December 28, 2010 — A nationwide recall of curly parsley and cilantro is the latest in a year-end flurry of food warnings and outbreaks of food-borne illness.
In the two most serious of these outbreaks:
At least 89 people in 15 states fell ill with salmonella infections after eating contaminated Alfalfa Sprouts and Spicy Sprouts from Tiny Greens Organic Farm of Urbana, Ill. Many of those who fell ill reported eating sandwiches at Jimmy John's restaurants.
100 people became ill after eating pastries made by Rolf's Patisserie, a gourmet European bakery in Lincolnwood, Ill. Various desserts were shipped wholesale and repackaged by other retailers. Whole Foods has recalled gingerbread houses and a wide range of pastries, pot pies, and quiche originally made by Rolf's.
Parsley/Cilantro Recall — Salmonella
In the latest recall, J&D Produce of Edinburg, Texas, has recalled its Little Bear brand curly parsley and cilantro. Tests of the products in Quebec, Canada and in Detroit detected salmonella contamination.
The items were packed from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6. According to the Associated Press, the company is also recalling other produce that came through its production lines on these dates: arugula, leeks, collards, curly mustard, gold beets, kale, green Swiss chard, plain mustard, plain parsley, kohlrabi, rainbow Swiss chard, mint, methi leaf, beets, daikon, red Swiss chard, turnips, turnip greens, and dill.
No known illnesses have yet been associated with this recall. J&D promises a full refund of any affected product.
Alfalfa Sprouts — Salmonella
On Dec. 27, the FDA warned consumers not to eat Alfalfa Sprouts and Spicy Sprouts (a mix of alfalfa, radish, and clover sprouts) from Tiny Greens Organic Farm.
The preliminary results of a CDC/FDA investigation link many of the illnesses to sandwiches from Jimmy John's restaurant outlets. About half of the 89 cases reported as of Dec. 21 were in Illinois residents who ate at Jimmy John's. The restaurant has stopped putting sprouts on its sandwiches.
The sprouts were also distributed in 4-ounce and 5-pound containers to farmers markets, restaurants, and groceries in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and possibly other states in the Midwest.
Illnesses from salmonella with the same DNA fingerprint as the outbreak strain have been identified in Connecticut, Washington D.C., Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Pastries — Staph Toxin
On Christmas Eve, the Lincolnwood, Ill., bakery Rolf's Patisserie recalled products made after Nov. 1, 2010.
The products include tiramisu, cakes, cobblers, decorated cookies, tarts, pastries, and pies (including pot pies). Because these foods are sold wholesale, they may be repackaged by retailers under various labels.
The foods contain toxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus. Poisoning occurs from ingesting these toxins, not from Staph infection. Illness onset is usually within one to six hours after eating the contaminated food. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Severe cases are rare but may include headache, muscle cramps, and changes in blood pressure and pulse rate.
Whole Foods has removed the foods from its shelves. Included in the Rolf's recall are pre-assembled gingerbread houses sold in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Also included in the recall are the following products sold by Whole Foods in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin:
Items sold in Bakery:
|UPC Code||Product Desc||Item Size||Unit of Measure|
|23691600000||WFM 6 IN CHERRY CRUMB PIE||12||OUNCES|
|23600700000||WFM 6 INCH APPLE PIE||20||OUNCES|
|23692300000||WFM 6IN APPLECRAN CRMB PIE||19||OUNCES|
|23693100000||WFM 9 IN HOUSE KEY LIME PIE||34||OUNCES|
|23654800000||WFM 9 INCH CHOC SILK PIE||48||OUNCES|
|23691800000||WFM 9IN APPCHDR CRUMB/DBL PIE||34||OUNCES|
|23692200000||WFM 9IN APPLCRAN CRUMB/DBL PIE||37||OUNCES|
|23659200000||WFM 9IN BANANA DULCE D LCH PIE||52||OUNCES|
|23650700000||WFM 9IN BLACKBERRY CHRRY PIE||60||OUNCES|
|23659800000||WFM 9IN BOSTON CREME PIE||40||OUNCES|
|23691500000||WFM 9IN CHERRY CRUMB/DBL PIE||40||OUNCES|
|23659600000||WFM 9IN COOKIES AND CREAM PIE||42||OUNCES|
|23650000000||WFM 9IN CRML APPLE CHSCAKE PIE||44||OUNCES|
|23690900000||WFM 9IN PEACH CRUMB/DBL PIE||37||OUNCES|
|23650500000||WFM 9IN RASP PCH CRUMB/DBL PIE||60||OUNCES|
|23611000000||WFM CAKE CHOC MOUSSE 8IN 58OZ||58||OUNCES|
|23182200000||WFM CHOC FLOURLESS CAKE 6IN||24||OUNCES|
|23610800000||WFM CHOC FLOURLESS CAKE 8IN||32||OUNCES|
|23629500000||WFM LEMON MERINGUE PIE 9 INCH||1133||GRAMS|
|23184200000||WFM MINI CARAMEL TART 1OZ||1||OUNCES|
|23615900000||WFM MINI CHOC FRESH FRUIT TART||1||OUNCES|
|23173400000||WFM MINI CHOC GANACHE TART 1OZ||1||OUNCES|
|23129700000||WFM MINI CHOC RASPBERRY TART||1||OUNCES|
|23648700000||WFM MINI CHOCOLATE MOUSSE TART||1||OUNCES|
|23152700000||WFM MINI FRESH FRUIT TART 1OZ||1||OUNCES|
|23658200000||WFM MINI GERMAN CHOC TART||1||OUNCES|
|23121200000||WFM MINI KEY LIME TART||1||OUNCES|
|23618600000||WFM MINI LEMON MERINGUE TART||1||OUNCES|
|23185400000||WFM MINI LEMON TART 1OZ||1||OUNCES|
|23619600000||WFM MINI MERINGUE TART||1||OUNCES|
|23651200000||WFM MINI ROCKY ROAD TART||1||OUNCES|
|23167600000||WFM STRAWBERRY & CREAM PIE 9IN||24||OUNCES|
|23621700000||WFM APPLE PIE 9 INCH 1/2||22||OUNCES|
|23621800000||WFM 9IN CHOCOLATE SILK PIE 1/2||24||OUNCES|
|23614300000||WFM TIRAMISU CAKE 6IN 22OZ||16||OUNCES|
|23167100000||WFM PUMPKIN ANGEL FOOD CAKE||16||OUNCES|
|23187900000||WFM LEMON CREAM PIE 9 IN||40||OUNCES|
|23605700000||WFM MINI COCONUT TART||1||OUNCES|
|23612900000||WFM TIRAMISU CUP 6OZ||6||OUNCES|
|23625000000||WFM CRANBERRY WLNT UPSIDE CAKE||19||OUNCES|
|23642700000||WFM TRES LECHES CUP||6||OUNCES|
|23660100000||WFM 9IN CRML APPLE WALNT PIE||44||OUNCES|
|23669000000||WFM CREME BRULEE||5||OUNCES|
|23671700000||WFM 9 INCH IN HOUSE PUMPKIN PIE||32||OUNCES|
|23695700000||WFM YULE LOG||27||OUNCES|
Items sold in Prepared Foods:
|UPC Code||Product Desc||Unit of Measure|
|23773800000||CHICKEN POT PIE 9INCH SPECIAL||26 OUNCES|
|23851300000||BEEF & MUSHROOM POT PIE 9IN||26 OUNCES|
|23853500000||CURRY CHICKEN POT PIE LARGE||26 OUNCES|
|23856300000||FAMILY SIZE TURKEY POT PIE||16 OUNCES|
|23923600000||TOFU POT PIE 9 IN||26 OUNCES|
|23928400000||CHICKEN POT PIE 9IN||26 OUNCES|
|23928500000||VEGETABLE POT PIE 9 IN||26 OUNCES|
|9948280244||CHICKEN POT PIE LARGE||26 OUNCES|
|9948280320||TURKEY POT PIE LARGE||26 OUNCES|
|23785900000||CORN PEPPPER QUICHE WHOLE||12 OUNCES|
|23789300000||SMSALMON LEEK GOAT CHS QUICHE||BY POUND|
|23789400000||SPINACH MUSH QUICHE SLICE||BY POUND|
|23807900000||MUSHROOM QUICHE SLICE||BY POUND|
|23808100000||SPINACH QUICHE SLICE||BY POUND|
|23808200000||SPINACH QUICHE WHOLE||12 OUNCES|
|23808300000||WFM BROC CHEDDAR QUICHE SLICE||BY POUND|
|23808400000||BROCCOLI CHEDD QUICHE 9 IN||12 OUNCES|
|23949900000||WFM QUICHE TOMATO BASIL SLICE||BY POUND|
|23950200000||WFM QUICHE LORRAINE SLICE||BY POUND|
|23950300000||QUICHE LORRAINE 9 IN||12 OUNCES|
|23950700000||LEEK GOAT CHEESE QUICHE SLICE||BY POUND|
|23967800000||TOMATO BASIL QUICHE 9IN||12 OUNCES|
|9948280061||QUICHE BROCCOLI CHEDDAR||12 OUNCES|
|9948280063||QUICHE LORRAINE 9||12 OUNCES|
|9948280065||QUICHE TOM BASIL 9||12 OUNCES|
|75452||CATERING QUICHE LORRAINE||12 OUNCES|
|75453||CATERING QUICHE BROCCOLI CHDDR||12 OUNCES|
|75454||QUICHE TOMATO BASIL||12 OUNCES|
|76009||QUICHE SPIN AND MUSHROOM||12 OUNCES|
|72418||QUICHE LEEK AND GOAT CHEESE||12 OUNCES|
Soft Cheese Recall — E. coli
On Dec. 17, Sally Jackson Cheese of Oroville, Wash., recalled soft, raw milk cheeses made from cow, goat, and sheep milk. The cheeses were distributed nationwide.
The cow and sheep cheeses are wrapped in chestnut leaves, while the goat cheese is wrapped in grape leaves. They may have an outer wrapping of waxed paper.
The cheeses may have been the source of E. coli O157:H7 infections reported by Washington State and Oregon health authorities.
Whole Foods Market carried some of these cheeses. Some carry the Sally Jackson label, but others were simply wrapped in clear plastic and sold with a Whole Foods Market scale label.
E. coli o157:H7 infection can be dangerous. It causes diarrhea, often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults recover, the infection can cause kidney failure. Consumers who develop symptoms of E. coli infection should immediately seek medical care.
FDA news releases, Dec. 17, Dec. 24, and Dec. 27, 2010.
FDA web site, accessed Dec. 28, 2010.
CDC news release, Dec. 23, 2010.
CDC web site, accessed Dec. 28, 2010.
J&D Produce news release, Dec. 27, 2010.
Little Bear Produce web site, accessed Dec. 28, 2010.
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