Salmonella Spares Nation's Critical Supply Of Do-Si-Dos

Salmonella Spares Nation's Critical Supply Of Do-Si-Dos

Fear not, cookie monsters, the Girl Scouts say their eponymous wares are not affected by the salmonella-infected peanut butter responsible for at least 453 illnesses and 5 deaths. [Press Release] (Photo: tracyhunter)

453 Illnesses, 5 Deaths Connected To Tainted Peanut Butter

453 Illnesses, 5 Deaths Connected To Tainted Peanut Butter

The peanut butter recalls just keep on coming — as an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened 453 people and contributed to 5 deaths in 43 states continues.

http://consumerist.com/2008/09/30/theres-a-pretty-nasty-e/

There’s a pretty nasty e. coli outbreak going on in Michigan and Illinois — apparently “industrial” sized bags of lettuce from a Michigan company called “Aunt Mids” have been contaminated. Among those affected were students at Michigan State and the University of Michigan and some inmates at Lenawee County Jail. [Michigan Department Of Community Health & Progressive Grocer] (Thanks, Alex!)

Did China Cover Up The Melamine Milk Scandal Because Of The Olympics?

Did China Cover Up The Melamine Milk Scandal Because Of The Olympics?

The New York Times says that China’s state-controlled media has admitted that “one of China’s biggest dairy producers received consumer complaints about its baby milk formula as early as December 2007 — much earlier than previously thought and nine months before the producer ordered a nationwide recall because of concerns that the formula had been adulterated with a toxic industrial chemical.”

Melamine Tainted Dairy Products Sicken 53,000 Children, Nearly 13,000 Hospitalized

Melamine Tainted Dairy Products Sicken 53,000 Children, Nearly 13,000 Hospitalized

China’s chief quality supervisor was replaced today as the total number of children sickened from dairy products tainted with melamine (the same substance that was found in contaminated pet food last year) grew to 53,000. Nearly 13,000 children have been hospitalized and 4 have died. Products manufactured by 22 companies were found to contain melamine, says Bloomberg.

10,000 Babies May Have Consumed Poison Milk

10,000 Babies May Have Consumed Poison Milk

Remember melamine, last year’s pet-killing poison? It’s back with a vengeance, and this year it wants Chinese babies. As many as 10,000 may have consumed melamine-laced milk powder, according to authorities. Even worse, a New Zealand company detected the poison weeks ago but couldn’t convince local officials to issue a recall. Only after New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark demanded action did the Chinese recall the death milk.

E. Coli: FDA Will Allow Spinach, Lettuce To Be Irradiated

E. Coli: FDA Will Allow Spinach, Lettuce To Be Irradiated

For the first time ever, the FDA is going to allow manufacturers to irradiate produce at levels that can kill bacteria that causes food-borne illness, says the New York Times. The produce in question, spinach and iceberg lettuce, have, in recent years, been linked to widespread outbreaks of serious illnesses.

Whole Foods Recalls Previously Recalled Meat. What?

Whole Foods Recalls Previously Recalled Meat. What?

Whole Foods apparently never got that June memo to chuck Nebraska Beef contaminated with E. coli. The posh-man’s bodega announced yesterday that they are recalling the previously-recalled beef, which Whole Foods sold between June 2 and August 6. The contaminated beef has popped up in 24 states and sickened 49 people. Noted food safety litigator Bill Marler shows us that being a lawyer can be fun by posing six amusingly litigious questions for Whole Foods…

Aquadots, The Infamous "GHB-Laced Toys," Are Back With A New Name, "Pixos"!

Aquadots, The Infamous "GHB-Laced Toys," Are Back With A New Name, "Pixos"!

Reader Maya noticed that those GHB-laced toys (distributed in North America by Spin Master) that were recalled last year are back, and they’ve got a brand new name. Pixos!

So, We're Probably Never Going To Know Where The Salmonella Came From

So, We're Probably Never Going To Know Where The Salmonella Came From

The FDA still has no real idea where those salmonella tomatoes came from. They suspect both Mexico and Florida, but as you may have noticed: Florida and Mexico are kind of big. And there’s no real evidence aside from a guess by the FDA based on the “time frame” of the outbreak matching up with the harvest in those locations.

Salmonella Outbreak: Which Tomatoes Are Safe?

Salmonella Outbreak: Which Tomatoes Are Safe?

McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Burger King, Outback Steakhouse and Taco Bell have all pulled their fresh tomatoes after 145 people have become ill with salmonellosis, including 23 hospitalizations. The illnesses have been linked to certain types of tomatoes, but not all tomatoes, so here’s a helpful cheat sheet that will keep you salmonella-free:

Recall: 286,000 lbs of Meat Used In Sandwich Wraps Contaminated With Listeria

Recall: 286,000 lbs of Meat Used In Sandwich Wraps Contaminated With Listeria

Gourmet Boutique, of Queens, NY is recalling 286,000 lbs of possibly contaminated meat used in sandwich wraps and other ready-to-eat products, says the USDA. This is the second recall of this type for the company. In March they recalled 7,000 lbs of meat for possible listeria contamination.

Spinach Facilities Are Unsafe, Disgusting And The FDA Doesn't Care

Spinach Facilities Are Unsafe, Disgusting And The FDA Doesn't Care

If you like spinach you might not want to read a new report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform called “FDA and Fresh Spinach Safety.”

There's Salmonella In The Cantaloupes!

There's Salmonella In The Cantaloupes!

The FDA is detaining shipments of “cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, because, based on current information, fruit from this company appears to be associated with a Salmonella Litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.”

Reebok To Pay $1 Million Fine After Lead Poisoning Death

Reebok To Pay $1 Million Fine After Lead Poisoning Death

Two years ago athletic shoe giant Reebok announced a recall of 300,000 lead tainted charm bracelets that were given away as free gifts with the purchase of children’s footwear.

Don't Eat The Botulism Tainted Asiago Cheese Dip, Please

Don't Eat The Botulism Tainted Asiago Cheese Dip, Please

There are some jars of Olivier brand Parmesan & Asiago Dip with Garlic & Basil floating around that are possibly tainted with botulism, so you’ll want to check your cupboards.

CPSC Boss: Toys "Are Safer Than They Have Ever Been"

CPSC Boss: Toys "Are Safer Than They Have Ever Been"

Consumer Reports takes issue with some of the statements CPSC chairperson Nancy Nord said in a recent speech:

http://consumerist.com/2007/12/29/texas-14800-pounds-of/

Texas: 14,800 pounds of stolen ground beef may be contaminated with E. coli, says the USDA. So, uh, just for now, don’t buy any ground beef from the back of a truck. [Reuters]