December 22, 2014

How Does Listeria Get on Apples?

Caramel Apple Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

The current Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to commercially prepared, prepackaged caramel apples is worrying. Twenty-eight people have been sickened and five have died so far in this multi-state outbreak. Caramel apples are not a food one usually associates with foodborne illness. But all raw produce can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. Almost all farm fields are irrigated with water, especially during droughts. That water can be contaminated with any kind of bacteria. And fertilizers made from manure can contain bacteria. When that bacteria gets onto fruits or vegetables it attaches to the produce and produces a biofilm that protects the bacteria and helps it grow. Produce can be contaminated with bacteria at any time along the supply chain, from the fields to the … [Read more...]

Bleating Heart Cheese Recalled for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

Bleating Heart Cheese Listeria Recall

Bleating Heart Cheese is voluntarily recalling some of its sheep's milk and cow's milk cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Sampling by the FDA found the pathogenic bacteria in at least one sample of the cheese. No illnesses have been reported, but it can take up to 70 days for listeriosis, the illness caused by Listeria bacteria, to appear. The recalled cheeses are Ewelicious Blue, natural rind, aged 2-3 months. Identifying code is 14-0618 on the bottom label. Fat Bottom Girl cheese is also recalled, with natural rind, aged 2-3 months, with identifying code 14-0702. Finallly, Goldette Tommette cheese, natural rind, aged 2-3 months is recalled. The identifying code on that product is 14-0527. The cheese was produced in late May, late June, and … [Read more...]

Franz’s Meat Products Recalled for Listeria in Canada

Franz Kolbossa Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Franz Roessl Holdings Ltd. are recalling two types of ready to eat meat products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in relation to the consumption of these products, but listeriosis can take up to 70 days to manifest after exposure. The recalled items are Franz's brand name, in variable weights. The first is Smoked Black Bean & Salsa Sausage with a UPC number that begins with 2 00710. The code on that product is Packed on 14/DEC/06 Best before 15/JAN/03. The second is Gold Medal Kolbossa with UPC number that begins with 2 00711. The code on that product is Packed on 14/DEC/06 Best before 15/JAN/03. They were sold in Ontario. If you purchased these items, do not eat … [Read more...]

Beef Balls Recall for Listeria in Canada Updated

Nha Trang Beef Balls Listeria Recall

The recall of Nha Trang Deli Beef Balls for Listeria monocytogenes has been updated to include more codes. The original recall was issued on 11/13/14. No reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product have been received to date, but the illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled product is Nha Trang Deli Inc. Beef Balls in 454 gram packages. The code on the product is Best Before Dates from 14 12 06 to 14 12 17, inclusively. The UPC number of the recalled product is 6 20937 00001 2. They were sold in British Columbia at the retail level. CFIA test results triggered the recall. A food safety investigation is being conducted. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return to the … [Read more...]

Henry’s Farm Recalls Soybean Sprouts for Listeria Again

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Henry's Farm of Virginia is recalling all packages of Soybean Sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This is the second big recall of sprouts for Listeria contamination for this facility; the other was in 2012. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis can take up to 70 days to present after exposure. The recalled products include all clear 1 pound packages of Natto Soybean Sprouts. They are labeled as produced by Henry's Farm Inc. and do not have a code. Also recalled are all clear 2 pound packages of Bean Sprouts distributed by Rhee Brothers Inc. Columbia MD with no code. Finally, all bulk (about 10 pounds) black plastic bags of Soy Bean Sprouts are recalled. They were labeled as produced by Henry's Farm Inc. The packages were not coded. … [Read more...]

Smoked Nova Salmon Recalled for Listeria Monocytogenes

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Acme Smoked Fish Corporation is voluntarily recalling 564 pounds of Nova smoked salmon sold in Giant supermarkets because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Testing by the Virginia Department of Agriculture found the bacteria in one package. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by Listeria monocytogenes, can take up to 70 days to appear after exposure. The recalled product is Imported (Product of Denmark) Acme 4 ounce (113 gram) vacuum smoked salmon. The lot code is L.05122014 and the UPC number is 2338410406. It was distributed to Giant Food stores in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container so animals can't get at the product, or return it or … [Read more...]

In Canada, Beef Balls Recalled for Listeria Monocytogenes

Nha Trang Beef Balls Listeria Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Nha Trang Deli are recalling Nha Trang Beef Balls because they 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 manifest after exposure. The recalled product is Nha Trang Deli Inc. Beef Balls in 454 gram packages. The code on the product is Best Before Dates from 14 11 27 to 14 12 05, inclusively. The UPC number is 6 20937 00001 2. They were sold in British Columbia at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. If you ate this product, you must monitor yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. … [Read more...]

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...]

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