Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services HEALTH AND SAFETY http://health.mo.gov/information/news/rss.xml Official news releases issued by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. en-us <![CDATA[ Good Earth Egg Company Follow Up Testing Showed no Salmonella]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) recently conducted follow up testing at the Good Earth Egg Company processing facility in Bonne Terre, Mo., that was negative for Salmonella bacteria.  The facility is now able to reopen after being ordered to close on December 18th until remediation efforts and re-sampling could be completed.

The facility underwent cleaning and remediation efforts over the past weekend, and DHSS staff returned early this week to take new samples at the facility. Those samples were then tested at the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory and came back negative for Salmonella bacteria.

However, DHSS urges individuals that may have already purchased eggs from the Good Earth Egg Company to fully cook their eggs to 165 degrees, avoid cross contamination of raw eggs with ready to eat foods and wash their hands after handling eggs. Alternatively, consumers may choose to throw away any older products from Good Earth Egg Company.

Symptoms of salmonellosis (illness caused by Salmonella bacteria) include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and/or stomach cramps.  Salmonellosis usually develops within six to 72 hours after a consumer's exposure to Salmonella bacteria and generally lasts three to seven days.  Salmonella bacteria can be transmitted from person to person.  Some individuals who are infected may have no symptoms at all but may still transmit the Salmonella bacteria to others.  The spread of Salmonella from person to person may be avoided by careful hand washing with soap and water, particularly after using the restroom.

Consumers who may experience the symptoms described above should consult a health care provider and discuss the possibility of Salmonella infection, or other causes of such symptoms.  If salmonellosis is diagnosed, the local health department should be contacted to report the condition.

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Wed, 23 Dec 2015 16:31:51 CST
<![CDATA[ Salmonella Discovered at Good Earth Egg Company]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has recently conducted testing at the Good Earth Egg Company processing facility in Bonne Terre, Mo., and received sample results that indicated the presence of Salmonella bacteria at the facility.  The facility has been ordered to remain closed until remediation efforts and re-sampling of the facility occurs.

DHSS urges individuals that may consume eggs from the Good Earth Egg Company to fully cook their eggs to 165 degrees, avoid cross contamination of raw eggs with ready to eat foods and wash their hands after handling eggs. Alternatively, consumers may choose to throw away any products from Good Earth Egg Company.

Symptoms of salmonellosis (illness caused by Salmonella bacteria) include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and/or stomach cramps.  Salmonellosis usually develops within six to 72 hours after a consumer's exposure to Salmonella bacteria and generally lasts three to seven days.  Salmonella bacteria can be transmitted from person to person.  Some individuals who are infected may have no symptoms at all but may still transmit the Salmonella bacteria to others.  The spread of Salmonella from person to person may be avoided by careful hand washing with soap and water, particularly after using the restroom.

Consumers who may experience the symptoms described above should consult a health care provider and discuss the possibility of Salmonella infection, or other causes of such symptoms.  If salmonellosis is diagnosed, the local health department should be contacted to report the condition.

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:08:14 CST
<![CDATA[ New Star Foods Press Release Recall of Organic Girl Baby Spinach for Cadmium]]>Limited Precautionary Recall of 5 oz organicgirl Baby Spinach Announced

For Immediate Release
Consumer Hotline:  (866) 486-4939
Information Contact: (831) 758-7810

September 10, 2015 Salinas, California - organicgirl Produce is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of 5 oz. organicgirl Baby Spinach with a Use-by Date of September 13 and Product Code B030298-001B08S due to test results indicating the presence of trace levels of the naturally-occurring element Cadmium. The recall includes 1,290 cases distributed primarily to Western and Midwestern states. No other organicgirl Baby Spinach products or other organicgirl salads are included in the recall.

No illnesses are reported in association with this recall.

Because it is naturally-occurring in the earth's soil, trace levels of cadmium are found in many foods as well as in the water and air.  There is no minimum health tolerance for Cadmium in crops or soil in the U.S. at this time and the probability of acute health consequences from consumption of Cadmium is remote.  organicgirl Produce is coordinating closely with regulators.

This Class II recall action is being taken out of an abundance of caution due to an isolated instance in which a single package of 5 oz. organicgirl Spinach tested randomly by the California Department of Public Health demonstrated the presence of trace levels of Cadmium.  A Class II recall is one in which any health risk is perceived to be non-life-threatening with any potential health effects being temporary or reversible.

The precautionary recall is being conducted to reach retailers and consumers to notify them that according to the California Department of Public Health, the recalled product should not be consumed.  

Consumers 

Consumers are being asked to check their refrigerators for a 5 oz. package of organicgirl Baby Spinach with a Use-by Date of September 13 and Product Code of B030298-001B08S. If found, it should be discarded. organicgirl will gladly replace it.  Consumers with questions may call the organicgirl consumer hotline at 866-486-4939, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.

Retailers

Retailers are asked to check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the recalled product is present or available for purchase. organicgirl Produce customer service representatives have already contacted retailers who received product subject to this recall. 

Distribution

The recalled product was distributed to a total of 13 states including Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

 

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Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:15:07 CST
<![CDATA[ Brown Packing Recalls Veal Products Due To Possible E. Coli Contamination]]>http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2015/recall-104-2015-release

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:10:52 CST
<![CDATA[ Osamu Corporation Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Yellow Fin Tuna Chunk Meat Due to Possible Health Risk]]>http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm455622.htm

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:10:59 CST
<![CDATA[ Barrel O' Fun Snack Foods Co. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk In Vic's Original Popcorn (1-1/8oz)]]>http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm455468.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:29:14 CST
<![CDATA[ Missouri to expand current newborn screening network with Sunday pickup and eight new sites]]>With additional collection sites and Sunday pickup service, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is strengthening its newborn screening program. DHSS recently added eight more hospitals to its system of 46 hospital pickup sites throughout the state. The department also added a Sunday pickup service for all birthing hospitals that are currently receiving state courier service.

This new pick up day will be in addition to the current Monday through Friday pickup schedule.  By implementing this additional pickup day, the newborn screening samples collected over the weekend will arrive at the state lab one day earlier, helping to expedite their testing.

Prompt newborn screening sample transit times can be life-saving for newborn babies.  The Missouri State Public Health Laboratory (MSPHL) screens for several disorders which need rapid detection and intervention to prevent serious health complications.

Newborns in Missouri are screened for over 65 conditions to help ensure health problems are identified soon after birth. If a baby has a high risk result after the screening is conducted, their doctor is contacted as soon as possible.

To find out more about the newborn screening program in Missouri online go to: http://health.mo.gov/living/families/genetics/newbornscreening/index.php

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:10:48 CST
<![CDATA[ It Takes A Village Foods LLC dba Veggie Evolution Issues An Allergy Alert On Undeclared Soy In Veggie Evolution Kale Crisps Zen Nori]]>http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2015/recall-101-2015-release

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:10:07 CST
<![CDATA[ Aspen Foods Recalls Frozen, Raw, Stuffed & Breaded Chicken Products Due to Possible Salmonella Enteritidis Contamination]]>http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2015/recall-101-2015-release

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:07:52 CST
<![CDATA[ D&D Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Wheat in Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of 3-pound containers of Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad because they were incorrectly labeled and may contain undeclared milk and wheat (gluten).

The mislabeled 3-pound Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad product was distributed by D&D Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hy-Vee, Inc., to all of Hy-Vee's 236 grocery stores located in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The affected product is typically sold in stores' ready-to-eat refrigerated cases near the delicatessen. It is packaged in a frosted clear plastic tub with a black plastic lid. The recalled product is labeled as "Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad" on the lid but "Hy-Vee Dijon Mustard Potato Salad" on the tub. The product is actually Hy-Vee American Macaroni Salad containing milk and wheat (gluten) ingredients, which are not declared on the tub. The recalled product has a best if used date of "7/31/2015" and a production lot code of "15177D" located on the side of the frosted clear tub. Only one product size and lot are affected by this recall.

Click here for the full recall.

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:02:07 CST
<![CDATA[ Barber Foods Recalls Kiev Stuffed Chicken Due to Salmonella Enteritidis]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of approximately 1,707,494 pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis.

The chicken products were produced between February 17, 2015 and May 20, 2015. On July 2, 2015, Barber Foods recalled approximately 58,320 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed chicken items produced on January 29, 2015; February 20, 2015; and April 23, 2015.

The following product is subject to recall:

  • 2-lb. 4-oz. cardboard box containing 6 individually pouched pieces of "BARBER FOODS PREMIUM ENTREES BREADED-BONELESS RAW STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH RIB MEAT KIEV" with use by/sell by date of April 28, 2016, May 20, 2016 and July 21, 2016 and Lot Code number #0950292102, #0950512101, or #0951132202.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "P-276" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide and Canada.

Some products may be in consumers' freezers. Although the products subject to recall may appear to be cooked, these products are in fact uncooked (raw) and should be handled carefully to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen. Particular attention needs to be paid to safely prepare and cook these raw poultry products to a temperature of 165° F checking at the center, the thickest part and the surface of the product. These frozen, raw, stuffed chicken products were labeled with instructions identifying that the product was raw and included cooking instructions for preparation. Some case-patients reported following the cooking instructions on the label and using a food thermometer to confirm that the recommended temperature was achieved. Therefore, FSIS advises all consumers to treat these products like a raw chicken product. Hands and any surfaces, including surfaces that may have breading dislodged from the products, should be cleaned after contact with these raw products. Also, keep raw poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use one cutting board for raw poultry and a separate one for fresh produce and cooked foods.

Click here for the full recall.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:52:49 CST
<![CDATA[ Barber Foods Recalls Kiev Stuffed Chicken Due to Salmonella Enteritidis]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of 58,320 pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken product that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis.

The Chicken Kiev item was produced on January 29, 2015; February 20, 2015; and April 23, 2015. The following product is subject to recall: [View Label (PDF only)]

  • 2-lb. 4-oz. cardboard box containing 6 individually pouched pieces of "BARBER FOODS PREMIUM ENTREES BREADED-BONELESS RAW STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH RIB MEAT KIEV" with use by/sell by date of April 28, 2016, May 20, 2016 and July 21, 2016 and Lot Code number 0950292102, 0950512101, or 0951132202.

The product subject to recall bears the establishment number "P-276" inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was shipped to Sam's Club retail stores in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The product subject to recall has not been available for retail sales since June 26, 2015; however, FSIS suspects that consumers may have this item in their freezers.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be in consumers' freezers. Although the product subject to recall may appear to be cooked, this product is in fact uncooked (raw) and should be handled carefully to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen. Particular attention needs to be paid to safely prepare and cook these raw poultry products to a temperature of 165° F checking at the center, the thickest part and the surface of the product.

This frozen, raw, stuffed chicken product was labeled with instructions identifying that the product was raw and included cooking instructions for preparation. Some case-patients reported following the cooking instructions on the label and using a food thermometer to confirm that the recommended temperature was achieved. Therefore, FSIS advises all consumers to treat this product like a raw chicken product. Hands and any surfaces, including surfaces that may have breading dislodged from the product, should be cleaned after contact with this raw product. Also, keep raw poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use one cutting board for raw poultry and a separate one for fresh produce and cooked foods.

Click here for the full recall.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:04:50 CST
<![CDATA[ Natural GrocersĀ® Recalls 10oz. Caribbean Nut & Fruit Mix]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of Natural Grocers brand Caribbean Nut & Fruit Mix as the product contains macadamia nuts that have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled product is packaged in clear plastic bags with the following Natural Grocers label:

UPC Code

Description

Packed on Date

#000080444558

Caribbean Nut & Fruit Mix 10oz

#15-148

The product was distributed to Natural Grocers' 97 stores located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Consumers can find the specific locations of Natural Grocers stores at: http://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-locations.

Only packages bearing the Julian packed on dates listed above are subject to recall.

Click here for the full recall.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:45:29 CST
<![CDATA[ Online map help families locate local summer food programs]]>Free meals will be served to low-income children at hundreds of locations in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services offers an online map that can help low-income families in Missouri find out where their children can receive free meals this summer.

The interactive map pinpoints hundreds of locations in Missouri where meals will be provided through the state health department's Summer Food Service Program.

Community organizations serve the meals at schools, churches, parks, swimming pools, YMCA facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs and other spots where children gather when school is not in session.

The meals are provided to children who receive free or reduced price meals during the regular school year. Children do not have to register and there is no fee to participate in the program.

"When school is out for the summer, children who receive meals at school are at risk of not getting the nutrition they need," said Gail Vasterling, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. "This map makes it easier for families to find out where their children can receive nutritious meals during the summer months. We know good nutrition is essential for effective learning all year long." 

The map is located at www.health.mo.gov/sfsp/. The map can be searched by city, county or zip code. For families without access to the Internet, many community libraries have computers the public can use free of charge. More information is also available by calling, toll-free, 1-888-435-1464 or through RELAY MISSOURI for the Hearing and Speech Impaired at 1-800-735-2966.

Meals will be served to children age 18 and under. They are also provided to individuals' age 18 to 21 that have been determined by a state or local educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in an established school program for the mentally or physically disabled.

Funding for the Summer Food Service Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Organizations interested in providing meals through the program can also write to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Summer Food Service Program, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Department of Health and Senior Services does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410, or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TTY).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:24:42 CST
<![CDATA[ Atkins Nutritional, Inc. Voluntary Recalls Limited Quantity of Atkins Chocolate Candies]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of Atkins Chocolate Candies - 5 ct. cartons - UPC code 637480075558 - because it may contain sachets of Atkins Peanut Candies. A small quantity of Atkins Peanut Candy individual sachets has been inadvertently placed into outer cartons for Atkins Chocolate Candies - 5 ct. sachets. Although the inner sachets are properly marked as Peanut Candies, there is a chance of consumer confusion.

The affected product is marked with the lot numbers and best before dates:

PRODUCT

UPC CODE

LOT NUMBER

BEST BEFORE DATE

Atkins Chocolate Candies
5 ct. - Cartons

637480075558

A5118139439C
A5119139439A, B, C
A5120139439A

April 28 2016
April 29, 2016
April 30, 2016

Atkins Chocolate Peanut Candies 5ct - CASE

637480075770

A5118139439C
A5119139439A, B, C
A5120139439A

April 28 2016
April 29, 2016
April 30, 2016

Click here for the full recall.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:42:00 CST