After multiple serious health code violations were discovered by Boston health inspectors, two restaurants in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood have been closed to allow for corrective measures.
Health inspectors were called to Cafe Med and Back Bay Sandwich on St. James Avenue after nine confirmed cases of salmonella, Channel 7 reports.
Inside Back Bay Sandwich, health inspectors reported finding 19 violatins, including “rodent activity and droppings” as well as food stored at unsafe temperatures and unsanitary refrigerators.
Chicken was found to be sitting a a “green liquor” inside Cafe Med’s kitchen.
The Boston Inspectional Services Department and the Boston Public Health Commission said the management of both eateries are working to “ensure compliance of all applicable codes,” according to a statement issued by the ISD. “This is an ongoing investigation into the cause of the illness and the health permits for both establishments will be suspended until further notice.”
Both restaurants will be closed until the health investigation is complete.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is alerting consumers that the brownie mix dessert included in the breaded chicken nugget meal trays produced by Conagra Brands, Inc., a Marshall, Mo. establishment, may be contaminated with Salmonella.
FSIS is issuing this alert, which affects 110,817 pounds of frozen meals, out of an abundance of caution after the company notified FSIS that the source material used in the brownie mix may be contaminated with Salmonella.
This public health alert applies to the following breaded chicken nugget, macaroni and cheese, and chocolate brownie meal tray produced on Jan. 26, 2017:
- 7.4 oz. vacuum-packed trays containing “BANQUET Chicken Nuggets with Mac & Cheese” with Code 3100080921 and a “BEST IF USED BY” date of July 20, 2018.
The products bear FSIS establishment number “P-9” printed on the side of the box. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
The problem was discovered when Conagra Brands, Inc. received notification from a supplier that an ingredient used in the brownie mix may be contaminated with Salmonella.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Conagra Brands, Inc., announced today it is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Hunt’s Chili Kits due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the chili seasoning packet contained in the kit. The chili seasoning used in the packet originated from a supplier who informed the company of the potential presence of Salmonella in a raw material used in the chili seasoning. Although no Salmonella was found in the finished product supplied to Conagra Brands, the company has decided out of an abundance of caution to recall the product.
There have been no reports of adverse reactions or injuries due to consumption of this product to date. Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most individuals recover without treatment. In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
The product covered by this recall was distributed in retail stores, military commissaries and online nationwide in the U.S.; the specific product information is listed below. The product code information is stated on the bottom of the kit below the barcode. No other Hunt’s products or Conagra Brands’ products are impacted by this recall.
Best By Date
HUNT’S CHILI KIT 44.8OZ
Apr 04, 2018
HUNT’S CHILI KIT 44.8OZ
May 01, 2018
HUNT’S CHILI KIT 44.8OZ
Apr 05, 2018
Williams-Sonoma of San Francisco, CA is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of WILLIAMS-SONOMA MEYER LEMON POPPY SEED QUICK BREAD, as it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The ingredient supplier has issued a recall of the bulk milk powder. Although no pathogenic bacteria have been found in the powdered milk product supplied in Williams-Sonoma’s product, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to recall the product produced from the specific lot received from our ingredient supplier.
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.
The affected Williams-Sonoma Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread was shipped to Williams-Sonoma retail stores nationwide from August 2016-present. The following product code is affected by the recall:
- Williams-Sonoma Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Quick Bread
- NET WT. 1 LB. 2 OZ
- Packaged in a yellow paper bag
- SKU 7839186 (located on price sticker)
- BEST BY: JAN2018 02118:A1 OR JAN2018 02018:A1 (located on the back flap)
Napa Valley Register reports several people reported getting sick with Salmonella after eating at Morimoto Napa last month, according to Napa County Public Health.
There are at least six confirmed cases of salmonella-related food borne illnesses in customers who dined at the restaurant on Main Street between Oct. 10 and Oct. 12, said Dr. Karen Relucio, the county’s chief public health officer.
Relucio confirmed that the restaurant has been cooperative. During their investigation, she said, officials found that the restaurant was very clean and organized with strict operating procedures. Although the source of the salmonella outbreak is still under investigation, Relucio said that the department didn’t see any risk of ongoing transmission associated with eating at Morimoto Napa.
Salmonella, a type of bacteria that causes food poisoning, can be found in a variety of different food products, including chicken, beef, pork, eggs, tomatoes and spouts. Eating raw or undercooked food increases the risk of getting sick, Relucio said. The symptoms usually appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection and include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
The illness lasts between four and seven days, Relucio said, and most people recover without treatment. Still, she said, if someone gets sick with food poisoning after eating out, they should report it to either Public Health or Environmental Health.
Prime Time Produce has issued a voluntary product recall for certain lots of cucumbers delivered to multiple locations in Bakersfield due to potential salmonella contamination.
These cucumbers may have been served in salad bars at the following schools between October 19, 2016 through October 28, 2016:
Bakersfield City Schools Greenfield Union School District
Cato Middle School Granite Point Elementary
Chavez Elementary Greenfield Jr. High
College Heights Elementary Horizon Elementary
Eissler Elementary McKee Middle
Fletcher Elementary Ollivier Jr. High
Garza Elementary Palla Elementary
Harding Elementary Planz Elementary
Horace Mann Elementary
William Penn Elementary
Other locations that may have received these cucumbers are as follows:
San Joaquin Community Hospital
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
Bakersfield Heart Hospital
California State University, Bakersfield
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
Salmonella may cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Salmonella infection can last 4 to 7 days, and most individuals recover without treatment. There have been no reports of illness due to consumption of this product in Kern County. Anyone concerned about illness should contact their healthcare provider.
Kern County Public Health will continue to monitor this voluntary recall and keep our community updated on any new information.
More than two dozen people in Hawaii have been infected by Salmonella bacteria in an outbreak that is tentatively linked to seaweed (limu or ogo) from an unnamed farm on Oahu. The 14 infected people include children and adults, with four victims have such severe symptoms that they required hospitalization, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. Although encouraging public awareness, the state health department did not release the name of the Oahu farm. The department ordered the farm “to halt operations and advise its customers to remove product from sale immediately.” All of the infected people developed diarrheal illnesses from mid- to late October. Preliminary investigations identified consumption of raw fish, specifically poke that contained limu, as a common factor among the sick people.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert out of an abundance of caution due to concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella that may be associated with a chicken salad product sold from Costco Store #1190, in Lynwood, Wash.
The chicken salad item for this public health alert was produced Aug. 26 through Sept. 2, 2016. The following product is subject to the public health alert:
- Varying weights of “Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad”.
This product was sold directly to consumers who shopped at Costco Store #1190 in Lynwood, Wash.
On September 26, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified FSIS of an investigation of Salmonella I 4,,12:i:- illnesses in the state of Washington. Working in conjunction with CDC and the Washington State Department of Health, FSIS determined that there is a possible link between rotisserie chicken salad from Costco’s Alderwood store in Lynwood, Wash. and these illnesses. Based on epidemiological evidence, four Salmonella I 4,,12:i:- case-patients have been identified with illness onset dates ranging from September 2 to September 6, 2016. Traceback investigation indicated that three of these case-patients consumed rotisserie chicken salad purchased on August 26, August 31 and September 2, 2016 from this Costco location. No product has tested positive for this strain of Salmonella. Clinical isolates associated with this investigation were tested for antibiotic-resistance, and three isolates from Washington State were found resistant only to tetracycline and susceptible to other antibiotics commonly used to treat salmonellosis. FSIS continues to work with Costco and public health partners on this investigation, and will provide more information as it becomes available.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.
FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.
Consumers who have purchased this product on August 26, August 31 and September 2, 2016 are urged not to consume it.