January 23, 2017

Lunds, Byerlys Recall Fresh Pineapple for Possible Listeria

Lunds and Byerlys stores in Minnesota are recalling Fresh-Cut Cored Pineapple for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. 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 "Our Produce Fresh-Cut Cored Pineapple." The supplier of the fruit issued a recall. The fruit has an expiration date of January 20, 2017 or earlier. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged container, or take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund. Then clean out your refrigerator with a solution of 1 tablespoon liquid chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of water. Listeria bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures. Then wash your hands with soap and … [Read more...]

Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Frozen Pet Food for Listeria

Blue Ridge Beef is recalling one of its frozen pet food products because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria can sick the animal eating the product and can sicken humans who come into contact with the product, or with a sick pet. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Turkey with bone for dogs, with lot number 103 mfd12716 and UPC number 854298001887. The product was sold at the retail level in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. What is strange is that the picture provided at the FDA website is for Beef pet food. We can only assume the Turkey with bone is in a similar package. If you purchased this product, do not feed it to your pet. Throw it away in a sealed or double … [Read more...]

FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Control of Listeria in RTE Foods

The FDA is distributing a draft guidance, for comment purposes only, on the control of Listeria monocytogenes in ready to eat (RTE) foods. The guidance is for industry. All comments should be submitted electronically or written by July 17, 2017. The document is intended to help manufactures comply with current good manufacturing practices and risk-based preventive controls for human food. The final rule is the product of outreach by the FDA to industry, consumer groups, academia, and other stakeholders. The rule was first proposed in January 2013. There is zero tolerance for Listeria monocytogenes in ready to eat foods. This bacteria causes serious illness and death. It grows at refrigerator temperatures, and freezing does not kill it. Heating to 160°F is the only way to destroy … [Read more...]

USDA Issues Alert About Listeria in Peter DeFries Deli Meats

The USDA has issued a public health alert about possible Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in Peter DeFries deli meat. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue, but listeriosis can take up to 70 days to appear. The problem was discovered through routine testing at the Peter DeFries plant. The sliced roast beef, ham, pastrami, and turkey items were produced between December 14, 2016 and December 29, 2016. They were distributed to Dion's restaurant locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. The deli meats were used on pizzas, salads, and open faced sandwiches. These products may have been available in restaurant locations through January 4, 2017. If you ate those foods at Dion's restaurants in those states up to January 4, 2017, monitor yourself for the … [Read more...]

Public Health Alert for Possible Listeria in Chicken Strips

The USDA is issuing a public health alert about chicken strip products produced by House of Raeford in North Carolina because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product, but the illness caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear. The ready to eat, fully cooked chicken breast strips were produced on packaged on September 29, 2016 and served to consumers in December 2016. They were shipped to a distributor in Cleveland, Ohio and then shipped to various restaurants to be served as part of fajitas and gyro dishes. The symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning include high fever, muscle aches, stiff neck, confusion, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Pregnant … [Read more...]

Foxy’s Thoughtful Ice Cream Recalled for Possible Listeria

Altijira Murry Products LLC is recalling some of their Foxy's Thoughtful ice Cream made by Dr. Bob's because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, although the illness caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear. The six recalled flavors equal less than 4,000 pints. All of them were manufactured and packaged in a facility owned by Dr. Bob's of Upland. There have been multiple recalls of products made at that facility, which is now closed. The FDA found positive Listeria monocytogenes samples in that facility. The recalled products are packaged in 16 ounce (1 pint) packages. All of them have best by dates of March 17, 2017; March 18, 2017; March 19, 2017; and March 20, 2017. The recalled flavors are Rather … [Read more...]

Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Pet Food for Possible Listeria and Salmonella

Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling two of its frozen pet food products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Animals and people can get sick; animals from eating the product, and people from handling the product or petting sick animals. Two complaints have been associated with these products; one complaint of two kittens getting sick and one complaint of a puppy dying. Testing by the FDA of one of the chubs revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The press release states, "There is no direct evidence linking these unfortunate instances to contaminated product." The recalled products are sold in 2 pound chubs. The first is Beef for dogs, with lot number mfd ga8516 and UPC number 8542980011009. The second … [Read more...]

Trader Joe’s Hummus Recalled in Canada for Possible Listeria

Transilvania Trading is recalling Trader Joe's Mediterranean Hummus sold in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. It was sold at Pirate Joe's at 3744 West 10th Avenue in Vancouver, British Columbia at the retail level. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Trader Joe's Mediterranean Hummus in 454 gram packages. The use by dates are up to and including 12/15/16. There is no UPC number on the product. If you bought this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a a sealed container or take it back to the store for a full refund. Then clean your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution to kill any bacteria. Listeria bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures. If you ate this product, … [Read more...]

Snow Monkey Goji Berry and Cacao Pods Recalled for Listeria

FMIF Holdings is recalling Snow Monkey Goji Berry and Cacao Pods because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall is dated November 23, 2016, but was just released yesterday. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Snow Monkey Subzero Superfood in Cacao in 8 ounce packages. It was delivered from online ordering between May and June 2016. The barcode reads "000000000000 Sample Only - Not for Resale." Also recalled is 8 ounce Snow Monkey Subzero Superfood in Goji Berry delivered from online ordering between May and June 2016. The barcode reads "000000000000 Sample Only - Not for Resale." These products were not sold at retail locations. They were distributed via online ordering in … [Read more...]

Goat Cheese from PA Apple Tree Dairy Recalled for Listeria

The FDA has issued a consumer advisory for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in goat cheese products made by Apple Tree Goat Dairy of Richfield, Pennsylvania. Four lots of these products made in March and July 2016 were recalled by the dairy on September 20, 2016. A recent FDA inspection of the facility found the pathogenic bacteria in the firm's finished products and in the production environment. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. But listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. On September 12, 2016, the FDA inspected the Apple Tree facility. Inspectors found poor sanitation practices and also found Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in 18 environmental samples from the … [Read more...]

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