10/01,2012
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Salmonella Thompson Taints Smoked Salmon – Are 85 Illnesses in 27 States Linked?
Source : http://www.marlerblog.com/case-news/salmonella-thompson-taints-smoked-salmon-are-85-illnesses-in-27-states-linked/
By Bill Marler (Oct 02, 2012)
According to reporting by AP, smoked salmon tainted with Salmonella has sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands sparking major recalls there and
in the U.S. The Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said the salmon was traced to a Dutch company called Foppen,
which sells fish to many major supermarkets in the Netherlands and stores around the world. In the U.S. Foppen said it only supplied the fish to Costco Wholesale
Corp. The Dutch public health institute said that around 200 people — and likely more — have been sickened in the Netherlands by a strain of the bacteria called
Salmonella Thompson.
U.S. health authorities say they are also investigating whether the salmon could be at the root of a multi-state outbreak of the illness. A representative for the U.S.
Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, Lola Russell, says the federal agency has 85 cases of the same strain from 27 states starting from July 1.
Without an outbreak, she said the average number of such cases over that time would be about 30. Russell said 10 people have been hospitalized,
with no deaths.
“We’ve investigating a possible link between the cases in the U.S. and cases in the Netherlands,” Russell said.
The recalled product in the United States was sold at Costco as Foppen Norwegian Smoked Salmon Slices 12 Oz and Kirkland Signature Norwegian Imported
Smoked Salmon 2 x 12 Oz.

FDA finds Poor Sanitary Practices at Chamberlain Farms Cause of Salmonella
Outbreak

Source : http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/fda-finds-poor-sanitary-practices-at-chamberlain-farms-cause-of-salmonella-outbreak/
By Bill Marler (Oct 02, 2012)
270 sickened, 101 hospitalized and three dead.
In September the CDC announced a total of 270 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Typhimurium (240 persons) and Salmonella Newport
(30 persons) reported from 26 states. The number of ill persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium identified in each state is as follows:
Alabama (16), Arkansas (6), California (2), Florida (1), Georgia (9), Iowa (10), Illinois (26), Indiana (24), Kentucky (70), Massachusetts (2), Maryland (1),
Michigan (6), Minnesota (5), Missouri (15), Mississippi (7), Montana (1), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (7), Ohio (6), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (2),
South Carolina (5), Tennessee (8), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (6). The number of ill persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport identified
in each state is as follows: Illinois (8), Indiana (9), Michigan (1), Missouri (6), Ohio (3), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (2). 101 ill persons had been hospitalized.
Three deaths were been reported in Kentucky.
Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicate that cantaloupe originating from Chamberlain Farms
Produce, Inc. of Owensville, Indiana is a source of the outbreak.
Today the FDA 483 Inspection Report was released. Here is the PDF and here is the report in full:
1. During the inspection I observed, indications of poor sanitary practices demonstrating contamination in the firm's cantaloupe packing shed through
environmental swabs and product samples which tested positive for Salmonella as follows:
•During this inspection on 08/16/2012, cantaloupes were collected from the 21-acre field located at Old 65 and Co Rd 525 W and tested positive for Salmonella
Newport and Salmonella Typhimurium.
•During this inspection on 08/16/2012, cantaloupes were also collected from a cardboard bin after processing in the packing shed and tested positive
for Salmonella Newport.
•During the inspection 08114/2012, environmental swabs were collected from various locations and surfaces throughout the packing shed. 7 of 50 environmental
swabs tested positive for Salmonella Newport. 2 of 50 environmental swabs tested positive for Salmonella Anatum.
2. Food contact surfaces are not constructed/designed in a manner to allow for appropriate cleaning: ?On 08114/2012, while cantaloupes were being processed,
I observed, porous food contact surfaces including carpet and wood used throughout the cantaloupe processing line which does not allow for adequate cleaning.
Apparent rust and corrosion on multiple pieces of equipment throughout the processing line was also observed.
3. Failure to clean as frequently as necessary to protect against contamination of food: ? On 08114/2012, while cantaloupes were being processed, I observed,
multiple locations of the conveyor including rollers and belts, had an accumulation of black, green, and brown buildup. There was an accumulation of debris
including trash, wood, food pieces, standing water, mud, dirt, and green buildup observed beneath the conveyer belt in the cantaloupe packing shed.
4. On 08/14/2012, while cantaloupes were being processed, I observed, standing water in the packing shed on the floor directly below the first conveyer belts
of the packing line and on the drip table, which is below the bristle conveyer belt where cantaloupes are being washed and rinsed. This water appeared to have
algae growing in it.
5. The processing water line is not constructed in such a manner as to prevent food contamination: ? On 08/ 14/2012, while cantaloupes were being processed,
I observed the pipe used to supply well water into the dump tank and spray nozzles over the conveyer belt were leaking and appeared to have an accumulation
of rust. This water comes into direct contact with the cantaloupe as they are traveling along the processing line.
6. The firm was not monitoring the effective levels of the chlorine sanitizer in the water contained in the concrete dump tank of the cantaloupe processing line,
nor could firm management provide monitoring records to that effect.
7. Failure to remove litter and waste that may constitute an attractant, breeding place, or harborage area for pests, within the immediate vicinity of the plant
buildings or structures: ? On 08/14/2012, the firm's garbage receptacle (located on the outside west wall of the packing shed approximately 15 from the processing
line) was overflowing with garbage. The north and south sides of the processing shed do not have a wall and is exposed directly to the outside environment.
It is really hard to imagine that a year after the deadliest foodborne illness in the United States in 100 years, that we would be having another cantaloupe
outbreak and the conditions on the farm were so poor.

Foppen Salmon Salmonella Recall to Hit US
Source : http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/food-recall/foppen-salmon-salmonella-recall-to-hit-us/
By Bill Marler (Oct 02, 2012)
AP Update:  The Netherlands' National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said the salmon has been traced to the Dutch company Foppen, which
sells fish to many major Dutch supermarkets and to stores around the world, including the United States.  The institute said in a statement that around
200 people — and likely more — in the Netherlands and more than 100 people in the United States have been sickened by a strain of the bacteria called
Salmonella Thompson.
Harald Wychgel, a spokesman for the Dutch public health institute, said the institute got its information on Americans becoming ill from the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.  However, a representative for the CDC said the agency was investigating and had not confirmed any illnesses.
Costco Wholesale Corp., which sold the salmon in the U.S., said it had no reports of illness.
Barfblog, the BBC, Expatica and AFP report that hundreds of consumers in the Netherlands and the United States have been sickened by Salmonella after eating
smoked salmon produced by Dutch fish factory, Foppen.  In the Netherlands “some 200 people have fallen ill through contaminated salmon” while in the US about 100 people were infected “by the same type of Salmonella”, said the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) in the Netherlands.
“The real number of infected people is likely to be higher,” the RIVM added in a statement, saying smoked salmon made by Dutch fish producer Foppen has been
taken off the shelves and removed from storage fridges.  Foppen supplies smoked salmon to major supermarket chains including retail giant Albert Heijn,
Dutch food and consumer watchdog NVWA said in a statement.  It warned consumers not to eat any Foppen salmon already bought at supermarkets, which had
been advised to take the product off their shelves.
“An international recall is being prepared,” the RIVM added, referring to salmon sold in the United States.  The NVWA rang alarm bells Friday, issuing a recall
and advising consumers not to eat smoked salmon produced by Foppen.

Canada beef warning broadened to new products
Source : http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49230521/ns/health-food_safety/
By Martinne Geller (Sep 30, 2012)
A public warning in Canada on Friday about beef possibly tainted with E. coli has been updated to include additional products.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Sunday released a list of dozens of products made from beef voluntarily recalled by XL Foods, whose plant in
Brooks, Alberta, was temporarily shut by the agency after contaminated beef products sickened several people.
The list ranges from ground beef to roasts and steaks, and includes products from retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Costco Wholesale Corp, and smaller
chains.
The agency is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell or serve the products, since they may be contaminated
with E. Coli bacteria, which can cause potentially life-threatening illness.

Costco steaks linked to 4 Edmonton E. coli cases
Source : http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2012/09/26/edmonton-beef-recall-costco.html?cmp=rss
By CBC News (Sep 26, 2012)
Health officials say they have confirmed the steaks that made four people sick in Edmonton originated from an XL Foods plant and were sold at a Costco store
in the northeast part of the city.
CIFA is recalling beef steaks sold at the northeast Edmonton Costco under the Kirland brand. (CIFA)The steaks were sold at the Costco store on 50th Street
and 136th Avenue under the Kirkland brand and were contaminated with E. coli.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) linked the striploin grilling steaks with four cases of E. coli illness announced last week.
"We know the food source. What we don’t know at this point is the source of the contamination," said Dr. Gerry Predy, Alberta's senior medical health officer.
He said health officials were able to link the illness to the store after testing a steak provided by one of people who became sick.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a health alert over the meat but it is still unclear how and where the meat became contaminated.
The steaks were sold between Sept. 4 and Sept. 7, and are marked with one of the following "Packed On" dates:
12 / SE / 04
12 / SE / 05
12 / SE / 06
12 / SE / 07
Consumers are urged to check meat they have in their freezers to see if it is covered by the alert.
Predy said AHS isn't releasing any information on the condition of those who got sick.
"Because of the small number of cases, we aren’t releasing any information … that could violate their privacy."
Tenderization process may be to blame
Predy said during their investigation, it was discovered that Costco stores across the province used a tenderization process that may have played a role in the
E. coli illnesses.
The stores would run steaks through a machine that would strike them with a meat tenderizer with a needle-like surface.
Predy says if E.coli bacteria was on the surface of the meat, the process may have forced it deeper into the steak, where it would be more difficult to kill while
cooking.
“Our public health message has been that if you’re eating steak, it’s OK to eat it rare,” said Predy.
“If this process is going to be used, then the public needs to know it has been used so the public can use necessary precautions."
He said the process doesn’t violate health codes, but AHS has asked stores in the province to stop using the machines as a precaution.
Steaks came from Brooks plant
The steaks came from the XL Foods processing plant near Brooks in southern Alberta, said Canadian Food Inspection Agency spokesperson Tim O'Connor.
That's the same facility where 250 ground beef products have been recalled from stores across the country.
No direct link between E. coli illnesses and the plant has been established, said O'Connor.
"There are many steps in-between and, while it is possible, we cannot say conclusively at this time that that [facility] is the source of contamination," he said.
In a statement, XL Foods said it is co-operating with the CFIA and AHS in their investigations.
The company said a recent review of its operation found two "deficiencies" that could have played a part in the contamination. It says it has since changed
those procedures.
"Food safety is simply too important to our customers, our employees and our business," the company wrote.
Richard Arsenault, director of meat inspection for the CFIA, says investigators believe that cows carrying higher-than-normal amounts of the E.coli bacteria
entered the plant at the end of August.
“The controls in the plant are designed to deal with normal. This was an outlier."
Arsenault says increased sampling and testing has made the meat inspection more accurate in recent years. He says now the problem is that the data isn't
being analyzed as well as it should be.
"The issue isn’t the number of inspectors. The issue isn’t if the inspectors were doing their job properly," he said.
“We need to do a better job of managing this data and finding these trends ahead of time … as opposed to having to respond to a crisis like this.”

Are there E. coli Illnesses linked to XL Foods Meat Recall?
Source : http://www.marlerblog.com/case-news/are-there-e-coli-illnesses-linked-to-xl-foods-meat-recall/
By Bill Marler (Sep 26, 2012)
The answer would be yes – “Costco steaks linked to 4 Edmonton E. coli cases.”
XL Foods Meat was “produced under insanitary conditions.”
Yesterday, Matt McClure of the Calgary Herald reported:
No deaths have been linked to the contaminated meat, but Alberta’s health authority said Tuesday it is now investigating eight cases of illness from E. coli O157,
including three in Calgary, that could be related.
Early this morning FSIS updated its Public Health Alert for Imported Canadian Beef from XL Foods:
FSIS has reason to believe, based on information provided by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), that beef from cattle slaughtered during the period
associated with the recall was produced under insanitary conditions that resulted in a high event period (a period when the trim from carcasses exhibited
an unusually high frequency of positive findings for the possible presence of E. coli O157:H7). Therefore, all products that are non-intact, such as trim and ground
beef subject to the recall, as well as all cuts of beef that will be processed into non-intact product, are considered adulterated.
FSIS testing of raw boneless beef trim product from Canadian Establishment 038, XL Foods, Inc., and confirmed positive for E. coli O157:H7 on September 3,
2012. After alerting the CFIA of the positive results, the agencies launched an investigation including additional testing, and CFIA announced a recall
by XL Foods, Inc. of a variety of ground beef products on Sept. 16. FSIS also issued a Public Health Alert (PHA) on September 20, 2012, provided updated
information on September 21, 2012, conducted effectiveness checks this week, and notified the public once more through today’s PHA. The CFIA has expanded
the scope of the recall to now include the production dates of Aug. 24, Aug. 27, Aug. 28 and Aug. 29, 2012 and FSIS has determined that a slaughter date of
August 23, 2012 is common to all four production dates.
While the investigation continues, FSIS will provide information as it becomes available. The products subject to the Canadian recall were distributed to U.S.
establishments in the following states: California, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. FSIS will continue to update the retail
distribution list posted on FSIS’ website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.
Public health authorities on both sides of the border should release information about the genetic fingerprint (PFGE pattern) of both the positive FSIS beef
samples and the ill persons in Canada – and elsewhere.

Contaminated food: Food authority set to crack down on milk suppliers
Source http://tribune.com.pk/story/442378/contaminated-food-food-authority-set-to-crack-down-on-milk-suppliers/
By Rameez Khan (Sep 26, 2012)
LAHORE: 
The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) is all set to launch a crackdown on milk suppliers selling contaminated milk in the city, The Express Tribune has learnt.
Till September 24, PFA officials had visited 7,162 factories, shops, hotels and restaurants and served notices on 576 outlets and imposed over Rs3,003,000 fine.
This week, the PFA food safety officer will set up three entrances to the city check milk being transported on vans and bikes. The milk found contaminated will be
thrown away.
PFA officials told The Express Tribune they were not sparing anybody selling food that did not meet safety standards. They said restaurants on the MM Alam
road had been fined for not maintaining hygiene. The PFA will issue also licences to food vendors and advertise for that. The licences will be valid till December.
The officials said the licence fee was Rs1,000 for stores, Rs5000 for hotels and Rs50,000 for factories.
They said the PFA was lobbying to get the administrative control of the CDGL food laboratory. The lab would start testing the 400 samples collected by the PFA
within seven days.
PFA Director General Asad Mahani said he hoped that the lab issue would be settled soon. He said hiring a highly-educated staff had yielded good results and
he was optimistic that food safety conditions would improve in the city in the coming days.
He said the authority was working on a GIS (geographical information system) and an MIS (management information system) to put information on city eateries
and factories online. He said the PFA had also drafted new food safety rules which would be sent to the Law Department in two months for vetting. The PFA
would focus on food supply chains and hence zero for unsafe food. He said disclosing the exact date for launch of a crackdown on contaminated milk would
jeopardise the entire campaign.
Consumer Forum
Mohsin Bhatti, the Consumer Forum vice president, disagreed with the plan. He said under the rules, a food safety officer could only check milk fats using
a gravity meter. The fats would generally turn out adequate. The meter would not tell what kind of fats those were. He said most of the milk whether pasteurized
or not was not up to the standard. He said a frequent contamination was caused by cows or buffalos being injected with oxytocine. He said the drug was passed
in milk and affected eyes and kidneys. He said milk quality in as little as two hours at outdoors temperature. Carried in steel cabin vans for hours in absence of
any refrigeration, it maintained its look owing to farmoline drops which killed all bacteria. He said several companies dealing in pasteurised milk removed cream
and put in industrial fats imported for use in soaps. Later, urea was added to mask these. Caustic soda, hair-removing powder and bleaching agents were added
to whiten the milk.
Dairies
He said many dairies prepared their milk from milk powder. A litre of cooking oil, 2kg dry milk and 37 litre water were mixed to produce 40 litres milk.
Milk man
He said most milk men sold milk only after extracting cream from it for which machines were installed near Raiwind, Kahna, Multan Road, Sheikhupura and Kasur.
He said the milk men offered milk at various prices because the fraction of cream varied. He said none of violations could be detected by the gravity meter
inspections. Even the CDGL lab couldn’t help, he said. When contacted, CDGL Laboratory Public Analyst Shahid Mahmood said the CDGL laboratory could
detect all wrongs.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 26th, 2012.

China plans to improve food safety
Source : http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/China-plans-to-improve-food-safety-pd20120926-YGVCT?opendocument&src=rss
By Business Spectator (Sep 26, 2012)
Chinese authorities are planning to spend 72.02 billion yuan ($A11 billion) in an effort to improve the product safety of its domestic farm produce, Xinhua
News reports.
According to the news agency, the Ministry of Agriculture is preparing to create a three-tiered program focused on research and inspection in the field of
agriculture goods.
The move to improve quality control is linked to public fears of tainted local produce after prominent scandals such as the Sanlu dairy tainting incident.
In 2008, the Sanlu group was embroiled in a contamination scandal, with the dairy group found guilty of watering down its products with the chemical melamine.
The news comes on the back of a recent push by Beijing to secure the nation's food supply, with the state-owned Chinese Investment Corporation moving to
take a stake in Australian dairy operation Van Diemen's Land Company.

CFIA E. coli probe identifies deficiencies
Source : http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2012-09-25/article-3083072/CFIA-E-coli-probe-identifies-deficiencies/1
By The Telegram(Sep 25, 2012)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says it has completed a review of the food safety controls at XL Foods Inc., where E. coli O157:H7 findings have
led to a voluntary recall of more than 250 products.
The review focused on the plant's preventative control measures, food-safety policies and procedures, laboratory methodology, and equipment and quality
systems.
The CFIA said in a news release, while the review did not identify one single factor that would lead to E. coli O157:H7 contamination, the combination of several
deficiencies could have played a role. "By themselves, each of these findings would not typically signal an immediate concern during the course of normal
inspection activities," the CFIA said.
The agency identified a number of issues with regards to the establishment’s preventative control plan. It says the detection of E. coli in slaughter facilities is not
uncommon, and plants are expected to have adequate measures in place to monitor higher than normal detection rates and modify control measures accordingly.
"This trend analysis was not always conducted consistently at this facility," according to the federal agency.
In addition, it goes on to say, "deviations were noted from the company’s documented E. coli O157:H7 control measures and sampling and testing procedures.
The company was unable to demonstrate through its documentation that it regularly reviewed or made necessary updates to its control plan for the facility."
XL Foods Inc. has developed a response plan. The CFIA says it has accepted the company’s plan and will monitor corrective actions to verify that they have
been implemented effectively.
As of Monday, the CFIA had issued seven alerts identifying products that are affected by this recall. To date, more than 250 products have been affected
by this recall, including ground beef and related products in Sobeys/Foodland stores and more recently medium ground beef and all store-made ground beef
products sold in Sobeys stores in the Atlantic region, including Newfoundland and Labrador, with packed on dates between Sept. 16 and 22.
The recall also includes Sobeys, Foodland, IGA, Metro, and Safeway stores in other provinces, Costco Kirkland Signature products nationally and beef products
prepared for corporate and franchised stores of Loblaw Companies Ltd. in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The CFIA continues to collect information from suppliers, distributors and retailers, so there is a possibility that additional products could be identified and further
expansions could be issued.
The CFIA continues to work with its provincial and federal public health counterparts. To date, health authorities have not established a link between this recall
and any illnesses.

USDA’s Response Time to XL Foods E. coli Ground Beef Recall Criticized
Source : http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2012/usdas-response-time-to-xl-foods-e-coli-ground-beef-recall-criticized/
By Linda Larsen (Sep 25, 2012)
Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit watchdog organization, is criticizing the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service actions on the Canadian firm XL Food’s
ground beef recall. That product was recalled for possible E. coli 0157:H7 contamination. The recall has been expanded six times, and Canadian inspectors
found several problems at the XL Foods plant. While the recalls state that no illnesses are linked to these products, Canadian authorities are investigating
an outbreak of five cases of E. coli 0157:H7 in Canada.
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of that group, said in a statement, “after knowing for 17 days that they had a potential public health crisis on their hands,
the management of USDA’s FSIS finally issued a “Public Health Alert” at 9:00 pm on Septmeber 20, 2012 regarding tainted beef that had crossed the border
from Canada. Stunningly, they have yet to issue a recall on that meat despite the fact that the Canadian authorities have issued a recall, and that meat is
presently in at least eight U.S. states.” Albertsons and Safeway have issued recalls for the beef in the United States.
Food & Water Watch is also criticizing the “Beyond the Border” initiative that is being developed between the United States and Canada that would deregulate
some requirements to facilitate trade between the two countries. Ms. Hauter said that Canada’s food safety track record is at an all time low, but the USDA wants
to reduce inspection of imported Canadian products.
A coalition of food safety and consumer groups sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack last week, asking him to halt the Beyond the Border Initiative.
They state several reasons for this request, including the fact that Canada has a higher incidence of foodborne illness than the United States; that Canada
experienced a deadly Listeria outbreak in 2008 and increased their inspections, but those inspections were eliminated by the Harper Government; and that
Canada has problems abiding by its equivalency agreement with the USDA. In addition, the letter contains photographs of damaged Canadian meat shipment
containers at the Niagara Falls Border. They showed visible fecal contamination and toxic chemicals comingled with meat products. The current border inspection
system halted those products.

 

CDC: Sunland Salmonella Bredeney Peanut Butter Outbreak Hits 30 in 19 States
Source : http://www.marlerblog.com/legal-cases/cdc-sunland-salmonella-bredeney-peanut-butter-outbreak-hits-30-in-19-states/
By Bill Marler (Sep 25, 2012)
Marler Clark has been retained and we will file suit Wednesday against Sunland.
A total of 30 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney have been reported from 19 states.   The number of ill persons identified in
each state is as follows: Arizona (1), California (2), Connecticut (3), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (3), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1),
Missouri (1), Nevada (1), New Jersey (2), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Pennsylvania (2), Rhode Island (1), Texas (4), Virginia (1), and Washington (2). 
4 ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.  Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory
agencies indicate that Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with Sea Salt is a likely source of this outbreak.   On September 24, 2012,
Sunland, Inc. voluntarily recalled its peanut butter and other products containing nuts and seeds because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. 
On September 22, 2012, Trader Joe’s voluntarily recalled its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because of potential contamination with Salmonella and
urged consumers to not eat the product.

Albertsons recalls ground beef in 3 states
Source : http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/24/14072509-albertsons-recalls-ground-beef-in-3-states?lite#__utma=238145375.1260771225.1340239740.
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By Associated Press staff (Sep 24, 2012)
Alberstons is recalling a number of ground beef products sold at stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, due to risk of E. coli contamination. No illnesses
have been reported.
The grocery chain, owned by Supervalu Inc., said the move follows an expanded recall by XL Foods Inc. for ground beef products imported from Canada.
The recall includes 1 lb. fresh ground beef patties, 1 lb. fresh ground beef chub, and 3 lb. fresh ground beef chub, all with the Albertsons store label.
The products were sold between Sept. 3 and Sept. 21 in all Albertsons stores in Washington and Oregon, as well as three stores in Northern Idaho:
Coeur d'Alene, Hayden and Lewiston.
Customers should return any of the recalled products for a refund or replacement. 

Food-Safety Alert: Canadian Beef Recall Expands to U.S.
Source : http://www.foodproductdesign.com/news/2012/09/food-safety-alert-canadian-beef-recall-expands-to.aspx
By food product design (Sep 24, 2012)
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is warning the public not to consume raw boneless beef trim products imported from Canada because
they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. On Sept. 16, Edmonton-based XL Foods recalled the meat products after testing revealed contamination.
XL Foods and various retailers, processors and distributors are recalling meats were sold in various configurations, including beef patties, bulk ground beef,
meatloaf, sliders and meatballs sold under the brand names Calahoo Meats, Kirkland Signature, Safeway and Walmart.
The products subject to the Canadian recall were distributed to U.S. establishments in California, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington
and Wisconsin. At the U.S. establishments, the products may have been further processed into various products, such as ground beef or ground beef patties.

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Minnesota Victim of Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak Hospitalized
Source : http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2012/minnesota-victim-of-peanut-butter-salmonella-outbreak-hospitalized/
By Carla Gillespie (Sep 26, 2012)
One of the victims of the Salmonella Bredeney outbreak that has sickened 30 people in 19 states lives in Minnesota. That person, an adult from the Twin Cities
metro area, was hospitalized in late July. These illnesses are associated with Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter, which was recalled last week.
Since the original recall, Sunland Inc. has been announced as the maker of the peanut butter. Many of that company’s products have been recalled; the recall
was expanded yesterday to include other types of nut butters and whole peanuts.
“This outbreak will most likely grow, and more states will be included in the case count,” said attorney Fred Pritzker, who represents Salmonella victims nationwide.
“The list of recalled products is also growing daily, with derivative recalls now taking place as a result of this collapse in food safety controls.” Pritzker has been
contacted by potential victims of this Salmonella outbreak.
Salmonella infections can have life-long consequences. When the bacteria enters the blood, patients can develop bacteremia. The bacteria can then travel to
other parts of the body and cause serious injury or death. Infection of the bones, meningitis, infection of the heart, pancreatitis, reactive arthritis, and pneumonia
may result.
One of the strange things about this recall and outbreak is that the FDA has not acknowledged that Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter is the source of the
outbreak. The CDC has stated that this product is the likely source of the outbreak.
Most of the outbreak victims shopped at Trader Joe’s before becoming ill, and most of them also ate that specific brand of peanut butter. Peanut butter has been
a source of serious outbreaks and illness in the past.  In 2008-2009, King Nut Peanut Butter, made with peanuts from Peanut Corp. of America, was the source
of a huge Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that sickened more than 500 people, hospitalized 116, and killed eight.
Peanut butter can be contaminated with Salmonella in several ways. Feces from animals, especially birds, can contaminate the peanuts. Runoff from farms can
contaminate the peanuts while they are growing. Roasting the peanuts before they are made into peanut butter will kill bacteria, but contamination can happen
after that step, either by mishandling or problems in the facility, such as leaks in the roof or flaws in food safety controls, especially in plumbing systems.
The bacteria can survive in peanut butter for months after it is introduced.

 

Peanut butter Salmonella outbreak, cholera in Sierra Leone
Source : http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/sep2512foodscan.html
By CIDRAP(Sep 25, 2012)
Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter grows to 30 cases
A person in Nevada infected with Salmonella Bredeney who developed symptoms Sep 11 has increased the case count in the multistate outbreak linked
to contaminated peanut butter to 30, the CDC confirmed today in an update. The number of affected states also increased by 1, to 19, the CDC said
of the outbreak, which it first confirmed yesterday. Hospitalizations and deaths have remained at 4 and 0, respectively, and dates of illness onset range from
Jun 11 to Sep 11. Yesterday Sunland Inc. of Portales, N.M., recalled multiple peanut and almond butter products because of possible Salmonella contamination.
Sunland supplied Trader Joe's with the Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter that the CDC linked to the outbreak.
Sep 25 CDC update
Sep 24 CIDRAP News story on the outbreak
Cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone tops 19,000 cases
The cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone that started in February has now topped 19,000 cases and has caused 274 deaths, the World Health Organization
(WHO) said today in a case study of the outbreak. On Sep 20 the agency had reported 18,919 cases and 273 deaths. The outbreak is unusual in that it began
during the country's dry season, the report said. When the outbreak peaked in August during the rainy season, more than 2,000 cases were being reported per
week. The WHO said having a cholera command center, detecting cases early, and disseminating safety messages have been crucial to outbreak-control efforts.
The report also said poor sanitation in the country and low supplies of key treatments such as oral rehydration solution remain as top challenges.
Sep 25 WHO report

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