Monthly Archives October 2018

Prominent ND legislator, lobbyist dies of Vibriosis after eating raw oysters in NOLA

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) state director for North Dakota, former State Rep. Ann Kelsch, 58, died Tuesday in a New Orleans hospital. She was an apparent victim of Vibrio vulnificus bacteria from consuming raw or undercooked oysters. Kelsch, who lived in Mandan, ND, was in New Orleans to visit family. She was... Continue Reading Read More

FAO and WHO find low risk of histamine poisoning from salmonids

The United Nations’ FAO and the World Health Organization have found that the risk of histamine development in fish of the Salmonidae family is unlikely to reach the levels needed to cause food poisoning. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and World Health Organization (WHO) said that under appropriate time-temperature control... Continue Reading Read More

Bigger buffers between leafy greens and CAFOs ready for new growing season

The leafy green growing season around Yuma, AZ is about to get underway and there will be one difference from last year. This year, the buffer zone between concentrated animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs, will be tripled, from 400 feet last growing season to 1,200 feet this year. The greater buffer zones were adopted... Continue Reading Read More

Salmonella triggers national recall of pub style chicken burgers in Canada

Sofina Foods Inc. is recalling Janes brand Pub Style Chicken Burgers from the marketplace because of a risk of possible Salmonella contamination. According to the recall notice posted on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website, the recall was triggered by CFIA findings during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. “The CFIA is conducting a food... Continue Reading Read More

Grilled chicken strips recalled for containing concentrations of Thallium

Thallium, a poison made famous by mystery writer Agatha Christie, is not really something you’d want in your grilled chicken. But the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has tested retail packages of Nature Raised Farms Organic Gluten Free Grilled Chicken Strips produced by Suzanna’s Kitchen Inc. and found concentrations of thallium in the... Continue Reading Read More

More curry recalled for excessive lead

UBC Food Distributors Inc. in Dearborn, MI is recalling 7-ounce plastic jars of their Baraka brand “HOT CURRY POWER” and “CURRY POWDER,” after testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development found high traces of lead, which is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, infants and children. This recall notice joins another curry powder recall from earlier this week, which... Continue Reading Read More

Human Salmonella illness linked to raw pet food

A confirmed case of Salmonella Infantis illness has been linked to a raw pet food manufactured by Arrow Reliance, Inc., dba Darwin’s Natural Pet Products (Darwin’s), according to updated information released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The infected individual is one of 92 people infected with a multidrug-resistant Salmonella Infantis outbreak since... Continue Reading Read More

Six brands of curry powder recalled because of excessive lead

Sirob Imports Inc. is recalling, Corrado, Orlando Imports, Nouri’s Syrian Bakery, Mediterranean Specialty Foods Brand and Butera Fruit Market Curry Powder that was distributed to retailers in Illinois, New Jersey, and New York because it contains excessive levels of lead, which is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, infants and children. According to the U.S. Food and Drug... Continue Reading Read More

Cucumbers suspected in Salmonella illnesses on both sides of border

Salmonella Infantis has sickened Canadians in five provinces, according to Public Health Canada. The likely cause has not been identified with any certainty, but many who became sick report eating cucumbers before becoming ill. Public Health Canada says most of the illnesses are centered on British Columbia, which has 37 of the 45 laboratory-confirmed cases.... Continue Reading Read More

Eight illnesses reported as 80,000 kg of tuna seized

More than 80,000 kilograms of illicit Bluefin tuna has been seized in Spain and several cases of food poisoning reported due to fish being stored in unsanitary conditions. Eight cases were detected after eating the tuna due to the degradation of proteins from the unhygienic conditions in which it was stored. Scombroid food poisoning can... Continue Reading Read More