Entries by Carla

Spinach, Avocado and Pepper Recalls Show Listeria Survives Freezing

Three recalls for frozen produce this week show that freezing is one of the many extreme conditions that Listeria can survive.  Three frozen products were recalled this week for potential Listeria contamination. At the time the recalls were issued, no illnesses had been reported. However, symptoms of a Listeria monocytogenes infection can take as long […]

Signature Select Brand Frozen Avocado Chunks Recalled for Listeria

A Signature Select brand frozen avocado chunks sold at Albertsons, Safeway and other stores are being recalled for potential Listeria contamination. The recall, issued June 18, 2019, by Nature’s Touch Foods Inc., includes products with a “best before” dates of Oct 11, 20. The recall was issued after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]

Ground Beef E. coli O103 Outbreak Sickens 209 Before Ending

An E. coli O103 outbreak linked to ground beef sickened 209 people in 10 states before ending yesterday. Twenty-nine people were hospitalized, two of whom developed a life-threatening form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Genetic tests on stool samples cultured from patients identified a “fingerprint” of the outbreak strain of E. coli […]

Yes, E. coli in Flour is a Thing and Other Reasons Not to Eat Dough

A spate of recent flour recalls is highlighting a food safety issue that isn’t well-known: E. coli in flour.  Most people have heard how Salmonella in eggs can make eating cookie dough or cake batter a recipe for illness, but many have not heard that E.coli in flour is a thing. And that’s another good […]

More Flour Made from ADM Wheat Linked to E. coli Outbreak Recalled

An ongoing E. coli  outbreak has been linked to ADM Milling wheat in Baker’s Corner flour sold at ALDI stores. Now, another flour made with the contaminated wheat is being recalled. King Arthur issued a recall for specific lots of 5-pound bags of unbleached all-purpose flour. The recalled King Arthur products have not been associated with illnesses. […]

Hepatitis A Risk in Townsend Farm Blackberries Affects, Kroger, Costco

Hepatitis A risk in Townsend Farms blackberries has affected frozen berry mixes sold at Kroger and Costco stores. Consumers who have purchased Private Selection triple berry mixes at Kroger and Kirkland Signature triple berry blends should not eat them as Hepatitis A can cause serious illness. Those who have eaten the berry mixtures should consult […]

Karawan Tahini Recall Expanded, Product Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

A recall for Karawan brand tahini products, which has been linked to a Salmonella outbreak, has been expanded to include all sizes of the product produced between December 2018 and April 2019. Consumers, restaurants and food service operators should not use these products if they have them on hand. The expansion of the recall, initially issued on May […]

Cyclospora: 8 Weeks is a Long Time to Have Diarrhea

Each summer, the subtropical parasite Cyclospora makes its way to the U.S. on imported produce causing food poisoning symptoms that, if untreated, can last more than two months. Last summer, two Cyclospora outbreaks sickened more than 700 people. One of them was linked to Fresh Express salad sold at McDonald’s. The other was linked to Del […]

FDA Questions Linger After Caito Melon Salmonella Outbreak Ends

When the Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon from Caito Foods ended, the FDA’s investigation into the company didn’t.  Food Safety Lawyer Brendan Flaherty says there are a couple of reasons why the agency may have chosen to keep the investigation going.  First, this is the second Salmonella outbreak within the last 12 months linked […]

E. coli in ALDI Baker’s Corner Flour Sickens 17 in 8 States

An E. coli outbreak linked to ALDI brand Baker’s Corner flour has sickened 17 people in eight states. Three people have been hospitalized. When people are sickened by E. coli, state health officials perform genetic tests on cultures from their stool samples that find the “genetic fingerprint” of the E. coli. The results are uploaded […]