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Papaya Salmonella outbreak continues to spread; 21 states hit

The Salmonella outbreak traced to whole, fresh papayas from a farm in Southern Mexico continues to spread, with a 25 percent increase in victims in the past week. Two more states are reporting confirmed illnesses in the outbreak, Missouri and Tennessee, bringing the total to 21 states involved with 173 victims, including one in New… Continue Reading

FDA warns peanut firm about insanitary conditions, labeling

A peanut production facility in Virginia is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of food safety regulations regarding sanitary conditions during production, storage and transportation, and product labeling. Officials from the FDA’s Baltimore District Office inspected the Petersburg, VA, location of Coleman Peanut Co. from Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 in… Continue Reading

Papaya-related Salmonella victim count triples in 3 weeks

Ethnic community hit hard — 67 percent of victims with available information are Hispanic

Editor’s note:  (To read FDA and CDC outbreak updates in Spanish, click on these links:) Para leer las actualizaciones de brotes de FDA y CDC en español, haga clic en estos enlaces: FDA https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm568393.htm CDC https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/kiambu-07-17/es/index.html The deadly Salmonella outbreak that has been traced to maradol papayas from Mexico is spreading, with 32 more victims… Continue Reading

Comfy Cow ice cream recalled because of E. coli and coliform

Kentucky-based Comfy Cow is recalling pints of ice cream after product testing showed several flavors were positive for E. coli bacteria or had high counts of coliform bacteria. The recalled ice cream is packaged in pint containers and was sold primarily in retail stores in Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana and Tennessee, according to the recall notice posted… Continue Reading

Third importer recalls Mexican papayas in Salmonella outbreak

A third produce importer in the U.S. is recalling whole, fresh maradol papayas grown and packed by Carica de Campeche in Mexico because a deadly, ongoing Salmonella outbreak has been traced to papayas from the farm. Freshtex Produce LLC of Alamo, TX, posted its recall of “Valery” brand maradol papayas from the farm in Southern… Continue Reading

FDA issues warning letters to producers of cookies and codfish

A California bakery and a New York seafood importer are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of the federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. The FDA sent the warning letters to the companies in May and July, and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies are allowed 15 working… Continue Reading

Second brand of papayas recalled in outbreak; more expected

Agroson’s LLC, a distributor in New York City, is recalling Cavi brand maradol papayas because they were grown on a farm in Mexico that produced other brands of papaya that are linked to a deadly Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. that has sickened more than 100 people. Investigators with the Food and Drug Administration are… Continue Reading

Papaya farm linked to deadly outbreak; victim count hits 109

Officials have barred all papayas from a farm in Mexico from import to the U.S. as well as warning the public to not eat Caribeña brand maradol papayas from Mexico after tracing a deadly Salmonella outbreak to the fruit. The number of victims has more than doubled in the past two weeks, increasing from 47… Continue Reading

Amrita brand protein bars recalled because of Listeria risk

More protein bars are being recalled, this time from Amrita Health Foods, because they contain ingredients supplied by Hudson Valley Foods Inc., which found Listeria monocytogenes in its production facility. The protein bars from Amrita Health Foods of Pleasantville, NY, have best-by dates well into 2018. They were distributed across the United States to retailers… Continue Reading

More coffee recalled because of male enhancement drugs

AMPT Coffee is the third coffee product in the past year to be recalled because laboratory analysis found it contains a prescription drug, which is similar to the active ingredient in Viagra and can be deadly when combined with nitrates frequently found in heart and blood pressure medications. AMPT Life LLC shipped their coffee product, which contains the drugs Sildenafil… Continue Reading