Caffeine has become increasingly easy to find in foods that are intentionally laced with it. Caffeine is being added to different products that you wouldn’t expect to contain it such as marshmallows, jelly beans, potato chips, waffles and even water. Wrigley, the chewing gum manufacturer, has created a line of caffeinated chewing gum. Each piece contains as much caffeine as half a cup of coffee.

As the weather heats up we start to consume seasonal produce or hold backyard barbeques. It’s easy to forget that as the temperature rises, so does the chance that you will get sick from contaminated foods. Bacteria thrive in warmer weather and those who cook outside frequently are more susceptible to these illnesses. Follow these tips for proper food handling as the temperatures rise:

Cantaloupes contaminated with salmonella and Listeria have been reported over the past few months and years. Cantaloupes seem more likely than any other fruits and vegetables to carry pathogens. If you believe that you or a member of your family have been sickened due to contaminated produce, please contact us immediately.

Leafy green vegetable

Each year approximately 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from food poisoning. Surprisingly, leafy greens are the biggest source of foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease control released a study that determined leafy greens like lettuce and spinach are the leading sources of food poisoning. The findings should not discourage people from eating produce, but should advise them to wash their vegetables before consuming them.

300,000 pounds of frozen food recalled as a result of an E. coli scare may have been distributed to schools, according to the company that manufactured the products. Rich Products Corp. has recalled 10 million pounds of frozen food over the course of 2 weeks after 27 E. coli illnesses in 15 different states were reported. The company estimated that at least 3 million pounds of the contaminated  food may still be in the marketplace.

According to the FDA on March 6, 2013, Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, has issued a voluntary recall on specific codes of 5-ounce Chunk White Albacore and Chunk Light Tuna products. The recall has been issued because the products do not meet the company’s standards for seal tightness. Loose seals or seams could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens and lead to illness if consumed. There have been no reports to date of any illness associated with these products.

According to the FDA on February 14, 2013, Dakota Specialty Milling has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of its specialty flours and grain blends in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration due to the possible presence of fragments of thin metal wire from a defective screen on one of its manufacturing lines at a milling facility. This recall was initiated as a precaution to ensure consumer product safety.

According to the FDA on February 21, 2013, Mondelēz Global LLC announced a nationwide voluntary recall in the United States, including Puerto Rico, of the belVita Breakfast Biscuit product, Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate varieties, following notification from a third-party supplier, due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh caused by a faulty screen at their facility. The following product is being recalled:

According to the FDA on February 21, 2013, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine alerted consumers that Mandy Star Trading Inc. located at 351 Maujer Street in Brooklyn, NY, is recalling "Good Taste" brand preserved fruits due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product.

According to the FDA on February 20, 2013, Heartland® Brands is voluntarily recalling two varieties of its granola cereals in the United States - Heartland® Harvest Spice Granola Cereal and Heartland® Fruit & Nut Harvest Granola Cereal as a precaution due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh in an ingredient. The ingredient is a grain blend, and the problem was discovered and reported by the ingredient supplier, Dakota Specialty Milling.