Food Poisoning

On October 26, 2011, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc ordered a recall of approximately 5,000 lbs. of Turkish Pine Nuts due to a possible Salmonella contamination.  The Turkish Pine Nuts were sold in the Bulk Foods Department of most of Wegmans stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland between the dates of July 1, 2011 and October 18, 2011.

On September 30, 2011, Grand BK Corp., a seafood processing and importer establishment, located in Maspeth, New York was issued with a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration.  The company is accused of serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation, Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 123 (21 CFR Part 123), and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for foods, Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 11

Health officials today are estimating as many as 16 people have died from a possible listeria illness traced to Colorado cantaloupes.  The outbreak is the deadliest food outbreak in over a decade. Tuesday, the Center for Disease Prevention (CDC) said 72 illnesses are linked to the tainted fruit, including 13 deaths.

Have you noticed the increased amount of reported foodborne illness outbreaks lately? The CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Americans are exposed to a foodborne illness each year. Symptoms from bacteria such as Campylobacter, Salmonella and E. Coli can last up to two days and include fever, diarrhea and abdominal craps. Severe complications may lead to life threatening infections, profuse bleeding, kidney failure and even death.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is working with public health officials across multiple states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections that are likely caused by eating ground turkey. 36 million pounds of turkey are being recalled by meat giant Cargill.

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