April 20, 2014

CDC Issues Report on Crave Brothers Listeria Outbreak

Crave Brothers Cheese Recall and Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new report on the multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to Crave Brothers soft-ripened cheese in the summer of 2013. The Minnesota Department of Health notified the CDC about the outbreak on June 27, 2013, when two patients with invasive Listeria monocytogenes infections were sickened with Listeria bacteria that had indistinguishable PFGE patterns. The outbreak, which sickened six people, killed one person, and caused one miscarriage, was linked to one of three varieties of Crave Brothers cheese, including Les Frères, Petit Frère, or Petit Frère with truffles. Three patients bought the cheese at three different restaurants; two purchased the cheese at two different grocery stores. The cheeses had been purchased as … [Read more...]

British Airways Warning Passengers of Possible Listeria Exposure

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Flying Food Group, an airline catering company, is warning passengers who ate an appetizer meal served on British Airways flights that they may have been exposed to Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The meals were served on British Airways flights 0204, 0206, and 208 on March 19, 2014. The 41 appetizer meals were prepared at the corporation's facility in Miami. Listeriosis, the illness caused by the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, takes up to 70 days to manifest. Anyone who ate the Char Grilled Asparagus and Grapefruit Appetizer meal served on those flights on that date should monitor themselves for the symptoms of listeriosis food poisoning for the next 70 days. The symptoms of listeriosis include flu-like fever, muscle aches, upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, stiff neck, headache, … [Read more...]

In Canada, Breakfast Wraps Recalled for Possible Listeria

Breakfast Wrap Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Castle Cheese Inc. are recalling two types of breakfast wraps sold in British Columbia because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled items are Creekside Market Breakfast Wrap in 250 gram containers. The UPC number is 200732 804994. The code on the product is packed date up to and including 2014AL01 and best before date up to and including 2014AL11. The product was sold from Creekside Market, 305-2071, Lake Placid Road in Whistler, BC. The other recalled item is Belich's Market Breakfast Wrap. The size and UPC number are not listed. It was sold from March 10 to 28, 2014 at Super Value at 415 Dollarton Highway in North … [Read more...]

New York City Fish Closed for Listeria Problems

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Federal Judge Roslynn Mauskopf granted the U.S. government's request for a permanent injunction against New York City Fish on Monday, March 30, 2014. Inspectors found that the fish had been processed and packed under "unsanitary conditions where it may be contaminated by filth". The motion for preliminary injunction had been filed on May 17, 2013. Inspectors looked at the facility six times between 2006 and 2012 and found Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in the environment and in the finished product. In addition, there was no evidence that many of the company's employees had been trained to ensure compliance with the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Employees were observed spraying antimicrobial solution in the brining solution and spraying it directly on in-process seafood products during … [Read more...]

FDA Closes Jensen’s Old Fashioned Smokehouse

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The FDA has closed Jensen's Old Fashioned Smokehouse in Seattle, Washington, after environmental samples confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the facility. Inspectors found the pathogenic bacteria in food processing and storage areas. The facility is subject to a consent decree of permanent injunction that was entered in 2001. Under that decree, the company "agreed to comply with requirements to control food safety hazards and ensure that its products are not adulterated." To resume production, Jensen's must meet several requirements, including cleaning and sanitizing the facility and hiring an expert to develop a Sanitation Standard Operation Procedure, along with an environmental monitoring program for Listeria. In addition, the company must test samples of all … [Read more...]

Fresh Express Salads Recalled for Possible Listeria

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Fresh Express Incorporated has recalled some 10 ounce and 6 ounce salads with expired use-by dates because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with these recalled items. A single sample in a random test had a positive result for the bacteria. The items include Italian Salad in 10 ounce and 6 ounce sizes. The produce code is H071A11A and the use-by date is March 26, 2014. The UPC number is 0 71279-21100 8. The salads were distributed to Mid-Atlantic and Eastern states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington D.C. If you purchased these products, do not … [Read more...]

Fruits Recalled in Canada for Possible Listeria Contamination

All Fruits Listeria Recall

All Fruits Ltd in Canada is recalling several types of fruit blends distributed in Quebec that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products were distributed to hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals, nursing homes, as well as retailers and distributors. No illnesses have been reported to date. But listeriosis can take up to 70 days to develop after exposure. The recalled products all have "best before 23 April 2014". They include All Fruits 7 Fruits Blend in 5 liter containers, with UPC number 8 31341 00901 4; All Fruits 7 Fruits Blend in 12 liter containers, with UPC number 8 31341 00910 6; All Fruits "Coupe hôpital" in 12 liter containers with UPC number 8 31341 00903 8; and All Fruits 7 Fruits Blend + Orange in 12 liter containers, with UPC number 8 31341 00801 … [Read more...]

Oscar’s Smokehouse Cheese Spreads Recalled for Listeria

Oscars Smoke House Listeria Recall

Oscar's Smokehouse Inc. of New York is recalling eleven of its cheese spreads because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but the incubation period for listeriosis can be as long as 70 days. All of the recalled products are sold in 7 ounce packages. They include Jalapeno Pepper Cheddar Spread, Cheddar Spread & Blue Cheese, Champagne Cheddar Spread, Garlic Cheddar Spread, Port Wine Cheddar Spread, Tangy Horseradish Cheddar Spread, Plain Cheddar Spread, "More Than" Cheddar Spread, Hickory Smoked Cheddar Spread, Bacon & Horseradish Cheddar Spread, and Bacon Cheddar Spread. The three-digit lot numbers range from 719 to 959, marked on the bottom of the container or the cheese spread label. The products were … [Read more...]

In Canada, Breads Recalled for Possible Listeria

Co-op Bread Recall Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Federated Co-Operatives Ltd. are recalling Co-op and Market Town Co-op breads because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No reported illnesses are associated with the consumption of these products. The recalled products all have best before dates up to and include 14 MR 23. They include Co-op brand California Garlic Bread, with UPC number 0 057316 130112, Co-op Garlic/Cheese Bread in 250 gram packages with UPC number 0 057316 073969, Co-op Garlic Cheese Bread 2 Pk in 450 gram packages with UPC number 0 057316 146847, and Market Town Co-op Pizza Bread, in 425 gram packages with UPC number 0 057316 040305. The breads were sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan at the retail level. You can see … [Read more...]

In Canada, Meat Shoppe Cheese Recalled for Listeria

The Meat Shoppe Cheddar Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and The Meat Shoppe Inc. are recalling shredded cheeses because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses related to these products have been reported to date. The recalled products are The Meat Shoppe Shredded Cheddar Cheese in various sizes, with UPC number starting with 200923 and packed on dates from 2014JA08 up to and including 2014MR03. Also recalled is The Meat Shoppe Shredded Mozza Cheese in various sizes, with UPC number starting with 200922 and packed on dates from 2014JA08 up to and including 2014MR03. The products were sold in Alberta. If you purchased any of these products, do not eat them. Discard them or return to the place of purchase for a refund. If you ate these products, watch yourself for the … [Read more...]

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