As the coronavirus pandemic continues to linger on, stories are starting to break out in the news about new infections. News have been surfacing over the past few weeks about particular food items across the world being contaminated with primarily salmonella and listeria. While this is nothing that is completely out of the ordinary, there is a reason why these cases are starting to come up during this time. Before we unravel the reason behind this, let’s look at some of the major cases so far to get a full scope of this issue.
Listeria is an infection which is caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Anyone who eats any products contaminated with Listeria have to monitor themselves for symptoms for an extended period of time because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.
The symptoms can range from a high fever, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, neck stiffness, abdominal pains, muscle aches, and diarrhea. The infection targets pregnant women and their newborn children, older adults who are aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems. Listeria could cause pregnant women to have a miscarriage or for their child to be stillborn if they were to be infected. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.
Here is a timeline just within the past month of cases of listeria contamination of food products across North America.
On August 10th, the Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health safety chart for four sausage products made by Bluegrass Provisions Company due to fear of the products being contaminated with listeria. The four products were Bluegrass Mettwurst, Walnut Creek Foods Smoked Sausage, Lidl Smoked Bratwurst, and Lidl Smoked Bratwurst with Cheese. The items were shipped to distributors as well as retailer locations in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina.
On August 12th, it was reported that the FDA had made a voluntary recall by Freshouse II LLC due to a possible listeria contamination of certain food products. Freshouse supposedly “found” listeria on a piece of equipment in their factories during an inspection. This prompted Freshouse to recall certain products which were lemons, limes, oranges and potatoes. They were shipped to retail distribution centers in the states of North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia as well as to wholesalers in Maryland and North Carolina. The specific products which were said to be contaminated were Freshouse limes, Nature’s Promise Organic limes, Fresh from the Start red potatoes and lemons, Wegmans lemons and California Valencia oranges.
On August 19th, it was reported in Quebec that the National Herring Import Company Ltd. recalled their product LA Boucanerie smoked trout spread due to suspicion of possible contamination. National Herring agreed with the MAPAQ and the Food Inspection Division of the City of Montreal to release a notice as a precautionary measure. As of to date, there have been no illnesses associated with the product.
On August 24th, in Canada, G. Brandt Meat Packers recalled Brandt mini spicy cheese sausage products due to fear of possible contamination from listeria after an inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The product was distributed in Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the contaminated products as of yet.
Considering that it could take 70 days for symptoms from listeria to occur, there could be hundreds if not a few thousand people at the moment who have the bacteria lying dormant within their body; ready to develop into a virus which could attack them seemingly out of nowhere.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that typically causes diarrhea. People often develop salmonella after coming into contact with contaminated water or food. Most common symptoms include abdominal cramps, vomiting, fever, diarrhea and nausea. Symptoms usually appear between 6 hours and 6 days after the infection and last for 4 to 7 days. Some severe strains of salmonella can also infect the urine, stool, blood, bones, joints, and nervous system. These range from blood in the urine and stool, lethargy and rashes. Those who are the highest risk of infection are children, elderly, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women.
Here is a timeline of the events within the past month regarding the salmonella outbreak that has occurred.
It was reported on July 31st that the CDC stated that the salmonella outbreaks — which at the time had spanned 48 states and infected 150 people, were linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks such as chicks and ducklings.
At the beginning of August, it was reported that the FDA has investigated Thomson International, Inc., of Bakersfield, California, along with the CDC, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and local and state officials. It has been surmised that this has been the origin of the outbreak. National food poisoning lawyer Ron Simon, who filed the first lawsuit in Riverside California against Thomson International in this national outbreak, believes that the actual number of people infected is likely 5 to 10 times the reported official number.
There are over 1,000 cases across the country in relation to this Salmonella outbreak. The highest effected states are Oregon, California, Montana, Illinois, Michigan and Washington. The illnesses began from June 19th to July 23rd and is ongoing. The ages of the people infected are as little as less than a year old to as old as 102 years old. The median age is 39 of those who are infected. As of yet, there have been no deaths reported. In Canada, the most affected provinces are Alberta and British columbia. Individuals in Canada who became ill from mid-June to late July range from 0 to 100 years of age. The majority of the cases are female.
On August 1st, Thomson International Inc. recalled all onions that could have possibly been cross contaminated with the red onions that were contaminated. Red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions shipped nationwide from May to August were recalled. Other items containing onions were recalled such as chicken salad, macaroni salad, fajita stir-fry, pizza and diced raw onions. The brands which were recalled were Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Kroger, Utah Onions, Imperial Fresh, Onions 52, Majestic, Food Lion, Taylor Farms and Giant Eagle. Products containing the recalled onions are being identified and recalled. Brands have been recalling products containing contaminated onions. Customers have been advised to not use the food, to return it, to clean the items that it may have been in contact with such as cutting boards, utensils, counter-tops, and pans.
Suppliers, distributors, and others in the supply chain have been advised to not use, ship, or sell recalled onions from Thomson International, Inc. or food products containing recalled onions. Suppliers and distributors that re-package raw onions have been told to clean surfaces and storage areas that may have come into contact with the contaminated onions. If there has been potential cross-contamination of onions from other sources with recalled onions, suppliers and distributors are to discard all comingled and cross-contaminated products.
On August 12th, Spokane Produce’s salsa products were recalled due to concerns regarding the salmonella outbreak in onions. The products include 15 oz. jars of Saddlin’ Up Salsa Hot, Medium and Mild, and Salsa Verde in 15 oz. and gallon size containers. The best buy dates range from August 16th to September 30th. Some who became sick from salmonella reported eating onions from salsa and dips.
On August 13th, Fred Meyer Stores recalled cheese dips sold in their delis due to possible contamination from the onions which were in their cheese dip products. They were notified by their supplier, Onions 52, that it had received onions from Thomson International. Fred Meyer determined that several cheese-dips in store contained contaminated onions. Fred Meyer Stores has initiated its customer recall notification system to alert customers who may have purchased recalled products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls.
On August 19th, meal-kit delivery business HelloFresh had to recall their onions due to it’s link to a Newport salmonella spread and were contaminated. The Newport salmonella outbreak reportedly has 1,012 cases at the current moment which stretches across 47 states of the country. The most effected state is reported to be California which is believed to be the place of origin for the outbreak. The meal kits containing the contaminated onions were distributed from May 8, 2020 to July 31, 2020 throughout the United States. HelloFresh prompted their customers to throw out any of the kits which had these distribution dates.
On August 20th, ALDI recalled their peaches due to possible salmonella contamination. The CDC and FDA were reportedly investigating the outbreak linked to peaches sold at ALDI across the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Maryland, Florida and Massachusetts. Other retailers which recalled peaches were Walmart, Wegmans, Target, Russ Davis Wholesale, Ralphs, Food Lion, Hannaford, and King Scoopers.
On August 27th, it was reported that America as well as more than 30 other countries received Brazil nuts contaminated with salmonella from Bolivia. Some countries who have been affected as well are the United Kingdom, India, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, South Africa, Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Spain among others. Products containing these contaminated Brazil nuts have been recalled across the world. This has ranged from Lidl GB in the UK recalling their Delux Dark Chocolate Muesli bars with Brazil nuts and cranberries to Hand2Mouth recalling Eat Natural bars. Hema Natural fruit and nut bars, Rude Health Food’s The Ultimate Muesli bar, and the Paleo Foods Co. cocoa and hazelnut grain-free granola bar were recalled as well. It was reported at the time that 100 people were infected with salmonella in the UK. Qatar recently just banned the importation of Brazil nuts.
Not only has this affected humans, this has also affected animals as well. On the same day, news broke out that a brand of dog food, Nature’s Menu Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken & Quail was recalled in Georgia. A sample of the product was collected and tested positive for salmonella. Symptoms for pets are lethargy, diarrhea, fever, vomiting, decreased appetites, and abdominal pains. As of today, there have been no reports of pets being infected by salmonella from the contaminated products.
Discovery from COVID-19 Study:
A report recently came out on August 24th which revealed that COVID-19 has been found to be able to survive on frozen meat and frozen fish for up to three weeks. This was found during a study conducted in Singapore where they placed samples of the virus on cubes of salmon, chicken, and pork and placing them in freezing temperatures for three weeks. They found the virus was still present on the meats after three weeks had passed. The study detailed that an infected food handler has the potential to become the origin point of a new outbreak from infected food. This just goes to show you that they are experimenting with the different ways that the virus can spread; primarily through the food. It shows that they are targeting the food and are finding ways to make the virus stick onto food which will cause the outbreak from food contaminated by COVID-19. It is unlikely that the virus can be contracted from meats that can be cooked such as steaks or chicken since the high heat would kill the virus. I would surmise that they would target meats which are raw or are not meant to be cooked such as fermented crab, cooked shrimp, sushi, canned chicken and possibly beef jerky. These are all easy ways to get people sick from meats but just not in the way in which most people believe. If this study is not a clear sign that they are targeting the food then I don’t know what is. It is a clear foretelling sign of the coming outbreak of food contamination.
The question some may have is why the sudden occurrence of salmonella and listeria across the country? I believe that it may be a surreptitious way to create more COVID-19 cases; if not, an omen for what is right around the corner with foods contaminated by COVID-19. The coronavirus, salmonella and listeria both share similar key symptoms. All three share symptoms of fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Considering the fear that many people have of contracting COVID-19, if they were to start experiencing these common symptoms, many of them would rush to go get tested for the virus. Knowing that the test contains the virus itself, it would create more cases if people who were experiencing these symptoms were to take the test. Some doctors will automatically push those fearful patients to take the test. Doctors and nurses have already been persistent in their efforts to persuade people to get tested; even for those who show no symptoms because they could still carry the virus if they’re asymptomatic as they say. Even if these people who were experiencing symptoms of listeria or salmonella were to test negative for the COVID-19 test, they would still carry the virus as an asymptomatic host and could pass it onto others- thus creating more cases. As we move into the fall, there will be an acceleration of news stories that come out about why people should get tested and or get their flu shots just to be safe as we approach flu season. Gullible people will of course not only take their flu shot but they will likely take the test as well. The flu shot as it should be known destroys the immune system. Even if people didn’t get tested, they would be more vulnerable to get the virus because of their compromised immune system. This along with the cold weather that is fast approaching in a couple of months for most states, these will all be conditions which would create more COVID cases.
From another perspective, it is also a sign for things to come. In a couple of months, more stories will break out about foods being contaminated with the coronavirus across the country, if not the world. It was just recently reported that in the southern city of Shenzhen in China, a sample taken from the surface of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil tested positive for COVID-19. Samples of packaging of frozen shrimp imported from Ecuador in Xian tested positive for the virus as well. The Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters have alerted the public to take precautions to reduce infection risk from imported meat and seafood. China has taken action by suspending certain meat imports or having other countries stop importing products from their exports. Countries which have stopped importing products due to a positive COVID-19 case in their meat plants are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, France and America. Chinese authorities have also conducted testing for people connected to the contaminated shrimp products which were sold at local markets.
We have been hearing about meat-plant workers being infected with COVID-19 worldwide for months. Most notably, Tyson’s meat-packing plants have been the most impacted meat-packing plants where most meat-plant workers have been infected. The impact on the meat-packing industry has resulted in a meat shortage and an inflation in meat pricing. While the meat shortage has not been severe, it will kick in soon enough once meat products begin to become contaminated with COVID in mass numbers. Once meat begins to be visibly scarce, it will spark off major despair and anxiety among people worldwide. Grocery stores likely will shut down in the next wave of the virus due to panic over it spreading the virus to customers through its items. The idea is not far-fetched that food, beverages and other supplies would have to be purchased digitally and shipped to homes momentarily in increased numbers. Grocery stores shutting down has happened before as was reported in late April when a Walmart store in Aurora, CO was shut down due to employees not only testing positive for the coronavirus but also some dying from it as well. (https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/walmart-store-in-colorado-shuts-down-after-coronavirus-deaths/ar-BB139Yjj) People will scoff at this and revert to the statements of the CDC stating that contraction of COVID-19 from food is unlikely as proof to refute this. However, this statement was made from the same CDC who tweeted in January that there was no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus in Wuhan but later obviously was a false statement. Knowing this, it is wise to take things that the CDC says with a grain of salt. The CDC and the WHO can say whatever they want.
It also should be noted that pets will be targeted as well. As it has been noted, dog food has already been found to be contaminated with salmonella. Whats to say that dog food or cat food can’t be contaminated with COVID-19? Pets have been infected with COVID-19; just not nearly as much as humans have been. On March 29th, a cat was found to be infected with COVID-19 in Belgium by it’s owner. On August 12th, it was reported that the first dog to test positive for coronavirus died in North Carolina. So it is possible for pets to contract and even die from the virus. WADDL and IDEXX Laboratories announced during the beginning of the year that they created a COVID-19 test for pets. Pets can be a target to help further psychologically traumatize and emotionally manipulate people to be more compliant to rules and regulations regarding the coronavirus. This would also cause people to be more spiteful towards those who don’t wear masks and gloves or maintain social distancing. Due to the emotional scarring that losing a pet would bring to a person, they would definitely hold vitriol towards those who are skeptical or not adherent to government regulations. When the vaccine rolls around for the stronger mutated coronavirus strain during the second wave, many people will be so fearful and traumatized that they will call for people who refuse to take the vaccine to be imprisoned. People who refuse the vaccine will be seen as those who are creating the barrier for the world to return to normalcy which will enrage people further and cause even more conflict among people.
As COVID-19 cases begin to increase again worldwide, we will soon be catapulted into a second wave of the mutated coronavirus strain which will affect the entire world. Not only will our physical health be targeted but our minds will be their greatest target. When the possibilty of having food and water is questioned, it truly brings out desperation. When people get desperate, they lash out to survive. People went beserk in grocery stores over toilet paper. Imagine what they will do when meat and seafood becomes scarce. Lets take this time to prepare ourselves spiritually and mentally for the second wave. We can have as much food and water saved as we can but if our minds and our spirit are not strengthened to take on the trauma to come, that food and water will not do us any good because we’d be consumed spiritually before we could even use up all of our food in storage. Lets move forward together to stay strong. Eternal Praises, Glory, and Honors go to the Most High Yahweh Elohim and Son Yahweh Ben Yahweh. May the Most High Yahweh Elohim and Son Yahweh Ben Yahweh guide us all through these last days. Barakatha.