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Westminster Red Robin Closes After Individuals Diagnosed with E. Coli

[:en]A Red Robin restaurant in Westminster has been closed since Wednesday July 10th, 2019  after three individuals were diagnosed with E. Coli according to an article from 9 News

Children and Adults

According to the article, the current number of affected individuals are two children and one adult. The Tri-County Health Department is currently conducting an investigation and have already found several instances of improper food handling, cleaning, and safety measures. 

E. Coli Symptoms

The presence of E. Coli bacteria in someone’s system can begin to show up within one to 10 days of coming into contact with the bacteria. E. Coli symptoms include but are not limited to: Diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting, and fever. 

Do You Have a Food Borne Illness?

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Tyson Foods Expand Chicken Recall

[:en]Tyson Foods has expanded their frozen crispy chicken strips recall after complaints from consumers that the strips have foreign materials such as pieces of metal in the strips.

Recall Announced

The original recall was announced in late March 2019 and involved three varieties of chicken strips according to an article by Consumer Affairs.

The products were shipped to various locations nationwide. The original recall involved over 69 thousand pounds of chicken.

Increasing the Size

With the announced expansion, the total number of recalled chicken products is up to over 11 million pounds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said they are aware of 6 individuals so far who have found foreign materials within the product, with 3 stating that their mouths have been injured as a result.

Product Number

The affected products have the product number P-7221 on the back of the package. If individuals discover they have an affected product they are encouraged to throw them out or return them to the place of purchase.

Injured by a Food Product?

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Avocadon’t: Recall Underway over Listeria Fears

[:en]A massive avocado recall is underway over listeria concerns.

Who is behind the recall?

The California based avocado company, Henry Avocado, issued the recall after finding positive results for the bacteria during a government inspection of the food.

Who is affected by the recall?

Currently as of the writing of this post, at least six states are affected by the recall: Arizona, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin according to an article by CNN. Consumers are being advised to check for a “Bravocado” sticker on their avocado, and are being urged to return them to the store of purchase for a full refund.

What are the symptoms of listeriosis?

The symptoms of listeriosis include but are not limited to: muscle pain, headache, stiff neck, trouble with balance, and even upset stomach issues. Women who are pregnant, the elderly, and those with weakened and/or compromised immune systems are considered the most vulnerable if they contract the bacteria.

I have been diagnosed with listeriosis. What are my next steps?

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with listeriosis or any other food borne illness contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on food borne illness here for more information. [:]

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Share Food, Not Illness: Food Safety Tips

[:en]Christmas is next week, and cooking up a storm is going to be on the mind of a lot of individuals and families. Handling food in a safe and proper way is vital to helping to minimize your chance of getting a food-borne illness. Here are some food safety tips to keep in mind when handling your turkey (or other meat/alternate protein of choice) and other foods during the holidays:

General

  • Clean and wash food prep surfaces regularly
  • Store foods properly
  • Make sure foods are cooked to correct internal temperature (use an internal thermometer to get an accurate reading).

Working With Food

  • Wash hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds before working with food, and immediately after handling raw or undercooked items like meat, fish, or eggs
  • Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, fish, or poultry products away from other foods.
  • Clean cutting boards and other food prep equipment regularly that are used to handle multiple types of foods.

Storing

  • Refrigerate perishable food within two hours to prevent bacteria growth.
  • Use or freeze fresh poultry, fish, or ground meat products within two days, other meats, lamb, etc. within three to five days
  • Canned foods are safe to store for a long period of time as long as they are kept in an area not exposed to freezing or temperatures above 90 degrees. Throw away any damaged or dented cans.

Cooking

  • Poultry products must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Ground meats must be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees
  • Meat products must be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees at a minimum.

Serving

  • Keep hot foods at 140 degrees or warmer
  • Keep cold foods at 40 degrees or colder
  • Do not keep perishable food out for more than 2 hours at room temperature, 1 hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees.

Leftovers

  • Use food storage containers to properly store food in the refrigerator
  • Eat cooked leftovers within 4 days
  • Make sure food is reheated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

 

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Beef: It’s Not What’s for Dinner

[:en]Arizona based meat company JBS Tolleson has widened the amount of beef centered for their recall.  They are recalling an additional 5.1 million pounds over salmonella contamination concerns.

How long has the recall been going on?

The recall began in October when the JBS Tolleson announced that it would be recalling 6.1 million pounds of beef over salmonella contamination. With the additional amount, the total amount of beef recalled to this point is over 11 million pounds. According to a Buzzfeed article, “as of Nov. 15, 246 people have gotten sick in 25 states. Of those, 59 people have been hospitalized, although no one has died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” (Read our initial blog post on this story here).

Where was the beef sold?

The contaminated beef was sold by over 100 different retailers, including those located in Colorado such as Sprouts and Walmart. The beef is marked with the US Department of Agriculture’s inspection mark “EST. 267”. The meat is thought to be packaged between the dates of September 7th 2016- July 26th, 2018. Customers who have purchased these beef products are “urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase” as per a statement released by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (or FSIS).

What if I have been affected by this recall? What resources are available to me?

If you or a loved one have been affected as a result of this recall, call our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our highly experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on food-borne illness at our website here for additional information.

 

 

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Big Recall Issued for Jennie O Turkey Products

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has recalled turkey products linked to a salmonella outbreak.

Who’s Involved:

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products after the USDA found that a sample of the products tested positive for a salmonella reading matching the outbreak strain.
The samples were from a Sept. 11, 2018 production, and, according to the USDA, the rest of the products shipped nationwide.

When did the outbreak start:

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first announced the outbreak linked to raw turkey products in July, but more people have gotten sick, bringing the total to at least 164 in 35 states. One person in California has died, and 63 people have been hospitalized.
The outbreak started in November 2017. It’s unclear where the turkey at the center of this outbreak came from, as there doesn’t appear to be one centralized distributor, the agency said. This could mean that “it might be widespread in the turkey industry.”

Is turkey the only kind of meat affected by the outbreak?

Lab tests show that the salmonella came from a variety of products, including ground turkey and turkey patties. Tests showed that it’s also been in live turkeys and pet food.
The US Department of Agriculture and the CDC have been working with the industry, asking what steps could be taken to reduce this kind of contamination, and the investigation is ongoing.

What symptoms does salmonella cause?

Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps, and they usually last four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. In rare cases, the infection can cause death if a patient is not treated promptly with antibiotics.
There are an estimated 1.2 million salmonella cases in the United States annually, and various foods are to blame for about 1 million of those illnesses, according to the CDC.
The CDC said that if you plan to handle raw turkey, make sure you are extra careful: Wash your hands after touching it. Cook products thoroughly to avoid getting sick. Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, not on the counter.

I think I may be affected by this outbreak, what are my options?

If you or a loved one have been injured by a food borne illness, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on food borne illness at our website here for more information.
Article originally posted on CNN, by authors Jen Christensen and Madeline Holcombe.

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Duncan Hines Cake Mix Pulled Over Salmonella Fears

[:en]Due to an FDA investigation over a possible salmonella outbreak, food manufacturer ConAgra Foods announced it would be pulling certain types of their Duncan Hines cake mix brand after the bacterium salmonella was found to be present in their White Cake mix. According to an article posted online by USA Today, ConAgra is pulling 2.4 million boxes of the mix as a result due to “an abundance of caution” in a statement released by the company. The other types of Duncan Hines mix pulled from shelves are the Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti, and Classic Yellow which were produced during the same time period as the contaminated White Mix. The mixes were primarily sold throughout the U.S. however it is unknown exactly which states are affected by the recall at this time.

Salmonella is a type of bacterium which is commonly found in undercooked items like raw meat or eggs. It is known to cause severe cramping, diarrhea, as well as fever. Many people develop symptoms 12 to 72 hours after ingesting food with the bacteria present or handling items still with the bacteria. In serious cases, hospitalization may be required. Five cases of salmonella are currently being looked into, with many people reporting that they ate the cake mix before becoming sick. The FDA mentioned that some cases may involve those who ate the mix raw and not baked. Those who did buy the mix are being urged not to eat them and return the items to where they were originally purchased.

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Massive Beef Recall Issued over Salmonella Concerns

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More than 6.5 million pounds of beef products are being recalled nationwide due to a salmonella outbreak, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The beef, which was produced by JBS Tolleson, includes “various raw, non-intact beef products,” the USDA said in a press release issued Thursday. The beef was packaged on dates ranging from July 26 to Sept. 7 of this year and has establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. It was sold under the brand names Walmart, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Showcase, Showcase/Walmart, and JBS Generic.

Health officials have identified JBS Tolleson as the “probable source” of 57 cases of salmonella illnesses that were reported in 16 states between Aug. 5 and Sept. 6.

The USDA is urging people to check the beef in their freezer.

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers,” officials said in the press release. “Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause a person to develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being infected with it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without being treated. However, some people have diarrhea so severe that they need to be hospitalized.

Freezing contaminated beef “may slow down continued growth” of salmonella, but it won’t eliminate it, food safety expert Darin Detwiler, PhD, director of the Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industries program at Northeastern University, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

Although cooking the beef thoroughly will kill salmonella, it’s still not something you want to risk, Felicia Wu, PhD, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “If you prepared the uncooked ground beef on a surface such as a dish or a cutting board, and then put the cooked finished product back onto that dish or cutting board, then you could inadvertently contaminate the finished product with whatever bacteria were originally in the uncooked ground beef,” she says. Failure to wash your hands properly could also cause cross-contamination.

“Cooking it above 160 degrees is going to take care of reducing risk of bacteria in the product but I would worry much more about handling it,” Benjamin Chapman, PhD, an assistant professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “During the thawing and cooking process, you could contaminate your hands and equipment and spread that to other foods.”

If you discover this beef in your freezer or refrigerator, you should discard it or return it to the store where you bought it. “Consumption may cause harm or even worse,” Detwiler says.

 

If you or a loved one have been affected by this recall please call our office at 303-999-9999 or at 303-835-9342 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. Please visit our page on food borne illness for more information.

Article originally posted on Yahoo News by author Korin Miller

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Colorado Meat Recall: What You Need to Know

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What is the basis for the recall? Who is involved?

Cargill Meat Solutions, a meat packer based out of Fort Morgan Colorado announced yesterday it is recalling over 132,000 pounds (about 66.3 tons) of ground beef due to it being contaminated with E. Coli bacterium. The ground beef has already been linked to the death of one individual and has sickened 17 others.The beef was dated and packaged on June 21st, 2018. The beef was then sold in various grocery stores and supermarkets in and outside Colorado.The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) division announced the recall this past Wednesday. According to an article by the Denver Post, Cargill released a statement in regards to the recall stating ” ‘We were distressed to learn a fatality may be related to an E.coli contamination of one of our products…our hearts go out to the families and individuals affected by this issue.’ “

What is E. Coli?

E. Coli is a type of bacteria that is typically found in the intestines of humans and species of animals. While normally the bacteria doesn’t cause any harm, certain strains have been known to cause food poisoning when under cooked or raw foods (such as ground beef) are consumed. These symptoms include (but are not limited to):

  • abdominal cramps

  • diarrhea

  • fever

  • fatigue

  • nausea

If I have been affected, what are my options?

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Recall Underway for Colorado Meatpacker

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FORT MORGAN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado meatpacker is recalling more than 132,000 pounds (60,000 kilograms) of ground beef after a suspected E. coli outbreak killed one person and sickened 17, officials said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the beef was produced and packaged at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan on June 21 and shipped to retailers nationwide.

The products include 3-, 10- and 20-pound (1.3-, 4.5- and 9-kilogram) packages of ground beef under the Our Certified, Excel, Sterling Silver, Certified and Fire River Farms brands with July 11 use or freeze by dates.

Regulators warned that people should also check for the products in their freezers. They advise throwing the products away or returning them to the location of purchase.

In a statement on Thursday, Cargill said all of the affected products have been removed from supermarkets. Food safety teams are reviewing the Fort Morgan facility and others “to ensure we continue to deliver safe food,” the statement said.

“We were distressed to learn a fatality may be related to an E.coli contamination of one of our products,” it said. “Our hearts go out to the families and individuals affected by this issue.”

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service did not release information about the people who died or became ill, including locations.

A spokeswoman referred questions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A representative for the CDC did not immediately return messages seeking more information.

The Cargill plant had a smaller recall of Excel ground beef in August, but no illnesses had been reported at that time.

Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea and vomiting. More severe infections can lead to kidney failure.

If you or a loved one have been affected by this recall, please call 303-999-9999 or 303-835-9342 to speak with an experienced attorney. Visit our page on food borne illness for additional information.

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