U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with Center for Diseases and Prevention Control (CDC), state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections concomitant to the consumption of BrightFarms’- an indoor farming company that specializes in providing locally grown packaged salads – Sunny Crunch packaged salad greens manufactured in the firm’s Rochelle, IL facility.

Interview data and shopper card records indicate that six people ate or bought manifold types of BrightFarms brand salad products before they got sick.

FDA’s traceback investigation identified the farm in Rochelle, IL, as the likely source of the BrightFarms brand salad bought by people who became ill.

The greenhouse farm recalled its products which had already been distributed in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Indiana.

The salads are packaged in a plastic clamshell container labeled as “fresh from Rochelle, IL.

FDA continues to work with BrightFarms to determine whether there are additional products or “Best By” dates that could have been affected.

Consumers, restaurants, retailers and distributors have been advised not to eat, sell, or serve the recalled product.

FDA has recommended extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces that may have come in contact with the product, to reduce the risk of cross contamination.

Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled and infection symptoms can mimic other diseases leading to misdiagnosis.

The symptoms can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after consumption of contaminated food. 

Recall of frozen pork dumplings

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a recall by Green Dining Table, Inc., an Alhambra, CA establishment, of approximately 183,330 pounds of frozen pork dumplings due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

The product contains milk and coconut, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

The frozen pork dumplings were produced between March 22, 2021 and July 14, 2021.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 45556” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

These items were shipped to wholesalers in California, New Jersey, New York, and Washington and then further distributed to retailers. Some of the products were also exported to Canada.

The problem was discovered during routine FSIS in-plant verification activities where FSIS discovered that the milk and coconut ingredients were not listed on the product labels.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them but to discard or return them to the place of purchase.