Entries in Salmonella Contamination (6)


National Peanut Butter Recall Expanded

istockphoto(NEW YORK) – The manufacturer responsible for issuing a national recall of peanut and almond butters has widened that recall to include cashew butter, tahini and dry roasted blanched peanut products. Sunland Inc. believes those products may also have been exposed to salmonella.

The recall extends to over 100 nationally distributed products, including Trader Joe’s Almond Butter. It applies to products with Best-If-Used-By Dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013.

So far, 29 people across 18 states have been sickened by the tainted nut products. 

For a full recall list, click here.

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Egg Producer Knew of Salmonella Months Before Massive Recall

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The egg producer whose eggs were linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak that sickened nearly 2,000 people was told that hens at its farms were contaminated four months before the salmonella outbreak led to the recall of 550 million eggs.

Documents unearthed in a lawsuit by California food cooperative NuCal Foods show that as of May 2010, Iowa State University's Veterinary Diagnostics Lab had told the Iowa egg companies owned by Jack DeCoster that salmonella had been found in dead chickens and manure at three DeCoster plants.

In addition to the civil suit, a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Iowa is investigating whether top DeCoster executives, including Jack DeCoster, continued to sell their products despite knowing they were unsafe. DeCoster, through his lawyers, has previously denied that he knowingly sold contaminated eggs.

The documents include reports sent from the Iowa State lab to a DeCoster manager on May 1 and May 11, in which an ISU scientist says salmonella had been found in three DeCoster plants and that 20 carcasses tested positive for salmonella, April emails that show 43 percent of DeCoster's hen houses were testing positive for salmonella, and a May 1 email in which the ISU scientist tells a colleague that salmonella is "almost certainly" present in DeCoster eggs.

The FDA contacted DeCoster's Wright County Egg company on Aug. 9, 2010 with notification that illnesses in three states had been linked to its eggs. Wright County initiated a recall within days, followed by a second DeCoster company, Hillandale Farms, a week later. A total of 550 million eggs were recalled from stores and from middlemen like NuCal.

Eggs from the DeCoster farms were ultimately linked by authorities to 1,939 confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteriditis, though the FDA estimates that tens of thousands of people were sickened. No deaths were reported as part of the salmonella outbreak.

According to a rule that went into effect in July 2010, egg producers who detect salmonella in their facilities must do further testing and destroy the salmonella or else make sure the eggs are not used for food. NuCal's lawsuit alleges that DeCoster continued to sell eggs after it was aware of the presence of salmonella, and seeks compensation for the eggs the cooperative had purchased.

DeCoster's attorneys did not respond to a request for comment.

Dr. Patrick Halbur, head of the ISU lab, said that the lab was not obligated to report the presence of salmonella to the government. "We report the results to the submitting veterinarian unless it is what we call a reportable disease," explained Halbur. "Salmonella has been around for a long, long time and is not on that list."

Halbur said the lab has no control over what the client does with the results of a salmonella test. "[W]hat we [do] is make ourselves available to assist them with solving the problem," said Halbur.

"The lab did the right thing," said Dr. David Acheson, former food safety chief at the FDA and now a health care consultant with Leavitt Partners. "They passed [the information] on to the egg company. The question is, what should the egg company have done? The egg company should have done something to prevent illness."

"If we give them the benefit of the doubt, and there's an element of naivete, they didn't realize there was a problem. Or they did know it was a problem and didn't act, which raises other questions," said Acheson. "It has to be one or the other."

Asked for comment on the status of the federal grand jury probe, spokesman Pete Deegan of the U.S Attorney's Office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said, "We are unable to confirm or deny the existence of criminal investigations, so we have no comment in response to your inquiry."

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Dole Recalls Bagged Salad for Salmonella Risk

iStockphotoThinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Dole is recalling 756 cases of Seven Lettuces bagged salad across 15 states after a sample came back positive for salmonella in a random test.

The bags were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Products affected by the recall bear a use-by date of April 11, 2012.

No illnesses have been reported and the company says if you have a recalled bag of salad, throw it out.

For more on the recall, click here.

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Taylor Farms Issues Salad Recall; Suspects Salmonella

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(SALINAS, Calif.) -- Another company is recalling more produce.

As scores of Americans have died after consuming cantaloupes contaminated with listeria, now Taylor Farms in central California has issued a voluntary recall for over 3,000 cases of bagged salad blends that may be contaminated with salmonella. 

Taylor Farms says no one has reported any illness from the bagged salad, which has been sold in 14 states under the brand names Fresh Selection, HEB, Marketside and Taylor Farms. The recalled salad is packaged with sold by dates of mid-October.

Salmonella "can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems," the company cautioned in a statement distributed by the FDA. "Healthy people may experience fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and abdominal pain."

Taylor Farms warns customers who have purchased the recalled product not to consume it and dispose of it immediately. If anyone suspects they are ill from consumption of the recalled salad blends, they should contact a health care provider.

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Cargill Recalls 185,000 Pounds of Ground Turkey Due to Salmonella

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WICHITA, Kan.) -- Cargill announced Sunday that it was voluntarily recalling an additional 185,000 pounds or so of fresh ground turkey products due to possible salmonella contamination.

This latest recall comes after the company issued one earlier last month involving approximately 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey products that were produced in Springdale, Arkansas -- the same facility affected in Sunday's recall.  The plant was shut down following the Aug. 3 recall but had since been reopened for production.

The new products in question were made at the Springdale plant on Aug. 23, 24, 30 and 31.  In reviewing the facility following the previous recall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture still found low levels of salmonella, spurring Cargill to flag the additional turkey products.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we are acting quickly in response to USDA’s sample testing," said Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill’s turkey processing business.  "Although there are no known illnesses associated with this positive sample, it is the same Salmonella Heidelberg strain that resulted in our voluntary recall on Aug. 3, 2011."

"As a result of this latest USDA test result, we have suspended ground turkey production at our Arkansas facility," Willardsen added.

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Turkey Burgers Sold at Sam's Club Stores Recalled

Jennie-O Turkey Store(AUSTIN, Minn.) -- Possible salmonella contamination has spurred the recall of more than 27 tons of frozen turkey burgers sold at Sam’s Club stores nationwide.

Jennie-O Turkey Store says at least 12 people in 10 states have been sickened after consuming its “All Natural Lean White Meat Turkey Burgers,” sold as a 4-pound carton with 12 individually wrapped 1/3 pound burgers.

The boxes in question bear the UPC 042222 261081 and a use by date of Dec. 23, 2011.

The company is warning consumers not to eat the recalled burgers and to instead return them to a Sam’s Club store for a refund.

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