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Update on the outbreak investigation of Salmonella in cumbers (June 2024)

In collaboration with state and local partners, the FDA and CDC are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Africana infections potentially linked to cucumbers. Based on epidemiological information collected by the CDC for Salmonella Africana, as of June 12, 196 people were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Africana, reported from 28 states and the District of Columbia. Of the 85 interviewed, 63 (74%) reported eating cucumbers. CDC and FDA are also investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup infections, with 185 illnesses in 24 states. The two outbreaks share several similarities, including where and when illnesses occurred and the demographics of ill people. Investigators are working to determine whether the two outbreaks could be linked to the same food vehicle. Information will be provided on the source of the Salmonella Braenderup outbreak as it becomes available. As part of the Salmonella Africana investigation, state partners in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture collected samples of cucumbers from several retail locations in their state. One sample supplied by Fresh Start Produce Sales, Inc., of Delray, Florida, tested positive for Salmonella. The specific strain of Salmonella found on Fresh Start Produce Sales, Inc. recalled cucumbers was identified as Salmonella Bareilly and did not match any ongoing outbreaks.  @ https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-salmonella-cucumbers-june-2024?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

Outbreak Investigation

FDA’s investigation is ongoing to determine the source(s) of contamination and what products are linked to illnesses.

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Biden-Harris Administration announces National strategy to reduce food loss and waste and recycle organics

On June 12, 2024, the FDA, the USDA, and the EPA announced the National Strategy for reducing food loss and waste and recycling organics as part of President Biden’s whole-of-government approach to tackle climate change, feed people, address environmental justice, and promote a circular economy. The strategy provides tangible goals that the U.S. government partners, along with retailers and consumers, can work towards to help further prevent the loss and waste of food, increase recycling of food and other organic materials to support a more circular economy for all, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, save households and businesses money, and build cleaner, healthier communities. The strategy highlights four objectives: (1) Prevent food loss. (2) Prevent food waste. (3) Increase the recycling rate for all organic waste. (4) Support policies that incentivize and encourage the prevention of food loss and waste and organic recycling. @ https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/biden-harris-administration-announces-national-strategy-reduce-food-loss-and-waste-and-recycle?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

Biden-Harris Administration Announces National Strategy to Reduce Food Loss and Waste and Recycle Organics

Biden-Harris Administration Announces National Strategy to Reduce Food Loss and Waste and Recycle Organics

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JustJuice organic pineapple juice recalled in Canada due to Molds

Puresource corporation recalls JustJuice Organic Pineapple Juice in Canada because it may contain mold. The recall notice did not state whether or not any illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling firm is Puresource Corporation. The juice was sold nationwide at the retail level. The recalled product is JustJuice Organic 100% Pure Juice – Pineapple. It is packaged in a 946 milliliter bottle. The best by date for this juice is 2025 APR 18 (April 18, 2025). No picture of the recalled product was provided in the recall notice.@ https://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2024/justjuice-organic-pineapple-juice-recalled-for-mold/

 

 

JustJuice Organic Pineapple Juice is being recalled in Canada because it may contain mold. Mold may make people sick but will usually not cause serious

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Classic Delight LLC Issues Public Health Alert Due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination

Classic Delight LLC (St. Mary’s, Ohio) recalled batch/lots of Classic Delight branded, Nutrisystem branded, and Wakefield branded Individually Wrapped Sandwiches from the American marketplace due to suspected Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Products subject to the recall were shipped to Arkansas, California, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas distributors. Products may end up in food service distribution, convenience stores, and vending. Items were produced between May 11, 2023, and June 6, 2024. The recall was initiated after environmental samples tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The company is working in conjunction with the FDA to conduct this recall. The production of these products has been suspended while the FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem. @ https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/classic-delight-llc-issues-public-health-alert-due-possible-health-risk

Classic Delight LLC, a St. Mary’s, OH firm is voluntarily recalling a limited number of individually wrapped sandwiches due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes