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Food Poisoning Facts

 

 
  • People get foodborne poisoning when they consume contaminated foods or beverages.
  • About 1 in 6 Americans (approximately 48 million) gets food poisoning each year.
  • About 128,000 Americans are hospitalized due to food poisoning each year.

  • About 3,000 Americans die as a result of food poisoning each year. 

 

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The Iowa Food Safety and Defense Task Force is a group of individuals and organizations interested in food safety and defense.  The Task Force members include federal, state, and local government agencies; commodity groups; food related trade associations; food producers; academia; and others.  The Task Force meets 3 to 4 times per year.  The Task Force also sponsors educational opportunities each year.

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Food Safety News

June 20, 2018
New cases of salmonellosis reported in melon-related outbreak
Ten more people are sick in a Salmonella outbreak that has spread to two more states. Pre-cut melons are implicated, according to public health officials who renewed their public warnings yesterday about the fresh fruit products. The 10 new confirmed cases of Salmonella Adelaide bring the outbreak count to 70 victims across seven states. Out... Continue Reading
June 20, 2018
Canada reports more ill in outbreak traced to frozen chicken
An outbreak in Canada that has been traced to raw, frozen chicken patties is continuing to make people sick, with nine new cases confirmed by federal officials. The new cases brings the number of ill people to 68. At least 15 people have been so sick they were admitted to hospitals, according to an update... Continue Reading
June 17, 2018
Recall in another country triggers seed mix recall in Canada
Canadian officials report that Puresource Inc. is recalling a three-seed sprouting mix, packaged under the Now Real Food brand, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been confirmed in Canada in relation to the “Zesty Sprouting Mix,” according to the recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).  “This recall... Continue Reading
June 15, 2018
Dairy recalls raw milk for E. coli; best-by dates through June 21
Anyone who has raw goat milk on hand from St. John Creamery should not consume it because samples have tested positive for E. coli, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal illnesses. The Monroe, WA, based creamery issued the recall Thursday. The recalled raw milk has best-by dates between June 17 and June 21. The dairy... Continue Reading
 

FDA Food Safety

June 19, 2018
Golden Star Wholesale Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Dried Apricots Sour
Golden Star Wholesale of Troy, MI 48084 is recalling, AL Reef Dried Apricots Sour, because it may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.
June 16, 2018
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Vegetable Trays in a Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Illnesses in Select Retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, Because of Possible Health Risk
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. ("Del Monte Fresh") announced today, the voluntary recall of a limited quantity of 6 oz., 12 oz. and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip sold to select retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Del Monte was notified by state agencies of the outbreak and its potential involvement.
June 14, 2018
Kellogg Company Voluntarily Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal Due to Possible Health Risk
Kellogg Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal (with code dates listed below) because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall.
 

USDA News

June 14, 2018
Winter Sausage Manufacturing Co. Recalls Poultry and Meat Products due to Misbranding
Winter Sausage Manufacturing Co, an Eastpointe, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 28,346 pounds of poultry, pork, and beef products due to misbranding.
June 13, 2018
Venda Ravioli, Inc. Recalls Meat and Poultry Pasta Products Produced without Benefit of Inspection
Venda Ravioli, Inc., a Providence, R.I. establishment, is recalling approximately 738 pounds of frozen meat ravioli products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection while the establishment was under suspension.
June 13, 2018
HF Food Distributors Recalls Pork Products Produced without Benefit of Inspection
HF Food Distributors, a Orocovis, Puerto Rico establishment, is recalling approximately 142 pounds of sliced cooked ham products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection.