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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Bearded Dragons

As of April 21, 2014, a total of 132 persons infected with the outbreak strain of SalmonellaCotham have been reported from 31 states since February 21, 2012.

  • 58% of ill persons are children 5 years of age or younger.
  • 42% of ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings have linked this outbreak of Salmonella infections to contact with pet bearded dragons purchased from multiple stores in different states. Bearded dragons are popular pet lizards that come in a variety of colors.

Of the three isolates collected from ill persons, one (33%) was resistant to ceftriaxone, an antibiotic used to treat serious Salmonella infections.

Trader Joe’s Recalls Basil with Salmonella

Infinite Herbs LLC of Miami, FL, is voluntarily recalling one lot of its 2.5-ounce packages of Organic Basil sold at Trader Joe’s because of potential contamination with Salmonella.

The recall only affects one specific lot of Infinite Herbs brand Organic Basil packaged in 2.5-ounce clamshells bearing the “Date Packed 02/21 20422″. The “Date Packed” information can be found on the back side label below the country-of-origin statement.

The product was only distributed to Trader Joe’s stores located in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Southern Virginia and Tennessee.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall. However, due to the time required to trace an illness back to a specific food product, it is impossible to say if any illnesses have occurred.

The voluntary recall was initiated by Infinite Herbs after routine testing by FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of Organic Basil. Subsequent testing conducted at the request of Infinite Herbs and the retailer on other lots of Organic Basil located at the retail locations, as well as at the grower, resulted in no findings of contamination of any additional lots.

Consumers who have purchased this lot of Infinite Herbs Organic Basil are urged not to eat the product and to dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Lisy Recalls Salmonella Basil

Lisy Corporation of Miami, FL is voluntarily recalling Lisy Sweet Basil (Albahaca), 6 oz jar, Item #1132, Lot #’s A013 0518 & A014 0518, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. 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 (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.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall.

Lisy Sweet Basil- 6oz, bottle, UPC Code 0 96786 30032 8 began distribution on 01/15/2014 in retail stores in the states of New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Maryland.

The voluntary recall was initiated by Lisy after a routine sampling by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in the Lisy Sweet Basil (Albahaca), 6 oz., Lot #’s A013 0518 & A014 0518.

524 Ill with Salmonella and still NO Recall

The investigation continues into Salmonella Heidelberg infections likely related to Foster Farms chicken.

Ongoing surveillance identified in February that infections from some of the previously rare outbreak strains again exceeded the number of infections expected to be reported to PulseNet during this time of year.

As of April 7, 2014, a total of 524 persons infected with seven outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 25 states and Puerto Rico, since March 1, 2013.

37% of ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

Most ill persons (76%) have been reported from California.

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations conducted by local, state, and federal officials indicate that consumption of Foster Farms brand chicken is the likely source of this outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections.

The outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics. Although these antibiotics are not typically used to treat Salmonella bloodstream infections or other severe Salmonella infections, antibiotic resistance can be associated with increased risk of hospitalization in infected individuals.

Sprouts Recalls Peppercorns

Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. (SFM) on Friday issued a recall of store-branded organic black peppercorns, saying the product could potentially be contaminated with salmonella.

The grocery chain said the product was being recalled from all stores. No illnesses have been reported.

Sprouts said the recall was enacted after a sample taken during routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration revealed the presence of salmonella in one lot of the product.

The product is sold in a 2.12-ounce, clear glass jar and with an expiration date of October 2016, Sprouts said. Each container is identified with a label showing the Sprouts company logo and the description “Organic Black Peppercorns.”

As a precaution, Sprouts is also recalling Frontier-branded organic whole black peppercorns sold in a 16-ounce container and Simply Organic-branded whole black peppercorns sold in a 2.65-ounce jar.

Illegally Manufactured Cheese Sickens 100 with Salmonella

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is warning people about the dangers of consuming illegally manufactured cheeses. Health officials are reporting around 100 cases of salmonellosis in 13 counties believed to be linked to consumption of an illegally manufactured Mexican-style cheese. A sample of the cheese obtained from the home of a person who became ill tested positive for Salmonella. IDPH is working with local health departments to identify the manufacturer of the contaminated cheese.

“We’re concerned that people who consume this manufactured cheese may become sick from Salmonella,” said Dr. Hasbrouck. “It is important for you to check the labeling to make sure the product was made by a licensed dairy manufacturer – even if you purchased the cheese from a grocery store. If you become ill after eating Mexican-style cheese, contact your health care provider and your local health department.”

Local health departments in Boone, Cook (including the city of Chicago), DuPage, Fayette, Kane, Lake, LaSalle, Macon, Marion, McHenry, Vermillion, Washington and Will counties have reported to IDPH since July 2012 around 100 cases with the same strain of Salmonella believed to be associated with this cheese. The average age of people who have become ill is nine-years-old and a third of all the cases have been hospitalized.

Anyone with information about illegally manufactured cheese should contact their local health department for follow up. Without this information, it will not be possible to prevent further illnesses. People who become ill after eating illegally manufactured cheese, should keep the cheese for possible testing.

Many cases have reported consuming Mexican-style cheese obtained from worksites, including factories, and at train stations, from street vendors and from relatives and friends. The cheese is not labeled and is often wrapped in aluminum foil. IDPH recommends that people who have Mexican-style cheese in their home, but cannot clearly identify the product was made by a licensed or regulated manufacturer, should not eat the cheese.

While Salmonella bacteria cannot be detected by sight, taste or smell, it can cause illness, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most individuals can recover on their own in 3 to 5 days. The infection can be more severe in young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune system.

IDPH advises against buying or consuming cheese that is suspected to be made by an unlicensed dairy manufacturer. IDPH encourages consumers to always purchase milk and dairy products made by licensed dairy manufacturers. Legitimate Mexican-style cheeses are available in the refrigerated case at retail stores and in most cases, label information specifies the legal name of the product, the name and address of distributor or processor, quantity of contents, an ingredient statement, and nutrition facts.

Basil Recalled Due to Salmonella Finding

Infinite Herbs LLC of Miami, Florida is voluntarily recalling one lot of its 2.5 ounce packages of Organic Basil because of potential contamination with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that 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 recall only affects one specific lot of Infinite Herbs brand Organic Basil packaged in 2.5 ounce clamshell bearing the “Date Packed 02/21 20422″. The “Date Packed” information can be found on the back side label below the country of origin statement. The product was only distributed to Trader Joe’s stores located in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Southern Virginia and Tennessee.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The voluntary recall was initiated by Infinite Herbs after routine testing by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of Organic Basil. Subsequent testing conducted at the request of Infinite Herbs and the retailer on other lots of Organic Basil located at the retail locations, as well as at the grower, resulted in no findings of contamination of any additional lots.

Real Sliced Fruit with Salmonella Recalled

Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. of Albany, Oregon has voluntarily recalled 59,780 cases of Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit, produced exclusively for Costco Wholesale Stores. In cooperation with Costco, the company issued the recall after determining the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Precautionary recall measures began on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Consumers who may have purchased the product were contacted by phone and US. Mail, and a letter regarding the voluntary recall was posted on the Costco website. Furthermore, the affected product was removed from Costco floors. No confirmed cases of Salmonella poisoning from consumption of this product have been reported at this time, Any Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit that is currently available for purchase has been rigorously tested and is safe for consumption. No other products made by Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. are affected.

Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit is sold in a red and white case containing 20 pouches of freeze-dried snacks. Consumers who have purchased Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit with the following “Best Before Dates,” listed on the upper left corner of the front panel of the case, are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Best Before Date: FEB 14 2015 – MAR 11 2015 (which reads FEB142015 – MAR112015)

Cases of the potentially contaminated Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit were distributed to Costco Wholesale stores in the following locations: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico.

Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. is issuing the recall as a proactive safety precaution. 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 (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Roast Beef Recalled Due to Salmonella

Lucerne Foods is recalling various sandwich products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination.  This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products have been sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and may have been sold in other provinces.

Roast Beef Submarine, BB MR 11, BB MR 12, BB MR 13, BB MR 14, BB MR 17, 6 89048 03110 3

Meat Lover’s Sandwich, BB MR 11, BB MR 12, BB MR 13, BB MR 16, BB MR 17, 6 89048 03117 9

Roast Beef Submarine, 4051, 0 79944 00991 2

Roast Beef & Cheddar Sandwich, 4051, 0 79944 00987 5

Pictures of Product Labels Here.

More Ill in Foster Farm’s Salmonella Chicken Outbreak

According to the CDC today the investigation continues into Salmonella Heidelberg infections likely related to Foster Farms chicken.

As of February 28, 2014, a total of 481 persons infected with seven outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 25 states and Puerto Rico, since March 1, 2013. 38% of ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. Most ill persons (76%) have been reported from California.

The number of reported infections from all seven outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg returned to baseline levels in January and the outbreak appeared to be over, as noted in the previous update on January 16, 2014. However, the investigation continued.

Ongoing surveillance identified in February that infections from two of the previously rare outbreak strains have again exceeded the number of infections expected to be reported to PulseNet during this time of year.

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations conducted by local, state, and federal officials indicate that consumption of Foster Farms brand chicken is the likely source of this outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections.