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On February 19, 2021, El Abuelito Cheese, Inc. of Paterson, NJ recalled all Queso Fresco products with “sell by” dates through 03/28/21 purportedly linked to the Listeria Cheese Outbreak. Products include El Abuelito, Rio Grande, and Rio Lindo brand queso frescos, distributed to CT, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, and VA. A full list of recalled products is included below. At this time, El Abuelito Cheese, Inc. has ceased production and distribution of all…
FoodCORE solves Salmonella Outbreak that, for over two years, was a mystery. Utah public health officials have struggled with identifying a true source of a Salmonella outbreak linked to queso fresco.  With the help of FoodCORE resources, this diverse group of interdisciplinary teams identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella in queso fresco and tracked down the producer, later determined to be Mr. Cheese, and finally solved the food safety mystery in 2011. Salmonella Salmonellosis is…
A recent outbreak of listeria has been linked to Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses. 7 people across 4 different states have been infected between October 2020 and February of this year. Cheese is so good. Queso Fresco, Manchego, and Cotija are just a few of the delicious options of Hispanic-style cheeses available. The CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are continuing to interview…
Food poisoning, or foodborne illness, is illness caused by eating contaminated food. Infectious organisms including bacteria, viruses, and parasites or their toxins, are the most common causes of food poisoning. Recently, veteran Bollywood star Mithun Chakraborty, collapsed on set during filming due to a terrible bout of food poisoning. The cause of his illness has not been released. Food poisoning symptoms vary with the source of contamination and can start within hours of eating…
On February 2nd of this year, the CDC announced an ongoing investigation of a mystery outbreak of E. coli resulting in 16 illnesses, and 5 hospitalizations spread across 5 states. Approximately 265,000 people are infected with E. coli every year, resulting in nearly 100 deaths. Unfortunately, the current outbreak has resulted in the death of one Washington resident. The investigation into this outbreak is still ongoing, and the cause is not yet known. Fast Facts…
A series of 4 E. coli outbreaks, spanning 21 states are currently under investigation by the CDC, FDA, and regulatory officials from several states. Multiple states have patients from each of the 3 outbreaks. A total of over a hundred people have been affected, and over 50 people have been hospitalized and 1 person has died. A specific cause for the outbreaks is not yet known, however reports from two of the outbreaks seem…
Getting the maximum amount of money you are entitled to after suffering from a severe case of food poisoning is important, especially when someone else’s negligence has made you ill. Restaurants and any other party involved in the chain of distribution of food, have an obligation to sell products that are safe to consume. When they fail, you may have the right to file a lawsuit to recover the following damages. Economic Damages Economic damages,…
Another Romaine lettuce E coli outbreak?  Tanimura & Antle Romaine Lettuce has been linked to two cases of E. coli O157:H7 in Michigan.  A routine sample of the lettuce collected at a Walmart in Comstock Park, MI, and tested by MDARD’s Laboratory Division confirmed positive for E. coli 0157:H7. Further analysis conducted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services laboratory determined that the strain of E. coli recovered from the product sample is highly related genetically to E.…
The CDC and FDA have announced two mysterious outbreaks this week. At this time, no particular food item(s) have been identified and no recalls have been announced. Could this mean another Leafy Greens Ecoli Outbreak? Outbreaks Abound – What We Know Outbreak #1  21 people in 8 states are ill 8 people have been hospitalized 1 person (from Michigan) has died. Illness onset dates range from June 6, 2020 to October 5, 2020 The patient…
In response to supply chain shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in late May the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released, without warning, new temporary guidance that allows manufacturers facing those supply chain shortages to substitute ingredients without changing food labels.  For those with food allergies, this is a very scary thing! Without further ado – FDA Guidelines for Food Allergens: Limits to Regulation Are Not Sufficient to Calm Concern There are limits to…