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August 18, 2010 9:46 AM
Egg Recall Sparked by Salmonella Threat: Are You at Risk?
Posted by Aina Hunter
(CBS) A massive egg recall has consumers scrambling to check their pantries for eggs that might be contaminated with salmonella.
The recall involves 228 million eggs produced in Galt, Iowa by Wright County Egg, and distributed to wholesalers and food service companies nationwide.
The recall affects eggs sold under the following brands: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps.
If you have suspect eggs, check the dates and codes stamped on the end of the carton.
The plant numbers affected are P-1026, P-1413, and P-1946. The dates (recorded in the “Julian format”) range from 136 to 225, according to a statement by the Egg Safety Center. For example, eggs in a carton marked with the number P-1026 137 should not be eaten.
Consumers who have suspicious eggs can get a refund if they return them in their original carton to the store where they were bought.
“This recall is of shell eggs only. Other egg products produced by Wright County Eggs are not affected,” the company said in a statement.
Minnesota health officials say seven salmonella cases in two restaurant outbreaks have been linked to Wright County Egg in May and July.
August 24, 2010 9:33 a.m. EDT
Nationwide meat recall announced
By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) — Zemco Industries in Buffalo, New York, has recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat that may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.
The products were distributed to Wal-Marts nationwide, according to the USDA’s website.
The meats may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which was discovered in a retail sample collected by inspectors in Georgia. The USDA has received no reports of illnesses associated with the meats.
Upon learning of the voluntary recall, Wal-Mart immediately told its stores to remove the meat from their shelves, the company said in a statement.
“Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease,” according to the USDA. “Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.
“Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy,” the USDA said.
The products subject to recall are:
— 25.5-pound cases of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches BLACK FOREST HAM With Natural Juices Coated with Caramel Color” with the number 17800 1300.
— 28.49-pound cases of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches HOT HAM, HARD SALAMI, PEPPERONI, SANDWICH PEPPERS” with the number 17803 1300.
— 32.67-pound cases of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches VIRGINIA BRAND HAM With Natural Juices, MADE IN NEW YORK, FULLY COOKED BACON, SANDWICH PICKLES, SANDWICH PEPPERS” with the number 17804 1300.
— 25.5-pound cases of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches ANGUS ROAST BEEF Coated with Caramel Color” with the number 17805 1300.
The meats were produced on dates ranging from June 18 to July 2, 2010. The “Use By” dates range from August 20 to September 10, 2010.
Wal-Mart noted the recall involves Marketside Grab and Go sandwiches, but not individual packages of deli meat. “We encourage customers who recently purchased this item to return it for a full refund,” the company statement said.
August 20, 2010 11:53 p.m. EDT
Frozen mamey fruit pulp recalled in U.S.
By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers on Friday not to eat frozen mamey fruit pulp — sold under the La Nuestra and Goya brands — after at least nine people in California and Nevada fell ill with typhoid fever.
Both companies, which have voluntarily recalled the product, get their mamey fruit from a common supplier in Guatemala, the FDA said.
An investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed a link between an ongoing attack of Salmonella typhi infections and the frozen mamey fruit pulp products. Typhoid fever, which can be fatal, is caused by Salmonella typhi.
Mamey fruit is a sweet fruit with a fleshy orange pulp. It is grown in the tropical lowlands of Central America, the FDA said, and is used to make juices and smoothies.
Officials said both the Goya and La Nuestra products are sold frozen.