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Year-End Flurry of Food Recalls, Illness

Sprouts, Parsley, Cilantro, Pastry, Cheese in Separate Recalls

By Daniel J. DeNoon
WebMD Health News

Reviewed By Laura J. Martin, MD

Dec. 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 Whole Foods has recalled gingerbread houses and a wide range of pastries, pot pies, and quiche originally made by Rolf's.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

UPC Code

Product Desc

Item Size

Unit of Measure

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

23788900000

SMSALMONLEEKGOATQUICHESLICE

BY POUND

23789300000

SMSALMON LEEK GOAT CHS QUICHE

BY POUND

23789400000

SPINACH MUSH QUICHE SLICE

BY POUND

23807900000

MUSHROOM QUICHE SLICE

BY POUND

UPC Code

Product Desc

Unit of Measure

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.

SOURCES:

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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