When it comes to the number of people affected by food-borne illnesses here in the U.S., the figures are rather shocking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 48 million people a year will develop some sort of food poisoning with roughly 128,000 requiring hospitalization and 3,000 losing their lives.
Back on July 1, the Centers for Disease Control alerted the USDA's Food and Safety Inspection Service to a growing number of salmonella cases across the United States. At that time, 18 people had become sick across four states with the food-borne illness and the agency feared more were soon to follow. After pegging Foster Farms as the possible link between the cases, the FSIS began site sampling at facilities on September 9. But determining the source of the contamination would take time.
While it's most common for people to pay attention to recalls when they are for ourselves or our families, sometimes there are those recalls that involved our furry friends as well. And after an announcement made by Natura pet food this month, many people across the nation may be thinking about the safety of their pets a little more in the months to come.
Costco shoppers in California were once again warned about a food-borne illness scare in another one of the store's products this month. A recall of Townsend Farms-brand frozen berry mix was recalled after several cases of hepatitis A were linked to the product, breediing further concerns that thousands could be at risk of exposure.
For anyone in the state of California with a Costco membership, the name of the company is usually synonymous with quality food at a good value. But that impression could be tainted this month after the wholesale store announced a food-safety recall for one of its products.