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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

September 19, 2018
Belleisle Foods initiates recall of coleslaw because of Listeria risk
A company in Canada is recalling its coleslaw because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Belleisle Foods Ltd. distributed the coleslaw in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, according to the recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). “Consumers should not consume the recalled product,” the notice... Continue Reading
September 18, 2018
Potential poisonous mushroom presence prompts recall
The possible presence of a poisonous mushroom variety has prompted a product recall in two countries. Funghi Porcini Secchi Speciali of the Baresa brand is packaged in 30-gram packs with lot number and the expiration date of AS. 30.03.19. The recalled product was exported from Italy and was distributed to Malta for sale in Lidl... Continue Reading
September 18, 2018
Salmonella test results spur company to recall Malpeque oysters
Future Seafoods Inc. has initiated a recall of its Malpeque oysters after Canadian officials found Salmonella contamination in a test sample. No illnesses have been confirmed in connection with the oysters, according to a recall notice posted Sept. 17 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The recall notice did not specify whether the oysters were... Continue Reading
September 14, 2018
Bob Evans recalls pork sausage links after consumer complaints of plastic bits
Xenia, OH-based Bob Evans Farms Inc. late Thursday recalled more than 23 tons pounds of pork sausage link products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of clear hard plastic, according to the UUSDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). It is a Class II recall because the probability of adverse health consequences... Continue Reading
 

FDA Food Safety

September 18, 2018
Lidl Voluntarily Recalls Bellona Brand Hazelnut Wafers Due to Improperly Declared Wheat Allergen
Lidl US has voluntarily recalled all Bellona brand “Milk Chocolate Flavored Coated Wafer with Hazelnut Crème Filling and White Chocolate Flavor” confections as a precautionary measure because the allergen statement does not include wheat.
September 12, 2018
Bravo Packing, Inc. Recalls Performance Dog Raw Pet Food Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk to Humans and Animals
Bravo Packing, Inc. of Carneys Point, NJ is recalling all Performance Dog products, a frozen raw pet food, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can cause illness in animals eating the products, as well as people who handle contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products, infected animals or any surfaces exposed to these products.
September 12, 2018
Sarap Asian Fusion Recalls Cookies due to Undeclared Allergens
Sarap Asian Fusion of Garden Grove, CA is recalling Asian Fusion Cookies due to undeclared allergens of wheat, milk and soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat or soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
 

USDA News

September 13, 2018
Bob Evans Farms Inc. Recalls Pork Sausage Link Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
September 12, 2018
Roya Foods, LLC Recalls Halal Manti Beef Dumpling Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection
Roya Foods, LLC, a Paterson, N.J., distribution firm, is recalling approximately 438 pounds of raw Halal Manti Beef Dumpling products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection.
September 12, 2018
USDA Offers Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Hurricane Florence
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Florence.