March 27, 2015

Roasted Chicken Recalled in Canada for Listeria Monocytogenes

Lilydale Chicken Breast Listeria Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Lilydale Inc. are recalling Lilydale brand oven Roasted Carved Chicken Breast because it may be contaminated with Listeria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but the illness caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled product is Lilydale Oven Roasted Carved Chicken Breast in 400 gram containers. The UPC number is 0 65843 83104 4 and the code on the product is Best before 2015 AL 28. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution, since Listeria can grow at refrigerator temperatures. If you ate this product, watch yourself for the symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes food … [Read more...]

PAMTA Reintroduced to Congress


Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the only microbiologist in Congress, has reintroduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) to prevent a post-antibiotic future. Overusing antibiotics causes bacteria to mutate and become resistant to these life-saving drugs. More than 2,000,000 Americans acquire an antibiotic-resistant infection every year, and at least 23,000 died from those infections. This carries a cost of $20 to 35 billion every year. PAMTA will address all routine uses of medically important antibiotics in the feed of animals that are not sick. The FDA made a commitment in 1977 to put limits on this antibiotic use. The voluntary guidance that agency issued in 2013 is being called a "fig leaf" solution to a monumental problem. Slaughter … [Read more...]

How the Government Solved the Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak

Caramel Apple Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to commercially prepared caramel apples (and some plain apples) last fall was a scary time. People don't usually think of something as innocuous as a caramel apple as being a vehicle for pathogenic bacteria. But fruits and vegetables are often contaminated. In this particular outbreak, at least 35 people in 12 states were sickened, and the illness contributed to at least three of the seven reported deaths. The outbreak was difficult to solve, since the product was made from several ingredients, including wooden sticks and sprinkles. The Listeria Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) Project was a big help for government officials in solving the outbreak. Government scientists used samples from patients, foods, and the environment at Bidart … [Read more...]

Target’s Simply Balanced Frozen Spinach Recalled for Listeria

Simply Balanced Target Spinach Listeria Recall

Simply Balanced Frozen Organic Chopped Spinach sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide is being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There have been several recalls of spinach for Listeria in the past few days. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this pathogenic bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled product is Simply Balanced Organic Chopped Spinach in a 10 ounce steam in bag. The UPC number is 85239 00663. The Production Date Codes and Best By Codes are: 4360SF3 through 7 J1 Best By 26/06/2016; 4360SF3 through 7 J2 Best By 26/06/2016; 5026SF4 through 8 J1 Best By 26/07/2016; 5026SF4 through 8 J2 Best By 26/07/2016; 5051SF2 through 4 J1 Best By 20/08/2016; and 5051SF2 through 4 J2 Best By … [Read more...]

Claravale Raw Milk May be Associated with Campylobacter Outbreak


The California Department of Public Health warned consumers that consumption of unpasteurized (raw) milk may cause serious illness. Six people in northern California have been diagnosed with campylobacteriosis, a serious infection caused by Campylobacter bacteria. Multiple bottles of raw milk from Claravale Farm have tested positive for Campylobacter and have been recalled. In 2012, raw milk from Claravale farm sickened at least 22 people with Campylobacter. In this latest recall, raw milk, raw nonfat milk and raw cream from Claravale Farm in San Benito county with code dates of "MAR 28 and earlier should be disposed. Retailers should not sell it, and consumers should not drink it. The symptoms of a Campylobacter infection include diarrhea that is often bloody, abdominal cramping and … [Read more...]

Giant Eagle Recalls Japanese Cod Fillets for Undeclared Soy

Giant Eagle Breaded Cod Fillet Recall

Giant Eagle is recalling their Japanese Breaded Cod Fillets, which are prepared and sold individually from the Seafood department in Giant Eagle and Market District supermarkets, because of undeclared soy, one of the major food allergens. Those who are allergic to soy could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date. The product was sold in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. They were sold individually from the Seafood department; the UPC number is 68106 31470. If you purchased this product and are allergic to soy, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Giant Eagle is also initiating its consumer recall telephone notification process for those who have Giant Eagle Advantage Cards. … [Read more...]

Giant Eagle Recalls Little Italy Paninis for Undeclared Egg

Giant Eagle Little Italy Panini Egg Recall

Giant Eagle is recalling all lots of Giant Eagle brand Little Italy Paninis, prepared and sold individually from the Prepared Foods department inside Giant Eagle and Market District supermarkets for undeclared egg, one of the major food allergens. People with an egg allergy could have a life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat one of these products. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are Little Italy Panini, Cold with UPC number 97525 20399 and Little Italy Panini, Hot with UPC number 07369 20399. They were sold individually from the Prepared Foods department through March 23, 2015. They were sold in Pennsylvania and Ohio. If you purchased these products and are allergic to egg, do not eat them. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Recalls More Ice Cream for Possible Listeria

Blue Bell Ice Cream Cups Listeria Recall

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling 3 ounce institutional/food service ice cream cups because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. That brand's ice cream is linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak in Wichita, Kansas. Five people were sickened and three died after being served Blue Bell ice cream at the Via Christi hospital in Wichita. On March 22, 2015, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment reported one positive test for Listeria monocytogenes on a chocolate ice cream cup taken from a hospital in Wichita, Kansas. This cup was produced in the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma plant on April 15, 2014. This is a different facility from the one in Brenham, Texas, that produced the ice cream linked to the Kansas outbreak. These products were sold in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, … [Read more...]

Amy’s Kitchen Recalls Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

Amy's Listeria Recall

Amy's Kitchen is recalling 73,897 cases of products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. One of Amy's organic spinach suppliers notified the company that it may be contaminated. No illnesses have been reported, but the illness caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear. You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with UPC numbers, lot codes, package sizes, and dates. They were distributed to stores nationwide in the United States and Canada. They include Vegetable Lasagna, Tofu Vegetable Lasagna, Brown Rice & Vegetables Bowl, Stuffed Pasta Shells Bowl, Tofu Scramble, and Enchilada Verde Whole Meal, among others. You can also see pictures of product labels at the FDA site. If you purchased any of these … [Read more...]

School Outbreak in Maine Sickened 22 Children Last Week

School Lunch

According to the Portland Press Herald, 22 Portland schoolchildren were sickened with food poisoning last week at Reiche Elementary School. Officials suspect a pickled beet salad may be the culprit. School officials alerted public health officials when student began to throw up about an hour after lunch on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The cafeteria at Reiche was the only school in the public school system to serve that beet salad that day. There were no illnesses in the rest of the district. Lab results are pending. No students needed to see the doctor. Twenty-one of the twenty-two sickened students returned to school the next day. The school district's central kitchen and the kitchen at Reiche School were inspected by public health officials. While the district kitchens passed … [Read more...]

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