Category Archives: unsafe-food

GM bacteria could help mass produce hookworm drugs

(Cure the problem created by too many antibiotics and pesticides in agriculture by using genetic engineering to “create” a new anti-bacteria-bacteria? Who is kidding who? Oh, your house is sliding away down the hill because of our  poor engineering? We have engineered a new earth stabilizer for just that problem…)

Researchers have produced a protein that kills parasitic intestinal worms, by genetically engineering a bacterium similar to those used in probiotics — raising hopes of more effective and safer therapies for infections that affect up to two billion people worldwide.

“There is a growing number of drug resistant parasites.”

Rose Gomes Monnerat  The protein, Cry5B, has previously been shown to kill parasitic worms. It is normally produced by Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacterium used as an insecticide and not considered safe for use in people.

via GM bacteria could help mass produce hookworm drugs.

Cilantro Distributed in Four Midwestern States Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination | Food Safety News

Due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, Buurma Farms, Inc., has recalled 465 boxes of fresh cilantro sold to Michigan distributors earlier this month and shipped to retail stores in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

The company, based in Willard, OH, stated that the produce affected by the recall are in four-ounce bundles with Buurma Farms twist-ties. Consumers who may have purchased the product should return it or dispose of it.

via Cilantro Distributed in Four Midwestern States Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination | Food Safety News.

Herring Filets Recalled over Listeria Concerns | Food Safety News

Gold Star Smoked Fish Corp. of Brooklyn, N.Y., is recalling Baltic Treasures, Norwegian Style Matjes, Marinella “Delicatessnaya,” Jewish Style Matjes, Traditional Russian Matjes, and Rybacka Wies Matjes Brands of Herring Fillets in Oil due to contamination or possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

In addition, Zip International Group LLC of Edison, N.J., is recalling Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine Net Wt. 15.8 Oz (450g) in plastic packaging, also because of the potential Listeria contamination.

The recalled Gold Star products are packaged in 10.5 oz/300 gram, 17.64oz/500 gram, and 35.5oz/1 kg vacuum packed plastic packages and have sell by dates 103113, 113013, 123113, or 13114 stamped on the back of the container.

The UPC Numbers are 0 21143 24118 1, 0 21143 24119 8, 0 21143 24117 4, 0 21143 24116 7, 0 21143 24101 3, 0 21143 24105 1, 0 21143 24111 2, 0 21143 24103 7, 0 21143 24106 8, 0 21143 24110 5, 0 21143 24102 0, 0 21143 24104 4, 0 21143 24121 1, 0 21143 24122 8, and 0 21143 24123 5.

The products were sold nationwide. They are products of the USA.

via Herring Filets Recalled over Listeria Concerns | Food Safety News.

5,400 Pounds of Cantaloupe Recalled in Michigan for Listeria | Food Safety News

The Heeren Brothers Produce in Grand Rapids, MI, is recalling Athena cantaloupes that were distributed to local independent grocers, according to a local press report from WZZM.

According to the report, 5,400 Athena Cantaloupes, distributed by Heeren Brothers Produce between July 23 and July 26, were recalled after routine sampling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found Listeria.

via 5,400 Pounds of Cantaloupe Recalled in Michigan for Listeria | Food Safety News.

 

Makes you think about eating worms or going on an air diet!

New AFDO Document Reveals ‘Issues and Concerns With Imported Foods’ | Food Safety News

Two years ago, imported foods entering the U.S. for the first time exceeded 10 million import lines, and AFDO says that number is expected to continue to grow at a rapid rate. The group also says that while fewer than 1 percent are physically examined, all are electronically reviewed using a “risk-based targeted approach.”

“Once these FDA-regulated products enter the United States and are marketed domestically, they become the primary responsibility of state and local agencies to ensure the product’s safety,” notes the AFDO guidance document.

“Surveillance of imported foods by federal, state, and local food-protection agencies has resulted in many regulatory actions including food sampling and testing, food seizure and embargo, destruction of violative products, Class I, II, and III food recalls, and FDA import Alerts,” the guidance adds.

via New AFDO Document Reveals ‘Issues and Concerns With Imported Foods’ | Food Safety News.

Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Taylor Farms Salad, Some Served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster | Food Safety News

  1. News of who held up because Red Lobster and Olive Garden would have screamed loud if evidence not solid.
  2. Think twice now – why can’t they buy local and make their own salads? What’s going on with the rest of the “food” being prepared at these and similar outlets. 

The outbreak of Cyclospora in Iowa and Nebraska that has caused hundreds of confirmed illnesses has been linked to Mexican-grown Taylor Farms salad mix, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Some of the contaminated salad mix was served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants, according to the Des Moines Register. Other restaurants may also have used the salad mix.

It is not yet clear if concurrent Cyclospora outbreaks in other states are also connected to the Taylor Farms salad mix or the restaurant chains. At least 418 people across 16 states have been found ill with Cyclospora infection between early June and early July.

No grocery store products have yet been connected to the outbreak, as it is considered exclusively restaurant salad at this point.

via Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Taylor Farms Salad, Some Served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster | Food Safety News.

More Cases Added to Cyclospora Outbreak: 321 Ill in 15 States | Food Safety News

Real mystery? Why source has not been identified yet and is anyone covering something up?

The ongoing multistage outbreak of cyclosporiasis, caused by the cyclospora parasite, has risen significantly to 321 cases in 15 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

According to the latest update, cases have been reported in Iowa, Texas, Florida, New York City, Wisconsin, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Ohio. Illinois and Kansas have also notified CDC of one case each that may have been acquired out of state but in the United States.

CDC said At least 18 persons reportedly have been hospitalized in three states.

“No food items have been implicated to date, but public health authorities are pursuing all leads,” read the update. “Previous outbreak investigations have implicated various types of fresh produce.”

via More Cases Added to Cyclospora Outbreak: 321 Ill in 15 States | Food Safety News.

New study gives insight into norovirus infections | Vaccine News Daily

Proper hygiene, washing fruits and vegetables before consumption, disinfecting surfaces and staying isolated if already infected are all effective ways to decrease likelihood of infection and the spread of the disease.

via New study gives insight into norovirus infections | Vaccine News Daily.

 

The ever-increasing globilization of the fresh fruit and vegetable markets must contribute to more norovirus outbreaks. Better control over the whole process of importing and exporting food is of absolute importance to public safety and economic performance of the workforce.

Raw Milk Pulled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

A Washington creamery is recalling raw goat milk marketed for humans and pets because of possible E. coli contamination.

St. John Creamery of Lake Stevens, Wash., is recalling both refrigerated and frozen raw goat milk sold in various-sized containers with brown caps. The product was sold in western Washington with sell-by dates of July 29 and later.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by Washington state agriculture officials. The milk can be returned to the store for a refund.

The company says it does not know of any human or pet illnesses associated with their products. E. coli can cause serious illness.

An investigation into the cause of the contamination is ongoing.

via Raw Milk Pulled for Possible E. Coli Contamination.