Huntington Beach, CA, January 12, 2017
In December, a company in California announced that they were recalling packages of a quick bread mix that were distributed to the company’s nationwide chain of stores. The packages in question were shipped from August of last year until the product recall was announced in December.
The reason for the recall was due to the potential for Salmonella
contamination of the bulk milk powder used in the bread mix. Although there had been no reports of illnesses due to the product at the time of the announcement, the recall was still initiated. Salmonella
is a type of bacteria that is frequently associated with a number of common foods. Food products contaminated with Salmonella
can make anyone sick, but young children, the elderly and people with a weakened immune system are often most susceptible. Most people who become infected develop diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment. However, for some people, the condition may be so severe that the person needs to be hospitalized and death can occur in extreme cases.
“Food processors and manufacturers depend on their bulk suppliers to provide raw ingredients that are free of microbial pathogens,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “At LA Testing, we help to prevent contaminated products from reaching consumers by providing a comprehensive range of testing services. These services are also instrumental for preventing costly product recalls and for identifying the source of an outbreak if one has already occurred. Testing is available to food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, retailers, health officials and the general public.”
To learn more about testing for foodborne pathogens or other food testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com
, email info@LATesting.com
or call (800) 755-1794. About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, NVLAP, CDC ELITE, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including Huntington Beach, San Diego, San Leandro and South Pasadena.