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Posted by Richard J. Arsenault on January 27th, 2011
The following is a press release issued by the State of Hawaii Department of Health on January 25, 2011.
DOH RECALLS LOCALLY-PRODUCED PRODUCTS FROM FIRST COMMERCIAL KITCHEN LLC AND SUSPENDS THEIR PERMIT TO OPERATE HONOLULU –
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Notice of Permit Suspension and Order to Cease and Desist to First Commercial Kitchen LLC after recent inspections... [more]
Posted by Richard J. Arsenault on January 26th, 2011
Ian’s is voluntarily recalling specific lot numbers of two products due to a risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy persons may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches,... [more]
Posted by Richard J. Arsenault on January 25th, 2011
It is no surprise that better monitoring of outbreaks and quicker tracebacks to outbreak pathogen origins could help prevent additional foodborne illnesses. E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter, and Clostridium botulinum are frequently linked to company food recalls and illness outbreaks. These foodborne illnesses can cause severe medical problems including hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS),... [more]
Posted by Richard J. Arsenault on January 24th, 2011
New York State Acting Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today alerted consumers that certain milk products distributed by FingerLakes Farms LLC, from Plant #36-1131, are being voluntarily recalled due to improper pasteurization. Proper pasteurization heats milk in order to effectively eliminate all pathogenic bacteria, such as Listeria and Salmonella.
The recalled milk products are sold... [more]
Posted by Richard J. Arsenault on January 19th, 2011
Listeria monocytogenes, which in itself is a mouthful, has been peppering food safety news sites and blogs throughout this week.
As if it wasn’t enough that ground meat produced by United Food Group of Vernon, California has been recalled due to potential Listeria contamination, the FDA has also issued a warning letter to a cheese company, Azteca Linda Corp, regarding the presence of Listeria in... [more]
Posted by Richard J. Arsenault on January 12th, 2011
Would the Food Safety Modernization Act be better if it included overhauls to the meat and poultry laws within our country? Some argue that the answer is a definitive YES! However, these two products, which are governed by the FSIS not the FDA, have been left out of the fold when the bill was signed by President Obama last week.
The bill does enact some powerful, new food safety legislation. By improving... [more]
Posted by Richard J. Arsenault on January 10th, 2011
The cool morning air reminds us that it is hunting season in Louisiana and in many parts of the South. While out in the woods, hunters will come in contact with many interesting creatures, and while the interesting sights can be truly amazing, an article in the Baton Rouge’s The Advocate, reminds us that there are unsuspecting dangers lurking in the woods.
Recently, Louisiana has experienced a series... [more]
Posted by Richard J. Arsenault on January 7th, 2011
Boncheff Greenhouses, Inc. of Toronto, Ontario is issuing a voluntary recall on Cilantro, Curly Parsley, and Italian Parsley, because they 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... [more]
Posted by Richard J. Arsenault on January 6th, 2011
This week, a permanent injunction was filed against Portland Shellfish Co. It appears that the company’s cooked lobster meat has periodically been recalled during the last twenty-four months. The bacterial culprit that prompted the recalls was potential Listeria monocytogenes.
The following statement by the president of the company was posted online by the Press Herald:
Jeffrey Holden, president... [more]
Posted by Richard J. Arsenault on January 5th, 2011
It appears that a Vancouver hospital is the site of a both a Clostridium difficile outbreak and a norovirus outbreak. The fourth floor at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) was battling the norovirus outbreak, while the sixth floor was the center of a C. difficile outbreak. It appears that these outbreaks may now be over thanks to disinfecting techniques and visitor restrictions.
Norovirus, also... [more]