General Mills is recalling about 600,000 pounds of its Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour for possible E. coli contamination. According to a USA Today news report, the voluntary recall is for bags with a “better if used by” date of Sept. 6, 2020. General Mills said in a statement that the recall is being issued for the potential presence of E. coli O26, which was discovered during a sampling of the five-pound bag product. General Mills says it has not received any direct reports of confirmed illnesses relating to this product and is issuing the recall out of an abundance of caution. …Read the rest »
Category: Food Poisoning
Kroger is recalling yellowfin tuna steaks and seasoned yellowfin tuna steaks after at least 16 people have suffered food poisoning linked to these products. According to an ABC news report, these steaks may cause scombroid poisoning. The improperly stored tuna was sold in Kroger stores in 16 states. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking consumers to not eat yellowfin tuna steaks from the seafood counter or seasoned yellowfin tuna steaks in store-prepped Styrofoam trays from Kroger retail stores.
Those who have consumed these products and are experiencing symptoms of scombroid poisoning are asked to contact their healthcare providers and report their symptoms to the local health department. The FDA first became aware of this issue on Sept. 4 and alerted Kroger, which agreed to recall its products the very next day. The company also began to notify customers who bought the steaks to dispose of them or return them to a store. The FDA is working with Kroger, the distributor and state and local partners to remove all of the contaminated products from the market.
What is Scombroid Poisoning?
Scombroid poisoning is a disease due to the ingestion of contaminated food, mainly fish. In scromboid poisoning, the bacteria grow when food is improperly stored. The bacteria then produce the scombroid toxin, which is a combination of histamine and histamine-like chemicals. The toxin or poison does not affect everyone who ingests it. While cooking kills the bacteria, the toxins remain in the tissues and can be absorbed even after the food is ingested.
Susceptible foods include albacore, amberjack, anchovy, sardine, herring, mackerel, mahi-mahi and yellowfin tuna. Affected fish may have a metallic or peppery taste. Symptoms of scombroid poisoning generally begin quickly, about 30 minutes to one hour after ingestion of the poison, and include nausea, vomiting, flushing, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and headache.
Other symptoms may include itching, hives, a burning sensation in the mouth, fever, low blood pressure and wheezing. Scombroid poisoning may be treated with oral charcoal. Some doctors recommend stomach pumping to remove the foods before charcoal is administered. Moreover, patients are often given IV fluids as they may become dehydrated from vomiting.
If You Have Been Sickened
If you or a loved one has become sickened as a result of consuming tainted food, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries, damages and losses sustained. Please get medical attention right away and contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer who can help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a massive recall of about 24,428 pounds of raw beef products manufactured by Chino-based American Beef Packers, Inc. According to news reports, the USDA has deemed nearly 12 tons of raw meat “unfit for human consumption.” In order to be safe for human consumption under the law, all animal products must be inspected by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for potential disease and contamination. …Read the rest »
Tip Top Poultry Inc. is recalling approximately 135,810 pounds of fully cooked poultry products that may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that could cause serious illness. According to a news release posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the fully-cooked, frozen, ready-to-eat chicken was produced on Jan. 21, 2019 and has the display “Pack Date 01/21/19” on the labels. The problem with listeria contamination was discovered on Aug. 17, 2019 when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency notified U.S. officials that a sample of product produced by Tip Top Poultry confirmed positive for the presence of listeria. …Read the rest »
We’ve always been told to eat fresh greens for good health. But a new Consumer Reports article issues word of caution about your favorite leafy greens. Consumer Reports tested 284 samples of fresh greens from major supermarkets and grocery chains around the country and found six samples contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly bacteria. They tested lettuce, spinach and kale from these major supermarket chains. The samples were purchased at several store chains including Acme, Costco, Hannaford and Whole Foods. …Read the rest »
Two brands of taco seasoning mix, one of them sold at Wal-Mart stores, are being recalled due to a possible salmonella contamination. According to a KTLA news report, Great Value Mild Taco Seasoning Mix and HEB Taco Seasoning Mix packages sold in stores in California and 43 other states are being recalled. The company that makes these products, William Foods LLC, issued the voluntary recall after one of its supplies recalled a lot of cumin that was used in both mixes. …Read the rest »
Target and the Fresh Market are recalling some of their salads and sandwiches because of a potential listeria contamination. According to a KTLA news report, Elevation Foods say containers of Archer Farms-branded egg salad, Fresket brand egg salad, tuna salad and Thai lobster salad, and Archer Farms brand deviled egg sandwiches made on June 18, have all been included in this recall. The Fresh Market said the Thai Lobster Salad sold by the pound in the chain’s self-serve seafood salad bar and pre-packaged containers are part of this recall as well. …Read the rest »
Pita Pal Foods has issued a product defect recall for 87 types of hummus products because of worries over potential food poisoning concerns and listeria contamination. According to a CNN news report, the recalled hummus products were made between May 30 and June 25 before they were distributed nationwide and to the United Arab Emirates. …Read the rest »
A 2-year-old child has died and three other children have been sickened by E. coli bacteria after coming into contact with animals at the San Diego County Fair. According to a report in The Hill, San Diego County public health officials released a statement saying the source of the E. coli is under investigation. However, officials have determined that all of the children who became ill with E. coli symptoms had reported visiting a petting zoo area at the fair. …Read the rest »
WinCo Foods has issued a recall for 12-ounce bags of its house-label frozen red raspberries due to potential norovirus contamination. According to a report in The Oregonian, the recall affects raspberries made by Rader Farms in Bellingham, Washington. The berries were distributed to WinCo stores in several states including Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, Texas and Utah. …Read the rest »