Friday, June 6, 2008

And In Other News . . .

Here is a summary of other food alerts and other health-related news items that popped up during the last couple of weeks.

May 27th
Supreme Cuts LLC of Mahwah, NJ recalled 87 cases of "Off the Cob Fresh Kernel Corn" after the company found Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of the product. Supreme Cuts suspended production until it could track down the source of the contamination. The corn was distributed to a small number of stores in New Jersey and Massachusetts. Customers were told to discard any unused "Off the Cob" corn that was labeled with a "best before" date of May 26.

May 28th
Orval Kent Foods recalled 23,000 pounds of Amish Macaroni Salad after the Ohio Department of Agriculture found E. coli O157:H7 in a sample. The salad was shipped to retail and food service establishments in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Customers were urged to return unopened containers for a full refund. No illnesses have been reported.

May 30th

The UK Food Standards Agency has updated its advisory to British consumers against consuming Bantry Bay frozen mussels, which may contain Azaspiracid Shellfish Poisoning toxins. The advisory has been expanded to include the following product:
  • Bantry Bay Mussels in Garlic
  • Size: 900g
  • Best before: 6 June 2009
  • Product code: GBDBL12
  • Batch: 24A2
The product was sold only in Makro stores. Consumers are advised to return the recalled mussels to the store for a refund.

May 30th
Fresca Italia, Inc., a California company, recalled one production batch of Burrata, an Italian-style fresh cheese, after the California Dept. of Food & Agriculture detected Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of the cheese. The Burrata, which carries an expiration date of 24/5/2008, was distributed to retail stores and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area and in southern California.

And that should bring us up to date – at least for now.

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