June 2009

When it learned that one of its suppliers had equipment contaminated with salmonella, Dunkin’ Donuts removed hot chocolate and its Dunkaccino beverages from its menu.


Behind that action was the decision by Minnesota’s Plainview Milk Products Cooperative to recall all the instant nonfat dried milk, whey protein, fruit stabilizers and gums or thickening agents

If you raise chicks and you are in the catering business, you need to be extra careful not to cross contaminate the food you serve with salmonella from the chicks you keep.

It’s looking like that’s what happened in North Dakota where an unlicensed caterer linked to three separate incidents of salmonella food poisoning that

 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers not to eat two brands of pistachios repacked by Orca Distribution West Inc. of Anaheim, California.  The brands are:

  • California Prime Produce
  • Orange County Orchards

The pistachios may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young

To list all the peanut products they’ve recalled takes a couple pages each for Kellogg Co. and Clif Bar Inc.  

For Kellogg’s, it includes products like Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies and Keebler Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies.  For Clif Bar, MOJO Dipped Chocolate Peanut and  MOJO Dipped Peanut Butter and Jelly are on the

Perhaps the most interesting statistic about salmonella is that only 6.1 percent of all the thousands of illnesses it was responsible for in 2006 could be attributed to the recognized outbreaks that are laid out in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

And while the Centers on Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

The Consumer Reports Blog has a nice profile up on “Team D,” the environmental science students at the University of Minnesota who’ve been at the center of tracking down recent outbreaks of food-borne illness, including salmonella.  Here’s how CR begins the story:

“Graduate students in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health vie to

Richardson Elementary School students in Lee’s Summit, MO were sent home with warning letters yesterday after two kindergartners were hospitalized with salmonella.

A boy, listed in fair condition, and a girl, whose condition was not being released, were enrolled in Richardson’s Kids Country during the school year.

Health officials could not say if the

Somebody must have hit the "re-send" button overnight at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as we received a number of recall notices from earlier May that we’ve already written about.

One that is somewhat new, however, is from last Friday when Union International Food Company recalled Lian How Brand White Peppers with red labels