The list of bulk and packaged nuts under recall for possible contamination with E. coli has been expanded to include snacks that do not contain walnuts.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Toronto-based Johnvince Foods said that the list has been changed to alter the code of the bulk walnuts and to include more potentially contaminated prepackaged nuts and other snacks. What was initially a recall of walnuts now includes other nuts and snacks that were processed at the same time as the affected lot. What was initially a recall of walnuts now includes other nuts and snacks that were processed at the same time as the affected lot. CFIA

“It’s basically a follow-up of our investigation into the processing,” Garfield Balsom, a food safety and recall specialist with CFIA in Ottawa, said Thursday.

The new additions “have been processed using the contaminated lot or in same time frame.”

The affected brands include:

Bulk walnuts distributed by Johnvince Foods and sold from bulk bins.

Presidents Choice.

Longos.

Compliments.

Stock & Barrel.

Joe’s.

Picard Peanuts.

Aliments Naturels Bonne Santé.

M & L Gourmet Selection.

FreshCo.

Reddisnack.

Federated Vitality.

Affected products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Eating foods tainted with E. coli can lead to abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Severe cases of E. coli-related illnesses can be fatal.

No illnesses related to E. coli-tainted walnuts have been reported.

The nuts were imported from the United States and may have been distributed nationally, CFIA said.

The agency announced the initial Johnvince walnut recall on Sept. 1.

In April, walnuts were removed from bulk bins and store shelves after more than a dozen Canadians got sick.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Johnvince Foods announced a recall on Thursday of some President’s Choice and Reddi Snack walnuts because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.  The raw, shelled walnuts products were imported from the U.S. and packaged in Canada, the CFIA said.  The products were distributed across Canada.

Screen Shot 2011-09-02 at 3.48.54 PM.pngAffected products:

President’s Choice Raw California Walnut Halves Unsalted

Reddi Snack Hand Selected California Walnuts

“There have been no confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of these products,” the agency said in a release.

Johnvince Foods of Downsview, Ont. is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace and CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

In another walnut recall in January, one person in Quebec died and 13 other Canadians fell sick with an E. coli bacterial infection with the same genetic fingerprint. Of the 14 reported cases of E. coli infection, nine people consumed walnuts and seven ate walnuts from the same distributor, the Public Health Agency of Canada said at the time.

National Beef Packing Co. LLC, a Dodge City, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 60,424 pounds of ground beef products that may be adulterated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include:

Ground beef chubs produced on July 23, 2011 with a Freeze by Date of August 12, 2011:

• Boxes containing six 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 483.

• Boxes containing eight 5-pound chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 684.

• Boxes containing twelve 3-pound chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 782 or 785.

• Boxes containing six 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 80/20 Fine Ground Chuck.” These can be identified by the product code 787.

Ground beef chubs produced on July 25, 2011 with a Freeze by Date of August 14, 2011:

• Boxes containing eight 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 81/19 Fine Ground Beef.” These can be identified by the product code 431.

• Boxes containing eight 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 90/10 Fine Ground Beef.” These can be identified by the product code 471.

• Boxes containing six 10-pound chubs of “National Beef 86/14 Fine Ground Round.” These can be identified by the product code 494.

622.jpgDutch authorities recalled red beet sprouts from three countries Thursday after samples were found to be contaminated with a strain of E. coli bacteria that was apparently less dangerous than the one causing Europe’s deadly E. coli crisis.

German health officials, meanwhile, reported that three more people died of the ailment Thursday, raising the toll to 29 in less than six weeks.

The Dutch Food Safety Authority said laboratories were still trying to identify the Dutch strain of E. coli, but said there have been no immediate reports of serious illness from it.

Only one Dutch grower, a company called Hamu, was found with contaminated beets, and other produce grown on its farms were cleared of suspicion, said Esther Filon, a spokeswoman for the Dutch regulation agency.

Irish Hills Meat Company of Michigan, a Tipton, Mich., establishment is recalling approximately 900 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.

Screen shot 2011-05-31 at 4.27.41 PM.pngThe following ground beef products are subject to recall:

10-lb. clear polybags with the establishment number “EST. 10014” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The polybags are packaged in boxes that contain 3-5 bags. The production dates of May 23 and May 26 are stamped on the boxes.

The ground beef was shipped to restaurants in Southern Michigan.

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. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, an Arkansas City, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 14,158 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.

Screen shot 2011-03-11 at 4.27.20 AM.pngThe products subject to recall include:

• Approx. 40-pound cases of “BEEF FINE GRIND 81/19 NATURAL,” containing 10-pound chubs. These products have an identifying product code of “80185.”

• Approx. 40-pound cases of “BEEF CHUCK FINE GRIND 81/19 NATURAL,” containing 10-pound chubs. These products have an identifying product code of “80285.”

• Approx. 40-pound cases of “BEEF SIRLOIN FINE GRIND 91/9 NATURAL,” containing 10-pound chubs. These products have an identifying product code of “80495.”

• Approx. 40-pound cases of “BEEF FINE GRIND 90/10 NATURAL,” containing 5-pound chubs. These products have an identifying product code of “85165.”

• Approx. 60-pound cases of “BEEF FINE GROUND 93/7,” containing 10-pound chubs. These products have an identifying product code of “86191.”

Each case label bears the establishment number “EST. 27” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were produced on Feb. 22, 2011, and were shipped to firms in Ariz., Calif., Ga., Ind., Iowa, Mo., N.C., Ohio, Pa. and Wash. for further processing and/or distribution. It is important to note that the above listed products may have been repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names.

American Food Service, a Pico Rivera, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,170 pounds of fresh ground beef patties and other bulk packages 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.

FSIS inspection personnel were made aware of the problem when contacted by another federal regulated establishment who believed they had received suspect product.

The following products, produced on Jan. 31, 2011, (with the corresponding case codes) are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • (559002) American Companies 100% Pure Ground Beef 30-lb. case
  • (552102) American Companies 2/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (553102) American Companies 3/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (554102) American Companies 4/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (554106) American Companies 4/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (554302) American Companies 4/1 L Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case
  • (555302) American Companies 5/1 L Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case
  • (556102) American Companies 6/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (553302) American Companies 3/1 L Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case
  • (554402) American Companies 4/1 J Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case
  • (557102) American Companies 7/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (556106) American Companies 6/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (552106) American Companies 2/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (559004) American Companies Ground Beef Bulk 80% Lean Taco Grind 60-lb. case
  • (559202) American Companies 100% Pure Ground Beef For Chili (Coarse Grind) 30-lb. case.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 1913” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were distributed to restaurants throughout southern California.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 1913” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were distributed to restaurants throughout southern California.

The following products are subject to recall:

• (559002) American Companies 100% Pure Ground Beef 30-lb. case

• (552102) American Companies 2/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (553102) American Companies 3/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (554102) American Companies 4/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (554106) American Companies 4/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (554302) American Companies 4/1 L Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case

• (555302) American Companies 5/1 L Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case

• (556102) American Companies 6/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (553302) American Companies 3/1 L Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case

• (554402) American Companies 4/1 J Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case

• (557102) American Companies 7/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (556106) American Companies 6/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (552106) American Companies 2/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (559004) American Companies Ground Beef Bulk 80% Lean Taco Grind 60-lb. case

• (559202) American Companies 100% Pure Ground Beef For Chili (Coarse Grind) 30-lb. case.

Bravo Farms expanded its recall to include all of its cheeses. That action followed laboratory testing by the California Department of Food and Agriculture that reveals the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli O157:H7 in cheese samples.

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Thirty-eight persons infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from five states since mid-October. The number of ill persons identified in each state with this strain is as follows: AZ (19), CA (3), CO (11), NM (3) and NV (2). There have been 15 reported hospitalizations, 1 case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and no deaths. To date, no illnesses associated with L. monocytogenes in Bravo Farm cheese have been reported.

A Chicago company has expanded a recall to include an additional 580 pounds of beef patties because of possible E. coli contamination.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture said Friday that Columbus Meat took the action after state inspectors discovered the same batch of beef was used to produce patties on more than one day.

Patties produced on Dec. 29, Dec. 30, Dec. 31 and Jan. 3 have been added to the recall. It originally included 200 pounds of ground beef made on Dec. 27.

The agriculture department says a sample of the patties tested positive for a strain of E. coli that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and — in the most severe cases — kidney failure.

The company has received no reports of illness linked to the patties.