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Category: Food Poisoning

Frozen Taquito and Chimichanga Products Recalled for Plastic Pieces

By Brian Chase on August 3, 2020 - No comments

Frozen Taquito and Chimichanga Products Recalled for Plastic Pieces

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection (FSIS) has issued a recall alert for frozen beef and chicken taquitos and chimichangas. According to a news report, officials say these products contain diced green chilies that have been recalled by the producer Sun Valley Foods, and may contain extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic. These pieces of plastic may pose a choking hazard or cause injuries to the teeth or gums.

Details of the Recall

The frozen meat and poultry taquitos and chimichangas were produced by Ajinomoto Foods North America, which is based in Texas as well as here in San Diego, California. The recalled products bear the establishment number “EST 5590,” “P5590” or “EST. 17417” printed on the packaging above the expiration date. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

Ajinomoto Inc. apparently discovered the problem when they identified pieces of hard plastic in their production process and in a barrel of diced green chilies that was received from their ingredients supplier, Sun Valley Foods. That company initiated a recall of the green chilies with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness is urged to contact a health care provider. Officials are saying those who still have these products at home should not consume them. They should be discarded or returned to the point of purchase.

The Danger of Contaminated Food

There have been a number of recent recalls involving extraneous items in food such as rubber, plastic and metal. When items such as glass pieces or metal pieces get mixed in with food, the consequences could be serious. People who consume this contaminated food may suffer oral injuries or even metal poisoning. They may suffer internal injuries if they ingest the metal pieces. Recent studies by the FDA have found that about 25% of all food-related complaints it received over a period of one year involved the presence of a visible foreign object. This same study also indicated that nearly 15% of those who complained had reportedly suffered an injury or illness relating to the foreign object.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of contaminated food or due to a defective product, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims regarding their legal rights and options.

 

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Nationwide Onion Recall Spurred by Salmonella Outbreak

By Brian Chase on August 3, 2020 - No comments

Nationwide Onion Recall Spurred by Salmonella Outbreak

Onions sold under various brands have been recalled in all 50 states and the Department of Columbia after being linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 359 people across 34 states. According to a news report in the Miami Herald, this includes onions sold at the nation’s two largest grocery retail outlets – Wal-Mart and Kroger. Wal-Mart has released a list of affected stores. Kroger sold the onions under the house brand. …Read the rest »

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Cyclospora Outbreak Leads to Recall of Salads Sold a Wal-Mart and Aldi

By Brian Chase on June 29, 2020 - No comments

Cyclospora Outbreak Leads to Recall of Salads Sold a Wal-Mart and Aldi

More Fresh Express salads have been recalled after additional Cyclospora infections potentially linked to these products have been confirmed. According to a USA Today news report, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the number of reported cases grew to 206 with 23 hospitalizations. The agencies have advised consumers to avoid select salads sold at Wal-Mart, Hy-Vee, Aldo and Jewel-Osco stores. …Read the rest »

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Raw Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

By Brian Chase on June 18, 2020 - No comments

Raw Macadamia Nuts Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

NOW Health Group Inc. has voluntarily recalled its 8-ounce pouches of raw macadamia nuts because of possible salmonella contamination. According to an alert issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Illinois-based company became aware of the potential contamination after a routine sampling in a later lot of finished product (which contained the same lot of raw material as used in the recalled lot) tested positive for the bacteria. …Read the rest »

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Beef Products Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

By Brian Chase on June 15, 2020 - No comments

Beef Products Recalled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

A New Jersey-based company is recalling about 42,922 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. According to an alert issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the raw ground beef items were produced on June 1. The products included in this recall bear the establishment number “EST. 46841” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The items were shipped to retail locations nationwide under the brand names “Marketside Butcher,” “Thomas Farms” and “Value Pack.” …Read the rest »

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Healthy Choice Expands Frozen Food Recall After Customers Found Rocks in Entrees

By Brian Chase on May 26, 2020 - No comments

Healthy Choice Expands Frozen Food Recall After Customers Found Rocks in Entrees

Healthy Choice has expanded the recall of its Power Bowls frozen entrees that might have small rocks in them. According to a news report, the recall has been expanded by 276,872 pounds and two more Power Bowl varieties. Conagra, which makes these products, received additional consumer complaints about rocks being in the products, and the firm then notified the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service of the issue. Those with any of these products can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Those with questions can reach Conagra at 800-672-8240. …Read the rest »

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Food Inspections and Recalls Plummet to All Time Lows Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Brian Chase on May 15, 2020 - No comments

Food Inspections and Recalls Plummet to All Time Lows Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Foodborne illness investigations have slowed down significantly and food recalls have plummeted to their lowest levels in years because of disruptions in the nation’s food safety system caused by the novel coronavirus. According to a USA Today news report, the pandemic has shaken the system at every level – from the federal agencies that are tasked with stopping contaminated food before it leaves farms and factories to state health departments that test sick individuals for foodborne illnesses such as E. coli. …Read the rest »

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CDC Says Nearly 5,000 Meat Processing Workers Have Contracted the Coronavirus

By Brian Chase on May 4, 2020 - No comments

CDC Says Nearly 5,000 Meat Processing Workers Have Contracted the Coronavirus

New data from the federal government shows that thousands of U.S. workers in meat processing plants have been infected with the coronavirus of whom 20 have died. According to a news report, nearly half a million people work in the nation’s meat processing plants. So far, we’ve seen that crowded, unsanitary conditions have prompted concerns about worker safety, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. …Read the rest »

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Chipotle to Pay $25 Million Fine for Food Safety Violations

By Brian Chase on April 27, 2020 - No comments

Chipotle to Pay $25 Million Fine for Food Safety Violations

Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay a $25-million fine in a federal food-safety case after being linked to more than 1,100 cases of foodborne illnesses including E. coli, salmonella and norovirus between 2015 and 2018. According to a report in People.com, this is the largest fine in a food safety case. Chipotle was charged with adulterating food in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act in Los Angeles federal court. Chipotle has agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement that will allow the company to avoid conviction if it complies with an improved food safety program in addition to paying up the fine. …Read the rest »

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Healthy Choice Recalls Chicken Meals Contaminated with Small Rocks

By Brian Chase on April 15, 2020 - No comments

Healthy Choice Recalls Chicken Meals Contaminated with Small Rocks

Conagra Brands, Inc. has issued a nationwide recall of about 130,763 pounds of Healthy Choice power bowl products over concerns that they may contain extraneous material. According to an article on Today.com, consumers reported that they found small rocks in the meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the recall on its website stating that the problem was discovered when consumers began to report they were finding small rocks in their power bowls. …Read the rest »

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