Apple Sliced Sold In McDonald’s, Burger King, Wawa, and Wegman’s Recalled Over Listeria Contamination Risk

Apple Sliced Sold In McDonald's, Burger King, Wawa, and Wegman's Recalled Over Listeria Contamination RiskSliced apples distributed to fast-food and grocery chains across the country are being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination.  There have been no reported illnesses, however Listeria was discovered on processing equipment used by Missa Bay LLC, a division of Ready Pac Foods of New Jersey.

Among the items recalled were apple slices distributed to McDonald’s and Burger King in some states packaged fruit, veggies, salads and sandwiches containing apples distributed to Wawa convenience store and Wegman’s grocery chains, and various apple and fruit snacks with “Ready Pac” labels or “Safeway Farms” labels.  Items recalled have use-by dates of July 8 through Aug. 20.  Any items within the effected date should be discarded.

Symptoms in people besides pregnant women can include fever and muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.  Listeria is especially harmful to pregnant women, as it can lead to miscarriages.

‘Grapes Of Wrath’ Lawsuit: London Shop Owner Ordered To Pay $175,739 To Customer Who Slipped On Mushy Grapes

'Grapes Of Wrath' Lawsuit: London Shop Owner Ordered To Pay $175,739 To Customer Who Slipped On Mushy Grapes

Another goofy lawsuit for sure, but one that comes to us from across the pond.  Onkar Singh Gill, who owns a London produce shop called The Stall, was ordered to pay a sum of about £112,000 (that’s about $175,000 to you and me) when one of his customers, Samira Hassan, slipped on a few grapes and broke both her wrists.

Hassan was wearing what she terms “sensible shoes” on the day in question.  She stopped by The Stall to have a look at some produce.  She stepped on some “mushy” grapes left on the pavement, fell forward, and shattered her wrists.  Ouch.

'Grapes Of Wrath' Lawsuit: London Shop Owner Ordered To Pay $175,739 To Customer Who Slipped On Mushy Grapes

Onkar Singh Gill – Outside Royal Courts Of Justice – Via The Daily Mail

According to The Mirror, Hassan won the case last September, but there was the usual appeal.  The shop owner claimed he took all the precautions he could, going so far as sweeping the ground up to five times a day.  The chief judge was having none of it.

The initial fall took place in 2005.  That’s seven years of legal wrangling that’s been dubbed “The Grapes of Wrath.”  Gill’s defense was mainly that Hassan’s fall a “freak accident,” saying that there wasn’t much else he could have done about it.  Clearly that defense didn’t find merit.Mr. Gill’s son, Sandeep, said that the business was insured for accidents but because of a legal loophole they would almost certainly be liable for the full amount.

‘Sometimes you do wonder whose side the law is actually on.’

Cargill Recalls 29,339 Pounds Of Ground Beef After Salmonella Outbreak

Cargill Recalls 29,339 Pounds Of Ground Beef After Salmonella Outbreak

The Associated Press reports:

Hannaford Supermarkets is alerting consumers that Cargill Beef is voluntarily recalling 29,339 pounds of ground beef that may contain salmonella.

 

The 85-percent-lean ground beef was produced at Cargill’s plant in Wyalusing, Pa., on May 25, and repackaged for sale to consumers by customers of the Maine-based grocery chain.

 

Cargill President John Keating says in a statement, “Food borne illnesses are unfortunate and we are sorry for anyone who became sick from eating ground beef we may have produced.”

 

Hannaford’s says consumers should check their ground beef for “use or sell by” dates between May 29 and June 16. Refunds will be offered for ground beef that is returned.

33 people have taken ill in a seven state-wide outbreak (MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VA, VT).  The initial outbreak began in early June.  It took several weeks to suss out exactly what the source of infection was.  Two of the five reported cases required hospitalization. The strain involved – Salmonella Enteritidis (isn’t it always) can be treated with antibiotics.

The USDA has details here and Cargill has a recall site with information.  None of the affected meat is still available for sale.

Beware The Metal Grill Brush – Grill Brush Injuries Being Investigated This Summer

GAH!  I have a little charcoal grill that’s on my balcony that I love to endanger my whole apartment building by lighting.  I want to grill dammit!  Towering Inferno be damned.  That, apparently, isn’t the only thing I should be worried about.  Federal regulators (!) are looking into a quirky health hazard that sent a Tacoma, WA man to the hospital over the weekend.

Beware The Metal Grill Brush - Grill Brush Injuries Being Investigated This Summer

Grille Brush Injuries Pictured in X-Ray

Adam Wojtanowicz ate a grilled steak, as is any man’s given right, but ended up in surgery after he finished.  You might be thinking bacteria or some hard piece of carbon got caught in his throat.  You’d be wrong.  Wojtanowicz ingested a metal bristle from the wire brush he used to clean his grill.  Ever poke yourself in the finger with a single bristle?  As painful as it gets.  Now imagine that bendy sliver of steel puncturing holes in your digestive system, leaving your intestines and other organs looking like Swiss cheese.  As I said, GAH!!!

Beware The Metal Grill Brush - Grill Brush Injuries Being Investigated This Summer

Sadly Mr. Wojtanowicz (I have to admit all that keeps coming to mind is Stan Wojciehowicz, from Barney Miller) isn’t alone in this quirky injury.  The Consumer Products Safety Commission has identified 17 cases like Wojtanowicz’s since 2007.  That’s a small group, especially given the number of people who singe off their eyebrows or burn down the car port while grilling irresponsibly.

Derrick Williams is the vice president of the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association (count me among the many who had no idea such an organization existed.)

“You know if your brush is old with a lot of gunk on it and grease, you should be careful. You should try to change your brush at least twice a year,” said Williams.

He also suggests a scrub pad or high pressure hose to clean off gunk.  That sounds like sound advice.  Public health authorities haven’t identified any particular brand of brush that’s especially dangerous. The Consumer Products Safety Commission is looking into the phenomenon, after Senator Charles Schumer requested an inquiry in May. A spokesman for the agency said this issue hadn’t even been on their radar before Schumer brought it up.

Use a scrubby people.  While that steel bristle brush does a great job, no one wants a perforated intestine.

Food Recall – Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat Product

Food Recall - Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat ProductBridgeton, New Jersey based Buona Vita, Inc is recalling 324,770 pounds of frozen ground meat product due to possible Listeria contamination, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Saturday.  The USDA considers the health risks related to the recall “high.”

The recall includes ready-to-eat meat and poultry products produced in May, including meatballs, chicken and beef patties, and loaves of chicken and beef, the agency said in a written statement.

According to the Buona Vita website, the company produces 200,000 pounds of meatballs a day.  General Manager Blake Christy responded to the recall.

“There have been no reports of any injury or illness….The company produces a large amount of product, and this recall is a part of a precautionary measure by the company to protect its customers.  We need to go through everything we need to go through as a part of our quality control”

The recall was voluntary and the scope of the recall was to ensure that no possibly tainted product can get to consumers.

“This is our choice,” Christy remarked.

Food Recall - Listeria Risk Prompts Buona Vita To Pull 300,000 Pounds Of Ground Meat ProductThe contamination was discovered through routine testing by the FSIS and the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  There have been no reports of illness related to the company’s products.

Listeria bacteria thrive in low temperatures.  Outbreaks are usually associated with deli meats, unpasteurized cheeses and smoked refrigerated seafood products.  Listeriosis has a long incubation period, with symptoms sometimes not showing up until two months after people consume tainted foods.  Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems.

UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization Report Says Farmed Fish To Exceed Wild Fish In Human Consumption By 2018

UN's Food and Agriculture Organization Report Says Farmed Fish To Exceed Wild Fish In Human Consumption By 2018

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (The FAO) just released a report on Monday that projects aquaculture output to rise 33 percent over the next decade in a bid to meet the world’s growing demand for fish.  World trade of fish for human consumption is expected to expand by as much as 25 percent in the next decade.

UN's Food and Agriculture Organization Report Says Farmed Fish To Exceed Wild Fish In Human Consumption By 2018“Aquaculture will remain one of the fastest-growing animal food-producing sectors,” the report said.  By 2018, farmed fish is expected to exceed captured fish for human consumption for the first time.  The demand for fish has been on a steady increase because of the health benefits, high protein density, and nutrient rich content of fish.

 

The food agency urged countries to effectively manage their fisheries and aquaculture sectors to help ensure the food security for millions of people.  They continued, warning that failing to do so would have serious environmental, economic and social consequences.

“Fisheries and aquaculture are making a vital contribution to global food security and economic growth….However, the sector faces an array of problems, including poor governance, weak fisheries management regimes, conflicts over the use of natural resources, the persistent use of poor fishery and aquaculture practices.  It is further undermined by a failure to incorporate the priorities and rights of small-scale fishing communities and the injustices relating to gender discrimination and child labor.”

 

Do you know where your fish comes from?