A Smorgasbord of Foods Recalled for Listeria

In the latest of food recalls due to potential contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, a New Jersey food company is recalling more than a ton of frozen meatballs packaged under the Sam’s Club brand “Member’s Mark” because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Rich Food Products of Vineland, NJ shipped the ready-to-eat […]

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Three Kitchen Items to Help Keep You Food Safe

As we start a new year and look ahead to spring cleaning, there are three kitchen items that can help keep you and your family food-safe. 1. A digital thermometer. A tip-sensitive digital thermometer will make checking the internal temperature of meat, soups, and casseroles accurate and easy.  These days, food thermometers aren’t just for […]

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The Record on Sprouts and Illness

The Illinois-Wisconsin region continues as the center of a Salmonella montevideo outbreak likely caused by raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants. According to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eight residents of three states —Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota — have been infected with Salmonella montevideo. There have not been any deaths or hospitalizations […]

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Possible link to Salmonella and sprouts

At least two cases of illness in Wisconsin have been linked to a possible outbreak of disease from Salmonella. The investigation is tied to the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain and specifically to sprouted seeds (sprouts) served by the restaurant.  As a result, on Saturday (January 20, 2018), Jimmy John’s pulled sprouts from the menu at […]

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Dozens of Brands of Ice Cream Bars Recalled for Listeria

A Listeria-related ice cream bar recall that started January 5, 2018 with less than 400 cases of frozen treats now includes additional flavors and brands, totaling close to 29,000 cases of ice cream bars sent to more than 35 retail chains across the country. No illnesses have been confirmed in connection with the ice cream […]

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Source of E. coli Outbreak Remains a Mystery (Romaine Lettuce OK to Consume)

Canadian officials have declared an illness outbreak linked to romaine lettuce over, and, while U.S. officials are continuing to investigate the deadly foodborne illness outbreak that they believe is linked to leafy greens, officials acknowledge that there is little remaining danger from this outbreak and consumers no longer need to avoid leafy greens (including romaine […]

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Expanded Recall: Ice Cream Bars and Biscuits (frozen, bagged)

Risk of illness is back in the news with an expanded, nationwide recall of ice cream bars and another recall of frozen buttermilk biscuits.  IIn addition a recall announced earlier this week of 12-count containers of orange cream bars, Fieldbrook Foods Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of all chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars […]

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Is refined coconut oil a healthy choice?

There’s been almost an explosion of products available in the grocery store containing coconut oil and other coconut by-products. Is coconut oil a healthy choice? Coconut oil is a plant-based fat that is about 90% saturated, higher than butter or the fat associated with meats, and much higher than other plant-based fats such as olive […]

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Orange Cream Bar Recall due to Listeria

Orange Cream bars sold under the Meijer/Purple Cow label are being recalled due to the possibility of product contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream bars are being recalled in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Tops brand Orange Cream bars sold in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Vermont are under the […]

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Instant Pot isn’t safe for canning

As a reminder, in early November 2017, I posted an article about electric multi-cookers, the most popular of which is the Instant Pot.  I was at several holiday parties where individuals had received this appliance as a holiday gift.  Are these electric multi-cookers safe for canning? Unfortunately, the answer is ‘No.’ These units have not been […]

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