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Trader Joe's Recalls Granola Products Amid Concerns of Listeria Contamination

In June of 2017, Trader Joe's recalled a few of the granola products it carries, including one of its store brand products, due to concerns that they could potentially be contaminated with listeria. No cases of food poisoning involving these products have been reported yet, but Trader Joe's has proactively opted to recall the products and offer full refunds to any individuals who return them to a Trader Joe's store.

Which Products were Recalled?

The recalled products were:

What Can I Do if My Pet Gets Food Poisoning?

Most Americans love their pets as if they were members of their families. Dogs, cats, and other domestic animals enjoy high quality veterinary care, organic pet food, and a range of products from accessories to toys to products to keep them safe. A pet's illness or death can be quite traumatic to the animal's owner.

Recently, published a piece discussing the danger that xylitol, a compound used to sweeten gum and other products, poses to dogs. Xylitol is found in many food items that individuals share with their pets, such as peanut butter. When a dog consumes xylitol, it can experience food poisoning symptoms.

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Mouse Study Finds Food Poisoning Microbe Linked to Increased Appetite

A study from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies found that a bacterial protein known as SIrP can impact the appetites of mice infected with Salmonella strains that contain the protein. Two groups of mice were infected with Salmonella, one of which was infected with bacteria that contained the protein while the other was infected with bacteria that did not. The mice that were infected with the Salmonella bacteria that did not contain SIrP ate approximately 20% less food than the rodents in the other group and were much more likely to die as a result of their infection. The researchers found that the mice infected with Salmonella that produced SIrP continued to eat at a normal rate because the SIrP blocked the signals transmitted from the hypothalamus to the stomach that normally would slow their appetites.

Why would a food poisoning-inducing bacteria Salmonella produce a protein to keep its host eating at a normal rate? Because along with keeping the mice alive, it keeps the bacteria alive and ultimately, allows it to pass to new hosts. When a host stops eating, Salmonella has to move into other parts of its body, which can result in a serious illness that kills the host. Without a place to live, the Salmonella dies as well. But when the host continues to eat, the Salmonella can be excreted and then passed to a new host, allowing it to thrive.

What Does this Mean for Humans?

Fairway Market Recalls Candy Corn Over Undeclared Allergen

In December 2016, Fairway Market of New York announced its recall of its store brand candy corn because the product could contain egg, despite the packaging not stating this. So far, one individual has reported suffering an allergic reaction from consuming Fairway candy corn. Individuals with egg allergies who have purchased this product are advised to return it to the store for a refund or throw it in the trash.

Fairway Market operates specialty food stores in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, many specialty products are sold under the store's own brand. This recall came before more victims fell ill as a result of an undeclared allergen, which can be as dangerous as suffering from food poisoning.

Why Would Eggs be in Candy Corn?

Stay Safe from Food Poisoning this Fall

Every season has its traditional foods. In the winter, many people opt for carb-heavy, stick-to-your-ribs meals like baked pastas and stews. In the spring, picnic foods often become popular, followed by barbecue and frozen treats in the summer. Autumn is no different. For many Americans, the fall is the season of apples and apple products, Halloween candy, and an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner.

When you plan your fall celebrations this year, keep food safety in mind. Although you cannot control how food purchased from restaurants and food served at celebrations hosted by others was handled and prepared, you can take steps to reduce the chance of anybody contracting food poisoning from entrees and snacks that leave your kitchen.

Even Packaged Candy Can Be Dangerous

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