From April 23 though June 1, 2008, there have been 57 reported cases of salmonellosis caused by Salmonella Saintpaul in New Mexico and Texas, including 17 hospitalizations. Approximately 30 reports of illness in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Utah are currently being investigated to determine whether they are also linked to tomatoes. There are no reported deaths.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers in New Mexico and Texas that the outbreak appears to be linked to consumption of certain types of raw red tomatoes and products containing raw red tomatoes. The bacteria causing the illnesses are Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of Salmonella.

According to FDA reports, the source of the contaminated tomatoes may be limited to a single grower or packer, or tomatoes from a specific geographic area.

The specific type and source of tomatoes are under investigation. However, preliminary data suggest that raw red plum, red Roma, or round red tomatoes are the cause. At this time, consumers in New Mexico and Texas should limit their tomato consumption to tomatoes that have not been implicated in the outbreak. These include cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached, and tomatoes grown at home.

As harvest season ramps up, the FDA is working at the state level and with the CDC, Indian Health Service, food and industry trade associations and at the state level to quickly determine the source and type of contaminated tomatoes.

For more information access the CDC Website for Salmonella Saintpaul Updates as they become available.

On March 14, 2008, Cagle’s Inc., a Collinsville, Alabama, company, voluntarily recalled approximately 943,000 pounds of various fresh and frozen poultry giblets and fresh carcasses with giblets inserted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the poultry may be adulterated due to improper disposition of the giblets.

The fresh and frozen poultry giblets and carcasses with giblets inserted were distributed to institutions and restaurants nationwide. Packages bearing the establishment number “P-548″ inside the USDA mark of inspection were repackaged for consumer sale and will not bear this establishment number.

The products were produced on various dates between 12/03/2007 and 03/12/2008.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 13-lb. bulk packages of “Cagle’s MRB BREADED GIZZARDS.” Product code: 49113
  • Bulk packages of “Cagle’s FRYING CHICKEN GIZZARDS.” Product codes: 61913, 61914, 61915
  • 50-lb. bulk packages of “Cagle’s FRYING CHICKEN LIVERS.” Product code: 62150
  • Bulk packages of “Cagle’s FRYING CHICKEN LIVERS.” Product codes: 62921, 62924, 62931
  • 13-lb. bulk packages of “OUR PREMIUM DELI PRE-BREADED CHICKEN LIVERS.” Product code: 12210
  • 13-lb. bulk packages of “OUR PREMIUM DELI PRE-BREADED CHICKEN GIZZARDS.” Product code: 21210
  • 40-lb. bulk packages of “Cagle’s FRYING CHICKEN HEARTS.” Product codes: 69934, 69938
  • 33-lb. bulk packages of “Cagle’s FRYING CHICKEN SKINLESS NECKS.” Product code: 63191
  • 33-lb. bulk packages of “Cagle’s FRYING CHICKEN SKINLESS NECKS.” Product code: 63005
  • Bulk packages of “Cagle’s FRYING CHICKENS WITH SKINLESS NECKS.” Product code: 39003

The problem was discovered through an inspection by the USDA Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). In November, 2007, the Cagle’s plant installed new evisceration sorting equipment which changed the previous practice of condemning all viscera. FSIS has been unable to confirm that the plant had properly sorted or disposed of viscera from condemned carcasses. Some of the inspected and passed products may have been commingled with viscera from condemned carcasses.

The USDA has issued a Class 1 Recall with a priority Health Risk: High for potential adverse health situation. There have been no reports of illness at this time.

Recall Release number: FSIS-RC-010-2008

Media and consumers with questions about the recall should contact company the Executive Vice President Mark Ham at (404) 355-2820.

The USDA has issued a Class 1 Recall with a priority Health Risk: High for potential adverse health situation linked to “Discover Cuisine Red Curry Chicken & Jasmine Rice”.

Package Identification

The “Best By” date of the recalled food is “12/18/08″. The item number “2880″ appears by the UPC code on the package. Each package bears the Canadian establishment number “Est. 306″ inside of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency mark of inspection.

Recall Issued for Seven States

The recalled food containing the potentially hazardous chicken was produced on October 18, 2007 and sold to retail establishments in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Colorado.

Inovata Foods of Alberta, Canada; Costco Wholesale of Issaquah, Washington; and Meijer Distribution Center of Grand Rapids, Michigan issued a voluntary recall of approximately 16,000 pounds of frozen chicken entrées that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is a microorganism that can cause serious or fatal infections in children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.

This article contains updated information. For the initial recall details, please refer to ABC News article, Costco Issues Chicken Recall dated March 5, 2008.

For more information on the curry chicken and rice recall, consumers can call Inovata at 780-454-8665, extension 236.

 

 

 

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