March 26, 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...]

Flap Meat Recalled for Misbranding


Viz Cattle of California is recalling 6,082 pounds of flap meat because no ingredients are listed on the product label. The product does not contain any undeclared allergens or ingredients that could be a threat to public health. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is packed in 30 pound cardboard boxes containing "FLAP MEAT TB". It has shipping marks “MXLS0020” or “MXLS0014” and “TIF 120” inside the Mexican mark of inspection.  These items were shipped for institutional use to locations in California. It was produced between February 19 and February 26, 2015 and March 2 and March 4, 2015. The problem was discovered during a routine label review by FSIS inspectors. … [Read more...]

La Terra Fina Organic Spinach Dip Recalled for Listeria


La Terra Fina is recalling spinach dips sold at Costco and Smart & Final stores for possible Listeria contamination. No illnesses has been reported at the time of the recall, but consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness or death. The recall was issued after La Terra Fina received a recall notice from its organic spinach supplier of possible Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products were distributed to Costco stores in the Northwest, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast regions and Smart & Final stores along the West Coast only. Symptoms of a Listeria infection, which can take up to 70 days to develop, include headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness, dizziness and gastrointestinal symptoms. Young children, pregnant … [Read more...]

Lindt Recalls Chocolate For Undeclared Hazelnuts

Lindt Chocolate Recall

Lindt is recalling one product lot of its Chocolate Covered Raisin Bags and Chocolate Covered Almond Bags because they may contain hazelnuts, a food allergen, that is not declared on the label. Anyone who is allergic to hazelnuts could have a serious reaction if they consume these products. No reactions have been reported to date. The recalled products are Chocolate Covered Raisins in a 6.4 ounce standup bag. The lot code is L2975 and the best before date is 4-30-2015. Also recalled is Chocolate Covered Almonds in a 6.4 ounce standup bag with lot code L2975 and best before date of 4-30-2015. The bags were for sale in nine Lindt Chocolate Shop locations in the U.S. between January 23 and March 16, 2015. You can see the names and addresses of the stores at the FDA web site. If you … [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...]

Cadia, Meijer, Wild Harvest, Wegman’s Frozen Spinach Recalled for Listeria


Cadia, Meijer, Wild Harvest and Wegmans brands of  frozen spinach are being recalled for potential Listeria contamination. Coastal Green Vegetable Company LLC of Oxnard, CA  supplied the spinach to Twin City Foods, Inc. of Stanwood, Washington which distributed the product sold under those four brand names. Cadia is the store brand for Tops Markets. Wild Harvest is a Supervalu brand. Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Children, seniors, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk. Listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Symptoms of an infection include: high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. These … [Read more...]

Listeria Recall: Blue Bell Ice Cream at Schools, Hospitals, Nursing Homes

Via Christi Hospital patients sickened by Listeria from ice cream

Blue Bell ice cream cups recalled March 23 for Listeria were distributed to hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other institutional food service operations, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The recalled 3-ounce cups of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream were manufactured at Blue Bell's facility in Broken Arrow, Okla. and distributed to 23 states. Distribution to schools, hospitals and nursing homes is troubling as children, pregnant women, the elderly and the sick are at highest risk for Listeria infections. This recall is in addition the 10 single serving products Blue Bell withdrew from the market earlier this month after one of them, Scoops, was linked to a Listeria outbreak at Via Christi hospital in Wichita that … [Read more...]

Listeria Deaths in Caramel Apple Outbreak Raise Total for Year

Caramel Apple Listeria Death Lawsuit

One Listeria death for every five cases of listeriosis is the average mortality rate for Listeria food poisoning cases tracked in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is an average that fit the caramel apple Listeria outbreak with the same tragic consequences that health experts saw in other outbreaks of listeriosis in 2014. The seven case patients who died with listeriosis after eating pre-packaged, commercially produced caramel apples  lifted last year's Listeria death total in the U.S. to 13, from four outbreaks. State and federal agencies have associated the caramel apple outbreak with fruit supplied by California-based Bidart Brothers Inc. In all, 13 of 50 Listeria outbreak case patients died and one fetal loss was suffered. Not every … [Read more...]

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