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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Food recalls and food poisoning outbreaks

Jim Chan

U.S. Food and Drug Admistration (FDA) Investigates a Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Sprouts Served at Certain Jimmy John’s Restaurants.

(Updated: January 23, 2018)

FDA advises consumers not to eat raw sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin because the sprout product has the potential to cause Salmonellosis

Epidemiologic evidence indicates that raw sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants are a likely source of the outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo infections (CDC reports) as all 8 ill people ate raw sprouts on sandwiches from Jimmy John’s restaurants and the clinical isolates have the same DNA fingerprint of Salmonella MontevideoThe restaurants temporarily stop serving sprouts while FDA is tracing back the clover sprouts to identify the source of the pathogen and to determine the distribution of the contaminated clover sprouts.

Other Food Recalls/Outbreaks

Salmonella Outbreak likely linked to imported frozen shredded coconut used in food and drinks (January 2018) - USA.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) investigating a multistate Salmonella outbreak that likely linked to frozen shredded coconut. There are 25 confirmed Salmonella cases in 9 states - California (9), Pennsylvania (5), Washington (4), Massachusetts (2), New York, New Jersey (1), Connecticut (1), Colorado (1) and Oklahoma (1) with 6 people hospitalized. CDC is recalling "Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut, distributed by Evershing International Trading Company". CDC Information:

Maple Leaf brand Chicken Breast Strips recalled in Canada due to a toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria (October 2017) 
This recall was triggered by a consumer complaint and there have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. Staphylococcus toxins cannot be easily destroyed by normal cooking temperatures. Symptoms of Staphylococcus intoxication include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever.  CFIA Food Recall Warning

Salmonella outbreak in USA linked to papayas from Mexico (September 16, 2017) Over 215 cases reported sick, 70 hospitalized and 2 deaths as people ate certain brands of papayas from Mexico, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) FDA Media Message

Processed meat products contaminated with Listeria caused an outbreak in Richmond, Canada (October 2016). Public health inspectorcollected samples of food and environmental samples from the kitchen for lab examination and Listeria was found in the processed, ready-to-eat pork and beef. Health authority confirmed at least six people have been hospitalized with signs of infection due to Listeria and one of the six died. Media article

Deli meat recalled due to Listeria contamination (March 13, 2010) Two people dead from eating processed deli meat in Canada. Media article

Raw bean sprouts recalled due to Salmonella contamination (December 2005) Over 500 people ill in Ontario, Canada that linked to eating raw bean sprouts contaminated with Salmonella from a Toronto processing plant. Media article

Norovirus outbreak from B.C. oysters (January 13, 1017)  makes dozens sick and Vancouver oyster bar owners are expected business to take a hit, as health officials issue public health warning Media article   

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Related links:
Maple Leaf deli meat contaminated with listeria causing foodborne outbreak

Listeria outbreak linked to Foody World supermarket food

Foodbourne illness in Canada

BBQ Food Safety


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  3. I ate some cold ham once and got very sick. The ham tasted odd with a sour smell, I took the leftover ham back to the store and the staff refused to confirm the ham was bad. She even accused me of lying.