Safeway has pulled caramel apples off the shelves as a matter of precaution after the products have been linked to a listeria outbreak that has sickened 29 people nationwide across 10 states including California of which five have died.
According to a news report in The Seattle Times, federal officials have not blamed any particular brands of caramel apples, stores or manufacturers. But officials with the Safeway grocery chain said they pulled the treats from shelves just in case.
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The Obama administration, in an attempt to cut down on thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to contaminated chicken and turkey each year, announced an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than half a century old.
According to an Associated Press news report, the final rules announced this week would actually reduce the number of government poultry inspectors. But those who remain will focus more on food safety than on quality, encouraging more testing for pathogens such as harmful bacteria.
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Minnesota-based Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC has issued a massive recall for foods believed to be contaminated with listeria.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company is recalling certain peanut butter, cheese and salsa spreads after the state Department of Agriculture’s product sampling determined some of the products to be contaminated with listeria.
So far, there have been no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these products that were sold nationwide at a number of retail and wholesale outlets including Costco, Target, Whole Foods and Wal-Mart.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 51 new cases of Salmonella Heidelberg were reported between mid-January and late February tied to Foster Farms chicken, and that 44 of those new cases were found in California.
According to a news report in the Los Angles Times, CDC officials say they are concerned that the outbreak may not be over. This is a reversal from Jan. 16 when the CDC released an update on the outbreak and suggested that it was ending. But, with the latest cases, a total of 481 people have been sickened nationwide with food poisoning illness since March 2013 with patients ranging in age from 1 to 93. …Read the rest »
More than 600 people suffered food poisoning aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. According to CBS and CNN reports, sickened passengers aboard the ship are expected to return to New Jersey after their cruise was cut short by the illnesses. The Explorer of the Sea cruise ship was three days into its 10-day voyage when hundreds of passengers started experiencing symptoms of a nasty stomach bug.
Passengers, employees and even entertainers became violently ill causing some of the shows to be canceled. The illness began spreading so quickly and aggressively that members of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were dispatched to the ship in Hazmat suits. …Read the rest »
Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suspended operations at a Foster Farms poultry plant due to a cockroach infestation resulting in contaminated food. According to a Los Angeles Times news report, the plant, which is located in Livingston, California, 25 miles southeast of Modesto, was one of three Foster Farms facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 416 people nationwide since last March. USDA inspectors wrote several noncompliance reports for unsanitary conditions at the plant and then took action to suspend the plant’s operations, officials said. …Read the rest »