Salmonella Bacteria Prompt Peanut Product Recall
November 5, 2012
Contamination of ready-to-eat foods is most likely to occur during food processing or food handling and is a primary reason for food safety regulations. For example, ready-to-eat foods contaminated with Salmonella bacteria can cause salmonellosis. In some individuals, Salmonella infection can cause severe conditions if symptoms do not clear within 4-7 days. For most individuals, this type of food poisoning can cause:
- gastrointestinal distress
FDA Recall of Peanut Products by Sunland, Inc.
Trail Mix Recall
October 29, 2012
Food manufacturers are required to share information about their ingredients with customers via product labels. Regulated allergens include wheat, soybean, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts. These ingredients must be declared for safety reasons because these eight ingredients are the most common foods to cause allergies.
Select bulk trail mixes sold by Tropical Valley Foods have been recalled for not declaring one or more of the following allergens on their labels: soybean, peanuts, and tree nuts.
Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Update
October 27, 2012
Meningitis is an infection of brain and spinal cord membranes. Its symptoms and consequences can be severe. Viral and bacterial meningitis are the more common forms of the disease. Symptoms may include severe headache and a stiff neck, paired with nausea and sensitivity to light and can develop rapidly.
Fungal Meningitis is rare and symptoms progress more slowly after infection (up to 42 days).
A drug production facility in Framingham, Massachusetts (New England Compounding Center) appears to be linked to a large, multi-state outbreak of this more rare form of Meningitis. This facility may have mistakenly released potentially contaminated vials of a steroid painkiller injection (methylprednisone acetate) to clinics in at least 18 states. The facility recalled the drug and all its other products created since January 2012. To date, over 300 cases and 25 deaths in 18 states have been reported.
The CDC reports that two black mold species (Exserohilum rostratum & Aspergillus sp.) are the primary potential pathogens in this outbreak.
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