Food recalls used to be front-page news. Today, if you hear about a food recall, it is probably because it was widespread or caused multiple deaths. With food or any other cause of injury, even one death is too many. We trust that our food supply is safe, but sometimes it is not.
In September 2013 alone, the following food recalls affected Indiana and the surrounding areas:
- As of early September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received 643 reports from 25 states of illness from Cyclospora cayetanensis, a parasite that causes intestinal infection when contaminated food or water is ingested. In this case, salad mixes served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants and produced by Taylor Farms in Mexico were found to be contaminated with the parasite.
- In mid-September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiated an investigation of Wisconsin cheese producer Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company when its products were linked to illnesses, including hospitalizations, one miscarriage and one death across a five-state area. Sample products from the company tested by the FDA were found to contain listeria monocytogenes, bacteria that pose a particular risk to the young, elderly or pregnant and individuals suffering from suppressed immune function.
- In late September, the Indiana State Department of Health reported a recall of more than 19,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products produced by Garden Fresh Foods, a company located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Used in products by Archer Farms, D’Amico and Sons, and others, the meat is suspected to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.