Foodborne Illness

How to figure out if your food has been recalled

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How to figure out if your food has been recalled

With the many recalls issued already this year for food contamination, it can be difficult to figure out if the foods in your fridge are safe to eat. Unfortunately, prior to a recall, there is no way to know if your food is contaminated. That is why it is crucial that companies recall its products as soon as contamination is detected. Once the products are recalled, it makes it a little easier for consumers. If you have a potential product that may have been recalled, you can go to the Food and Drug Administration’s website to find the official recall report.  The recall report will give you a list with product codes and details for all the recalled products. The report will also often include use-by-dates and certain states or geographical areas affected.

After you have checked the report, you should be able to know if the products in your fridge are safe to consume. If you do have a recalled product, you can take it back to the store it was purchased from and usually get a full refund. Some recalled foods can contain serious bacteria or listeria. It is very important that you do not consume these products. Listeria can survive and cool temperatures and can be very harmful to those with weak immune systems. Bacteria and fungi cannot survive in cooler temperatures, which is why food should be refrigerated properly.

For more information on recalls you can visit the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled For Metal Shavings

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Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled For Metal Shavings

Hormel Food Sales is recalling 2,000 pounds of Skippy peanut butter due to some jars possibly containing metal shavings.

The company decided to voluntarily recall 150 cases of peanut butter after metal shavings were found on an in-line magnet check during routine cleaning. The recall affects SKIPPY Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread in 16.3-ounce jars with a “best if used by” date of DEC1416LR1 and a package UPC code of 37600-10500 which is located on the top of the product lid. Seven states are affected by the recalled peanut butter including Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, Arkansas and Virginia. The product was delivered to Publix, Target and Walmart distribution centers.

Hormel Food Sales has stated that no other sizes or varieties of Skippy peanut butter spread are affected or recalled. The shavings appeared in the product due to an equipment malfunction. A Hormel Food Sales spokesman says that the product has been fixed.  With foodborne objects that are greater than 7 millimeters in length, there is a greater risk for severe choking and airway obstruction. With metal shavings there is also a risk of gastrointestinal perforation or secondary infection. If you have one of these recalled products, return it to the store for an exchange and do not consume the product. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not aware of any injuries related to the voluntary recall. For more information, you can contact Hormel Foods Customer Relations at 1-866-475-4779.

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Kraft Expands Recall on Individual Wrapped Cheese

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Kraft Expands Recall on Individual Wrapped Cheese

Kraft is expanding a recall for individually wrapped American cheese slices due to the possibility that the plastic film may remain on the cheese causing a choking hazard.

If the plastic film sticks to the cheese slice then it could potentially cause a choking hazard to individuals. Kraft originally recalled select cheese slices on July 31. The expanded recall includes the 3-pound and 4-pound sizes of Kraft Singles American and White American pasteurized prepared cheese with best by dates of December 29, 2015 through January 4, 2016 with the manufacturing code S54 and S55. You can find the best by date and manufacturing code on the outer box and on the individual packages.

Kraft has expanded the recall due to two new consumer complaints of choking related to the packaging issue. Kraft is requesting that consumers who have purchased this product not eat the slices. Consumers can return it to the store they purchased it from for a full refund.

For more information regarding the recall you can contact Kraft Heinz consumer relations at 1-800-432-3101, Monday through Friday, from 9-6 pm eastern.

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Cucumbers Recalled for Salmonella Outbreak

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Cucumbers Recalled for Salmonella Outbreak

Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce is voluntarily recalling cucumbers labeled under the “limited edition” brand due to a salmonella outbreak.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 285 cases of salmonella that can be traced back to cucumbers in 27 different states. One of the reports includes a death as a result of the cucumbers. The cucumbers were sold in stores between August 1 and September 3, 2015. The states affected include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

Whole Foods, who said they did not carry the affected cucumbers, is still taking all of its cucumbers purchased in the month of August off the shelf. Red Lobster, a seafood chain restaurant, is following Whole Foods by discarding all of its cucumbers as well.

The affected cucumbers were grown in Mexico and are currently being tested by state health and agriculture authorities. Consumers can return any purchased cucumbers for a full refund or exchange.

If you or someone you know has been injured or has died as a result of a product or foodborne illness, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.

Kraft Recalls Cheese Singles Due to Customers Choking on Plastic Wrapping

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Kraft Recalls Cheese Singles Due to Customers Choking on Plastic Wrapping

Kraft Heinz Company is recalling 36,000 cases of Kraft Singles individually-wrapped slices after customers reported choking on the wrapping.

There were ten complaints filed and three consumers who said they choked on the plastic wrapping. Consumers reported that the plastic remained connected to the cheese after it was unwrapped. Due to the number of complaints and the fact that the cheese slices could potentially be a choking hazard, Kraft issued the voluntary recall.

The recall affects 3-and 4-pound sizes of Kraft Singles American and White American pasteurized prepared cheese with a use-by-date of December 29, 2015 to January 4, 2016. Products were distributed in the United States, Puerto Rico and Grand Cayman.

This is the second recall for Kraft this year. Earlier in March, Kraft recalled 242,000 cases of its trademark original flavor Macaroni & Cheese dinners due to the fact that the boxes may contain small metal pieces. There were no injuries reported, but eight consumers did contact the company regarding the product and recall.

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1.7 Million lbs. of Frozen Chicken Recalled for Salmonella Scare

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1.7 Million lbs. of Frozen Chicken Recalled for Salmonella Scare

Barber Foods is recalling 1,707,494 pounds of chicken for fear that it may be contaminated with salmonella.

It may be a good time to switch to red meat or fish. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and Barber Foods shared that the recall affects frozen, raw stuffed chicken products produced between February 17, 2015 and May 20, 2015. The recall was spurred after patients from Wisconsin and Minnesota showed signs of illness from the bacteria. Affected products include chicken breasts stuffed with broccoli and cheese, asparagus and cheese, and ham and cheese. Chicken fingers, Chicken Kiev, and Cordon Bleu are also a part of the recall.

This recall is an extension of a previous recall from Barber in July of this year in which 58,320 pounds of frozen Chicken Kiev were recalled. The Chicken Kiev products affected have a sell by date of April 28, 2016; May 20, 2016; and July 21, 2016.

The specific strain of salmonella that has been identified is salmonella enteritidis. It can cause fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea seen 12 to 72 hours after consumption. It can be especially dangerous for the elderly, children and pregnant women.

Breaded and stuffed food can be more risky for bacteria, because people assume that the product is already cooked and, as a result, don’t cook them fully.  Freezing does not kill salmonella; so many people don’t realize that it’s still contaminated. Cross-contamination can also be a way that consumers contract the bacteria. Washing and handling food properly is vital in the kitchen, for food safety.

If you purchased one of these products, it is best to immediately discard of it and not try to cook it. To see the full list of recalled products, you can visit Barber’s website here.

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Kroger recalls 4 different seasonings and cilantro

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Kroger recalls 4 different seasonings and cilantro

Kroger has announced two different recalls for cilantro and four different Kroger seasonings.

A positive test for salmonella in South Carolina resulted in Kroger recalling four of its seasonings. Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac’n Buds were all recalled from many stores across the nation. There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the seasonings, but Kroger is still recalling the products as a precaution. The products have been taken off the shelves of affected stores. Kroger is requesting that customers who have bought the seasonings to not consume them and to return them for a full refund or replacement.

Kroger is also recalling bunches of cilantro from southeastern stores due to possible cyclospora cayetanensis contamination. Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis, according to the CDC.  Symptoms of Cyclospora include watery diarrhea, explosive bowel movements, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue. Symptoms usually appear a week after consumption. Affected cilantro bunches are recalled at Kroger stores in Georgia; South Carolina; Auburn, Alabama; Greater Memphis area, Tennessee; Arkansas; Mississippi; Western Kentucky; North Carolina; Virginia; Eastern West Virginia; Eastern Kentucky; Southeastern Ohio; Texas and Louisiana. There have been several reports of hospitalization from the cilantro in Georgia.

For more information on the recalls you can visit Kroger’s website here.

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Bottled Water Recalled for E. Coli Concerns

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Bottled Water Recalled for E. Coli Concerns

Niagara Bottling is recalling some of its bottled water for possible E. Coli contamination.

Niagara Bottling, based in Ontario, is voluntarily recalling bottles of water from its Pennsylvania facilities that were manufactured between June 10 and June 18 for possible E. Coli contamination. The company has not released the number of bottles recalled. A spokesman for the company has shared that it is less than 3% of the water produced by the company during the recalled time period and that the majority of the water has not made it to shelves yet.

The company did not find E. Coli in any of its facilities, but it was reported that it was found at the company’ssource. As extra caution, the company decided to recall its products and notify the Food and Drug Administration. Niagara issued a statement which shared that its disinfection process would have kept the water free of E. Coli. As soon as the company was notified of E. Coli they shut down the operation and disinfected the bottling lines plus recalled the products for extra precaution. E. Coli is a bacteria that can cause fever, nausea, diarrhea and stomach cramping and vomiting. No illnesses have been reported regarding the bottled water.

The recalled bottles were sold under the brand names Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-11, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Pricerite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, Shoprite, Western Beef Blue and Wegmans.

For more information on what products are affected you can look on Niagara Bottling’s website.

If you or someone you know has experience illness or injury as a result of a product, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.

Source: Gannett News

Pool Safety: Protect yourself from Recreational Water Illness

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Pool Safety: Protect yourself from Recreational Water Illness

Pools are a fun activity for all during the warmer months. Although they can be a great alternative if you don’t have a beach nearby, they can also carry bacteria and germs which can cause recreational water illnesses.  Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs which contaminate swimming pools, hot tubs and water parks or other bodies of water. RWIs can also be caused by chemicals that evaporate from the water and cause indoor air quality problems. As a result, RWIs can cause infections, the most common being diarrhea.

Preventing RWIs requires participation by not just the pool staff but also from swimmers. Even though they cannot eliminate the issue altogether, together they can make changes and steps in order to make the pool a healthier place to swim. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has put together a list of steps to help protect yourself from these illnesses.

Remember to always swim your LAAPS!

  • Look at the pool and its surroundings.
    • Is the water clear and clean? Can you see straight to the bottom of the pool?
    • Are the slides and equipment smooth? They should not be sticky or slippery.
    • Does the pool smell? Although you should be able to smell some odor due to the chlorine, the pool should not have a strong chemical smell.
    • Are all of the pool pumps and filters working?
  • Ask questions of the pool staff.
    • What is their training? Are they certified?
    • Are chlorine and pH levels checked at least twice per day?
    • Are the levels checked when the pool is most heavily used?
    • Is trained staff available on the weekends?
    • What was the health inspection grade for the pool?
  • Act by being proactive and educating others.
    • Learn about RWIs and educate others on what you know.
    • Urge pool management to spread the word about RWIs.
    • Check the pool water yourself for adequate free chlorine (1-3 parts per million) and pH (7.2-7.8) levels. You can buy test strips at local home improvement stores.
  • Practice healthy swimming behaviors.
    • Keep urine, fecal matter, sweat, and dirt out of the water.
    • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.
    • Shower before you get in the water.
    • Do not swallow the water.
    • Every hour take everyone in your family out for bathroom breaks. Check diapers and change them in the bathroom or diaper changing area – never pool side. Reapply sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Safety is always important.
    • Keep an eye on children at all times. Children can drown in seconds and in silence.
    • Don’t use air-filled swimming aids in place of life jackets or preserves.
    • Protect against sunburn by using sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and both UVA and UVB protection. Always reapply after swimming.

Stay safe this summer and remember your LAAPS!

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a public pool or waterpark, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.

Source: CDC

Smoked salmon recalled over listeria

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Smoked salmon recalled over listeria

Santa Barbara Smokehouse is recalling almost all of its varieties of smoked salmon due to a possible listeria contamination.

A voluntary recall was issued by the company for all of its smoked salmon except its Hot Smoked Salmon, made from March 1 through April 8, 2015. The recalled products were distributed to retailers and food wholesalers across the nation. They were sold under the brands Cambridge House, Coastal Harbor, Harbor Point, North Shores S.F. Specialty, Channel Island and Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Smokehouse advises that customers not consume frozen products purchased on or before April 8, 2015. Although there have been no reported illnesses or death from the products, listeria is a serious infection that can cause stomach pains, fever, headaches, nausea and diarrhea. In worse cases and in people with weak immune systems it can cause death or miscarriage for pregnant women.

Several other companies have recalled products this year for listeria contamination including, Blue Bell, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Frozen spinach manufacturers, Sabra and Amy’s Kitchen.

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