August 2009

Melon Acres has recalled cantaloupes distributed through Farm-Wey Produce of Lakeland, FL due to possible salmonella contamination.

The cantaloupes were shipped August 13th and 14th and were identified as 41 MG 10, Bin Numbers 4753-4980. These bins were distributed to Aldi’s in Greenwood, Indiana and Meijer in Lansing, Michigan, Newport, Michigan, and Tipp City, Ohio.

Salinas, CA-based NewStar Fresh Foods  has recalled 772 cartons of iced jumbo green onions it distributed under the Omo and Fu Choy brand names in Georgia, Michigan, and California. The company fears the onions may be contaminated with Salmonella.No illnesses have been reported. The product is packaged in a 48-count iced carton, item numbers 02487403

On August 6, 2009 Beef Packers, Inc., of Fresno, California recalled approximately 825,769 pounds of ground beef products linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis (disease that can be caused by antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Newport). This was announced on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website.

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In cooperation with Beef Packers, Inc.’s (Cargill’s) recall of 825,769 pounds of ground beef linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis, Pleseanton, CA-based Safeway Inc. is recalling fresh ground beef products sold between June 6 through July 14, 2009, at stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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The multi-state Salmonella Newport outbreak centered on Colorado has taken new twist with a huge beef recall out of California being announced today by the  U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service. 

Target of the recall is an estimated 825,769 pounds of ground beef products manufactured by Fresno, CA-based Beef Packers Inc.  From there, the ground beef was sold to grocery stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Utah; which then repacked it for sale to consumers.

No list of retailers selling the dangerously contaminated ground beef in the four states has yet been issued by FSIS, which it is suppose to do under its own policy.

In a prepared statement, FSIS said: "As a result of an ongoing investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella Newport associated with ground beef products, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified FSIS of the situation. Epidemiological and traceback investigations conducted by FSIS and CDPHE determined that there is an association between the fresh ground beef products and illnesses reported in Colorado. The illnesses were also linked through the epidemiological investigation by their uncommon pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern found in PulseNet, a national network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

We previously reported that the strain of Salmonella Newport under investigation in Colorado is resistant to many normal antibiotics.

Treatment failure in infected individuals and increase risk of hospitalization is possible.
 


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Colorado doctors and hospitals are combating Salmonella Newport infections that resistant to the most commonly used antibiotics.   Twenty-one people spread mostly up and down the Front Range are being treated for Salmonella Newport. Cases have been reported in eight other states as well.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and