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E. coli potential contamination causes CDC and FDA to recommend not eating romaine lettuce
According to a CDC statement, “Information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.” “Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick,” the CDC advised. “If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.” @ Did this recommendation go too far?


Are Ripple recalls coming due to E. coli in Cut Romaine Lettuce?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Fresh Foods Manufacturing Co., of Freedom, PA, recalled approximately 8,757 pounds of ready-to-eat salad products that were produced from April 9, 2018, to April 12, 2018, and may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Fresh Foods was notified by their supplier that romaine lettuce used by the establishment of the products was being recalled due to E. coli O157:H7 concerns. The cause of the recall seems to be chopped romaine lettuce grown in Yuma Arizona found contaminated with E. coli O157: H7. The lettuce was used as an ingredient in the meat and salad product. @

Fresh Foods Manufacturing Co., a Freedom, Pa., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 8,757 pounds of ready-to-eat salad products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.


K9 Natural recalls frozen raw dog food due to Listeria monocytogenes
K9 Natural dog food recalled Natural Frozen Chicken Feast raw pet food due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. K9 Natural said that they were notified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture that Natural Frozen Chicken Feast a 2.2-pound bag was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The New Zealand K9 website said that the recall covers four batches with expiration dates on 15-17 November 2018. The batches were distributed in Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Washington and Colorado. The post didn't state the numerous distributor-to-retailer paths, so bags in the recall could have been sent to pet retail stores anywhere in the United States. No pet or human illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported to date. @

K9 Natural announced a recall of four batches of its K9 Natural Frozen Chicken feast over the possibility of listeria. The batches were imported to the United States in June 2017.


207 million eggs recalled due to Salmonella
The FDA announced that Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana is voluntarily recalling 206,749,248 eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup. The eggs were distributed from the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina and were sold to consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants via direct delivery. 22 illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was a result of some illnesses reported on the U.S. East Coast, which led to extensive interviews and eventually a thorough FDA inspection of the Hyde County farm, which produces 2.3 million eggs a day. The facility includes 3 million laying hens with a USDA inspector on-site daily. @

Through an abundance of caution Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana is voluntarily recalling 206,749,248 eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella Braenderup can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella Braenderup can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.