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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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March 20, 2019
Snack mix recall expanded as patient count increases in Salmonella outbreak
More cases of Salmonella infections have been reported in Norway with a link to imported dried fruit and coconut. Salmonella Agbeni has been detected in several samples of the snack mixes. Salmonella Gamaba was also found in two unopened packages from the same lot. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) reported 32 confirmed and seven... Continue Reading
March 20, 2019
Inspection, routine E. coli tests spark recall of beef ground in grocery store
An Illinois grocery store is recalling 54 pounds of ground beef because of test results following routine product sampling by inspectors on March 14, according to a recall notice posted March 19 by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Employees at La Rosita Fresh Market Inc. in Mt. Prospect, IL, ground the beef... Continue Reading
March 19, 2019
Greenyard recalls green beans for jimson weed risk; may close facility
Greenyard Frozen France has recalled frozen green beans because they could contain parts of a poisonous plant commonly known as jimsom weed or jimsonweed. The scientific name of the plant is Datura stramonium and it contains high levels of tropane alkaloids including atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine. It is in the nightshade family of plants. Very... Continue Reading
March 15, 2019
Corned beef recall over contamination with metal pieces in Puerto Rico
Procesadora La Hacienda, Inc., located in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico on Friday recalled approximately 4,940 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) corned beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, namely pieces of metal, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The RTE corned beef items were produced on Feb. 28,... Continue Reading

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March 20, 2019
Kingston Pharma, LLC RECALLS " DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” Because of Possible Health Risk
Kingston Pharma, LLC of Massena, NY is recalling Lot KL180157 of its 2-fluid ounce (59 mL) bottles of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Bacillus cereus/ Bacillus circulans. Bacillus cereus in food products has the potential to produce two forms of gastrointestinal illness, one being a syndrome primarily of vomiting, and the other of diarrhea. Most often, illnesses are mild and self-limiting, although more serious and even lethal cases have occurred. Individuals at risk for more severe forms of illness include infants, young children, and others with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem with the use of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus.
March 15, 2019
Surtidoras Bakery Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Marble Muffin, Banana Muffin, and Blueberry Muffin
Surtidoras Bakery Inc. of Auburn, Washington is recalling Marble Muffin, Banana Muffin, and Blueberry Muffin because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
March 13, 2019
Hometown Food Company Recalls Two Production LOT Codes of Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose 5lb Flour Due to Possible Health Risk
Please be advised the Hometown Food Company initiated a limited, voluntary retail-level recall on two specific lot codes of its Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose 5 lb Flour (UPC 51500-22241) because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Only Best If Used By Dates APR 19 2020 and APR 20 2020 are impacted.


March 19, 2019
La Rosita Fresh Market Inc. Recalls Ground Beef Products due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination
La Rosita Fresh Market Inc., a Mt. Prospect, Ill. retail store, is recalling approximately 54 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
March 15, 2019
Procesadora La Hacienda, Inc. Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
Procesadora La Hacienda, Inc., a San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico establishment, is recalling approximately 4,940 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) corned beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal.
March 14, 2019
USDA Offers Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by "Bomb Cyclone"
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 winter storms in the Central to Northern Plains regions of the U.S.