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California Firm Recalls Grilled Chicken Salad Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

The products were produced between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6, 2013 and shipped to distributions centers intended for retail sale in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

FSIS began monitoring a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses on Oct. 29, 2013 then was notified by FDA on Nov. 6, 2013 that California authorities had reported case-patients consuming pre-packaged salads with grilled chicken. Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FDA, the California Department of Public Health, the Washington State Department of Health, and the Arizona Department of Health Services, FSIS has determined that there is a link between the grilled chicken salads and the illness cluster. Twenty-six case-patients have been identified in three states with indistinguishable E. coli O157:H7 PFGE (genetic fingerprint) patterns with illness onset dates ranging from Sept 29, 2013 to Oct. 26, 2013. Based on epidemiological information, 15 case-patients reported consumption of ready-to-eat pre-packaged salads prior to illness onset. A traceback investigation determined Glass Onion Catering was the supplier of the products implicated in the outbreak.  

While uncommon to find E. coli O157:H7 in a poultry product, FSIS will continue its investigation in conjunction with the FDA to identify the source of the contamination. FSIS continues to work with the CDC, FDA and state public health partners on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

 E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
 
 FSIS and the company are concerned that some products may be in a consumer’s refrigerators. Because this is a ready-to-eat product, FSIS advises all consumers to destroy the product.

Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Tom Atherstone, company president, at (510) 236-8905.
 
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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Western Washington tribes receive more than $10-million in DOJ grants

 
        The grants include nearly $2.6 million for crime issues related to alcohol and substance abuse:
  • Swinomish Tribe ($349,379)
  • Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe ($460,105)
  • Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation ($407,108)
  • Puyallup Tribe of Indians ($628,807)
  • Squaxin Island Tribe ($750,000)
 
Two tribal communities were awarded grants to improve the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, especially cases of child sexual abuse:
  • Tulalip Tribes of Washington ($383,283)
  • Puyallup Tribe of Indians ($369,805)
 
Five tribes received significant funding to combat violence against women:
  • Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Nation ($307,583)
  • Cowlitz Indian Tribe ($711,000)
  • Puyallup Tribe of Indians ($100,000)
  • Swinomish Tribal Community ($700,000)
  • Tulalip Tribes of Washington ($886,889)
 
In addition, tribes also received funding for their community oriented policing efforts providing for tribal police, training and equipment.  The total grant awards to each of the seven tribes are listed here:
 
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation 1,125,991
Cowlitz Indian Tribe 711,000
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe 1,032,932
Puyallup Tribal Council 2,586,479
Quileute Tribe 784,446
Squaxin Indian Tribe 824,445
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community 1,049,379
Tulalip Tribes of Washington 2,068,058
 Total 10,182,730

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Clay Walker to open Grays Harbor County Fair, tickets on sale now

ELMA, Wash. – Clay Walker will be performing opening day of the Grays Harbor County Fair, August 7th. Concert tickets are $30 per and include Fair admission. For more information or to purchase please contact the Grays Harbor County Fair & Event Center at 360-482-2651 or stop by the Fair office located at

32 Elma-McCleary RD
Elma, WA  98541

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