September 2012

There have been four E. coli O157 illnesses associated with the consumption of beef products originating from XL Foods Inc. (Establishment # 38).

Looks like the CDC’s catch phrase is catching on.  However, figuring out what will be the extent of the tainted product seems like a work in progress.  And, with Verlyn Olson, Alberta’s Agriculture Minister, telling reporters: “that Alberta beef producers continue to have a high reputation for safety and quality, despite the growing recall list,” it sees confusion is the word of the day.

For current information on the location of XL’s meat that has entered the United States visit an updated retail distribution list are posted on FSIS’ website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.  Here is what we know to date:

Albertson’s – All locations in Oregon and Washington State

Baker’s – Stores in Nebraska

City Market – Stores in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

Dillon’s – Stores in Kansas and Missouri

Food 4 Less – Stores in California, Illinois and Indiana

Foods Co. – Stores in California

Fred Meyer – Nationwide

Fry’s – Stores in Arizona

Gerbes – Stores in Kansas and Missouri

Haggen Northwest Fresh – Stores in Washington and Oregon

Hilander – Stores in Illinois and Indiana

Jay C – Stores in Illinois and Indiana

King Soopers – Stores in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

Kroger – Stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia;

Owen’s – Stores in Illinois and Indiana

Pay Less – Stores in Illinois and Indiana

QFC – Nationwide

Ralph’s – Stores in California

Safeway – Locations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington State

Sam’s Club – Locations in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Scott’s – Stores in Illinois and Indiana

Smith’s Stores – Nationwide

TOP Food and Drug – Stores in Washington and Oregon

Walmart – Nationwide

According to another Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) press release, the public warning issued on September 28, 2012 has been updated to include additional products. Previously identified products included in this recall can be found on the CFIA’s website at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/recalls.  The affected products are associated with the same XL Foods manufacturing dates of August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5, 2012, as the previously recalled ground beef products. The trace out from XL to secondary and tertiary distributors, manufacturers and retailers could result in a large number of affected products over a wide range of codes and dates.

The CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected beef in their home to check with the store(s) where the product was purchased or throw it out.

The following products, made from beef “voluntarily” recalled by XL Foods (Est. 38), are affected by this alert – the list is long:  http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2012/20120929e.shtml

Fresh Express Incorporated is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of expired 18 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad with the expired Use-by Date of September 26, 2012 and Product Code H256808 as a precaution due to a possible health risk.

No consumer complaints have been received by Fresh Express Consumer Response Center in association with this recall. No other Fresh Express products are being recalled.

The product was distributed primarily in Northeast and Midwest of the United States.

Fresh Express customer service representatives are already contacting retailers to confirm the product was removed from their inventories and store shelves in accordance with standard procedures for products that have reached their expiration date. Customers with questions may contact their Fresh Express customer service representative

Should consumers have this expired product in their refrigerators, it should discarded and not consumed. Consumers with questions may call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The precautionary recall notification for the now-expired salad is being issued due to an isolated incident in which a sample of a single package of 18 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s random sample testing program. Fresh Express is continuing to coordinate closely with regulatory officials.

Specific information follows:

Product Being Recalled: Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine in 18 oz. package
Product Code: H256808 (located in upper right corner on front of package)
Use-by Date: September 26, 2012 (also located in upper right hand corner of package)
Distribution: Northeast and Midwest Regions of the U.S.

It is certainly not the sizes of the states – or the governors for that matter.  It is not the hair.  California and New Jersey are only states (this week) that have Salmonella Cantaloupe, Mango and Peanut Butter and Listeria Cheese Illnesses linked to nationwide outbreaks.

Chamberlain Farms Cantaloupe – A total of 270 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Typhimurium (240 persons) and Salmonella Newport (30 persons) have been reported from 26 states.

The number of ill persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (16), Arkansas (6), California (2), Florida (1), Georgia (9), Iowa (10), Illinois (26), Indiana (24), Kentucky (70), Massachusetts (2), Maryland (1), Michigan (6), Minnesota (5), Missouri (15), Mississippi (7), Montana (1), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (7), Ohio (6), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (5), Tennessee (8), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (6).

The number of ill persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport identified in each state is as follows: Illinois (8), Indiana (9), Michigan (1), Missouri (6), Ohio (3), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (2).

101 ill persons have been hospitalized. Three deaths have been reported in Kentucky.  We have filed two lawsuits.

Daniella Mangoes – A total of 121 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup have been reported from 15 states.

The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: California (93), Delaware (1), Hawaii (4), Idaho (1), Illinois (2), Maine (1), Michigan (1), Montana (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), Oregon (1), Texas (2), Washington (8), and Wisconsin (1).

25 ill persons have been hospitalized.  We have filed one lawsuit.

Sunland Peanut Butter – A total of 30 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney have been reported from 19 states.

The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Arizona (1), California (2), Connecticut (3), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (3), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Nevada (1), New Jersey (2), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Pennsylvania (2), Rhode Island (1), Texas (4), Virginia (1), and Washington (2).

4 ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.  We will file one lawsuit.

Ricotta Salata Frescolina Cheese – A total of 18 persons infected with the outbreak-associated strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 12 states and the District of Columbia.

The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: California (1), Colorado (1), District of Columbia (1), Maryland (3), Minnesota (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (3), New Mexico (1), New York (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (2), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).

All 18 ill persons were hospitalized. Three deaths have been reported. Listeriosis contributed to at least one of these deaths. One fetal loss has been reported.  We have filed one lawsuit.

The republican and democratic governors must be so proud.

Politicians on both sides of the border should be aware.

CBC news reports “Kristina Lees says her warnings about Costco meat were ignored.”

The mother of an Edmonton boy who got sick from tainted beef says she was ignored when she told health officials that steaks were the source of her son’s E. coli poisoning.  “I felt helpless. I was mad that my son got sick, and that other people could get sick,” said Kristina Lees. “I’m still mad about it, actually.”

Lees thinks health officials are “doing a good job” with the recall and warnings now, but that it should not have taken weeks for the first alerts to go out.

“I don’t think they handled it very well in the beginning, I think they procrastinated a bit.”

Just a bit?  Yes, I think that is the case.

What gives?  Am I the only one who likes lawsuits?

The CDC reported that a total of 270 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Typhimurium (240 persons) and Salmonella Newport (30 persons) have been reported from 26 states.  The number of ill persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (16), Arkansas (6), California (2), Florida (1), Georgia (9), Iowa (10), Illinois (26), Indiana (24), Kentucky (70), Massachusetts (2), Maryland (1), Michigan (6), Minnesota (5), Missouri (15), Mississippi (7), Montana (1), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (7), Ohio (6), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (5), Tennessee (8), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (6).  The number of ill persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport identified in each state is as follows: Illinois (8), Indiana (9), Michigan (1), Missouri (6), Ohio (3), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (2).  101 ill persons have been hospitalized. Three deaths have been reported in Kentucky.  According to the FDA, Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc. of Owensville, Indiana is a source of this outbreak.

We have filed the only two lawsuits.

We filed the first on behalf of a Michigan family stricken in this latest cantaloupe-related Salmonella outbreak. The complaint was filed in Calhoun County Circuit Court in Michigan on behalf of Battle Creek resident Angela Compton and her two children, who both fell ill with Salmonella Typhimurium infections after eating cantaloupe purchased from Wal-Mart in mid-July.  According to the complaint, Angela Compton purchased 3 cantaloupes at the Wal-Mart store located at 6020 B Drive North in Battle Creek on July 12, 2012, and later sliced the cantaloupes and served them to her family. Within days of eating the cantaloupe slices, one of Angela’s children, “MC”, became ill with symptoms of Salmonella infection, including diarrhea and painful abdominal cramping. She was treated several times by her pediatrician and was later seen at the emergency room for dehydration and was admitted to Bronson Kalamazoo hospital. MC was hospitalized for 4 days and continued to suffer symptoms of Salmonella infection for at least a week after she was discharged. MC’s sister, “CC”, fell ill with a Salmonella infection several days into MC’s illness. She was also treated at her pediatrician’s office, but required further treatment at the ER on three occasions. Both children tested positive for Salmonella Typhimurium.

We filed the second  lawsuit on behalf of Vicksburg, Michigan resident Julie Hall, who alleges that her daughter, “OS”, became ill with a Salmonella Typhimurium infection as a result of consuming cantaloupe manufactured and sold by Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc.  According to the complaint, four-year-old OS developed severe abdominal cramps and repeated bouts of diarrhea starting on July 17, 2012. Ms. Hall sought medical advice for her daughter’s condition that evening, and took her daughter to the emergency room the next day. In the ER, physicians examined OS, then placed the child on antibiotics and discharged her. On July 19, OS’s symptoms persisted and she was brought back to the hospital for evaluation. She was discharged later that evening, but her mother sought further medical advice for her daughter on July 20, as OS’s diarrhea had become bloody. Ms. Hall later learned that her daughter’s stool sample tested positive for the strain of Salmonella associated with the multi-state Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to Chamberlin Farms cantaloupes.

Thanks to the Food Bug Lady for keeping it all straight.

According to the CDC, the case count remained steady this week.  A total of 30 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney have been reported from 19 states.  The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Arizona (1), California (2), Connecticut (3), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (3), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Nevada (1), New Jersey (2), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Pennsylvania (2), Rhode Island (1), Texas (4), Virginia (1), and Washington (2).  4 ill persons have been hospitalized.

We filed a lawsuit this week against Trader Joe’s and Sunland, Inc., the companies whose peanut butter and other nut products have been identified as the source of a 30-person Salmonella Bredeney outbreak among residents of 19 states. The lawsuit was filed in Nash County Superior Court on behalf of the father of an 8-year-old Nash County, North Carolina child who became ill with a Salmonella Bredeney infection in late August.  In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges his son consumed Trader Joe’s Valencia brand peanut butter on sandwiches and other items on several occasions before becoming ill with symptoms of Salmonella infection, including intense abdominal cramps, on August 25, 2012. The child developed bloody diarrhea soon thereafter and was seen by his pediatrician several times before being admitted to Wilson Medical Center for a 3-day hospitalization. According to the complaint, the child continues in his recovery from his Salmonella Bredeney infection, which was confirmed by the North Carolina Department of Health to be one of at least 30 Salmonella Bredeney cases linked to the consumption of Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut butter and potentially other products containing nuts and seeds recalled by Sunland, Inc.

Thanks to eFoodAlert (a.k.a. The Food Bug Lady) for this extensive list of retailers (go to eFoodAlert to get complete list of products) who have been selling Sunland’s product (here is Sunland’s recall list) and who are in the process of recalling it: Continue Reading Where has all the Sunland Salmonella Peanut Butter Spread?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a roundup of all recalled mangoes from the Mexican company whose fruits have been linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak. Many have been listed individually in prior recalls, but this announcement lists the four U.S. distributors who imported the recalled mangoes and all of the companies who have filed secondary recall announcements with FDA.

These four U.S. distributors – two in California and two in Texas – imported mangoes from Agricola Daniella, a Sinaloa, Mexico-based company that owns several farms and one packing house there. Mangoes from the company have now been named as the likely source of a Salmonella Braenderup outbreak that has sickened 121 people in the U.S. and 21 people in Canada to date.

The distributors named in this latest mango update — issued Thursday — include Coast Citrus Distributors, Inc. of San Diego, CA, Food Source Inc. of Edinburg, TX, GM Produce Sales of Hidalgo, TX and Splendid Products of Burlingame, CA, which issued its own recall of mangoes from Agricola Daniella on August 29.

In its mango recall roundup, FDA lists the companies that have issued their own recalls of mangoes purchased from these distributors and sold them in retail locations. These firms include:

BI-LO

Triple B Corporation

F&S Produce Co., Inc.

Food Lion

Giant Food

Harveys

Pacific Coast Fruit Company

Ready Pac

Real Foods

Reid’s

Spokane Produce Inc.

Stop & Shop

Taylor Farms, New Jersey

Winn-Dixie

World Foods, LLC

United Salad Co.

FreshLine/Caito Foods Service

GHSW, LLC

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A.

Click on the names of retailers above for a description of their recalled products.

Some of the recalled mangoes may bear a sticker with codes 4051, 4959, 4311, 4584 or 3114. (Thanks to Food Safety News)

We filed a Salmonella lawsuit (2:12-cv-01508) against Splendid Products of Burlingame, California, one of the distributors of Daniella mangoes that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Center for Disease Control and Prevention have identified as the source of a nationwide Salmonella Braenderup outbreak in August 2012.  To date a total of 121 persons in the US have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup have been reported from 15 states.  The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: California (93), Delaware (1), Hawaii (4), Idaho (1), Illinois (2), Maine (1), Michigan (1), Montana (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), Oregon (1), Texas (2), Washington (8), and Wisconsin (1).  25 ill persons have been hospitalized.

The lawsuit was filed in the Western District Court of Washington at Seattle on behalf of 92- year-old Dorothy Pearce of Stanwood, Washington.   According to the complaint, in late August 2012 Ms. Pearce consumed a Salmonella-contaminated Daniella brand mango that had been distributed and sold by Splendid Products. Ms. Pearce fell ill on August 20, 2012 and over the next two days suffered from a variety of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and severe stomach cramping. She was admitted to Providence Hospital on August 22, 2012 where lab tests confirm she had Salmonella and that the serotype was Salmonella Braenderup, which is the serotype associated with the Daniella mango outbreak.  Ms. Pearce was hospitalized for 10 days.

According to the CDC on September 27, 2012, a total of 18 persons infected with the outbreak-associated strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 12 states and the District of Columbia. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: California (1), Colorado (1), District of Columbia (1), Maryland (3), Minnesota (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (3), New Mexico (1), New York (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (2), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).  All 18 ill persons were hospitalized. Three deaths have been reported. Listeriosis contributed to at least one of these deaths. One fetal loss has been reported.

On September 10, 2012 (red line above), Forever Cheese, Inc. issued its first recall.  On September 14, 2012, Forever Cheese, Inc. issued an expanded recall of all lots and production codes cheese and issued a market withdrawal of all cheeses they received that were produced by the Italian cheese maker.  Marte brand Frescolina ricotta salata cheese may also have been referred to as Ricotta Frescolina Marte Tipo Toscanella or Ricotta Salata Soft (lot number T9425) during distribution.

We filed a lawsuit against Forever Cheese, the importer of Listeria-contaminated Marte brand Frescolina ricotta salata cheese that federal public health officials have determined is the source of a 15-person Listeria outbreak.  The lawsuit, which also names cheese distributor Peterson Company as a defendant, was filed in King County Superior Court on behalf of Seattle resident Merrill West Behnke.

The complaint alleges that Ms. Behnke consumed ricotta salata cheese on August 25, 2012 and fell ill with the first symptom of Listeria infection, a headache, on August 28.  The next day, Ms. Behnke began experiencing severe neck and back pains accompanied by a 102 degree fever.  Her husband took her to an urgent care clinic, where after a lumbar puncture and CT scan she was diagnosed with Listeria meningitis.  Although serum from a lumbar puncture the day of her admission tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria one week into her hospitalization, Ms. Behnke spent part of the 2 weeks she was hospitalized in the intensive care unit while physicians attempted to find the right antibiotic treatment regimen to combat her infection.  She was discharged from the hospital on September 13, and has continued to receive antibiotics 6 times daily since her discharge from the hospital.

We have been retained by a California family whose child was born prematurely.  This case has not yet been added to the CDC numbers.

Hopefully, the recall has been effective and the damage limited.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s has temporarily suspended the license to operate Establishment 38 – XL Foods, Inc. All products currently at this plant are under CFIA detention and control. These products will only be released after being tested for E. coli O157:H7. The company has also expanded its voluntary recall of raw meat produced on August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5. The CFIA will continue to immediately alert consumers as additional products are identified. This will lead to a series of recall announcements over the next few days as implicated products are identified and traced.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is expanding the Public Health Alert for XL Foods (Canadian Establishment 038) to include all beef and beef products produced on August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5. FSIS was notified this evening that XL Foods has expanded their recall to include all beef and beef products produced on the above dates.

Products subject to the recall include, but are not limited to, steaks, roasts, mechanically tenderized steaks and roasts, and ground beef.

Additional information for consumers and an updated retail distribution list are posted on FSIS’ website atwww.fsis.usda.gov/
FSIS_Recalls/
Open_Federal_Cases/
index.asp
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Chattanooga Bakery, Inc., maker of MoonPie® and LookOut!™ branded snacks, today announced a voluntary, limited recall of its Peanut Butter Crunch products with “Best By” dates of 02/26/13, 03/25/13, and 04/29/13.

The recall was initiated immediately upon learning that peanut butter supplier, Sunland, Inc., has recalled product produced from May 1st, 2012 – September 24th, 2012. Sunland has stated that thirty people have reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 19 states. These illnesses were associated with Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, which was produced by Sunland, Inc.