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


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.

The Smoking Gun has been found…

30 07 2008

…and surprise!  The cause of the Salmonella outbreak in the US is tainted water in an irrigation system on a Mexican farm

“We have a smoking gun, it appears,” said Dr. Lonnie King, who directs the center for foodborne illnesses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Acheson said the farm is in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Previously, the FDA had traced a contaminated jalapeno pepper to a farm in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Both farms shipped through a packing facility in Nuevo Leon, raising the possibility that contamination could have occurred there.

Needless to say, tomato farmer’s are a little pissed. Read the rest of this entry »

Salmonella Updates

25 07 2008

Got a couple Associated Press articles on the recent salmonella outbreak.

FDA says only Mexican-grown jalapenos are linked to the salmonella outbreak, not U.S. crop.

Well, gee whiz.  There’s a surprise. 

The second article blames the food industry lobby for not being able to trace the source and screwing tomato growers out of thousands of dollars for no good reason.

An easing of government rules on the amount of paperwork the food industry has to keep appears to be hampering a federal probe into what caused the recent salmonella outbreak.

The industry had successfully lobbied the Bush administration to limit the paperwork. The White House also killed a plan to require the industry to maintain electronic tracking records that could be easily reviewed to search for the source of an outbreak. Read the rest of this entry »

Salmonella Found in Jalapeno’s….from Mexico

21 07 2008

So, the FDA may have screwed over tomato growers.   The same strain of salmonella was found on a jalapeno pepper imported from Mexico.

The Food and Drug Administration has found salmonella bacteria on a jalapeño pepper imported from Mexico and warned consumers Monday not to eat fresh jalapeños and products made with fresh jalapeños.

The bacteria was found at a distribution center in McAllen, Texas. Investigators are not yet certain where the bacteria originated.
Read the rest of this entry »

Salmonella Scare Continues..

11 07 2008

..and now they’re calling the Saintpaul Outbreak.  Is it tomatos?  Is it something else?  Who knows?  No one yet.  Local officials say that it’s hard to figure out.

“Going back to figuring out the origin is so complex given that tomatoes are used for so many different things,” said Michigan Department of Community Health spokesman, James McCurtis Jr.

Health officials are warning consumers jalepeno and serrano peppers along with cilantro may also be included in the outbreak. Read the rest of this entry »