On October 13, 2017, Relish Foods, Inc of Culver City, California voluntarily initiated the recall of Frozen Newport Brand Tuna Loins. The recall was the result of sampling by FDA which revealed that the product has potential to contain the bacteria 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. Relish Foods Inc is continuing the investigation with FDA as to what caused the problem.

Product was distributed in Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Nevada, Idaho, and Arizona states between 8/15/2017 and 9/25/2017, through food service operations, retail stores, and restaurants. Product was distributed as 5 to 8 pound, vacuum packed, frozen whole tuna loins packed in 30 pound Newport brand master cases. Master cases are labeled with the production lot codes of MTNT 0947C, MTNT 0957B, MTNT 0967A, and MTNT 0977D.

On the retail side this product would have been distributed to retailers Basha’s, Randall’s Fine Meats, Yokes Fresh Market, CalMart, Raley’s, Concord Produce Market, Bel Air Market and Speedy Market and Nob Hill.

Product was distributed to the following retail locations and may have been sold in an unbranded form:

BASHA’S #71 TUCSON AZ
BASHA’S #66 CAREFREE AZ
BASHA’S #47 FOUNTAIN HILLS AZ
RANDALS FINE MEATS FLAGSTAFF AZ
YOKES FRESH MKT #07 DEER PARK WA
YOKES FRESH MKT #10 MEAD WA
YOKES FRESH MKT #13 KENNEWICK WA
YOKES FRESH MKT #11 SPOKANE WA
YOKES FRESH MKT #05 KELLOGG ID
YOKES FRESH MKT #15 RICHLAND WA
YOKES FRESH MKT #16 LIBERTY LAKE WA
YOKES FRESH MKT #17 POST FALLS ID
YOKES FRESH MKT #20 CHENEY WA
CAL MART CALISTOGA CA
RALEY’S #103 SEAFOOD RENO NV
RALEY’S #106 SEAFOOD RENO NV
RALEY’S #108 SEAFOOD RENO NV
RALEY’S #109 SEAFOOD GARDNERVILLE NV
RALEY’S #110 SEAFOOD SPARKS NV
RALEY’S #113 SEAFOOD INCLINE NV
RALEY’S #114 SEAFOOD CARSON CITY NV
RALEY’S #119 SEAFOOD SO. LAKE TAHOE CA
RALEY’S #127 SEAFOOD SO. LAKE TAHOE CA
RALEY’S #213 SEAFOOD GRASS VALLEY CA
RALEY’S #229 SEAFOOD AUBURN CA
RALEY’S #317 SEAFOOD TRACY CA
RALEY’S #319 SEAFOOD NAPA CA
RALEY’S #331 SEAFOOD FAIRFIELD CA
RALEY’S #332 SEAFOOD FAIRFIELD CA
RALEY’S #343 SEAFOOD BENICIA CA
RALEY’S #410 SEAFOOD FOLSOM CA
RALEY’S #412 SEAFOOD GRANITE BAY CA
RALEY’S #417 SEAFOOD FAIR OAKS CA
RALEY’S #421 SEAFOOD FAIR OAKS CA
RALEY’S #422 SEAFOOD PLACERVILLE CA
RALEY’S #426 SEAFOOD JACKSON CA
RALEY’S #440 SEAFOOD RANCHO CORDOVA CA
CONCORD PRODUCE MRKT CONCORD CA
RALEY’S #338 SEAFOOD OAKDALE CA
RALEY’S #339 SEAFOOD MODESTO CA
RALEY’S #329 SEAFOOD PETALUMA CA
BEL AIR MKT #501 SEAFOOD SACRAMENTO CA
BEL AIR MKT #502 SEAFOOD SACRAMENTO CA
BEL AIR MKT #509 SEAFOOD ROSEVILLE CA
BEL AIR MKT #514 SEAFOOD SACRAMENTO CA
BEL AIR MKT #516 SEAFOOD ELK GROVE CA
BEL AIR MKT #517 SEAFOOD AUBURN CA
BEL AIR MKT #519 SEAFOOD SACRAMENTO CA
BEL AIR MKT #521 SEAFOOD YUBA CITY CA
BEL AIR MKT #522 SEAFOOD GOLD RIVER CA
BEL AIR MKT #524 SEAFOOD FOLSOM CA
BEL AIR MKT #528 SEAFOOD SACRAMENTO CA
SPD MARKET #1 NEVADA CITY CA
NOB HILL #602 SEAFOOD GILROY CA
NOB HILL #603 SEAFOOD MORGAN HILL CA
NOB HILL #605 SEAFOOD HOLLISTER CA
NOB HILL #615 SEAFOOD CAPITOLA CA
NOB HILL #617 SEAFOOD WATSONVILLE CA
NOB HILL #620 SEAFOOD SCOTTS VALLEY CA
NOB HILL #621 SEAFOOD MARTINEZ CA
NOB HILL #623 SEAFOOD NAPA CA
NOB HILL #635 SEAFOOD SAN JOSE CA

Product from the recalled lots will have been displayed at their seafood departments where the product sold is likely to have been sold as steak loins or pieces of loins on a tray with clear plastic wrap cover. It may also have been sold out of the fresh case and wrapped in “butcher paper” to the customer’s order.

Consumers concerned about whether the tuna they purchased may contain the recalled tuna loin product should check with the store where they purchased the tuna. That store will be able to determine if it used the recalled product to prepare the tuna. At this time Relish Foods does not believe that the recalled product made with the recalled product is available for purchase by consumers.

With Salmonella in Jambalaya striking a baseball fundraiser in Columbia, Louisiana with nearly 100 sickened and  Salmonella Sickening 150 from the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off in Virginia, it is a good time to get a “Salmonella refresher.”

Salmonella

Salmonella is the second most common intestinal infection in the United States. More than 7,000 cases of Salmonella were confirmed in 2009; however, the majority of cases go unreported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 1 million people in the U.S. contract Salmonella each year, and that an average of 20,000 hospitalizations and almost 400 deaths occur from Salmonella poisoning.

Salmonella infection usually occurs when a person eats food contaminated with the feces of animals or humans carrying the bacteria.  Salmonella outbreaks are commonly associated with eggs, meat and poultry, but these bacteria can also contaminate other foods such as fruits and vegetables. Foods that are most likely to contain Salmonella include raw or undercooked eggs, raw milk, contaminated water, and raw or undercooked meats.

Symptoms and Complications of Salmonella Infection

Symptoms of Salmonella infection, or Salmonellosis, range widely, and are sometimes absent altogether. The most common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Typical Symptoms of Salmonella infection: Appear 6 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food and last for 3 to 7 days without treatment.

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Fever of 100 F to 102 F
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Body Aches

Complications of Salmonella poisoning are more likely to occur among young children and people age 65 or older. Possible complications include:

  • Reactive Arthritis: Reactive arthritis is thought to occur in 2 to 15 percent of Salmonella patients. Symptoms include inflammation of the joints, eyes, or reproductive or urinary organs. On average, symptoms appear 18 days after infection.
  • Focal Infection: A focal infection occurs when Salmonella bacteria takes root in body tissue and causes illnesses such as arthritis or endocartitis. It is caused by typhoidal Salmonella only.

Salmonella Treatment

Salmonella infections generally last 3 to 7 days, and often do not require treatment. People with severe dehydration may need rehydration through an IV.

Antibiotics are recommended for those at risk of invasive disease, including infants under three months old. Typhoid fever is treated with a 14-day course of antibiotics.

Unfortunately, treatment of Salmonella has become more difficult as it has become more resistant to antibiotics. Finding the right antibiotic for a case of Salmonella is crucial to treating this bacterial infection.

Prevention of Salmonella Infection

These safety measures can help prevent Salmonella poisoning:

  • Wash your hands before preparing food and after handling raw meats
  • Cook meat and eggs thoroughly until they reach an internal temperature of 160 F (71 C)
  • Do not eat foods containing raw eggs or milk, such as undercooked French toast
  • Avoid cooking raw meat in the microwave, as it may not reach a high enough internal temperature to kill Salmonella bacteria and may be unevenly cooked
  • Avoid bringing uncooked meat into contact with food that will not be cooked (i.e. salad)
  • Wash hands with soap after handling reptiles or animal feces
  • Always wash your hands after going to the bathroom

Additional Resources on Salmonella

www.About-Salmonella.com is a comprehensive site with in-depth information about Salmonella bacteria and Salmonellosis.

www.SalmonellaLitigation.com is a Website that provides information about lawsuits and litigation brought on behalf of victims of Salmonella outbreaks nationwide.  The site provides extensive information about sources of Salmonella outbreaks.

www.SalmonellaBlog.com provides up-to-date news related to Salmonella outbreaks, research, and more.

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.

Press reports indicate that the Louisiana’s Department of Health is investigating a Salmonella outbreak in Caldwell Parish that has sickened more than 100 and may have contributed to one death. Local and state authorities trying to determine if the death of a 56-year-old man, Duane Reitzell, was connected to a mass illness.

Samantha Hartmann, press officer for the Louisiana Department of Health, said preliminary tests of samples have returned positive for Salmonella.

As of Thursday, 49 cases of a gastrointestinal illness were confirmed with 31 people hospitalized, the Department of Health reported. The ages of those with a confirmed illness range from 15 to 70.

State officials also reported Thursday samples taken from five people have tested positive for salmonella.

Sheriff Clay Bennett, who also is sick, said more than 100 residents have sought medical treatment. Bennett said workers at the sheriff’s office also fell ill Tuesday afternoon. He said employees ate jambalaya from a local softball fundraiser, but no one was certain about the origin of the illness. Bennett said the illness could have come from anything.

“Everybody is trying to figure out what’s going on,” said Drew Keahey, a Caldwell Parish farmer and president of the Tensas Basin Levee District board. “No bigger than we are, when there are 200 people in the hospital, everybody knows somebody who is sick. Keahey, a director of Homeland Bank, said more than 10 people left the bank Tuesday with sickness.

The Department of Health said in a short statement it had been “notified of a possible food-related gastrointestinal disease outbreak.” A disease surveillance specialist is investigating the incident.

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.

Health officials say about 150 people living in eight states have been sickened by salmonella after attending a chili cook-off in Virginia.

Dr. David Matson, director of the state’s Eastern Shore Health District, said by phone Wednesday that half of them have sought medical treatment. Some have been hospitalized.

More than 2,000 people attended the 18th Annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show on Sept. 30.

Matson said most people sickened by the bacteria have already become ill with diarrhea, vomiting and fever.

Officials are asking cook-off attendees to fill out a survey as they determine the bacteria’s source.

People who’ve gotten sick live in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina.

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.

Organic Spices, Inc. dba Spicely Organics of Fremont, CA is recalling 0.4 oz. Organic Tarragon Lot No. OTW100134 because it has 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.

The product was distributed in: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. It reached customers through retails stores and e-commerce.

The Spicely Organics organic Tarragon leaves were packaged in 0.4oz (11g) glass jars with black caps with marks “best if used by: 12/31/20 OTW100134”.

The recall was initiated as a result of routine sampling program that revealed that the raw material contained Salmonella. To date there have been no reports of illnesses.

The Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has detected four additional raw milk samples from Pride and Joy Dairy that tested positive for Salmonella.

The WSDA said this is the result of four samples taken October 2 from the dairy company out of Toppenish that all came back positive for Salmonella October 9.

The company was notified the day results came in, according to Hector Castro, Communications Director of WSDA.

This comes after the WSDA suspended Pride and Joy’s processing license following positive salmonella results during routine testing in a September batch.

Lab results confirmed the Salmonella strain recently found in Pride & Joy Dairy organic raw milk matches the strain that hospitalized two Washington residents in January. Health officials are urging consumers not to drink Pride & Joy Dairy organic raw milk in any container size or sell-by date.

Castro said the suspension means the company may not legally bottle and sell raw milk.

Pride and Joy Dairy has until Monday, October 16 to request an appeal to begin steps that would allow the company to regain their processing license.

Castro said the company would need to come forward with a plan in that time.

 

Health officials say about 150 people living in eight states have been sickened by Salmonella after attending a chili cook-off in Virginia.

Dr. David Matson, director of Virginia’s Eastern Shore Health District, says half of the victims have sought medical treatment, and some have been hospitalized.

More than 2,000 people attended the 18th Annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show on Sept. 30.

Matson said most people sickened by the bacteria have already become ill with diarrhea, vomiting and fever, but some could become sick after two or three weeks.

Symptoms of Salmonella can include chills, dehydration, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, headaches, vomiting, or loss of appetite.

People who’ve gotten sick live in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina.

The Accomack County Health Department and the Foodborne Disease Team from the Virginia Department of Health continue to investigate a cluster of gastro-intestinal illnesses that may be related to the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off held this past Saturday, September 30, 2017. We appreciate the response we have received from event attendees and healthcare providers who have reached out to us so far. The Accomack County Health Department has created an online survey and we ask all attendees, whether ill or well, to please complete the online survey. That link can be found here:
https://redcap.vdh.virginia.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=RPPDH7DWDF

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.

According to press reports, Virginia health officials say they have identified Salmonella bacteria in specimens of food associated with the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off that happened on September 30, in Chincoteague, which have made dozens of people violently ill.

According to health department officials, they are continuing to try to reach more than 2,000 attendees from multiple states in order to get them to submit information to the online outbreak survey and see their primary care provider if they are still ill.

Attendees, whether ill or well, are asked to complete the online survey related to this incident. To take the survey, click here.

After the initial investigation began last week, more than 350 people have responded to the survey that was sent out.

Health officials say they’ve started locating local residents that may have attended the event, but have found attendees from some states to the north have also reported illnesses.

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.

Lab results confirmed the Salmonella strain recently found in Pride & Joy Dairy organic raw milk matches the strain that hospitalized two Washington residents in January. Health officials are urging consumers not to drink Pride & Joy Dairy organic raw milk in any container size or sell-by date.

“Unpasteurized ‘raw’ milk can carry harmful bacteria and germs. Foodborne illnesses are possible from many different foods; however, raw milk is one of the riskiest,” said Dr. Scott Lindquist, Washington state communicable disease epidemiologist.

The unique strain identified in the illnesses and the recent dairy sample, Salmonella Dublin, has previously been found among cattle and cattle products, including beef and raw dairy. Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, the infection can be fatal.

Infants, young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk. More information on the health risks of drinking raw milk can be found on the Washington State Department of Health website.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that allow the sale of raw milk have more raw milk-related illness outbreaks than states that prohibit raw milk sales. The production of raw milk in Washington is regulated by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is advising consumers not to drink Pride & Joy Dairy organic retail raw milk because it may be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious illness.

This public health notice was initiated after routine sampling by WSDA found salmonella in bottled organic retail raw milk collected from the Pride & Joy Dairy in Toppenish. The product has a best-by date of October 4 (OCT 4). WSDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem. Currently, there are no reported cases of human illnesses associated with this product.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in humans. Young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk. 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. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately contact a health care provider.

The company sells its products in pint, quart, half-gallon, and one-gallon plastic containers. This public health notice includes all container sizes.

According to Pride & Joy Dairy’s website, the firm distributes their products to the following locations in Washington state:

Eastern Washington:

Pride & Joy Dairy farm store (Granger)

Bear Foods (Chelan)

Better Life Natural Foods (Ellensburg)

Settler’s Country Market (Ephrata and Moses Lake)

Sage Mountain Natural Foods (Leavenworth)

The Mazama Store (Mazama)

Yoke’s Fresh Market (Richland)

Glover Street Market (Twisp)

Lemongrass Natural Foods (Wenatchee)

Rhubarb Market (Wenatchee)

Wenatchee Natural Foods (Wenatchee)

Mill Creek Natural Foods (Union Gap)

Rosauers Supermarkets (Yakima)

Drop-off group locations:

Cle Elum

Ellensburg

Leavenworth

Selah

Wenatchee

Western Washington:

Marvel Food and Deli (Auburn)

Battle Ground Produce (Battle Ground)

The Family Grocer (Duvall)

Sno-Isle Food Co-op (Everett)

Marlene’s Market & Deli (Federal Way and Tacoma)

San Juan Island Food Co-op (Friday Harbor)

Nature’s Market (Kent)

Sunshine Corners Nutrition (Kent)

Skagit Valley Food Co-op (Mount Vernon)

Central Co-op (Seattle)

Arnada Naturals (Vancouver)

Chuck’s Produce (2 locations in Vancouver)

Drop-off group locations

Auburn

Bellevue

Bothell

Issaquah/Tiger Mountain

Kenmore

Kent/Covington

Kirkland

Lake City

Lynnwood

North Bend

Puyallup

Sammamish

Seattle/Seward Park

Shoreline