Trader Joe’s Supplier Recalls Peanut Butter for Salmonella Contamination

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Sunland Inc., which makes the Trader Joe’s brand peanut butter, has recalled 76 different defective products due to the possibility of salmonella contamination. According to an NBC News report, the company has recalled three brands of Trader Joe’s peanut butter and almond butter. The products have been linked to 29 infections in 18 states including California caused by the rare salmonella Bredeney. Sunland is also recalling peanut and almond products sold under popular brands including Archer’s, Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Heinen’s, Natural Value, Naturally More, Sprout’s and Serious Food. The products have best-by dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013.

The food poisoning cases linked to these products were reported between June 11 and September 2, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far four people have been hospitalized. The company is recalling the products although officials say they have not detected positive results for the rare salmonella strain in the products. Symptoms of a salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain and cramping. The illness may last four to seven days. Some people who become more seriously ill may require hospitalization.

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FDA Halts Imports of Mexican Mangoes due to Salmonella Contamination

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is putting a hold on mango imports from a Mexican packinghouse after the company’s mangoes have been related to food-borne illnesses in 15 states including California. According to an Associated Press news report, the FDA announced the safety alert against Agricola Daniella, a mango supplier with multiple plantations and one packinghouse in Sinaloa, Mexico. This alert basically means that the U.S. government will not accept any further imports from the company unless it can show testing that proves that the mangoes are no longer contaminated.

The company’s mangoes have been linked to salmonella illnesses in 15 states. So far, 121 people have been sickened. No deaths have been reported. A California importer recalled the Daniella brand mangoes last month after they were linked to dozens of illnesses nationwide, a majority of them in California. Various retailers sold those mangoes from July 12 to August 29.

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FDA Traces Salmonella Outbreak to Cantaloupe

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Hundreds of people have suffered from food poisoning because of a salmonella outbreak that the US. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has traced to contaminated cantaloupe. According to an alert put out by the FDA, the contaminated cantaloupe was collected at the Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Indiana. The salmonella found in the cantaloupe is linked to a multi-state outbreak of salmonellosis that has already resulted in 178 reported illnesses.

Consumers who have recently purchased cantaloupe should ask their retailers where the cantaloupes were grown and whether it is safe to eat. Washing the potentially contaminated fruit will not help as the bacteria is inside the cantaloupe. Cutting into the contaminated food can also be dangerous as it could allow harmful bacteria to surface. FDA officials have one piece of advise for consumers: When in doubt, throw it out.

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Mexican Mangoes Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in California

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Daniella brand mangoes that are imported from Mexico are being recalled due to food poisoning concerns. According to a USA Today news report, Splendid Products of Burlingame, California, which distributes the fruit, issued a voluntary recall because they have been linked to a salmonella outbreak. Canada’s Food Inspection Agency reports that the mangoes are linked to 22 salmonella infections while California has had 73 cases of the strain known as salmonella Braenderup. About 67 percent of those who were sickened in California said they ate mangoes, California Department of Public Health officials say. Washington State has also reported six cases.

My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this salmonella outbreak. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

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California Romaine Lettuce Recalled for Salmonella Contamination

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A California company is recalling certain batches of romaine lettuce due to food poisoning concerns. According to a report in Food Safety News, Pacific International Marketing is recalling 19 cases of bulk Romaine Lettuce in California and Nevada. The lettuce, potentially contaminated with salmonella bacteria, was sold at Vons and Pavilions stores from July 2, 2012 through July 4, 2012. Each lettuce head is banded with a red twist tie marked “Safeway.” Anyone who has these products at home should either throw them out or return them for a full refund.

So far no illnesses or hospitalizations have been reported. The food recall resulted from a positive test for salmonella taken at the field level. Pacific International Marketing officials say that only the lettuce sold in bulk is potentially contaminated. The carton and bagged Romaine products are not part of the recall. It is not clear how many of these defective food products were actually consumed. More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Hatchery in Missouri

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Estes Hatchery in Springfield, Missouri, has been linked to a Salmonella Montevideo outbreak that led to 66 food poisoning cases in 20 states, including California. According to a KOLR 10 news report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the illnesses were reported between February 28, 2012 and June 6, 2012. The victims ranged in age from 1 to 83 years. About 35 percent of those who were sickened were 10 years old or younger. Findings of multiple traceback investigations of live baby poultry from homes of those who became ill helped link the contamination to Estes Hatchery, officials said.

Food Poisoning Statistics

According to the most recent statistics available from CDC, 1,034 foodborne illnesses were reported in 2008 sickening more than 23,000 people and killing 22. Almost half of the outbreaks had a single cause or food source. More than 1,200 people were hospitalized because of these outbreaks, which accounts for 6 percent of those who got sick. This was the largest number of hospitalizations for foodborne illnesses reported since the outbreak surveillance system began in 1973. The top three causes of hospitalization in 2008 were salmonella (62 percent); E. coli (17 percent); and Norvirus (7 percent).

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FDA Issues Recalls for Organic Baby Spinach and Yeast Due to Salmonella Risks

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing recalls for organic baby spinach and yeast because of food poisoning concerns. According to Consumer Reports, the FDA recalled organic baby spinach due to salmonella contamination from Taylor Farms in Salinas, California, which was distributed in 16 states from May 9 through May 10. The federal agency also recalled salmonella-contaminated Tempeh Starter Yeast and Super Starter Yeast imported from Indonesia. This yeast, distributed nationwide and internationally by IndonesianFoodMart.com in Rockville, Maryland, may be tied to several illnesses that have been reported to date. So far, there have been no reports of illnesses tied to the spinach. More

Sushi Salmonella Outbreak Sheds Spotlight on Food Safety Laws

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Federal health officials are focusing on salmonella-contaminated sushi as possible cause of a food poisoning outbreak that has made at least 93 people ill in 19 states. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, food safety advocates are calling on the Obama administration to speed up new regulations that might help avoid such food-borne illnesses. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not positively identified the sushi as the source of the illness, many people in the 19 states who were sickened by an unusual strain of the bacterium called salmonella Bareilly have told officials that they had recently eaten sushi.

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