Fresh Express Romaine Salad Recalled Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Just a couple of months after Fresh Express salad products caused a salmonella outbreak in the Upper-Midwest states, romaine lettuce based products have been recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.  While this new recall applies mostly to Canada, some of these products were apparently distributed to a few South Dakota retail outlets as well.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is advising the public not to eat these products.  Fresh Express is a Salinas, California based manufacturer.

The products included in this recall have best before dates of July 9 through July 12.  These products include:

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Double Carrots 340 g 10802 5 S175 July 10, 2010

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Green & Crisp 340 g 10804 9 S175 July 10, 2010

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Premium Romaine 255 g 10808 7 S175 July 10, 2010

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Lettuce Trio 255 g 10809 4 S175 July 10, 2010

0 71279 July 10-11,
Italian 283 g 21100 8 S175, S176 2010

0 71279 July 9-10,
Fancy Greens 198 g 23201 0 S174, S175 2010

0 71279 July 11-12,
American 340 g 24100 5 S175, S176 2010

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5-Lettuce Mix 170 g 25101 1 S175 July 9, 2010

0 71279 July 10-11,
Hearts of Romaine 283 g 26102 7 S175, S176 2010

0 71279 July 10-11,
Triple Hearts 226 g 26111 9 S175, S176 2010

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Leafy Green Romaine 255 g 26112 6 S175 July 10, 2010

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Veggie Lover’s 340 g 28100 1 S175 July 10, 2010

212 g + 0 71279 July 10-11,
Caesar Complete Salad 74 mL 30100 6 S175, S176 2010

212 g + 0 71279 July 10-11,
CaesarLite Complete Salad 74 mL 30101 3 S175, S176 2010

Caesar Supreme Complete 226 g + 0 71279 July 10-11,
Salad 81 mL 30104 4 S175, S176 2010

B.L.T. Caesar Complete 226 g + 0 71279
Salad 74 mL 30107 5 S175 July 10, 2010

Asian Supreme Complete 323 g + 0 71279 July 10-11,
Salad 74 mL 30201 0 S175, S176 201

Salsa! Ensalada Supreme 326 g + 0 71279
Complete Salad 74 mL 30601 8 S175 July 10, 2010

Fresh Express advises consumers to dispose of any of the above recalled salad mixes and asks those with questions to call 800-242-5472 between the hours of 5 am and 8 pm Pacific Time Monday through Friday.

So far, there have been no illnesses associated with the potentially contaminated Romaine lettuce products.  Several weeks after the April-May 2010 recall due to salmonella outbreak in the Upper-Midwest, Fresh Express recalled various ready-to-eat salads that were distributed and sold across the nation in 26 states, including Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.

E. coli food poisoning usually causes only mild symptoms in healthy individuals, which may include nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.  However, individuals such as the very young, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems may be at risk of developing serious complications such as HUS which affects the kidneys and can be life threatening.

If you have become ill with E. coli after consuming foods that are possibly contaminated, contact a New York food poisoning attorney to discuss legal rights you may have.  Brown Chiari are Buffalo NY Personal Injury Lawyers.

Bison Products Recalled Following Illnesses in New York and Colorado

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Approximately 66,000 pounds of ground and tenderized bison products have been recalled by a Henderson, Colorado company, Rocky Mountain Natural Meats.

5 people in Colorado and 1 in New York have been identified with an indistinguishable PFGE pattern after becoming ill.  FSIS was continuing an on-going investigation in to a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in Colorado when they determined there was a relation between the cluster of illnesses and bison products.  Those affected became ill between the dates of June 4 and June 9 of this year.  FSIS, the CDC and the FDA, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the New York Department of Health are working in conjunction on this investigation.

The products involved in this recall include:

· 12-oz packages of “GREAT RANGE BRAND ALL NATURAL BISON STEAK MEDALLIONS.” These products have a “sell or freeze by” date of June 23 and June 24, 2010

· 12-oz packages of “GREAT RANGE BRAND ALL NATURAL BISON SIRLOIN STEAKS.” These products have a “sell or freeze by” date of June 20, June 23 and June 24, 2010

· 16-oz packages of “GREAT RANGE BRAND ALL NATURAL GROUND BISON.” These products have a “sell or freeze by” date of June 21, June 22 or June 24, 2010.

· 16-oz packages of “NATURE’S RANCHER GROUND BUFFALO.” These products have a “sell or freeze by” date of June 22, 2010.

· 16-oz packages of “THE BUFFALO GUYS ALL NATURAL GROUND BUFFALO 90% LEAN.” These products have a lot number of 0147.

· 15-pound boxes of “ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATURAL MEATS, INC. BISON 10 OZ SIRLOIN STEAK.” These products went to restaurants and bear a Julian Code of 0141.

Consumers will find the establishment number “EST. 20247″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.  The recalled bison products were distributed to food service distributors in Utah and Arizona, as well as retail establishments nationwide.  The sell-by dates have since passed, but the FSIS and Rocky Mountain Natural Meats urge consumers to check their freezers for any possibly contaminated bison and dispose of the product or return it to the point of purchase.

E. coli food poisoning produces mild symptoms including nausea or vomiting, dehydration, diarrhea and low grade fever.  Some individuals may be more susceptible to serious complications such as kidney failure or HUS.  Those most at risk include young children, the frail or elderly, and those with a weakened immune system.  Seek medical assistance if you develop symptoms after eating foods that could possibly be tainted with the E. coli bacteria.

This article was posted by Dataflurry, working on behalf of Brown Chiari.  Brown Chiari is a team of experienced personal injury attorneys in Buffalo NY helping clients with personal injury, food poisoning, nursing home abuse, construction accidents and more.

3700 Pounds of Ground Beef Products Recalled by New York Company Due to E. Coli Contamination

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

A Bay Shore, NY firm, Crown I Enterprises, is recalling about 3,700 pounds of ground beef products that are feared to be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.  The recall was announced on June 22nd by the FSIS division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The products believed to be contaminated were produced on June 11 and June 15 2010, and were distributed to Connecticut, New Jersey and New York food service institutions.  So far, no reports of illness have been associated with the tainted ground beef products, which were discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling.  This recall has been labeled a Class I, which means that a health hazard exists to those who consume the recalled product, and that those who do may likely experience serious or adverse effects on their health.

The ground beef products that are subject to recall include:

24, 8-ounce burgers in 12-pound boxes of “W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BURGER FRESH, WB HOME STYLE 8 OZ.”

32, 6-ounce burgers in 12-pound boxes of “W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BURGER FRESH 6 OZ.”

48, 4-ounce burgers in 12-pound boxes of “W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BURGER FRESH, 4 OZ.”

10-pound boxes of “W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BEEF GROUND/EXTRA LEAN.”

10- and 20-pound boxes of “W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BEEF GROUND 80/20.”

On these products, consumers should look for the establishment number “EST. 20889″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.  Additionally, these products are marked with Julian dates of “10164″ and “10166.”

Consumers who have questions or concerns about this recall are asked to contact the Vice President of Operations of the company, Kevin Peterson, at 631-289-8401, ext. 2222.

E. coli food poisoning causes flu-like symptoms in most individuals that include dehydration, bloody diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.  In some individuals, severe complications may develop such as kidney failure due to HUS.  The individuals most at risk to health issues from E. Coli food poisoning include very young children, the frail or elderly, and those with a compromised or weakened immune system.

If you have become ill after eating these products, seek medical attention at once, especially if you belong to a high-risk group.  Contact a New York food poisoning attorney to learn about rights you may have in regards to compensation for costs associated with your illness.

South Gate Meat Recalling Approximately 35,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

35,000 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled by a South Gate, California establishment South Gate Meat Co.  These products are possible tainted with E. coli O157:H7, according to an announcement made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FSIS recently.  A positive result for E. coli was discovered when FSIS performed microbiological sampling.  To date, no illnesses have been reported which are linked to these recalled products.

The packages in question bear establishment number “EST. 6217″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.  These products were shipped to restaurants around the Orange County area and Los Angeles, and were produced between the dates of June 7, 2010 and June 21, 2010.  The South Gate Meat Co. products affected are:

*20-, 30- and 40-pound bulk packages of “SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF.”

*30-, 40-, and 50-pound bulk packages of “SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. COARSE GROUND BEEF.”

*10- and 20-pound packages of “SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTIES.”

Why have there been so many problems with contaminated beef recently?  Part of the problems are due to the sourcing of fat and gristle by slaughterhouses that is combined with better quality cuts of meat that results in the mixes you see in your grocery store, such as “80% lean,” “90% lean,” and so on.  The percentage of the meat that is not lean often comes from trimmings shipped in from various other plants.  Each plant is actually more prone to E. coli food poisoning bacteria and other bacteria because cows are often slaughtered in close proximity to their own waste.

Those with questions or concerns about this recall are asked to call South Gate’s owner, John Dritsas, or vice president Angelo Dritsas at 323-564-1701.

E. coli bacteria usually produces mild symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and nausea.  Certain individuals are at an increased risk of experiencing serious complications including the elderly, young children and those with weakened immune systems.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of E. coli food poisoning should seek medical attention.  If you have become ill after eating contaminated products involved in a recall, contact a Buffalo personal injury attorney to learn about any rights you may have.  An experienced food poisoning attorney can help to ensure your properly reimbursed for any medical bills, health issues, lost wages and possibly other financial compensation.