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TAINTED

From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate, Fifty Years of Food Safety Failures

Salmonella in eggs. Listeria in deli meats. Melamine in milk. Cyclospora in lettuce.

In a world where irrigation water is contaminated by run-off from cattle feedlots and where food processors cut corners, the food preparation skills we learned from our parents and grandparents are no longer good enough to keep us safe.

Using a variety of foodborne disease outbreaks, often illustrated with the stories of individual victims, TAINTED explores the ways in which food becomes contaminated. Some of the stories – such as the deadly 1993 Jack in the Box outbreak – will be very familiar. Others will not.

In this update to her 2007 book, Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives, Phyllis Entis draws on nearly five decades of experience to explain how our regulatory systems have failed us, and to talk about what can be done to protect consumers from unsafe food.

About the Author

A graduate of McGill University and the University of Toronto, Phyllis Entis received her introduction to the field of food safety at the hands of Canada’s Health Protection Branch, where she spent the first seven years of her professional life immersed in Salmonella, Staphylococcus, E. coli and other bad actors from the microbial world.

Entis left government work to co-found (with her husband) QA Life Sciences, a company specializing in rapid testing methods for foodborne bacteria. For the next twenty-two years, she worked closely with representatives of Health Protection Branch, the US Food and Drug Administration and various state agencies to gain official sanction for the use of rapid testing methods in government and industry settings.

In 2001, Entis turned to writing. Her first book, Food Microbiology—The Laboratory, was published in 2002 by the Food Processors Institute. It was followed five years later by Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives, which was released by the American Society for Microbiology Press in January 2007.

Since 2007, Entis has written about food safety issues for several publications, including Food Safety News, The Bark, and eFoodAlert. She has also found the time to write and release a 5-book mystery series, The Damien Dickens Mysteries.

In TAINTED, Entis has combined her decades of experience in food safety with the story-telling skills honed during her career as a mystery writer to revamp and update the wealth of information contained in Old Habits, and to produce a food safety narrative that is both educational and accessible.

A Short Excerpt

Chapter 3 – Betrayal

Sarah Lewis and her entire family attended a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant on May 29, 2010 to mark her sister Stacey’s college graduation. The next night, Sarah’s world turned upside down.

Already feeling unwell on the evening of May 30th, Sarah went to bed early. She awakened during the night, suffering from vomiting and severe diarrhea. The next day, Sarah’s mother, who lived nearby, took her to an urgent care facility. Twenty minutes later, she was admitted to hospital and was later diagnosed with salmonellosis.

Badly dehydrated and in enormous pain from her inflamed bowels, Sarah was moved to the hospital’s ICU. While there, she developed severe tachycardia (abnormally rapid heartbeat), and was moved to the critical care heart unit, where she spent three days.

When Sarah was finally discharged in time to attend her daughter’s preschool graduation, she thought the worst was behind her.

About 2½ weeks later, she was back in the hospital, still suffering from severe dehydration. She was released after five days.

The antibiotics Sarah took to combat her Salmonella infection stripped her digestive system of its normal population of protective bacteria, resulting in her becoming infected with Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a bacterium which causes severe diarrhea and cramping. A fourteen-day antibiotic regimen took care of the C. diff; however, the Salmonella was more resilient. Four months later, Sarah still was on five to ten different medications daily to combat the infection and control her symptoms.

Sarah Lewis was the first recorded California victim of a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak that sickened more than 1,900 people across the United States.

The restaurant where Stacey’s graduation banquet was held had purchased custard tarts from a local bakery. Ordinarily, the bakery used a pasteurized liquid egg mixture to make the tarts. However, on the day they prepared the dessert items for the graduation dinner, the bakery ran out of pasteurized egg mix and used fresh, raw shell eggs instead. Eggs that most likely had come from Iowa.

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Recalls and Alerts: June 1 – 4, 2019


Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

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United States

Food Safety Recall: The Coca-Cola Company recalls Suja Kombucha, Ginger Lemon (15.2 oz; Date code 06/25/19 UX; UPC 008-18617-02023-2), Suja Kombucha, Peach Ginger (15.2 oz; Date code 07/27/19 UX; UPC 008-18617-02034-8) and Suja Kombucha, Mixed Berries (15.2 oz; Date code 07/29/19 UX; UPC 008-18617-02036-2) due to foreign matter contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Publix at Lake Gibson Shopping Center recalls all ground beef and pork products (Sell by June 3, 2019) due to foreign matter (plastic or metal) contamination.

Canada

Allergy Alert (Update): T-Brothers Food And Trading Ltd. recalls certain Daesang brand rice seasoning mixes due to undeclared egg. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Seoul Trading Corporation recalls ChoripDong brand Frozen Par Fried Fish Cake (400g; Product code 2019.12.29; UPC 7 6189860521 9) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert: Seoul Trading Corp. recalls certain Daesang brand rice seasoning mixes due to undeclared egg. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: MyChopChop recalls MyChopChop brand “Grounded Peper” (100g; All units sold up to and including June 3, 2019) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Marché Lambert IGA extra recalls certain ground meats and products containing ground meat due to foreign matter (metal) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Ecoideas Innovations Inc. recalls Apricot Power brand Bitter Raw Apricot Seeds and Apricot Seed Meal due to natural toxin amygdalin. Excessive consumption may cause cyanide poisoning. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Distribution Farinex (113712 Canada Inc.) recalls Gelsius brand IQF Raspberries (Frozen) (5 x 1 kg; Lot #002; Batch dates 06/06/2018 and 30/05/2018; UPC 01815703620 and 01815003620, respectively) due to Norovirus contamination. The recalled product was supplied to hotes, restaurants and institutions in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Ontario, and Quebec.

Food Safety Recall: Le Butterblume recalls SMOOTHIE AUX FRAMBOISES / Raspberry Smoothie (250 mL; Sold up to and including June 2, 2019) due to Norovirus contamination.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Germany): Wilhelm Kisker GmbH recalls Psenner Bombardino 18 % (0.7 L; Lot #18325) due to undeclared milk and egg.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Maisonie recalls Maisonie brand pudding à la vanille avec spéculoos / Vanilla pudding with spéculoos (a traditional Dutch and Belgium cookie, with spices like ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and clover*) (130g; Lots 20192100 – 20192101- 20192102), due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Midsona Danmark A/S recalls two types of urtekram rice cakes due to elevated arsenic levels. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): SODEBO recalls certain Toque du chef brand pizzas (470g) due to foreign matter (metal) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): Intermarché recalls Maredoc brand Moules Italie SAC (10kg; Lot 2107292; Pack date 28/05/2019) due to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Filière Qualité Carrefour brand Barquettes de moules de corde (1.4 kg; Lot 10732947; Best before 06/06/2019) due to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.

Food Safety Recall (France): SODEBO recalls Sodebo brand PIZZA LA PIZZ Jambon Emmental Prix Choc (470g; Best before 02/06/2019) due to foreign matter (metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SODEBO recalls Sodebo brand PIZZA LA PIZZ Jambon Emmental (470g; Best before 02/06/2019) due to foreign matter (metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SODEBO recalls Sodebo brand PIZZA LA PIZZ Jambon Champignons de Paris (470g; Best before 02/06/2019) due to foreign matter (metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SODEBO recalls Sodebo brand PIZZA LA PIZZ 4 fromages (470g; Best before 03/06/2019) due to foreign matter (metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Müller UK recalls Cadbury Dairy Milk Cheesecake (2 x 85g; Use by 5 June, 6 June, 11 June 2019) and Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel Cheesecake (2 x 85g; Use by 5 June, 6 June, 11 June 2019) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Hong Kong): Etak International Ltd recalls Johnsonville brand JALAPEÑO CHEDDAR Smoked Sausage (14 oz; Best before June 9, 2019; Product of USA) due to foreign matter contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): Mobu Enterprises Pty Ltd trading as OLÉ Mexican Foods recalls La Banderita White Corn Street Tacos (Best Before 18/06/2019, 02/07/2019, 16/07/2019, 29/07/2019) due to undeclared gluten.

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Samurai Bowl recalls Samurai Bowl Miso Ramen, Samurai Bowl Spicy Miso, Samurai Bowl Original Ramen, and Samurai Bowl Tonketsu (820g; All batches and dates) due to possible Staphylococcus enterotoxin contamination.

*My thanks to Simone Hertzberger, Chief Editor of the Dutch Flemish Food Safety Newsletter for the information on spéculoos.

Food Safety Recalls: October 1 – 16, 2018


The FoodBugLady is back after a two-week holiday, and it’s time to play catch-up.

Here is a list of recalls relating to food safety issues for the first half of October. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices containing detailed information for each alert.

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USA

October 16th: Prime Deli Corporation (Lewisville, Texas) is recalling approximately 217 pounds of ready-to-eat salad with bacon products that contain a corn ingredient that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

October 15th: A La Carte Foods Properties, LLC (Belle Rose, LA) is recalling approximately 30,438 pounds of meat and poultry products that contain meat produced without the benefit of federal inspection.

October 11th: Valley Fine Foods (Forest City, N.C.) is recalling approximately 35,516 pounds of heat-treated, not fully cooked meat and poultry products that may be adulterated due to presence of spoilage organisms that have rendered it unwholesome and unfit for human food.

October 11th: Jerky Boyz Chicken Jerky (Pigeon Forge, Tenn) is recalling approximately 23 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken jerky products due to a processing deviation that may have led to underprocessing of products.

October 10th: Malone’s Fine Sausage Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) is recalling approximately 26,323 pounds of ready-to-eat pork head cheese product that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.

October 6th: Bazzini LLC (Allentown, PA) is recalling 4,000 pounds of Roasted and Salted Colossal Natural, Super Colossal Natural and Rams Head Natural In Shell Pistachios received from one of its suppliers because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

October 5th: Ladyfingers Caterers is voluntarily recalling its Signature Shaved Country Ham Rolls as a result of the Johnston County Hams recall. The rolls were made with ham produced by Johnston County Hams, which recently initiated a recall of its ham products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

October 5th: Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods (Richmond, VA) is recalling approximately 18,296 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry deli-sliced products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.

October 5th: Randsland Farms Inc. recalls Randsland brand Broccoli Florets and Broccoli Salad Kit due to Listeria contamination.

October 4th: Working Cow Homemade Ice Cream, Inc. (St. Petersburg, FL) is conducting a voluntary recall of No Sugar Added Vanilla and No Sugar Added Chocolate ice cream manufactured in three-gallon tubs during the month of May 2018 due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

October 4th: Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, LLC is issuing a voluntary product recall for two products that may contain Johnston County Hams recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

October 4th: JBS Tolleson, Inc. (Tolleson, AZ) is recalling approximately 6,937,195 pounds of various raw, non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport.

October 3rd: Johnston County Hams (Smithfield, N.C.) is recalling approximately 89,096 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Canada

October 15th: Abbott is recalling certain Abbott brand formulated liquid nutrition products in 235 mL metal cans from the marketplace due to possible bacterial contamination. One illness has been reported.

October 12th: Fromagerie Les Rivières recalls various cheeses that may not be safe to consume.

October 12th: Le Petit Magasin recalls Bolognaise Tomato sauce that may not be safe to consume.

October 11th: Euro-Balkan Specialty Foods recalls Euro-Balkan Specialty Foods brand Balkan Style Kajmak Cream Cheese Product due to Staphylococcus enterotoxin contamination.

October 9th: La Granja Foods recalls The Farm La Granja brand Queso ranchero fresco from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

October 5th: Ferme Écologique Coop d’Ulverton recalls cheeses made with raw (unpasteurized) goat milk due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

October 4th: Sobeys Inc. is recalling certain Sobeys brand packaged vegetable products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

October 3rd: Monsieur Émile Smokehouse is recalling Monsieur Émile Smokehouse brand and unbranded Smoked Salmon, sold refrigerated, from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

October 2nd: Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling certain $10 Chicken Fries from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled product is associated with an outbreak investigation.

Europe

October 13th (Belgium): Albert Heijn recalls AH brand Mackerel fillets due to Listeria contamination.

October 15th (Denmark): Løgismose recalls Løgismose brand chicken due to Campylobacter contamination.

October 15th (Denmark): Aldi Danmark Aps recalls “Landlyst” turkey breast due to Salmonella contamination.

October 10th (Denmark): Himmerlandskød recalls Champion chopped beef due to Salmonella and E. coli contamination.

October 3rd (Denmark): Naturesource ApS recalls organic goji berries and organic chocolate coated goji berries due to foreign matter (metal pieces) contamination.

October 5th (Finland): SOK recalls POPCORN MAISSINJYVISSÄ Rainbow Popcorn due to foreign matter (metal pieces) contamination.

October 16th (France): CASINO recalls CASINO CA VIENT D’ICI brand Quenelles Lyonnaises Nature pur beurre due to Listeria contamination.

October 12th (France): Intermarché recalls Jean Rozé brand Picada due to Salmonella contamination.

October 10th (France): Auchan recalls Atelier Blini brand 8 falafels (pois chiches, carottes & coriandre) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

October 8th (France): Geantcasino recalls Casino Bio brand crêpes moelleuses au sucre de canne et au lait frais due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

October 5th (France): EARL Les Poulettes brand shell eggs recalled due to Salmonella contamination.

October 12th (Germany): Bur Sales GmbH recalls Tunas brand Sesame paste and Sesame paste with pistachios due to Salmonella contamination.

October 12th (Germany): HOFKÄSEREI VETTER recalls BLAUSCHIMMEL RAW MILK CHEESE, soft cheese at least 50% fat due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

October 5th (Ireland): The Raw Chocolate Company recalls Raw Chocolate Goji Berries due to foreign matter (small metal pieces) contamination.

October 15th (Italy): Mareblus recalls Tuna in Olive Oil due to a potential processing error.

October 8th (Italy): AZIENDA AGRICOLA BOSI LUIGI recalls Fresh Eggs from Free-range Hens due to Salmonella Enteritidis contamination.

October 4th (Italy): Macelleria Partenzi di Partenzi Francesco recalls Salsiccia stagionata /  Seasoned sausage due to Salmonella contamination.

October 3rd (Italy): Nutravant recalls Protein+ White 31% (gusto Crema-Limone) due to Salmonella contamination.

October 3rd (Italy): Bauli SpA recalls CROISSANT A LIEVITAZIONE NATURALE CON CREMA AL LATTE due to Salmonella contamination.

October 3rd (Italy): SOCIETA AGRICOLA F.LLI PONTI recalls FORMAGGELLA due to STEC E. coli contamination.

October 12th (Luxembourg): Atelier Blini brand 8 falafels (pois chiches, carottes & coriandre) recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

October 10th (Luxembourg): Ochsen-Ziemerenden pet food product recalled due to foreign matter (small metal pieces) contamination.

October 13th (Netherlands): Albert Heijn recalls AH brand Mackerel fillets due to Listeria contamination.

October 5th (Netherlands): PLUS Supermarkets recalls PLUS Lamsspies piri piri due to possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E.coli bacterium.

October 2nd (Netherlands): DekaMarkt and Poiesz recalls Jong Belegen Boerenkaas due to contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E.coli bacterium.

October 1st (Sweden): Lidl Sverige recalls Guldgrytan brand Nötfärs 6% due to Salmonella contamination.

October 5th (UK): The Raw Chocolate Company are recalling their Chocolate Goji Berries because they may contain small pieces of metal.

October 1st (UK): Montezuma’s Chocolates Ltd is recalling its ‘Great British Puddings Truffle Collection’, because it may contain small pieces of plastic in the lemon meringue truffle.

Australia and New Zealand

October 11th (Australia): Drakes Supermarkets recalls Drakes Gourmet Premium Selection Silverside due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

October 5th (New Zealand): FSL Foods Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Fruzio brand premium mixed berries as the product may contain foreign matter (metal).

Asia, Africa and the Middle East

October 3rd (Israel): Maadaney Hagalil recalls various kebab products due to Salmonella contamination.