Screen Shot 2012-08-14 at 6.32.08 PM.pngDale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing, a Draper, Utah establishment, is recalling approximately 38,200 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

• Various weight combo bins of Boneless Beef “50/50,” “85/15,” “90/10,” “93/07” or “95/05” produced on Aug. 7, 2012.

• Various weight boxes of primal cuts, subprimal cuts and boxed beef produced on Aug. 7, 2012.

Each box bears a label with the identifying package date of “08/07/2012” as well as the establishment number “EST. 4975” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products subject to recall were distributed to wholesale and retail establishments in California and Salt Lake City, Utah. It is important to note that the products were destined for further processing and may not bear “EST. 4975” on the products available for direct consumer purchase. The problem was discovered through lab testing conducted by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, which confirmed positive results for E. coli O157:H7, and may have occurred as a result of a refrigeration malfunction. The company is recalling all beef products produced on Aug. 7, 2012, because of a strong potential for cross contamination during production. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today warned consumers in and around Chautauqua County to not consume “unpasteurized” raw farm milk from Castle Farms due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

Castle Farms, located at 1051 Route 249 in Irving, New York, holds a Department permit to legally sell raw milk at the farm. Samples of the milk are routinely tested by the New York State Food Laboratory to determine if the raw milk is free of pathogenic bacteria.

A routine sample of the milk was taken on June 4, 2012 by an inspector from the Department’s Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services and subsequently tested and discovered to be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. On June 7, 2012, the producer was notified of a preliminary positive test result and who volunteered to suspend raw milk sales until the sample results were confirmed. Test results were confirmed on June 12, 2012 and the producer is now prohibited from selling raw milk until subsequent sampling indicates that the product is free of harmful pathogens.

E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely 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. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

It is important to note that raw milk does not provide the protection of pasteurization, which eliminates all pathogenic bacteria, including E. coli O157:H7. Producers who sell raw milk to consumers must have a permit to do so from the Department, must sell directly to consumers on the farm where the milk is produced and must post a notice at the point of sale indicating that raw milk does not provide the protection of pasteurization. Farms with permits to sell raw milk are inspected by the Department monthly.

To date, no illnesses are known by the Department to be associated with product from Castle Farms.

On April 11, 2012, the USDA announced a recall of 2,057 pounds of ground and tenderized beef products from Town and Country Foods, Inc., after the company confirmed a positive E. coli O157:H7 lab test result.  The following products are subject to the recall:

  • 5- and 10- lb. boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3-, and 4- oz. “Town & Country Foods XL Hamburg Patties”
  • 5- and 10- lb. boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3-, and 4- oz. “Town & Country Foods Hamburg Patties”
  • 10- lb. box containing variously weighted bags of “Town & Country Beef for Stewing”
  • 6-, 8-, and 10- oz. “Town & Country Beef Sirloin Filets”
  • 5- and 10- lb. boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country Hamburg”
  • 5- and 10- lb. boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country XL Hamburg”

Each case bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 9710” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Additionally, the products contain the following packaging codes: 10952, 10962, 10972, 11002, and 11012. The products subject to recall were produced between April 4, 2012 and April 10, 2012 and were shipped to wholesale and retail establishments in Maine. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/ Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

The problem was discovered through company lab testing which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. The company did not hold product pending test results, resulting in this recall. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

Sysco Seattle Inc. is recalling approximately 16,800 pounds of ground beef patties distributed to restaurants in Colorado, Arizona, Texas and Washington because of possible E. coli contamination according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The producer, New Food Classics of Burlington, Ontario, notified Sysco Seattle of the possible contamination earlier this month.

The following products are subject to recall:

•10 lb. boxes of PRIME RIB BEEF PATTIES 8 oz, with product code 55317, and production code 11 NO 22.

•10 lb. boxes of PRIME RIB BEEF PATTIES 71g, with product code 55391 and bearing a production code of 11 SE 01 or 12 JA 04.

Sysco Seattle Inc., a Seattle, Wash. firm, is recalling approximately 16,800 pounds of ground beef patties imported from Canada because they may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Screen Shot 2012-03-24 at 8.05.37 PM.png The following products are subject to recall:

  • 10 lb. boxes of PRIME RIB BEEF PATTIES 8 oz, with product code 55317, and production code 11 NO 22
  • 10 lb boxes of PRIME RIB BEEF PATTIES 71g, with product code 55391 and bearing a production code of 11 SE 01 or 12 JA 04

Since the issuance of the Public Health Alert, FSIS has learned that Sysco was contacted by the Canadian firm and began notifying their customers on March 20. FSIS was unaware of the firm’s actions and proceeded with the Public Health Alert out of an abundance of caution.

Imported products were produced by New Food Classics of Burlington, Ontario and were imported by Sysco Seattle Inc., for distribution to restaurants in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Washington.

New Food Classics.pngThe public warning issued on March 15, 2012 has been expanded to include all ground beef products from Establishment 761 (New Food Classics) that were manufactured between July 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012 and described below, because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain ground beef products, described below, from Establishment 761 because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is also warning all retailers, distributors and restaurants not to sell, serve or use certain ground beef products, described below, from Establishment 761 because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

All ground beef products are being voluntarily recalled that were manufactured between July 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012 that were manufactured at this facility.

The affected products can be identified by the Establishment number that appears on the packages, cartons or cases. The products made at this facility bear Establishment number (EST) 761.

The affected products involved in this recall may be identified by one of the following codes:

  • bearing a Best Before date from BB 2012 JA 01 up to and including to BB 2013 FE 15;
  • bearing a production code with a format of 11 JL 01 up to and including 12 FE 15;
  • bearing a 5 digit lot code where the last four digits are 1831 or greater.

These products have been distributed nationally to retail stores, restaurants and institutional establishments.

There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of these products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to eat the following Grillhouse beef products, as they may be contaminated with E. coli.

Product Size Product Code Lot

Angus Beef Burgers 4.59 kg 55377 11 OC 11

Beef Burger with Seasoning, 3.2 oz 4.54 kg 52988 11 OC 12

Beef Burger with Seasoning, 4oz. 4.54 kg 52981 11 OC 12

The manufacturer, New Food Classics, 1122 is voluntarily recalling the affected products, which have been distributed across the country. So far, there has been one reported illness associated with them.

301967_219920811400360_137407016318407_585198_1245732868_n.jpgA Tenino dairy says it’s recalling its fluid raw milk products because of the danger of contamination with potentially harmful E. coli bacteria.

Frisia Dairy and Creamery distributes unpasteurized whole and skim milk and cream through sales outlets in Lewis, Thurston and Pierce counties and through the farm itself.

There have been no reported illnesses related to the recalled products, the dairy said.

The dairy initiated the voluntary recall after a test by the Washington State Department of Agriculture in a routine sampling found E.coli bacteria in a skim milk sample.

The dairy said it and the agriculture department are continuing an investigation into the source of the contamination. No other samples were found to contain that bacteria.

Toxin-producing E. coli infections may cause severe diarrhea, stomach cramps and bloody stool. Symptoms generally appear three to four days after exposure, but can take as long as nine days to appear.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact a health care provider, the dairy advised.

The infection sometimes causes hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious disease in which red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail.  Infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk.

The milk products are sold in pint, half-gallon, and gallon containers. Recalled fluid raw milk products were sold from the on-farm location at 4800 Skookumchuck Rd SE, Tenino and from the following locations:

Olympia Food Co-op, 3111 Pacific Ave. Olympia

Yelm Co-op, 404 First St. Yelm

Mt. Community Co-op, 105 Carter St. Eatonville

Shop-N-Kart, 2100 N. National Ave. Chehalis

Olympia Food Co-op, 921 Rogers Olympia

Olympia Local Foods, 2442 Mottman Road SW Tumwater

Baily’s IGA, 10333 Hwy 12 SW Rochester

Tenino IGA, 669 Lincoln Ave. Tenino

Screen Shot 2011-12-23 at 8.46.11 PM.pngAvon Heights Mushrooms, in full cooperation with the FDA is recalling certain packages of fresh packaged spinach. The brands include Krisp Pak 1 Ooz bags, Better Brand 10oz.bags, and Avon Heights 4-2.51b bags.

The implicated packages have a “best if used by” code of DEC16 and codes DP 340 and T691.

During routine surveillance sampling, one package of Better Brand 10oz spinach tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. Out of a preponderance of caution the company is recalling all packages produced on the affected day.

NO ILLNESSES have been associated with this incident.

Consumers should discard the product with the specific codes and write to the company address on the package for a refund. Refunds will only be given for the product with the above specified codes.

Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., a Dakota City, Neb. establishment, is recalling approximately 40,948 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The following products are subject to recall:

• 10-pound chubs of “CHUCK FINE GROUND BEEF 80/20,” packed in cases containing eight chubs.

The products subject to recall have a “BEST BEFORE OR FREEZE BY” date of “11/13/11” and “EST. 245C” on the box label. The products were shipped to institutions and distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.