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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.


Food Safety News

May 26, 2017
Instant coffee ‘aphrodisiac’ recalled by Caverflo; death reported
An instant coffee marketed as a “natural herbal” aphrodisiac is under recall nationwide after the report of one death and a finding by the FDA that it contains prescription drugs for treatment of erectile dysfunction. Caverflo.com posted the recall of 25-gram packets of “Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee” Thursday with the Food and Drug Administration. “FDA... Continue Reading
May 26, 2017
Golden Gourmet recalls frozen turkey patties with waffles
Georgia’s Golden Gourmet, located in Americus, GA,  Thursday recalled 5,200 pounds of frozen entree products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The frozen waffles with turkey sausage patty items were produced and packaged on Dec. 21, 28, 29 and 30, 2016. The... Continue Reading
May 26, 2017
Kroger recalls Simple Truth macadamia nuts for Listeria risk
The Kroger Co. is recalling Simple Truth brand macadamia nuts from various retailers in three states because they may contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall notice posted on Kroger’s website had few details. It does not name the nut grower or packer and does not indicate how the potential contamination was discovered. The product has... Continue Reading
May 25, 2017
Correctional Industries recalls more food because of bad water
An unknown quantity of a wide variety of processed foods ranging from vegan PB&J sandwiches to Halal bologna tray lunches that were distributed to unnamed “external customers” is being recalled by the Washington State Department of Corrections because it was made with contaminated water. The recall, posted May 24 on the Food and Drug Administration’s... Continue Reading
 

FDA Recalls

May 26, 2017
Astrazeneca Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of Brilinta 90 mg Professional Sample Bottles Due to Report of Another Medicine in One Bottle From That Lot
AstraZeneca today announced that the Company is notifying physicians and consumers that it is voluntarily recalling one lot of professional (physician) sample bottles containing eight tablets of BRILINTA (ticagrelor) 90mg tablets as a precautionary measure. This voluntary recall follows a report that a professional sample bottle containing eight tablets of BRILINTA 90mg also contained another medicine called ZURAMPIC (lesinurad) 200 mg tablets which is also manufactured by AstraZeneca.
May 26, 2017
Recall on Fewer Than 225 Ava's Brand Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted 8 oz. Tubs in NJ, NY, PA and CT
Hampton Farms is voluntarily recalling Ava's brand Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted 8 oz. tubs distributed in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. We have been notified by our cashew supplier that the cashews used have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No confirmed illnesses have been reported to public health authorities to date.
May 25, 2017
Caverflo.com Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee due to the Presence of Undeclared Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Undeclared Milk
Caverflo.com is voluntarily recalling all lots of Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee, 25 grams to the consumer level. FDA laboratory analysis confirmed the presence of Sildenafil and Tadalafil which are the active ingredients in two FDA-approved prescription drugs used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). Caverflo.com has received a report of an individual death after use of the coffee. Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee may also contain undeclared milk.
 

USDA

May 25, 2017
Golden Gourmet Recalls Frozen Waffle and Turkey Sausage Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
Golden Gourmet, an Americus, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,248 pounds of frozen entree products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.
May 25, 2017
USDA Encourages the Use of Food Thermometers to be Food Safe this Summer
Summer is a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques and plenty of outdoor activities with food as the centerpiece. But before those steaks and burgers go on the grill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to remind consumers to keep their family and themselves safe from foodborne illness by using a food thermometer to ensure meat and poultry is cooked to the correct internal temperature.
May 24, 2017
Armour Eckrich Meats, LLC Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
Armour Eckrich Meats, LLC, a Junction City, Kan. establishment, is recalling approximately 90,978 pounds of ready-to-eat sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal.

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