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Salmonella in Santa Barbara

Tuna-Sushi-Salmonella-RecallThe Ventura County Public Health Department announced a Salmonella Paratyphi outbreak on Monday. Eighteen cases have already been confirmed in Southern California with one case in Santa Barbara County and four in Ventura County. Seven other cases are from out-of-state, most of who had travel to Southern California.

In a statement released to the media, the Ventura County Health Department said the cause of the outbreak remains under investigation. “As of April 17th, 10 out of 10 people who completed detailed food questionnaires stated they had consumed sushi, and over 80 percent reported having eaten raw tuna,” said the Health Department. Twenty percent of affected patients have been hospitalized.

This particular strain of Salmonella had never been seen before March 2015, but the Health Department said that a closely related strain was responsible for a Salmonella outbreak that occurred in California and Hawaii back in 2010. That outbreak was found to be linked to raw tuna imported from Indonesia. “This strain is genetically different from the 2010 strain, so it appears the two strains are unrelated at this time,” noted the Health Department.

Nuts with Salmonella Recalled

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling packaged raw macadamia nuts 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, 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.

The product was labeled as “Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts” and was packaged in 11 oz. plastic tubs. The recalled product has a best-by date of Feb. 4, 2016 and a UPC code of 7695862059-1.

Recalled items were sold in AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, KS, LA, NM, NV, OK, TX, and UT Whole Foods Market Stores.

Hines Nut Company, Dallas, TX, today announced a voluntary recall of WALNUT HALVES & PIECES, Lot Number 6989.  The product was supplied by GOLD STATE NUT COMPANY of Biggs, CA, and packaged by Hines Nut Company. There is a possibility these nuts may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those 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.

The product was packaged and distributed as follows:

HINES NUT BRAND

  • 128 cases, 25 trays per carton, in black foam trays with a Green and Gold Label
  • Tray weight of 16 ounces
  • Packaged  March 3, 2015
  • Lot Number 6989 printed on label
  • Best Buy Date of 12.28.15
  • UPC 07826406516-5

Distributed in Texas via Randalls Food Stores

Organic Sesame Ginger Dressing After Testing Positive For Salmonella

Conway Import Co., Inc. is recalling Conway Organic Sesame Ginger Dressing and Conway Citrus Organic Vinaigrette Dressing 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. 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.

Product was distributed in Illinois, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Texas through direct deliveries.

The products were packed in plastic gallon jars with the mfg. code printed on the top of the cap and the cardboard shipping container.

Conway Organic Sesame Ginger Dressing Recipe Code N-22

MFG.CODE DATE: 28814….363014….030015….051015

Conway Citrus Organic Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe Code L-18

MFG.CODE DATE: 276014….337014

There have been no illnesses reported to date.

This recall was a result of a recall by FRONTIER CO-OP for a possible health risk from ORGANIC GARLIC POWDER.

Salmonella Test Prompts Nut Recall

Texas Pecan Company Inc. of Dallas, Texas, is voluntarily recalling the items stated below; (refer to Table in Paragraph 3), 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 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.

The recalled packaged Macadamia Nuts and Gift Tins: The Executive, Junior Executive, Sweet-N-Salty and Mini Sweet-N-Salty were distributed nationwide in our retail store and through mail orders.

The product comes in an 8 ounce and 16 ounce, clear plastic bags and in our gift tins identified by the name of The Executive, Junior Executive, Sweet-N-Salty and Mini Sweet-n-Salty, sold in the months of November and December 2014, with a pack date of 14320 through 14365, located on the bottom left hand corner of the label.

UPC PRODUCT NAME PACK SIZE PACK DATE
031 MACADAMIA, RAW WHOLE 16 OUNCE 14320 THRU 14365
032 MACADAMIA, RAW WHOLE 8 OUNCE 14320 THRU 14365
033 MACADAMIA, WHOLE *(R/S) 16 OUNCE 14320 THRU 14365
034 MACADAMIA, WHOLE *(R/S) 8 OUNCE 14320 THRU 14365
321-54 THE EXECUTIVE GIFT TIN 1 SECTION OF 5 POUND TIN 14320 THRU 14365
320-34 JUNIOR EXECUTIVE TIN 1 SECTION OF 3 POUND TIN 14320 THRU 14365
337-56 SWEET-N-SALTY TIN 1 SECTION OF 5 POUND TIN 14320 THRU 14365
14320 THRU 14365 MINI SWEET-N-SALTY TIN 1 SECTION OF 2 POUND TIN 14320 THRU 14365
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, but we voluntarily ask that you discontinue use of the product, stated above, per date of this notification.

The potential for contamination was noted after some routine sampling tests by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonellain the Macadamia Nuts received from our supplier in November and December 2014.

Production of the product has been suspended while the FDA and our supplier continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Boise Restaurant Closed After Salmonella Schwarzengrund Illnesses

635642012386968382-Pho-TamThe Boise Central District Health Department on Thursday suspended the food establishment license of Pho Tam restaurant, located at 1098 N. Orchard St., linked to five cases of Salmonella poisoning.

Pho Tam was shut down after health inspectors found two critical violations of food safety regulations and two other violations.

“Due to the violations identified today, we determined they were not demonstrating proper practices to prevent foodborne illness so we suspended their food establishment license,” health department spokeswoman Christine Myron said in an email sent to The Idaho Statesman.

The closure order came just a day after health department officials held one-on-one education training with the Vietnamese restaurant’s employees on proper food safety procedures.

Pho Tam has 15 days to contact the health department to request a compliance conference to discuss with owner Long Doan the major risk factors that were found and develop a plan to control the risk factors that could make customers sick.

At an inspection last June, health inspectors found five violations, two of them critical. The restaurant was written up for inadequate hand-washing facilities for workers and improper cleaning and sanitizing of food contact surfaces, both critical violations. The other violations dealt with thermometers, dishwashing machinery and the restaurant’s physical facilities. Two follow-up inspections in July found only one violation, dealing with the physical facilities. No violations were detected during a July 23 inspection.

The strain that sickened Pho Tam’s customers, Salmonella Schwarzengrund, is relatively rare.

Arizona Winery Link in Salmonella Outbreak Shut

6914024103_383b2e512b_zThe Pinal County Public Health Services District (PCPHSD) took action today to temporarily suspend the food establishment permit of the Windmill Winery in Florence.

The temporary suspension is being conducted while officials with PCPHSD conduct an investigation into a Salmonella outbreak that is linked to a wedding that took place at the facility on March 19.

The PCPHSD was alerted to the outbreak after they received a call from a participant of the wedding who reported that several attendees were sick and at least 4 were hospitalized.  At that time Public Health officials began an investigation into the Windmill Winery’s food practices and discovered that the operators had exceeded their legally allowable level of food preparation and used a non-permitted caterer.

“All are serious violations of the Pinal County Environmental Health Code and Arizona state statute,” said PHPSD Director Tom Schryer.  “Our inspection and preliminary review of the practices of this operator found several potential sources of this outbreak, but it will take at least the next several days to determine the cause.”

Schryer stated the public’s health and safety are at the forefront of this action.

“While we search for an exact cause the prudent thing to do is suspend food service in the facility so that is the action I am taking today,” Schryer said.  “The goal is to protect the public’s safety.”

The exact cause of the illnesses will be under investigation for some time.

As of April 3, at least 22 people have been reported ill that attended the wedding, but this number is expected to grow as the investigation progresses.  The PCPHSD is working with State health officials and the CDC to investigate these cases.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping that starts between 12 and 72 hours after exposure.  Symptoms typically last four to seven days and most people recover without any treatment.  However, in some the infection may become severe and require hospitalization.  The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are at higher risk of more serious disease in this case one of those hospitalized was a young child.

Nutiva Recalls Salmonella Superfood

183609Nutiva, an Organic Superfoods company, has initiated a voluntary product recall of the following O’Coconut™ products after being notified by supplier that samples of a raw material in this product have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. “We are choosing to voluntarily recall three of our O’Coconut items as a precautionary measure to provide the safest products for our customers,” states John Roulac, Nutiva’s CEO.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, 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.

Consumers who have purchased these items are urged not eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to the where it was originally purchased. Please be aware that we have received no customer complaints to date about any of the above listed products.

Giant and Martin’s Recalls Salmonella Tainted Trail Mix

GIANT is removing Aurora and GIANT/MARTIN’S brand walnut & trail mix blend products due to a possible Salmonella contamination.

Here is a list of the affected products:

GIANT/MARTIN’S Walnuts, 6.5 oz., UPC 8826713594, with best if used by dates of 10/29/15 – 12/7/15
GIANT/MARTIN’S Cranberry Health Mix, 21 oz., UPC 8826713692, with best if used by dates of 10/30/15 – 12/13/15
GIANT/MARTIN’S Cranberry Health Mix, 9.25 oz., UPC 8826714713, with best if used by dates of 10/30/15 – 12/13/15
GIANT/MARTIN’S Roasted Salt Mixed Nuts, 9 oz., UPC 8826714736, with best if used by dates of 11/4/15 – 12/13/15
Aurora Forest Bounty Grail Mix, 17.5 oz., UPC 65585200496, with best if used by dates of 10/28/15 – 12/13/15
Aurora Roasted No Salt Mixed Nuts, 9 oz., UPC 65585200243, with best if used by dates of 11/10/15 – 12/10/15
No illnesses have been reported at this time.

GIANT wants to warn all customers that food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, which can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems—including infants, the elderly and those undergoing chemotherapy.

Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

HEB Recalls Salmonella Tainted Macadamia Nuts

Texas Star Nut and Food Co., Inc. of Boerne, Texas is voluntarily recalling Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts, Lot Code #31435001, 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. 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.

Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts, Lot Code #31435001 was distributed only to HEB stores, in Texas. The product was sold between 12/30/2014 and 3/20/2015.

Product: Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts 6 oz. is Lot Code # 31435001 packed in cello bags.

Specific Code Date on Packages: Best Before 12/23/2015 located on the bottom of the nutritional label on the back of the bag. The only potential affected lot code is #31435001.

The recall was initiated as a result of a report received by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which detected Salmonella in a random sampling of our Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nut product. The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the FDA which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.

No illnesses have been reported in relation to this product at this time.

The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Whole Foods Recalls Garlic Powder over Salmonella Concerns

Frontier Co-op is voluntarily recalling several of its products manufactured with organic garlic powder that were sold under its Frontier and Simply Organic brands, and one product sold under the Whole Foods Market brand due to potential Salmonella contamination.

To date, no illnesses have been associated with these products.

The product in question was raw material received by Frontier, which tested positive for Salmonella during a test by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Given that Salmonella may be present, Frontier is immediately initiating this recall.

Frontier Co-op is immediately initiating added precautions to the safety of the supply chain and instituting additional product testing, beyond FDA guidelines, to mitigate any future occurrence.

Consumption of products containing Salmonella 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, 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, endocarditic and arthritis.

Recalled products were sold in all 50 states and in some parts of Canada to distributors, retailers and consumers. Below the release is a list of products containing the organic garlic powder: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm438360.htm

Images of the affected products can be viewed at the following link: http://www.frontiercoop.com/recall.

On foil bulk packages, the four-digit lot code will be found on the front label directly above the UPC code. On bottled items, the four-digit lot code can be found on the bottom of the bottle. On seasoning mixes, the four-digit lot code is embossed on the right side of the packet.