October 31, 2014

Oasis Recalls Cheese for Listeria Monocytogenes; Illnesses Reported

Oasis Lacteos Santa Martha Cheese Listeria Recall

Oasis Brands of Miami, Florida is recalling some lots of Lacteos Santa Martha cheese products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. FDA is investigating illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. There is no word on how many people may be sick. The recall is the result of sampling by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and subsequent FDA environmental samples that revealed the presence of the bacteria. The company stopped production and distribution of the product. You can see the long list of recalled cheeses at the FDA web site along with the associated UPC numbers. They include Queso Fresco, Quesito Casero, Crema Guatemalteca, Mantequilla Hondurena, and Crema Cuzcitian, among others. You can also see pictures of the product … [Read more...]

Oasis Recalls Cuajada en Hoja for Possible Listeria

Cuajada en Hoja Listeria Recall

Oasis Brands of Miami, Florida is recalling Cuajada en Hoja cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product, but listeriosis, the illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. The product was distributed in South Florida through retail stores. The Cuajada en Hoja is in 12 ounce packages with best by dates from 10/1/14 - 10/8/14 and 10/18/14. The writing on the plastic bag is Cuajada en Hoja 12 oz, Brand Lacteos Sta. Martha, Fresh Curd. The recall is a result of sampling by the FDA. The company has ceased production and distribution as they investigate this issue. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a double bagged … [Read more...]

Jinga Pan-Fried Anchovies Recalled for Listeria

Jinga Pan Fried Anchovies Listeria Recall

Jinga “Pan Fried Anchovies” are being recalled for potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. There has been one illness reported in association with this recall. The recalled product was made by HAR Maspeth Corp. of Maspeth, NY and sold in 2 ounce and 4 ounce clear plastic packages marked with an expiration date of “9/28/2014” stamped on the top and distributed nationwide through mail orders and retail sales. Consumers who have purchased his product should not use it as Listeria can cause serious, sometimes life-threatening illness. At special risk are pregnant women, young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of an infection can take up to two months to develop and include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, … [Read more...]

FDA Warning Letters for September 2014

FDA

The FDA has sent many warning letters to corporations during the month of September 2014. These letters inform the corporation owners of problems with food safety and HACCP violations. Well Luck Company in New Jersey received a letter on September 17, 2014 warning about rodent problems at their facility. Live mice were spotted in the facility during an inspection. Dead mice were found on glue traps in the picking area and next to the cooler entrance door. A dead rat was found in a rodent trap in the warehouse storage area. In addition, roach-like insects "too numerous to count" were in the fortune cookie processing room. Equipment was not properly stored, litter and waste was not removed, and food products were spilled onto the warehouse floor. Losurdo Foods of New Jersey was warned … [Read more...]

WHO Study Evaluates Global Listeria Burden

A study of the global burden of listeriosis, the illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, has been conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. The study’s authors reviewed 12,000 studies on Listeria infections published from January 1, 1990 to May 21, 2012. Listeria bacteria are difficult to control, partly because they can grow at refrigerator temperatures, in low-water foods, and aren’t easily destroyed with cleaning materials. Listeria monocytogenes infected more than 23,000 people worldwide in 2010. Of those, 5,463 were killed. This is a far higher rate of death than those caused by Salmonella infections. This poses an urgent effort to discover more about the bacteria and its prevalence in developing countries. … [Read more...]

In Canada, Peppo’s Hommous Recalled for Listeria

Peppos Hommous Listeria Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Peppo's Foods are recalling Hommous (hummus) because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled product is Peppo's Foods Hommous sold in 1 kg containers. The codes on the product are JL201404-8, JL201404-9, AU201409-7, AU201412-13, AU201422-11, AU201422-12, AU201422-13, AU201422-14, AU201422-15, AU201420-13, SE201404-5, SE201404-6, JL201418-8, JL201418-11, SE201413-6, and SE201413-7. There is no UPC number. This product was sold nationally at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a doubled bagged … [Read more...]

Smoked Fish Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

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Gold Star Smoked Fish of Brooklyn, New York is recalling cold smoked steelhead fish because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled product is Cold Smoked Steelhead in Vacuum Pack with blue and gold label. It is packaged in a clear plastic vacuum bag for food service distribution. It has a white label with a code 244 on the back of the bag. The UPC number is 021 143140026. It was sold in New York state, New Jersey, and Florida as a food service item to be weighed at the point of sale. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard or return to the place of purchase … [Read more...]

Tjs Place Recalls Basil Pesto Pasta for Possible Listeria

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Tjs Place of Kirkland, Washington is recalling about 20 containers of Basil Pesto Pasta because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The firm has received no reports of illness to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by the Listeria bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest. The product is 20 containers of Basil Pesto Pasta in 8 ounce plastic tubs. It was sold between 8/8/14 and 8/21/14 in convenience stores, pharmacies, cafes, and espresso stands in King and Snohomish counties in Washington state. A stick on the side of the container has one of these codes: 0825, 0826, 0827, or 0828. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a closed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. If you ate this product, monitor yourself … [Read more...]

In Canada, Prosciutto Speck Recalled for Possible Listeria

Marc Angelo Prosicutto Speck Listeria Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Concord Premium Meats are recalling smoked Prosicutto Speck because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled product is Marc Angelo Smoked Prosciutto Speck in 100 gram containers. The code on the product is Best Before: 14 NO 02, and the UPC number is 6 27907 05740 3. It was sold in Ontario and Quebec at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a double bag or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures. If you … [Read more...]

Sam’s Club Chicken Caesar Salad Kits Recalled for Possible Listeria

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APPA Fine Foods of California is recalling 92,657 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kit products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No reports of illnesses connected to the consumption of this product have been received to date, but the symptoms of listeriosis can take up to 70 days to manifest. The recalled product is salad kits that were shipped nationwide to one bulk warehouse chain for retail sale in its in-house cafes. The 11 ounce clear plastic containers and 6.5 pound boxes are labeled "APPA Fine Foods/Sam's Club Daily Chef CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD KIT". The products have case codes of 141851, 141922, 141951, 141991, 142021, 142201 or 142131 with use by dates of 8/14/14, 8/21/14, 8/27/14, 9/1/14, 9/3/14 or 9/17/14. The kits were produced on July … [Read more...]

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