October 2010

Lisa Lupo of QA Magazine gives the lowdown on the “loathsome cockroach.”

Screen shot 2010-10-31 at 5.02.11 PM.png• According to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) publication, “Cockroaches have been found to be the cause of Salmonella food poisoning that can be life-threatening.” Noting that other pathogenic bacteria, including Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and coliforms, have been found in cockroaches, UNL explains, “This

Screen shot 2010-10-31 at 11.10.01 AM.pngSummary

10 raw dairy outbreaks with 105 illnesses

1 pasteurized dairy outbreak with 23 illnesses

1 queso fresco Mexican-style cheese outbreak with 5 illnesses

3 sporadic illnesses from illegal Mexican-style cheese Recalls

5 raw dairy recalls (3 raw milk, 2 raw cheese)

3 queso fresco cheese recalls

Click to download table with citations.

Screen shot 2010-10-31 at 8.43.29 AM.pngThe firestorm of comments on my blog that have surrounded the recall, quarantine and destruction of cheese at Estrella and Morningland got me thinking once again of the 2006 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Organic Pastures in California. I have posted about that outbreak often (some would argue too often):

Organic Pastures Dairy E.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert for an undetermined amount of various meat and poultry products produced without the benefit of Federal inspection by N.Y. Gourmet Salads Inc., a Brooklyn, NY establishment.

usda_sm.pngThe public health alert is initiated based on evidence collected during an ongoing

Lox.jpgKOSHER FIRST LLC. 502 FLUSHING AVE. is recalling TUV TAAM SALADS NOVA LOX SALAD due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The problem was discovered after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel found the product to be positive for Listeria

Autentico Foods, a Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., firm, is recalling approximately 54,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pork products that were not produced in accordance with its food safety plan for its Listeria prerequisite program, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Oct. 27.

listeria.jpgThe recall involves pork products that bear the establishment number “EST 31810″