Press Release – Salmonella Saintpaul Outbreak in SE Michigan

22 04 2009

From a Department of Community Health press release.

Salmonella Saintpaul Outbreak in Southeast Michigan Involving Sprouts

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is
issuing a public health alert regarding illness from Salmonella
infections among people who have reported raw alfalfa sprouts
consumption in southeast Michigan. At this time, MDCH is recommending
that people avoid consumption of raw alfalfa sprouts until we have
further information about the origin of the contaminated sprouts.

Michigan currently has 16 confirmed Salmonella Saintpaul cases from six
jurisdictions in southeast Michigan (Livingston, Macomb, Oakland,
Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties; City of Detroit).  The illness onset
dates range from Mar 23 to April 6, 2009.  There have been two known
hospitalizations. Ten of the 16 people reported consumption of raw
alfalfa sprouts at sandwich shops in southeast Michigan.

MDCH is working closely with local health departments, the Michigan
Department of Agriculture (MDA), the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to
determine the source of the outbreak. The Michigan cases are presenting
the same genetic fingerprint as uncovered in the Midwest earlier this
year, which resulted in a recall of alfalfa sprouts.

“Anyone who eats raw sprouts may be at risk for exposure to
Salmonella or E. coli O157:H7 bacteria,” said Dr. Gregory Holzman,
chief medical executive for MDCH.  “We want to alert people to the
risk of illness with the consumption of raw sprouts.”

Sprouts are the germinating form of seeds and beans and are frequently
eaten raw in sandwiches and salads. Past sprout-related outbreaks of
foodborne illness have been linked to seeds contaminated by animal
manure in the field, during storage, or as a result of poor hygienic
practices in the production of sprouts. In addition, the warm and humid
conditions required to grow sprouts are ideal for the rapid growth of
bacteria.

Salmonellosis is an infection with bacteria called Salmonella. Most
persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal
cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7
days, and most people recover without treatment. The elderly, infants,
and those with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe
illness. Anyone who has recently eaten raw alfalfa sprouts and is
experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider and their
local health department.





Another Peanut Butter Recal

4 03 2009

I thought we were done with these

Spartan stores has issued a voluntary recall of spartan chocolate peanut clusters.

Spartan officials say they contain peanut ingredients from the Peanut Corporation of America’s Texas facility.

The FDA has recalled all items processed at that facility saying they may be linked to a salmonella outbreak.

There are no reported illnesses associated with this precautionary recall. 

Consumers should discard the product or take it back to the store for a refund.  The product pack size is 4.5 ounces, the order code is 099-523 and the UPC is 11213-04218.

The product best by dates are 2/27/09, 3/2/09, 4/6/09, 7/24/09, and 7/28/09.





Detroit Area Company Recalling Candy

16 02 2009

From the AP…

A Detroit-area candy store is recallingsome chocolate-covered peanuts because of salmonella fears.

Gayle’s Chocolates has stores in Royal Oak and at Detroit
Metropolitan Airport. Customers can return the product for a refund or destroy the box. The UPC number is 3447803065.

Gayle’s Chocolates of Royal Oak says it has no reports of
illnesses. But the peanuts used in 10-ounce boxes of sugar-free
chocolate-covered peanuts came from Lynchburg, Va.-based PeanutCorp. of America.

A salmonella outbreak has been traced to a processing plant in Blakely, Ga.





Press Release – Turkey Hill Dairy Recall

30 01 2009

From a Press Release….

TURKEY HILL DAIRY ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF SELECT ICE CREAM FLAVORS
FOLLOWING EXPANDED FDA INVESTIGATION OF PEANUT CORPORATION OF AMERICA

LANCASTER COUNTY, PA (January 30, 2009) – Turkey Hill Dairy of Lancaster
County, PA, is voluntarily recalling six select ice cream and frozen yogurt
items because the products contain ingredients that have been voluntarily
recalled by our suppliers.

Turkey Hill’s recalled products contain peanut pieces sold by Peanut
Corporation of America (PCA), the current focus of an ongoing Salmonella
investigation by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA). On
January 28, the FDA expanded its investigation to include all peanuts
processed by the PCA at its plant in Blakely, GA, since January 1, 2007,
including dry and oil-roasted peanuts, granulated peanuts and peanut meal,
in addition to peanut butter and peanut paste, which were the initial focus
of the investigation.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal
infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with
weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often
experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and
abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result
in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe
illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms),
endocarditis and arthritis. Read the rest of this entry »





Congres To Hold Hearings on Peanut Recall

29 01 2009

Not much of a surprise.

California Democrat Henry Waxman says he wants to focus on the Georgia peanut processing plant at the center of the investigation, which has led to a massive recall. More than 500 people have gotten sick in the outbreak, and at least eight may have died because of salmonella infections.

Among those testifying will be Stewart Parnell, president of Peanut Corp. of America, as well representatives of two labs the company used for testing. Peanut Corp. shipped products that initially tested positive for salmonella, after follow-up tests found no traces. 





Criminal Charges in Peanut Recall?

28 01 2009

Saw this on LSJ.com this afternoon.

Over the last two years, Peanut Corp. of America found salmonella in a dozen internal tests of its products, but shipped them anyway after getting new tests. The Food and Drug Administration says the company did not initially disclose that to investigators trying to solve the current salmonella outbreak.

The company’s actions “can only be described as reprehensible and criminal,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who oversees FDA funding. “Not only did this company knowingly sell tainted products, it shopped for a laboratory that would provide the acceptable results they were seeking. This behavior represents the worst of our current food safety regulatory system.”

Whoops.





Salmonella Found in Kellogg Crackers

19 01 2009

The FDA has confirmed salmonella in a package of Kellogg crackers.

The company said Monday that contamination was confirmed by the Food and Drug Administration in a single package of Austin Quality Foods Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter.

Food companies and retailers have been recalling products with peanut butter in them because of suspicion of contamination amid a salmonella outbreak that has killed at least six people and sickened more than 470 others in 43 states. At least 90 people have been hospitalized.

[snip]

It was not immediately clear how many packages of Kellogg crackers had been tested, if more tests were being made on other products or if some had already been found not to have salmonella, Kellogg spokeswoman Kris Charles said. A spokesman for the FDA said the agency was not providing any new information Monday.





Meijer Recalling Products

19 01 2009

Meijer is the latest store to announce recalls related to the peanut butter salmonella scare.

Meijer Inc. is recalling two types of crackers and two varieties of ice cream due to possible salmonella contamination.

Meijer brand Cheese and Peanut Butter and Toasty Peanut Butter sandwich crackers and Peanut Butter and Jelly and Peanut Butter Cup ice cream are being recalled.





Kellog Pulls Crackers

15 01 2009

Battle Creek based Kellog is pulling peanut butter crackers off the shelves until they can deterine whether contaminated peanut paste was used.

Kellogg gets at least some of its paste from Lynchburg, Va.-based Peanut Corp. of America, which has recalled 21 lots of peanut butter made since July 1 at its plant in Blakely, Ga., because of possible contamination from the bacteria. While not going so far as issuing a recall, Kellogg asked stores nationwide to remove the crackers sold under its Austin and Keebler brands and urged consumers not to eat those products until regulators have completed an investigation into Peanut Corp.





More Salmonella – UPDATED

8 01 2009

From WILX.com

At least once case of the nationwide outbreak of salmonella has been confirmed in Eaton County. The Michigan Department of Community Health has reported that, in addition to Eaton County, 20 cases have been confirmed among Arenac, Bay, Kent, Lapeer, Macomb, Mecosta, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties and the City of Detroit.

No idea what caused it.

Update – 4:00 PM

From the Michigan Department of Community Health

The Michigan Department of Community Health and local health partners are
currently assisting with this investigation, led by the CDC. We currently
have 20 cases in Michigan, from the following 14 jurisdictions: Arenac, Bay,
Eaton, Kent, Lapeer, Macomb, Mecosta, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa, Tuscola,
Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties, and the City of Detroit. Among the Michigan
cases, ages range from <1-73 years, with a median of 9 years. Sixty percent
of the cases are male. Onset dates range from 10/11-12/13, and there have
been 8 known hospitalizations.

Symptoms for Salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to
72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.
Salmonella is a form of food 
poisoning, so it’s a foodborne illness.  So you usually get it from 
contaminated food.
 
Previous outbreaks associated with Salmonella Typhimurium include
poultry, produce, raw milk and cheese, and contact with animals like
small turtles.
 
Because foods of animal origin may be contaminated with Salmonella,
people should not eat raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, or meat. Persons
also should not consume raw or unpasteurized milk or other dairy
products. Produce should be thoroughly washed.
 
Cross-contamination of foods should also be avoided. Uncooked meats
should be kept separate from produce, cooked foods, and ready-to-eat
foods. Hands should be washed before handling food, and between handling
different food items.
 
In this case people should Steps that can be taken to protect against the 
illness include taking care when handling raw meat, washing hands between 
food preparation and tending to infants or small children, cooking meat 
dishes thoroughly and not eating raw or under cooked meat.