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

Based upon routine testing conducted by an FDA-contracted laboratory, it was determined that the raw macadamia nuts products tested positive for Salmonella.

molly&drew caught in E. coli O121 Flour Outbreak

recalled-Molly-and-Drew-brear-bread-mixmolly&drew of Sac City, IA is recalling three lots (L1215A, L1215B, and L1215C) of AMERICAN ORIGINAL BEER BREAD MIX sold in retail because it may be contaminated with E. coli O121 bacteria.

These three lot codes of AMERICAN ORIGINAL BEER BREAD MIX retail product were manufactured by molly&drew and sold at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® in its retail stores nationwide.   Lots of molly&drew’s AMERICAN ORIGINAL BEER BREAD MIX purchased from other retail stores or from molly&drew’s website are not affected by this recall. No other molly&drew products are affected by this recall.

The affected AMERICAN ORIGINAL BEER BREAD retail product is in a red 19.75oz bag with the UPC number 855290003008 and Item Number: BB100. The specified lot code will be printed along the bottom seal of the pouch and will be accompanied by a BEST BUY DATE of 01/2018.

molly&drew is initiating this recall because we were notified by one of our suppliers that they were conducting a recall of an ingredient used in our mix for the potential presence of E. coli O121.

It is important to note that to date no molly&drew product has been linked to any illness or been shown to have any presence of E. coli. molly&drew is recalling this product out of an abundance of caution and to put consumer safety first.

If you have the affected retail product, do not use it and throw it in the garbage.

School Lunch Recalled over listeria

Let’s Do Lunch, Inc., dba Integrated Food Service (IFS), is voluntarily recalling certain ready-to-eat sandwiches because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported to date.

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. Although, healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recall is being conducted in response to routine FDA environmental sampling w h i c h  found Listeria monocytogenes on multiple food contact surfaces where the products were produced on several different occasions. The company is working closely with FDA and independent food safety experts to continue to investigate the root cause and take appropriate corrective measures.

The products were distributed nationwide directly to a number of school districts and to foodservice distributors that serve school districts. Foods produced in the plant are unlikely to still be in commerce and due to school summer breaks, any foods remaining in frozen storage can swiftly be returned to the company. No retail products are affected by this recall.

Those school foodservice distributors were located in the following states: AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI.   On the IFS website , customers will find a list of recalled products and the company will post a list of school districts that received the products being recalled. The list will be updated daily as further information becomes available.

Whole Foods Recalls Pesto Pasta Salad with Arugula

Green Cuisine is initiating a voluntary recall of “Pesto Pasta Salad with Arugula” because it has 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.

Green Cuisine is issuing this voluntary recall after being notified by their supplier, National Frozen Foods, that the frozen green peas used in the product are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled products was sold in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona Whole Foods Market locations between 06/15/16 and 06/16/16.

There have been no reported illnesses attributed to the recalled items to date.

The recalled product was sold in 7.4 oz clear plastic containers with the name “Whole Foods Pesto Pasta Salad w/Arugula,” UPC code 857898004333 and “best by” date of 6/20/16.