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Rogers flour recalled in Canada because of E. coli outbreak

Almost three weeks after a public health warning about E. coli contamination of Rogers brand flour, the company Rogers Foods Ltd. is recalling the flour from Costco locations in British Columbia. The recall notice dated June 7 and posted Thursday on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website names the same batch of flour that the… Continue Reading

Recall information takes days to reach Hong Kong from Canada

Despite instantaneous communication technology, word of a recall of flour linked to an E. coli outbreak in Canada did not reach Hong Kong until after all of the implicated exported flour had been sold at retail. In a May 30 notice, officials with the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene… Continue Reading

E coli outbreak in Germany sickens 30, half confirmed, 1 dead

An E. coli O157 outbreak, dating back to December and believed to be linked to minced — or ground — meat has taken a life in Germany. The outbreak has sickened about 30 people since it began. The cause is Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 with the onset date for the most recent confirmed case being April 13…. Continue Reading

SoyNut Butter Co. bankrupt because of E. coli outbreak

Dixie Dew Products expected to liquidate next; retailers Target, Amazon, etc., also could be liable

The SoyNut Butter Co. has filed for bankruptcy, citing an E. coli outbreak linked to its I.M. Healthy brand peanut butter substitute and manufacturer Dixie Dew Products as the causes for its financial failure. The Glenview, IL, soy butter company’s president and 90-percent shareholder Stephen Grubb listed some victims of the E. coli outbreak as… Continue Reading

CDC says soy nut butter outbreak ‘over’ — but threat continues

Although the government has posted its final update on the E. coli outbreak traced to SoyNut Butter Co. products — reporting 32 people across a dozen states confirmed sick —  there is an ongoing threat and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is repeating earlier warnings. “The recalled SoyNut Butter products have long shelf… Continue Reading

E. coli outbreak strain in several flour brands from Ardent Mills

The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed 27 cases of E. coli O121 infections across five Canadian provinces since November 2016 that have been linked to flour produced by Ardent Mills Canada. A 28th victim was a visitor to the country. Seven of the outbreak victims were hospitalized, but are recovering. No deaths have… Continue Reading

Robin Hood flour recall expands amid E. coli outbreak

Additional lots of Robin Hood brand flour are under nationwide recall in Canada by Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. Samples of the flour have tested positive for E. coli contamination and victims of a nationwide outbreak have reported having contact with the implicated flour. In the expanded recall notice, posted Tuesday by the Canadian Food… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Public’s right to know should trump trade secrets

Opinion

ICYMI, as the texters say, the FDA finally came clean about a dirty food production operation, naming Dixie Dew Products Inc. as the manufacturer of soy-based goo marketed as an allergen-free alternative to peanut butter. The revelation Friday evening came weeks after FDA inspectors found filthy conditions, insect infestation and broken food safety equipment at… Continue Reading

FDA shuts down soy nut butter maker linked to E. coli outbreak

Officials expect more victims, urge consumers and food operations to check for recalled products

The FDA has finally named and shut down the manufacturer of soy nut butter implicated in an ongoing nationwide E. coli outbreak, noting that records and employees at Dixie Dew Products Inc. revealed food safety violations going back at least 15 years. Federal officials say they believe all of the potentially contaminated products made with… Continue Reading

Tainted soy butter spurs recalls one by one; FDA remains mum

Pro Sports Club recall of 20/20 bars likely first of many secondary recalls amidst E. coli outbreak

As federal officials remain silent on sales and distribution details about a soy-based peanut butter substitute linked to a nationwide E. coli outbreak, secondary recalls of products made with the tainted soy butter have begun, leaving consumers to wonder how long they will have to wait for companies to voluntarily reveal how many more foods are… Continue Reading