The FDA is busy trying to find the links to two E. coli outbreaks that have thus far sickened 12 and 37. Interestingly, neither the FDA, CDC nor any state health department is reporting on the Listeria outbreak that has sickened 11. However, the FDA published a recall notice for HMC nectarines, peaches and plums after the peaches seem to have been linked to the illnesses. No further details have been made available over the weekend. Oddly, not on the chart is a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 43 in the US and perhaps 17 in Canada linked to now recalled cantaloupe. Also, not on the chart in the Victor dog food outbreak that has sickened 7 in 7 states so far. We also know that Gill’s diced onions have sickened at least 73 in 15 states.
Sadly, at least 34 children have been sickened by excessive lead in WanaBana, FDA and other state partners collected and analyzed additional product samples of fruit puree and applesauce pouches. FDA detected elevated levels of lead in one finished product sample of WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Puree collected from Dollar Tree. The level detected in the FDA sample of WanaBana apple cinnamon puree is 2.18 parts per million (ppm), which, for context, is more than 200 times greater than the action level the FDA has proposed in draft guidance for fruit purees and similar products intended for babies and young children. Weis, and Schnucks fruit puree pouches.
More to come on Monday?