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juice may have sickened 11 in Michigan
company recalls products from stores in Metro area in wake of salmonella probe.
Kim Kozlowski / The Detroit News
Source of Article: http://www.detnews.com/
Michigan Department of Community Health is investigating a possible outbreak of
salmonella poisoning that appears to be linked to unpasteurized orange juice that
has been voluntarily recalled at local Westborn and Nino Salvaggio stores. The
food-borne illness struck 11 Michigan residents, who drank juice manufactured
by Orchid Island Juice Co. in Fort Pierce, Fla., between early May and June, according
to the Michigan Department of Community Health. Of the 11 cases, eight were children
and five people were hospitalized. Other cases are under investigation. The company
bottles the juice, labeled freshly squeezed, under various brands, including the
Westborn and Nino Salvaggio labels. Those with the disease all bought the juice
at stores in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Last week,
the FDA issued a warning about drinking unpasteurized juice under brand names
by Orchid Island Juice. But Marygrace Sexton, the company's CEO, said officials
still are investigating and have not confirmed that salmonella was found in the
juice. However, the company decided to voluntarily recall the orange juice with
expiration dates through July 25.
safety is the most important thing to us," Sexton said.
officials said that about 2 percent of orange juice in the country is unpasteurized
and they reminded Michigan residents of the risks. "Salmonella is a bacteria
that people should take very seriously," Janet Olszewski, director of the
Michigan Department of Community Health, said in a prepared statement. Michigan
had 406 salmonella cases this year.
gets 26 critical violations during inspection
July 10, 2005
Daily Record, Pa.
Source: Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Last month, a state health inspector, according to this story, dished out
a score of 44 to Shiloh Family Restaurant in West Manchester Township for violations
ranging from standing water in two areas of the basement to food-service personnel
who did not don hair restraints.
The inspector spotted 26 critical violations
during the June 8 health review, including a black substance on the ice machine
deflector plate and lid, according to the inspection report.
the score, the health inspector determines whether a business passes or fails
its health review.
Violations such as the discovery of rodents or insects,
or no hot water will cost a business points.
The following is a list of other
businesses' scores, reasons for review and whether the operation passed on first
inspection or a follow-up inspection:
On June 20, Alexander's Family Restaurant
at 840 Carlisle Road in West Manchester Township scored 100 on its follow-up inspection.
Workers who touched ready-to-eat foods with their bare hands and standing water
in the basement contributed to a score of 72 during the restaurant's June 8 initial
inspection. Inspector Jerry L. Heisey.
The Pizza Hut at 2410 Mount Rose Ave.
in Springettsbury Township scored 100 on its June 16 follow-up inspection and
reopened for business. One day earlier, the restaurant voluntarily shut its doors
after a water line to the soda filter ruptured, flooding a section of the business.
The inspector found a mold-like accumulation on the ceiling of the walk-in cooler.
Inspector: Jerry L. Heisey/Peter A. Economos.
The Outdoor Snack Bar at 1157
Detwiler Drive in Manchester Township received a score of 100 on its June 27 follow-up
inspection. The business lost two points for a black mold-type substance found
on the inside of the beer tap spout during its June 13 initial inspection. The
initial review resulted in a score of 66. Inspector: Jerry L. Heisey.
Restaurant at 201 Memory Lane in Springettsbury Township scored 99 on its June
20 health inspection. Inspector Jerry L. Heisey.
On June 22, All In The Family
at 3597 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township received a score of 98 on its
routine health inspection. Inspector: Jerry L. Heisey.
George's Pizza at 1835
S. Queen St. in Spring Garden Township lost points on its June 22 routine health
inspection to food handlers who did not wear hair nets and for old food debris
found on the can opener. That inspection resulted in a score of 93. Inspector:
Jerry L. Heisey.
The Village Green Family Restaurant at 2300 E. Market St.
in Springettsbury Township scored 90 on its June 23 health inspection. Some static
dust on the fan guard cover located inside the walk-in refrigeration unit cost
the business two points on its inspection. Inspector: Jerry L. Heisey.
Apple Bagels at 1021 Haines Road in Springettsbury Township scored 86 on its June
23 health inspection. The inspector found "numerous rodent-type droppings
behind the desk in the back room," according to the report. That violation
cost the business four points. Inspector: Jerry L. Heisey.
On June 23, Ollie's
Bargain Outlet at 1081 Haines Road in Springettsbury Township received a score
of 100 on its routine food safety inspection. Inspector: Jerry L. Heisey.
Quick Stop at 2914 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township scored a 97 on its
June 23 health inspection. Inspector: Jerry L. Heisey.
On June 23, Aloha Snow
at 3410F E. Market St. received a score of 98 on its routine food safety inspection.
Inspector: Jerry L. Heisey.
allergy is set off by red colour, study claims
of Article: http://news.scotsman.com/
11 Jul 2005
may be safer to eat for allergy sufferers if they were another colour, scientists
have revealed. Researchers have pinpointed a protein thought to be responsible
for strawberry allergies which is associated with the fruit's red colour. Vulnerable
individuals can suffer itching and swelling in the mouth and throat when exposed
to strawberries. But there have been reports that people with the allergy are
able to eat white strawberry varieties with no ill- effects. Rikard Alm, a researcher
from Lund University in Sweden, told Chemistry World magazine: "The allergen
is in some way or other related to the red colour, but it is not clear exactly
how. We need to investigate more proteins."
protein, one of thousands encoded by a strawberry's genes, resembles a known allergen
in birch pollen, the study found. Food allergies kill eight people each year in
Adopts More Than 20 Food Standards
Monday July 11, 11:19 am ET
New Guidelines on Vitamin Supplements; Creates Antimicrobial Resistance Taskforce
Source of Article:
ROME and GENEVA, July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)
adopted more than 20 new and amended food standards during its annual meeting,
the food standards body announced today. Among the measures adopted were guidelines
on vitamin and mineral food supplements and a code of practice to minimize and
contain antimicrobial resistance.
120 countries were represented at this year's Codex session, plus the European
Community, a member organization. Codex is an international food standards-setting
body established by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World
Health Organization (WHO). It has 172 members, all of which are members of FAO
or WHO or both.
and mineral food supplements guidelines
CAC adopted global guidelines for vitamin and mineral food supplements as one
of its first decisions. The guidelines recommend labeling that contains information
on maximum consumption levels of vitamin and mineral food supplements, assisting
countries to increase consumer information, which will help consumers use them
in a safe and effective way.
to WHO, the guidelines ensure that consumers receive beneficial health effects
from vitamins and minerals.
USDA machine can ID bacteria within a day
July 11, 2005
on the Hill
Edited by Dana Downie
USDA/ARS scientists in Peoria, IL have
devised a new DNA-based test machine for identifying deadly bacteria that is faster,
easier to use and more precise than some methods currently used by food and beverage
processors, according to an ARS press release. Scientists say they have developed
a "flow cytometer" that can handle up to 100 samples at a time and accurately
identify Listeria monocytogenes and Candida albicans bacteria within a day.
new machine also targets variations of the bacteria, says Todd Ward, a microbiologist
who helped develop the system. Such variations can help distinguish one strain
of Listeria from another. By targeting genes for virulence, the test could enable
a user to understand what makes some strains more harmful or better adapted to
a particular environment than others. This could prove especially useful in HACCP
programs at food-processing plants, he stated. The current Listeria test takes
about three days to produce a result.
"The ability to identify Listeria
that have colonized (in) your production plant can help determine whether food
products are contaminated before coming into the plant or within the plant by
resident strains," Ward stated in a report on the research. The test could
also be used to check for yeasts such as Candida that cause food and beverage
spoilage. It could also speed the search for yeasts adept at fermenting cornstarch
into ethanol or those used for the control of fruit-storage rots, he said. The
USDA wants to collaborate with private firms to develop the resulting tests in
Adlyfe Develops Blood Test to Detect Mad
Source of Article: http://www.cattlenetwork.com/
Inc. has developed a sensitive blood test for protein folding diseases that could
provide earlier diagnosis of Mad Cow disease, possibly before visible symptoms
occur. The test, developed by Dr. Cindy Orser, VP of Research and Development
with Adlyfe, is designed to detect misfolded proteins that cause B.S.E., Sheep
Scrapie, and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease in humans.
Alan S. Rudolph, CEO, said the test is based on using small, synthetic peptides
that mimic protein folding and detect the build up of damaging proteins in blood
before they accumulate in the brain. The novel test has been under development
for three years under the support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
and the National Institutes of Health.
are very encouraged by the early results of our test which show we can detect
disease in blood and tissue samples from animals and humans. We look forward to
offering a new test for early detection and diagnosis of these debilitating diseases,"
in Rockville, Maryland, Adlyfe develops blood diagnostic tests for early diagnosis
and treatment of chronic brain-wasting diseases. The privately held company is
funded by NIH, DARPA and several other parties.
coli O157, lake swimming - USA (Minnesota)
A ProMED-mail post
a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases
in part by Elsevier, organizer of The 1st International Conference for the Journal
of Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
Fri, 8 Jul 2005
From: ProMED-mail Source: WCCO (MN) [edited]
sickened by Anoka County E. coli outbreak
An E. coli outbreak on an Anoka County
beach has sent at least 2 children to the hospital, the state health department
said Fri, 8 Jul 2005. The outbreak has so far affected children who went swimming
on Coon Lake Beach between 21-23 Jun 2005, the Minnesota Department of Health
Health officials recorded 4 confirmed E. coli O157:H7 infections associated
with the outbreak among children ranging in age from 2 to 13 years. 2 were hospitalized
and released, the MDH said. The children showed symptoms of infection between
1 and 5 days after swimming in the lake, health officials said. Symptoms include
stomach cramps and diarrhea, health officials said. Anyone who swam in Coon Lake
and develops these symptoms is urged to seek medical attention. E. coli O157:H7
infections can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome and kidney failure. No such cases
have yet been identified with this outbreak, health officials said. Anoka County
closed the beach Fri, 8 Jul 2005. It will reopen when water tests indicate it
is safe, health officials said.
[In the summer, it often happens that cases
of O157:H7 disease are associated with poorly cooked hamburger (or sometimes other
food contaminated with cattle feces) or related to a petting zoo, but readers
should also remember that water -- either drunk or swum in -- may also be a vehicle
for transmission. It is not stated, however, whether E. coli O157:H7 was isolated
from the water at the beach or if just a high coliform count was found. It would
be also interesting to know how close the lake is to any cattle and if there had
been a lot of rain prior to the outbreak. It is still possible that something
eaten by the children may be involved here. It should be noted that a recent (6
Jun 2005) article in the journal Pediatrics reported that early recognition of
infection with _E. coli_ O157:H7, with the use of intravenous plasma expansion
with fluids, could lower the risk of developing hemolytic uremic syndrome:
JA, Jelacic S, Ciol MA, et al: Relative nephroprotection during Escherichia coli
O157:H7 infections: association with intravenous volume expansion. Pediatrics
Foods Fail Safety Tests
Source of Article: http://www.rednova.com
13 July 2005
According to news.gov.hk: Ten food samples have failed safety
tests, representing an overall failure rate of 0.2%, the Food & Environmental
Hygiene Department says. The department's Assistant Director Dr Thomas Chung said
3,500 food samples were taken for microbiological and chemical tests in the Food
Among the 1,400 microbiological tests, three items contained pathogens. A raw
oyster sample contained Norovirus, and two samples of soft cheese and salad contained
Listeria. For the 2,100 chemical test results, seven unsatisfactory samples were
detected. One rice sample and one oyster meat sample contained excessive cadmium.
Two fresh ginseng samples contained sulphur dioxide, a preservative not permitted
to be used in the food product. Other unsatisfactory results involved one red
jujube sample containing excessive sulphur dioxide and a Chinese lettuce sample
having a low residual level of pesticide. Another failed sample involved a red
snapper containing ciguatoxin, which is a natural toxin sometimes found in reef
sits in the spotlight this Wednesday, July 13
July 11, 2005
Edited by Dana Downie
Three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals, lawyers and the news media will jam into a very small Seattle, WA courtroom
to listen to arguments from each side in R-CALF v. USDA to determine if a preliminary
injunction that shut the border to Canadian cattle shall remain. NMA will be present
to argue it appeal of intervention status.
In addition to the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation, the court has agreed to allow the Northwest AG Information Network
and CKOM Radio to audio-record for later broadcast. Western Producer has been
allowed to photograph with a still camera. The court is providing an overflow
room for the expected crowd. While it is unusual for an appellate court to hand
down its decision in as little as two weeks, it is possible there will be rulings
on both the intervention and the preliminary injunction issues to provide guidance
to the District Court before its July 27 hearing in Judge Cebull's District court
in Billings, MT. The Court of Appeals has stated that the Panel is not expected
to rule from the bench Wednesday.
of Article: http://www.meatnews.com/
food safety officials lay down verification guidance over ingredients associated
with food allergies
personnel in US food processing companies are now able to get guidance on control
measures for allergies in food ingredients.
can now ensure that these controls are in place in processing establishments.
of such ingredients in meat and poultry products must be listed on the ingredient
label, otherwise the product would be considered adulterated and/or misbranded.
US Food Safety and Inspection Service has published a notice to give instruction
for verification activities to protect public health.
notice lays down eight categories of foods associated with food allergies due
to the contained proteins. They are wheat, Crustacea (e.g., shrimp, crab, lobster),
eggs, fish, peanuts, milk, tree nuts and soybeans. Other potential causes of adverse
reactions are ingredients such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), sulphites, lactose
and Yellow 5 (tartrazine).
establishment's flow chart and hazard analysis will be reviewed to confirm that
both identify which products may contain these ingredients and that the factory
has adequately incorporated procedures for properly formulating products, applying
the appropriate label and accurately labelling the product to fully disclose the
use of all ingredients.
meat companies have addressed the control of ingredients in a proper programme
to prevent an occurrence of a food safety hazard, inspection personnel will verify
that an Enforcement, Investigations and Analysis Officer (EIAO) has conducted
a comprehensive food safety assessment at the plant.
of Tech. and Process Valid. - CO-Boulder/Ft. Collins ? Swift & Co.
Safety & QA Mgr - CO-Boulder/Fort Collins ? Swift & Co.
Sanitation* - Garner, NC - ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Manager - WA-Seattle ? Campbell Soup Co.
Assurance Team Leader - Chatsworth, CA - Nestle USA
Inspectional Services Supervisor - Columbus, OH ? Wendy¡¯s Int¡¯l, Inc.
Services Technician - Los Angeles, CA ? Mars, Incorporated
Assurance Specialist - Omaha, NE ? ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Safety Specialist - Albuquerque, NM - The Steritech Group
Services Manager - IL-Chicago ? Kraft Foods
of Salmonella Typhimurium infection among travelling US students
Queensland Health and OzFoodNet are continuing to investigate
the recent outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infection among visiting students
aged 10 to 13 years and teachers from South Eastern Virginia and North Carolina
(FSnet 6/05, 7/05). In total, 31 students and 3 teachers were affected from the
touring group of 44, who have now returned to the United States. The epidemiological
investigation has identified that infection was probably foodborne and the most
likely vehicle of transmission was an egg-based dessert served at one of the restaurants
the group attended. Nineteen of the 34 cases were laboratory-confirmed as Salmonella
Typhimurium (phage type pending). This appears to be an isolated incident. Assessment
of recent Queensland data has not indicated an increase in Salmonella Typhimurium
Queensland Health has been working with the restaurant owners and produce
suppliers, who are cooperating fully, to investigate the reasons the contamination
occurred, and to ensure the problem does not occur again. There were no leftover
food samples of this particular food dish available for microbiological testing.
The investigation into the source of the salmonella contamination is continuing.
Russell Stafford (OzFoodNet, Queensland), Andrew Langley (Sunshine Coast Public
Health Unit, Queensland Health), Margaret Young (Central PHU, QH), Rod Davison
(Brisbane North PHU, QH).
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