December 27, 2019: Sprouts Unlimited Initiates Clover Sprouts Recall

Sprouts Unlimited Issues Clovers Sprouts Recall – Sprouts Unlimited of Marion, IA, has recalled its clover spouts in 4 oz packages because the product may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen, Escherichia coli O103 (E. coli O103). E. coli O103 is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools. While most healthy adults can recover within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. HUS can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

Sprouts Unlimited Clover Sprouts Recall Information

Products subject to the clover sprouts recall were distributed to Hy Vee Food Stores, Fareway Food Stores, and Jimmy John’s restaurants in Iowa.

The recalled clover sprouts sold at retail stores were packaged in in pint containers from Sprouts Unlimited Inc. with a blue label on the lid. The UPC code 7 32684 00013 6 is stamped on the bottom right side of the label.

Consumers should not eat the recalled clover sprouts!

According to the company recall announcement, “Sprouts Unlimited Inc. became aware of the potential contamination after receiving information from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Des Moines, IA that a cluster of E. coli O103 illnesses [was] epidemiologically linked to clover sprouts from Sprouts Unlimited Inc. An investigation and further tests are being conducted to determine the source.”

Diagnosis of E Coli Infection

Always put your health first. If you suspect that you have contracted E. coli or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your doctor. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm E. coli infection.

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November 22, 2019: Romaine Lettuce Warning For Products Produced With Romaine From Salinas, California, Growing Region

Romaine Lettuce Warning – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a Public Health Alert following an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 foodborne illnesses associated with romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, California region. FSIS warned the public against eating any wraps, sandwiches, prepackaged salad, salad kits, or other products containing romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California, growing region. Additionally, consumers should not eat any salad products included in the Missa Bay, LLC, recall announcement of November 21, 2019.

Romaine Lettuce Warning Linked To E. Coli Outbreak

In conjunction with the FSIS Public Health Alert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and public health officials in several states, they are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections. The CDC indicated that as of December 18, 2019, a total of 17 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 from 8 states. The number of confirmed outbreak illnesses by state was as follows: Arizona (1), California (2), Colorado (1), Idaho (3), Maryland (2), Montana (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (6). Illness onset dates ranged from September 24, 2019 to November 8, 2019.

Romaine Lettuce Warning – Product Identification

As part of the romaine lettuce warning, the CDC and FDA advised consumers, retailers, and restaurants not to eat or sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California, growing region.

The FSIS health alert noted:

“Most romaine lettuce products at retail are labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown. CDC and the FDA are advising that if this voluntary label indicates that the romaine lettuce was grown in “Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location) do not eat it. If the romaine does not have information about harvest region or does not indicate that it has been grown indoors (i.e. hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown), throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

FSIS-regulated establishments are advised not to serve, ship, or sell products that contain romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region. This advice includes all types of romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad. If you do not know the source of your romaine lettuce, and if you cannot obtain that information from your supplier, you should not serve, ship, or sell the product.”

About E. Coli O157:H7

Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider. E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

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May 24, 2019: FDA and CDC Investigate ALDI’s Baker’s Corner Flour E. Coli Outbreak

FDA and CDC Announce Baker’s Corner Flour E. Coli Outbreak Investigation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health officials are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O26 illnesses linked to recalled ALDI’s Baker’s Corner flour. Seventeen people from a total of eight states have been infected with the outbreak strain of E.coli O26. To date, outbreak cases have been confirmed in the following states: California, Connecticut, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

ALDI’s Baker’s Corner Flour E. Coli Outbreak Timeline

Highlights from the FDA and CDC Investigation include:

May 22, 2019 – The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) issues a health advisory stating that consumers should not eat ALDI’s Baker’s Corner Flour, after a flour sample taken from an unopened bag, tests positive for E. coli O26. The RIDOH refers specifically to “five-pound bags of Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour packed for ALDI with lot code L18A02B and a “best if used by” date of December 02, 2019.”

May 22, 2019 – ALDI, along with ADM Milling Co., announces a recall for ALDI’s Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour sold in a 5 lb. bag with a best if used by date of Dec. 2, 2019, lot code L18A02B and the following UPC code: 041498130404. The recall announcement notes that the flour was supplied by ADM Milling Co. from its production facility in Buffalo, N.Y. The recalled flour was distributed to ALDI stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.

May 24, 2019 – ALDI and ADM Milling Co. expand the flour recall to include all lots and all “Best If Used By Dates” of ALDI Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour.

May 24, 2019 – The CDC reports that along with the FDA and state officials they are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O26 infections linked to flour. According to the CDC, seventeen people have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O26 across 8 states. Illness onset dates range from December 11, 2018, to April 18, 2019. Three of the outbreak victims required hospitalization.

May 24, 2019 – DNA analysis shows that the E. coli O26 strain identified in the Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour sample is closely related genetically to the E. coli O26 strain identified in people sickened in the outbreak. CDC and FDA conclude that these results provide additional evidence that people in this outbreak got sick from eating flour.

CDC and FDA Food Safety Recommendations

The CDC and FDA have made the following food safety recommendations to consumers, retailers and restaurants:

  • Consumers should not eat or use any of the recalled Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour packed for ALDI. The recalled flour should be thrown away.
  • Eating raw dough can make you sick.  Do not eat or taste any raw cake mix, batter, or any other raw dough or batter product that is supposed to be cooked or baked. Even tasting a small amount could make you sick.
  • Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour and raw batter or dough products.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have become ill from eating the recalled flour or any raw dough.
  • Restaurants and other retailers should not use, sell or serve any of the recalled flour.
    Restaurants and other retailers should always be safe with raw dough.
  • Keep raw foods separate from other foods while preparing them to prevent any contamination that may be present from spreading. Be aware that flour or cake mix may spread easily due to its powdery nature.

Please see About E. coli and E. coli Symptoms to learn more about E. coli foodborne illness.

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May 22, 2019: ALDI Flour Recall For Potential E. Coli Contamination

ALDI Flour Recall Announcement

ALDI, in cooperation with ADM Milling Co., has issued a recall for its Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour because the product may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen E. coli. The recalled flour is sold at retail stores in the Northeastern United States.

ALDI Flour Recall Information

According to the company’s announcement, the recalled flour was sourced from an ADM Milling Co. production plant in Buffalo, New York. The product subject to the ALDI flour recall was distributed to ALDI stores in 11 states including: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia.

The Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour affected by this recall is sold in a 5 lb. bag with a best if used by date of Dec. 2, 2019, lot code L18A02B and the following UPC code: 041498130404.

Consumers should not use or consume the recalled flour. The flour should be discarded immediately or returned your local store for a refund.

Flour And/or Raw Dough Can Contain Bacteria That Cause Foodborne Illness

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has cautioned the public of the risks associated with consuming raw flour and/or dough stating:

“Flour is typically a raw agricultural product. This means it hasn’t been treated to kill germs like Escherichia coli (E. coli). Harmful germs can contaminate grain while it’s still in the field or at other steps during flour production. The bacteria are killed when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter—whether made from recalled or any other flour. In 2016, an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made 63 people sick. Flour products have long shelf lives and could be in people’s homes for a long time. If you have any recalled flour products in your home, throw them away.”

Additional food safety information concerning raw dough and flour can be found on the CDC website.

In addition to not eating raw dough or flour, consumers are also reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw dough products or flour.

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April 6, 2018: Public Health Officials Investigate NJ E Coli Outbreak

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NJ Department of Health Investigates NJ E Coli Outbreak Cases

Here in New Jersey, public health officials are investigating an E. coli food poisoning outbreak that has left at least 8 people hospitalized. Five of those individuals have been discharged. The number of E. coli illnesses reported by NJ County is as follows: Hunterdon (4), Middlesex (1), Somerset (1), and Warren (1).

The NJ Department of Health (NJDH) announced on April 6, 2018, that it is currently investigating an outbreak of E. coli food poisoning illnesses that may be associated with a chain restaurant; however, the association may be broader than a single chain restaurant. The NJDH reported that it is in the process of gathering food history data from those who became ill as part of its investigation.

Multiple News Agencies Report Possible NJ E Coli Outbreak Panera Bread Link

Although the NJDH did not name a particular restaurant(s) that is the focus its E. coli outbreak investigation, numerous news sources have indicated that Panera Bread is the chain under review. NJ.COM reported that the Panera Bread restaurant in Phillipsburg NJ has been included in the investigation.

NJ Department of Health Will Work With the CDC and FDA to Confirm Outbreak Cases and Outbreak Source

DNA sequencing of the patients’ E. coli isolates will be compared to determine if the strains match. This will determine which illnesses are outbreak cases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will confirm these findings.

New Jersey public health officials will also work to identify the common food source that sickened the outbreak victims. This is done in part by interviewing those sickened to obtain their food intake history prior to becoming ill, and working with the FDA to identify restaurant food suppliers.

The NJDH plans to update the public as information becomes available.

New Jersey Department of Health Advice to the Public

The NJDH provided the following advice regarding E. coli infection and E. coli symptoms:

“While those who are infected with E. Coli usually get better by themselves within about 5 to 7 days, some illnesses can be serious or even life-threatening. We encourage people to contact their health care provider if they have diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that they cannot keep liquids down and they pass very little urine.

In addition, about 5 to 10% of people who are diagnosed with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infection develop a potentially life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS develops about 7 days after symptoms first appear, when diarrhea is improving. Clues that someone is developing HUS include decreased frequency of urination, feeling very tired, and losing pink color in cheeks and inside the lower eyelids. Any who develop these symptoms should seek out medical care.”

Diagnosis of E Coli Infection

If you suspect that you have contracted E. coli or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your doctor. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm E. coli infection. You can also report your symptoms or illness to your NJ County Health Department.

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