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February 18, 2020: CDC Provides Final Update Of Salmonella Cut Fruit Outbreak Investigation

Salmonella Cut Fruit Outbreak Update – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided its final update of the investigation into a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Javiana infections. The Salmonella Cut Fruit Outbreak has been linked to cut fruit produced by Tailor Cut Produce, of North Brunswick, New Jersey. The CDC has indicated that as of February 18, 2020, this outbreak appears to be over. 

CDC Final Update Of Salmonella Cut Fruit Outbreak

Multiple public health agencies including the CDC, FDA, and public health and regulatory officials in several states investigated this multistate Salmonella Cut Fruit Outbreak.

The following information was provided by the CDC in its final update:

  • As of February 18, 2020, the multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to Tailor Cut Produce cut fruit appears to be over.
  • 165 people were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Javiana across 14 states as follows: California (1), Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), Delaware (49), Florida (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (1), New Jersey (50), New York (7), Pennsylvania (49), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).
  • Illness onset dates ranged from November 7, 2019 to January 11, 2020.
  • 73 hospitalizations were reported. No deaths were reported.
  • Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicated that cut fruit produced by Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick, New Jersey, was a likely source of this outbreak.
  • On December 7, 2019, Tailor Cut Produce recalled its Fruit Luau cut fruit mix as well as cut honeydew melon, cut cantaloupe, and cut pineapple products because they had the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

The CDC also reminded consumers, restaurants, and retailers to choose and handle fruit safely to help prevent foodborne illness. The CDC provided the following food safety tips:

  • Throw away fruit that is spoiled or has been recalled.
  • Wash your hands, kitchen utensils, and food preparation surfaces, including cutting boards and countertops, before and after handling fruit.
  • Wash fruit before eating, cutting, or cooking.
    • Wash or scrub fruit under running water—even if you do not plan to eat the peel—so dirt and germs on the surface do not get inside when you cut.
  • Separate fruit from other foods that could contaminate it, such as raw meat and seafood.
  • Refrigerate fruit that you have cut up, peeled, or cooked within 2 hours. Refrigerate within 1 hour if the temperature outside is above 90°F. Chill it at 40°F or below in a clean container.

Contact The New Jersey Weinberg Law Firm For A Free Salmonella Lawsuit Case Evaluation

Located in New Brunswick, NJ, The Weinberg Law Firm represents victims of Salmonella food poisoning outbreaks nationwide.  We are ready to help you too. If you or a loved one are diagnosed with Salmonella food poisoning, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free legal case evaluation by calling our law firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7. You can also submit the easy-to–use free legal case evaluation form found on this page. 

To learn more about Attorney Eric Weinberg, please see NJ Food Poisoning Lawsuit.

December 7, 2019: New Jersey Company Issues Cut Fruit Recall For Potential Salmonella Contamination

New Jersey Cut Fruit Recall Announced – Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick, NJ, has issued a recall for its Fruit Luau mix, which contains cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes, as well as cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe and cut pineapple because these products may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen, Salmonella. Salmonella are a group of bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that most people infected with Salmonella will develop symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness, referred to as salmonellosis, usually lasts four to seven days.  Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. More severe cases of salmonellosis may include a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases may be fatal.

Tailor Cut Fruit Recall Information

The company reports that the recalled fruit products were distributed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware between November 15 and December 1, 2019.

The product comes in 2/1 gallon cases with the date of production stamped on the side.

FDA and Pennsylvania Department of Health Investigation

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella Javiana in Pennsylvania.  According to both agencies, epidemiologic and trace-back evidence indicate that fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes from Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick, New Jersey, are a potential source of this outbreak. 

The DOH is investigating 31 laboratory-confirmed illnesses of Salmonella at four healthcare facilities in southeast Pennsylvania. Salmonella Javiana has been identified among cases at three of the four facilities. According to the DOH, epidemiologic evidence indicates that this fruit mix is a potential source of the Salmonella illnesses. The state’s review of invoices shows that a common food eaten by many case patients was the fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes from Tailor Cut Produce.

Distributors who have purchased the cut fruit products dated November 15 – December 1 are urged to quarantine the recalled product.  Recalled food products should not be distributed, sold, or served.  Recalled food products should not be eaten.

Please see CDC for additional outbreak information.

Contact The New Jersey Weinberg Law Firm For A Free Salmonella Lawsuit Case Evaluation

Located in New Brunswick, NJ, The Weinberg Law Firm represents victims of Salmonella food poisoning outbreaks nationwide. If you or a loved one are diagnosed with salmonellosis, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free legal case evaluation by calling our law firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7. You can also submit the easy-to–use free legal case evaluation form found on this page.

March 13, 2019: Butterball Turkey Product Recall Announced Due To Potential Salmonella Schwarzengrund Contamination

Butterball Turkey Product Recall Announced

Butterball, LLC, has recalled approximately 78,164 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen, Salmonella Schwarzengrund. The recalled raw ground turkey was produced on July 7, 2018, and bears establishment number “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recalled turkey products were shipped to institutional and retail locations nationwide.

The following products are subject to the Butterball Turkey Product Recall :

• 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.

• 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.

• 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.

• 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label

• 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.

• 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

Please see FDA Butterball Recall to view the product labels.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Recalled Butterball Turkey Product

Multiple public health agencies, including the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, have been investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Schwarzengrund illnesses. The CDC reports that as of March 14, 2019, six people have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund across 3 states, including North Carolina, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  Illness onset dates range from December 19, 2018 to February 2, 2019.

About Salmonella

Common symptoms of salmonellosis (Salmonella infection) may include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating a contaminated food product. Illness usually lasts from about 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.

Contact your health care provider if you think you got sick from eating or handling the recalled ground turkey.  Questions or concerns about foodborne illness should also be directed to your health care provider.

CDC Advice For Restaurants, Retailers, and Consumers

The CDC advises that institutions, restaurants, and retailers should not serve or sell the recalled turkey products, and that food storage and freezers should be checked for the recalled turkey products. Retailers who received the recalled turkey products should contact their customers to alert them of the recall if possible.

Consumers are advised to check their homes for Butterball brand ground turkey labeled with the establishment number “EST. P-7345”. The CDC further advises that consumers “do not eat recalled ground turkey.”  The recalled product can be returned it to the place of purchase, or thrown away.

Contact your health care provider if you think you got sick from eating or handling the recalled ground turkey. Questions or concerns about foodborne illness should also be directed to your health care provider.

Contact The Weinberg Law Firm For a Free Salmonella Lawsuit Case Evaluation

The Weinberg Law Firm represents victims of Salmonella food poisoning outbreaks nationwide. If you or a loved one are diagnosed with salmonellosis, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free legal case evaluation by calling our law firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7. You can also submit the easy-to–use free legal case evaluation form found on this page.

Please see Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit and C Diff Lawsuit to learn about our additional legal services.

January 24, 2019: Whole Foods Market Recall Various Prepared Foods for Potential Salmonella Contamination

Whole Foods Market Prepared Foods Recall Announcement – In connection with yesterday’s recall by Satur Farms, Whole Foods Market has issued a recall for various prepared foods products in eight states containing baby spinach and mesclun because of a potential contamination of Salmonella.

About Salmonella

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, arthritis, and death.  Infection with Salmonella is also referred to as Salmonellosis. To learn more about Salmonella, please see About Salmonella.

Whole Foods Market Various Prepared Foods Recall Information

The affected products, including salads, pizza, sandwiches and wraps, were sold at stores in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.  Affected prepared foods are labeled with a Whole Foods Market scale label.

ProductProduct Code (begins with)Sell by DateAffected States
Chicken Florentine Panini02652491/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Golden Beet & Tangerine Salad02766511/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Locavore Cheese Steak Wrap02888331/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Mediterranean Stuffed Salmon02766401/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Quinoa with Dark Leafy Greens02766521/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Roasted Vegetables Panini02866681/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Salad Spring Berry Power02617021/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Smoked Turkey with Apple & Cheddar Sandwich02894361/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Spinach and Vegetable Quinoa Salad02874101/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Spinach Ravioli Salad with Lemon, Tomato, and Parmesan CC02622161/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Strawberry Balsamic Quinoa CC02262151/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Tofu Shawarma Wrap02259381/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Turkey Avocado Sandwich (Turkado Sandwich)02685061/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Turkey with Spinach & Feta Sandwich02781311/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Vegan Spinach Almond Ricotta Pizza02899271/26/2019CT, MA, ME, NH, RI
Chicken Cordon Blue Panini02364891/24/2019CT, NJ, NY
New England Cranberry Turkey Sandwich02365431/24/2019CT, NJ, NY
Paleo Mediterranean Tuna Salad02787861/27/2019CT, NJ, NY
Spinach, Sauteed with Garlic CC02622081/27/2019CT, NJ, NY
Avocado Dragon Ball Bowl02399991/27/2019FL
Bistro Pasta Salad02702651/26/2019FL
Breakfast Sandwich Platter02890621/26/2019FL
Chicken Enchiladas Dinner02680151/28/2019FL
Cilantro & Lime Chicken Burrito02708781/26/2019FL
Coconut Kiwi Butter Bowl02514131/27/2019FL
Egg White & Spinach Breakfast02769831/27/2019FL
Egg White Burrito02768291/27/2019FL
Eggplant Rolantini02708711/26/2019FL
Focaccia Vegetable Pesto Sandwich02606461/27/2019FL
Goat Cheese Salad With Mandarin Orange & Candied Cashews02726811/27/2019FL
I Yam What I Yam Bowl02519861/27/2019FL
Large Brasserie Cheese Goat Salad02726801/27/2019FL
Large Goat Cheese Green Salad02891431/28/2019FL
Large Spinach & Mushroom Salad02720611/27/2019FL
Maple Glazed Acorn Squash02840711/26/2019FL
Mesclun Mix With Candied Pecans & Sun Dried Cranberries02720931/27/2019FL
Mesclun Mix With Candied Pecans & SunDried Cranberries02727881/27/2019FL
Mustard Crusted Salmon02713281/28/2019FL
My Big Fat Greek Pizza02706631/26/2019FL
Orange Lentil Vegetable Egg Bowl02516251/27/2019FL
Pizza Il Mediterraneo02292501/24/2019FL
Salad Golden Beets Tangerine 02710781/26/2019FL
Sandwich Baguette Chicken Saltimbocca02379291/26/2019FL
Sandwich Baguette Turkey Brie 02379331/26/2019FL
Sandwich Ham Olive Sliced 02363981/27/2019FL
Serbian Ajvar Vegetable Club02200411/28/2019FL
Small Spinach & Mushroom Salad02727931/27/2019FL
Smoked Mozzarella Pasta02250811/28/2019FL
Spinach Artichoke Bleus Pizza02713881/26/2019FL
Spinach Gorgonzola Salad02679821/26/2019FL
Spinach Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad02601361/28/2019FL
Spinach Walnut Bleus Pizza02713311/26/2019FL
Vegetable Pesto Focaccia02449521/27/2019FL
Vegetable Pesto Focaccia Sandwich02449531/27/2019FL
Watermelon Garbanzo Vegetable Bowl02519681/27/2019FL

Additionally, consumers who purchased items containing baby spinach from the salad bars or hot bars at Whole Foods Market locations in these states should discard items purchased through January 23, 2019.

Customers who purchased these products can bring a valid receipt into stores for a full refund.

Food Poisoning Legal Information

The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting victims of food poisoning outbreaks.  To learn more about our legal services, please see New Brunswick Personal Injury Lawyer.  You can also call our firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274.

January 23, 2019: Satur Farms Baby Spinach and Mesclun Recall for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Satur Farms Baby Spinach and Mesclun Recall Announcement – Satur Farms is recalling Baby Spinach and Mesclun because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

About Salmonella

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, arthritis, and death. Infection with Salmonella is also referred to as Salmonellosis. To learn more about Salmonella, please see About Salmonella.

Satur Farms Baby Spinach and Mesclun Recall Information

The following items were distributed in New York and Florida through retail stores.  Retail products are packaged in plastic clamshell containers with Satur Farms brand name:

5 oz, 10 oz, 16 oz

Food service product is packed in sealed poly bags: 2-1/2 lbs, 3#, 4#, 4 x 2.5#, 4 x 3#

Spinach Lot #18494

Spinach Lot #18513

Mesclun Lot #18520

The recall is occurring following sampling by the Florida Department of Agriculture and New York State Department of Agriculture, and markets.   Consumers who have purchase Satur Farms products with the above lot numbers are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Satur Farms is requesting all wholesalers and retailers to hold and discontinue selling their existing stock of these products.

Food Poisoning Legal Information

The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting victims of food poisoning outbreaks. To learn more about our legal services, please see New Brunswick Personal Injury Lawyer. You can also call our firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274.