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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.

Contact The Weinberg Law Firm For Food Poisoning Legal Help

The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting victims of food poisoning outbreaks nationwide. We are ready to help you too. If you have been sickened by an E. coli contaminated product, and you would like to learn more about your legal rights, please call our firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.

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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.

Food Poisoning Lawsuit Information

The New Jersey personal injury lawyers at the Weinberg Law Firm have helped food poisoning victims nationwide receive compensation for their injuries and related damages. If you or a loved one has been injured after eating a contaminated food product, and you would like to know more about your legal rights, please call our lawyers at 1-877-934-6274, or fill out the Free Legal Case Evaluation Form found on this page.

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

The Weinberg Law Firm, located in New Brunswick, NJ, is currently assisting victims of food poisoning outbreaks, including the current NJ E. coli outbreak that may be linked to Panera Bread. If you or a loved one was injured in this outbreak, and you would like information regarding an E. coli lawsuit, please contact the Weinberg Law Firm at 877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.

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.

Contact The NJ Weinberg Law Firm For A Free E. Coli Lawsuit Evaluation

If you or a loved one are diagnosed with an E. coli infection, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free legal case evaluation by calling our firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7. You can also submit the easy-to-use Free Legal Case Evaluation found on this page.

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October 14, 2016: Risk of E. Coli Food Poisoning Leads to Beef and Veal Recall

Beef and Veal Recall

Approximately 2,349 pounds of beef and veal products are subject to recall due to possible contamination of E. coli.

The beef and veal recall, from National Meat and Provisions, a Reserve, La. establishment, is categorized by the the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) as a Class I recall, meaning “this is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death”.

What are the symptoms of E. coli food poisoning?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection include severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. The diarrhea may become bloody and can lead to dehydration. There is usually little or no fever. The infection (and its symptoms) will vary from individual to individual, ranging from a mild to a life-threatening illness.

The CDC reports that symptoms of E. coli food poisoning typically begin 3-4 days after eating a contaminated food; however, symptoms may occur anywhere from 1 to 10 days following pathogen exposure.
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Products Included in the Beef and Veal Recall:

The raw non-intact beef and veal items were produced and packaged on Sept. 14-15, 2016. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. M-22022” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distributor, as well as hotels, restaurants and institutions in Louisiana.

    • 51.40-lb. of VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND COMPANY BURGER BLEND,” packed on 9/14/2016 with a lot number of “00028584” and case codes of 53085/CB136 in the upper left-hand corner of the label

    • 50.00-lb. of VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND COURSE STEAK TRIM,” packed on 9/14/2016 with a lot number of “00028582” and case codes of 53080/02300H in the upper left-hand corner of the label

    • 10.00-lb. of VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND FRESH,” packed on 9/14/2016 with a lot number of “00028583” and case codes of 53110/02300P in the upper left-hand corner of the label

    • 50.00-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND CHIMES FINE,” packed on 9/14/2016 with a lot number of “00028581” and case codes of 56660/02300C in the upper left-hand corner of the label

    • 51.46-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND COMPANY BURGER BLEND,” packed on 9/15/2016 with a lot number of “00028597” and case codes of 53085/CB136 in the upper left-hand corner of the label

    • 10.00-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF FAT OF RIB CAP,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028595,” and case codes of 50010/1138 in the upper left-hand corner of the label

    • 10.83-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND CHUCK DAT DOG,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028593,” and case codes of 56135/02150 in the upper left-hand corner of the label

    • 10.23-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND CHUCK BRISKET BURGER,” packed on 9/15/2016 with a lot number of “00028596,” and case codes of 53060/208116120 in the upper left-hand corner of the label
    • 5.00-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF STEAK CUBED 5#,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028594,” and case codes of 50565/04902 in the upper left-hand corner of the label

    • 10.00-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND CHUCK 10#,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028592,” and case codes of 53015/02100 in the upper left-hand corner of the label

    • 10.11-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF STEAK CUBED,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028591,” and case codes of 50555/1100GJ in the upper left-hand corner of the label

    • 10.32-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND CHUCK BRISKET 8 oz.,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028585,” and case codes of 53050/05M8 in the upper left-hand corner of the label

    • 9.98-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “VEAL SIRLOIN CUBED POLY BAGED,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028590,” and case codes of 56070/0776 in the upper left-hand corner of the label

Contact The Weinberg Law Firm For Food Poisoning Legal Help

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September 28, 2016: Massachusetts Department Of Health Investigates Adams Farm E. Coli Outbreak Cases

Adams Farm E. Coli Outbreak Advisory – On September 28, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDH) issued a Public Health Advisory alerting consumers of the beef recall and E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to certain Adams Farm Slaughterhouse meats. The MDH reported that the agency continues to investigate E. coli O157:H7 cases linked to beef from Adams Farm in Athol, Mass.

Adams Farm E. Coli Recall

On September 24, 2016, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a recall notice for beef products processed between July 15 and September 22, 2016, at Adams Farm Slaughterhouse. According to the press release:

“The products subject to recall bear establishment number EST. 5497 inside the USDA mark of inspection and have lot numbers:
120361, 121061, 121761, 121861, 122161, 122261, 122361, 122461, 122861, 123061, 123161, 123261, 123561, 123661, 123861, 124561, 125261, 125861, 125961, 124261, 120461, 120961, 121161, 121661, 124461, 125061, 126661.”

A full list of the recalled beef, veal, and bison can be found at USDA Beef Recall.

The meat products listed in this recall were shipped to wholesale distributors, restaurants, retail stores, and farmer’s markets in Massachusetts and neighboring states.

Recalled foods should not be sold, served to others, or consumed. The MDH cautioned that

people should always consume only fully-cooked ground meat, regardless of place of purchase, including organic, grass-fed, and locally-sourced beef. Cooking meat to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit will kill the bacteria.

Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult their health care provider, their local board of health, or the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800, which is available 24/7.”

Adams Farm E. Coli Outbreak

The MDH is investigating four cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection in Massachusetts residents who reported consuming beef processed by Adams Farm during the period in question.

On September 24, 2016, the CDC announced that a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections were linked to Adams Farm beef products. According to the agency, seven E. coli cases were identified in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, with illness onset dates ranging from June 27, 2016 to September 4, 2016. Product trace back information was available for 5 of these case-patients indicating that all 5 patients consumed beef products supplied by Adams Farms Slaughterhouse.

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

Contact The Weinberg Law Firm For Food Poisoning Legal Help

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