FDA Investigates Outbreak of Hepatitis A Illnesses Linked to Frozen Strawberries
November 3, 2016- FDA:
The five consignees who received recalled frozen strawberry products from ICAPP are:
- C.H. Belt of Lake Forest, Ca. (sold under CH World Brand)
- Jetro/Restaurant Depot of College Point, N.Y. (sold under James Farm brand and unbranded “Bits & Pieces”)
- Sysco Corporation of Houston, Tex. (sold under Sysco brand)
Reddy Raw of Woodridge, N.J. (sold under Regal brand).
Recalled product lists
FDA Investigates Outbreak of Hepatitis A Illnesses Linked to Frozen Strawberries
October 20, 2016 from the FDA:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses linked to frozen strawberries in smoothies served at Tropical Smoothie Café locations.
The FDA, CDC and state and local officials are investigating hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections linked to frozen strawberries in smoothies served in Tropical Smoothie Cafe restaurant locations.
As of October 20, 2016, CDC reports 134 people with hepatitis A linked to this outbreak have been reported from 9 states (AR, CA, MD, NC, NY, OR, VA, WI and WV).
Nearly all ill people interviewed report eating smoothies containing strawberries at Tropical Smoothie locations in a limited geographic area. Preliminary traceback information indicates that the frozen strawberries served in these Tropical Smoothie Café locations were imported from Egypt. Tropical Smoothie Café has stopped using these strawberries nationwide.
If you think you’ve gotten sick from eating a smoothie containing strawberries from a Tropical Smoothie Café, contact your health care provider. At this time, we do not have information to suggest that there is an ongoing risk of hepatitis A virus infection at Tropical Smoothie Cafes. Illnesses are largely limited to Virginia and neighboring states.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local officials are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses linked to frozen strawberries in smoothies served at Tropical Smoothie Café locations.
As of October 20, 2016, CDC reports 134 people with hepatitis A linked to this outbreak have been reported from 9 states (AR, CA, MD, NC, NY, OR, VA, WI and WV). Among people with available information, 52 people have been hospitalized. Nearly all ill people reported drinking a smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Café in the month before illness started. Of the 54 ill people who were interviewed about the type of smoothie, all reported eating a smoothie containing strawberries. These ill people purchased smoothies at cafés located in a limited geographical area, including Virginia and neighboring states. The ill person in Oregon had purchased smoothies containing strawberries from a Tropical Smoothie Café location in Virginia while traveling.
The FDA’s preliminary traceback investigation indicates that the strawberries served in Tropical Smoothie Café locations where ill people reported drinking smoothies were imported from Egypt. Tropical Smoothie Café reported that they stopped using Egyptian frozen strawberries in their locations in Virginia and neighboring states by August 8, 2016. Additionally, on August 19, 2016, the firm reported that they removed Egyptian frozen strawberries from all cafes nationwide.
The FDA’s investigation into the source and distribution of the strawberries is ongoing; and the agency has been in touch with the Egyptian International Health Regulations National Focal Point to discuss the investigation. FDA is working to identify other parts of the relevant supply chain and will take appropriate action as necessary. However, FDA is prohibited by law in most situations from releasing publicly certain confidential commercial information about supply chains.The FDA has initiated increased surveillance of imported strawberries and will provide more information as it becomes available.
November 1, 2016 From "FoodSafetyNews:
"The statement from the Egyptian producer/exporter suggested only one distributor is involved in the U.S."
"In an abundance of caution, Sysco immediately halted shipments and placed all frozen strawberries with a Country of Origin of Egypt on hold on Aug. 19, as soon as questions were raised regarding its quality,” the spokesman for Houston-based Sysco said Monday."
Voluntary Recall of Potentially Contaminated Cucumbers
November 8, 2016: The FoodSafetyNews:
“Prime Time Produce has issued a voluntary product recall for certain lots of cucumbers, delivered to multiple locations in Bakersfield, due to potential salmonella contamination."
"Thousands of public school students, as well as hospital patients, may have been served fresh cucumbers that are under recall because of potential Salmonella contamination."
Ed. note: This is the first notice of a recall that is likely to grow. BJ's is one of the places that received these infected cucumbers.
Aspen Hills Recalls Cookie Dough Sold to Other Firms
October 11, 2016: The FoodManufacturing.com:
Aspen Hills, Iowa is recalling cookie dough that it sold to Blue Bell Creameries and other food companies because it may be contaminated with listeria. "Aspen Hills' cookie dough was implicated in last month's Blue Bell recall because the Texas-based ice cream-maker said its tests confirmed the presence of listeria in the product." "The recall includes 22,000 cases of cookie dough made between July 15 and September 30."
Kosher Alert Supremo Italiano Mozzarella Cheese
October 7, 2016 from the OU:
Supremo Italiano Mozzarella Cheese, Restaurant Depot, Jetro, College Point NY: The Orthodox Union does not certify Supremo Italiano Mozzarella cheese. Some boxes were printed with an unauthorized OU mark. Corrective actions are being implemented.
Kosher Alert - Fake kosher certificate for Muzzel Services SDN BHD Malaysia
September 29, 2016 from the OM Kosher Twitter Feed and confirmed by the OU:
This is a fake certificate listing oil products from Muzzel Services SDN BHD Malaysia
Limited Number of Canned Vegetable Products, Primarily Non-Retail, Recalled for Possible Shellfish Allergen Risk
September 23, 2016 from the FDA:
Sager Creek Foods, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA, a subsidiary of Del Monte Foods, Inc., announced a recall of approximately 15,000 shipped cases of FIELD PEAS WITH SNAPS and GREEN BEAN PRODUCTS, primarily non-retail, which may have the potential for trace amounts of shellfish contamination. A customer alerted Sager Creek to the incident.
Of the 15,000 cases being recalled, 14,761 (98.5 percent) were distributed to foodservice customers. The product was shipped to 22 states: (AL, AR, CO, IL, MD, MO, MS, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, OK, PA, NC, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV).
The products are sold in 106 ounce metal cans with Best By Dates of JUN 01 19 printed on the top and contain the following UPC codes and product names:
|0 34700 01224 4 ||Allens Cut Green Beans |
|0 34700 01224 7 ||Allens Cracker Barrel Label |
|0 74865 12172 9 ||Reliance BL Cut Green Beans |
|7 58108 01041 3 ||Monarch SWD Cut Green Beans |
|7 58108 01048 2 ||Monarch Mixed Cut Green Beans |
|8 06795 04718 9 ||Silver Source SH/C Green Beans |
|0 74865 02895 9 ||Reliance MX/SH Cut Green Beans |
|0 34700 63214 8 ||Allens Field Peas with Snaps |
If customers or consumers have any of the listed products with the indicated UPC codes and Best By dates, they should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-543-3090, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time or by logging onto www.delmontefoods.com.
Kashrus alert on Oleofats Inc. Coconut Oil
September 14 2016 - from the Star-K:
Effective immediately, coconut oil manufactured by Oleofats, Inc., of Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, is no longer certified by STAR-K due to Kashrus violations.
Corrective action is being taken. For more information, contact STAR-K at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-484-4110.
Kashrus alert on Identic Sugar Products
September 13 2016 - from the MK:
Please be advised that the following products from Identic bear an unauthorized MK symbol:
Corrective action has been taken.
- CINNAMON PEARL SUGAR
- LEMON PEARL SUGAR
- CARAMEL PEARL SUGAR
- ORANGE PEARL SUGAR
- STRAWBERRY PEARL SUGAR
- ORANGE ICING SUGAR
- RASPBERRY PEARL SUGAR
- PINK ICING SUGAR
- MINT PEARL SUGAR
- YELLOW ICING SUGAR
Kashrus alert for sugar products from Edosa, Texas USA
July 13, 2016: From the KSA:
Please be aware that the KSA is not certifying any sugar products from Edosa USA.
Fraudulent LOC is here
Fresh sprouts from Denver linked to 9-state outbreak
August 5, 2016 - From the FoodSafetyNews:
At least 30 people across nine states have fallen ill in an outbreak of Salmonella infections traced to “Living Alfalfa Sprouts” supplied by Sprouts Extraordinaire of Denver.
A number of the victims reported eating fresh sprouts at several different restaurants before becoming ill, according to the Friday afternoon outbreak announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 30 confirmed victims are infected with strains of Salmonella Reading or Salmonella Abony. Traceback investigation as of Friday showed several victims had eaten fresh sprouts on sandwiches from restaurants supplied by the Sprouts Extraordinaire company.
The recalled alfalfa sprouts were sold in 5-pound boxes and labeled “Living Alfalfa Sprouts,” according to the CDC.
Illnesses onset dates for the outbreak victims range from May 21 to July 20. Illnesses that occurred after July 12 might not yet be reported because of the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is confirmed and reported by local and state officials. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks.