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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

July 18, 2018
Hy-Vee pulls pasta salad after reports of 20 illnesses in 4 states
UPDATED — The CDC posted an alert at 11:30 a.m. EDT July 18 warning consumers to not eat recalled Hy-Vee salad associated with a Salmonella outbreak. The agency reports 21 people across five states are confirmed infected with the outbreak strain. Five people have been hospitalized. Also, the FDA posted an alert on social media at... Continue Reading
July 18, 2018
Poke kits recalled from Aldi because of temperature violations
AnnaSea Wasabi Ahi Poke Hawaiian Poke Kits and Limu Ahi Poke Hawaiian Poke Kits are being recalled from some Aldi stores in North Carolina, Ohio, Maryland and Virginia because they were stored at incorrect temperatures. The poke kits are required to be held at freezing temperatures to ensure safety, however, the Aldi stores displayed and sold the products from their cooler sections. Because they... Continue Reading
July 18, 2018
Stefano’s recalls 12 tons of calzone after consumer is injured
Consumer complaints about an injury from sharp, clear plastic in Stefano’s brand calzone have sparked a recall. Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp., doing business as Stefano Foods in Charlotte, NC, is recalling 24,048 pounds of pepperoni five cheese calzones that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of hard, sharp, clear plastic, according to the... Continue Reading
July 18, 2018
Beautiful Pig products recalled for lack of required inspections
The Beautiful Pig Inc. in Longview, WA, has recalled an undetermined amount of more than 20 different ready-to-eat and raw pork and beef products because they were produced, packed and distributed without the benefit of inspection. The products were also under U.S. retention when shipped without approval, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food... Continue Reading
 

FDA Food Safety

July 17, 2018
Hy-Vee Voluntarily Recalls Spring Pasta Salad Due to Reported Illnesses
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (July 17, 2018) — Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling its Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad due to the potential that it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The potential for contamination was brought to Hy-Vee’s attention last night when approximately 20 illnesses in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa were potentially linked back to customers consuming the salad. The voluntary recall includes Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads in both 1 pound (16 oz.) and 3 pound (48 oz.) containers produced between June 1, 2018, and July 13, 2018, and available from the deli service case.
July 16, 2018
The PictSweet Company Recalls 12 Ounce Steam’ables Baby Brussel Sprouts for Undeclared Milk and Soy Allergens
Bells, TN – The Pictsweet Company has recalled 960 cases of Pictsweet Farms 12-ounce Steam’ables Baby Brussels Sprouts because they may contain undeclared milk and soy allergens. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or soy may run the risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume this product.
July 16, 2018
ALDI Voluntarily Recalls AnnaSea Wasabi Ahi Poke Hawaiian Poke Kits and Limu Ahi Poke Hawaiian Poke Kits Due to Storage at Incorrect Temperature in Area Store
Batavia, Ill. Uuly 14, 2018) -ALDI has voluntarily recalled AnnaSea Wasabi Ahi Poke Hawaiian Poke Kits and Limu Ahi Poke Hawaiian Poke Kits sold at one retail store location in North Carolina. While the products are required to remain at frozen temperatures to ensure safety, this store location displayed and sold the products from the cooler section. Because storing the products at temperatures above freezing prior to consumption can render the products unsafe for consumption, ALDI is recalling these items.
 

USDA News

July 17, 2018
Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. Recalls Pepperoni Five Cheese Calzone Products Due to Possible Extraneous Material Contamination
Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp., doing business as Stefano Foods., a Charlotte, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 24,048 pounds of pepperoni five cheese calzones that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of hard, sharp, clear plastic.
July 16, 2018
New Seasons Market Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sesame Noodle Chicken Salad Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
New Seasons Market, a Portland, Ore. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat sesame noodle chicken salad products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
July 14, 2018
The Beautiful Pig, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat And Raw Pork And Beef Products Produced Without The Benefit Of Inspection And Shipped Under U.S. Retention
The Beautiful Pig, Inc., a Longview, Wash. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat and raw pork and beef products because the products were produced, packed and distributed without the benefit of inspection and were also under U.S. retention when shipped without approval.