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Kroger Recalls Ice Cream Due to Possible Salmonella
Outbreak Update: Sunland Has Been Shipping Tainted Peanut Butter Since 2009
Publix Issues Voluntary Recall Multiple Cake Products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes


Kroger Recalls Ice Cream Due to Possible Salmonella
The Kroger Company has announced a recall of Boulder Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream (16 fl oz) due to potential contamination with Salmonella, which, if eaten, could result in serious illness.

The recalled product was sold in King Soopers and City Market stores.

The most common symptoms of Salmonella infection are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, which develop within eight to 72 hours of eating or drinking contaminated food. The illness usually lasts for four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. However, salmonellosis can be severe or even life threatening for infants, older people, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Individuals experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.

For more information on Salmonella, visit www.cdc.gov/salmonella.

Visit the Kroger website for more information.

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Outbreak Update: Sunland Has Been Shipping Tainted Peanut Butter Since 2009
Sunland Inc., the peanut butter maker at the heart of a 20-state Salmonella outbreak, has been knowingly shipping peanut butter tainted by Salmonella since 2009, according to newly released reports from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That revelation and a host of others were included in a report made by FDA inspectors after a month-long inspection that ended October 16, 2012.

The report, sent to Sunland President Jimmie D. Shearer, stated Sunland failed to make foods “under conditions and controls necessary to minimize the potential for growth of microorganisms and contamination. Specifically, the report states, “Since 2009, your firm has distributed lots of peanut butter and nut butters that were positive for Salmonella.” The report then lists products that tested positive for Salmonella but were at least partially distributed. Those products include peanut butter that tested positive for: Salmonella Newport on June 10, 2009; Salmonella Dallgow on March 20, 2010; Salmonella Dallgow on February 2, 2011; Salmonella Arapahoe on August 18, 2011; Salmonella Teddington on August 18 and 19, 2011; Salmonella Cerro on August 19, 2011; Salmonella Mbandaka on September 19 and 23, 2011; Salmonella MaaRaalm and Kubacha on September 23, 2011; and Salmonella Bredeney on June 19, and July 14, 2012. There were also positive tests of Salmonella Meleagridis in almond butter on August 23, 2012.

During the inspection, FDA inspectors also found Salmonella in peanut butter that was not detected by Sunland. They noted that equipment was not cleaned after Salmonella was detected, that equipment was not cleaned adequately or maintained properly in general and that there were problems with storage of raw materials and pest control measures.

At least 41 people in 20 states have been sickened by the Sunland peanut butter outbreak. Most of them were children. More than 250 products containing Sunland peanut butter have been recalled including store brands from Target and Trader Joe’s and Smucker’s Uncrustables made for the National School Lunch Program.

Visit the Food Poisoning Bulletin here for the original article.

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Publix Issues Voluntary Recall Multiple Cake Products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 15, 2012 - Out of an abundance of caution, Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for forty-five (45) various cake products due to the fact that they may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. Publix received notification of the contamination from our supplier, Maplehurst.

This recall is for the following bakery products sold from the retail service bakery:
*The last five digits of the scale ID number contain the unit price. For example $4.99 would have the last five digits ending 00499.
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Product was distributed to Publix stores between November 11, 2012 through November 15, 2012 to select Florida counties, including: Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Flagler, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia.

Consumption of products containing Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

“While the product is no longer available on store shelves, we have issued a voluntary recall because of our commitment to food safety and to advise our customers who may still have this product at home,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the 7” chocolate layer cake used to make these desserts. Consumers who have purchased the products in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Customer Care Center at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting our website at www.publix.com. Customers can also contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366).”

For more information, visit the company’s website, www.publix.com.
or the FDA, www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm328362.htm
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