Putting this update at the top. This is getting absurd and scary!
California-based Manning Beef is recalling 80,000 pounds of beef products over possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
“The establishment is recalling a variety of beef primal and subprimal cuts … and manufacturing trimmings due, in part, to insanitary conditions as reflected by an unusually high number of confirmed positive E. coli” test results, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Friday.
Primal and subprimal cuts just means the carcass was given a basic quartering and sent out for further processing. In other words- it could show up anywhere. As steaks, roasts, burger. In meatballs and ravioli. In grocery stores in the”fresh” meat case or the frozen food aisle. In restuarants and cafeterias. ANYWHERE!
The food recalls this week are coming
fast and furious hot and heavy. We all have been posting them in the comments- cantaloupe, beef and last night lettuce. This morning I woke up to yet ANOTHER! organic grape tomatoes. Organic huh? Well that is just ducky. So I thought I would round them all up and Uppity can add them to the food recall page later.
First up this week was listeria enhanced cantaloupe. That lovely fall fruit- favorite of buffet restaurants and hospital and nursing home kitchens.
So far, the outbreak has caused at least 72 illnesses — including up to 16 deaths — in 18 states, making it the deadliest food outbreak in the United States in more than a decade.
snipFrieden and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said that illnesses are expected for weeks to come because the incubation period for listeria can be a month or even longer. That means that someone who ate contaminated cantaloupe last week may not get sick until next month. Jensen Farms last shipped cantaloupeson Sept. 10. The shelf life is about two weeks.
“We will see more cases likely through October,” Hamburg said.
Next we had Tyson Beef. Beef? Wasn’t Tyson a big chicken producer? Ah what the hell- name your poison so to speak. Beef and e-coli- they go together these days.
(Reuters) – Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli, federal officials said.
By the way- that one has cases as far as Ohio and New York. But hey- not to worry- the article says it has all probably been consumed already- and the recall is “voluntary”- but check your freezer they said. Just in case.
NEXT! Listeria in lettuce! That bug(ger) is having a busy month!
Voluntary Recall From California Farm
It’s a voluntary recall issued for chopped Romaine lettuce out of California after one bag tested positive for Listeria.
And not to be outdone or ignored- here’s Salmonella!
Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce is voluntarily recalling one lot of its organic grape tomatoes, which were sold under the Limited Edition® and Fresh & Easy labels, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The grape tomatoes are being recalled over a possible health risk from the dangerous Salmonella pathogen.
I want you to note how Salmonella no longer discriminates against organics! Equal opportunity poisoning!
Now one would think that four stories in one week is quite enough no? NO! Please take note of the following which I found on the Food Safety Inspection Services page (which you should bookmark.)
Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Pureed Pork Products That May Contain Foreign Materials
(metal fragments were found in the meat)
WASHINGTON, Sep 23, 2011 – Palo Duro Meat, an Amarillo, Texas, establishment, is recalling 40,000 pounds of frozen fine 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.
Note that this is a SEPARATE recall- but not to worry- supposedly only shipped to GA- that being Georgia, United States.
This post is getting long- so I won’t list them all- but if you go to that FSIS page and then click on “Current Recalls and Alerts” you will see there are SEVEN recalls for September- and that page is MEAT ONLY! You can go to the FDA site and wade through for other recalls-
Where by the way I just saw a warning not to eat oysters from the Hood Canal area 4 in Washington State- So toady we have a new vocabulary word!
What is Vibrio parahaemolyticus?
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a bacterium in the same family as those that cause cholera. It lives in brackish saltwater and causes gastrointestinal illness in humans. V. parahaemolyticus naturally inhabits coastal waters in the United States and Canada and is present in higher concentrations during summer; it is a halophilic, or salt-requiring organism.
Same family as cholera- lovely! Present in higher concentrations during summer. Hey look, I don’t even eat the slimy things- but I was taught early on that you do not eat oysters in any month not ending in “R.” That would be- let’s see- the SUMMER months! Sometimes the old wives tales are born of common sense!
Cheese and rice! I am starting to feel like Cassandra or Debbie Downer.
I am with imust! Pie and Milk 2012!