April 30, 2016

Season’s Choice Prince Edward Medley Recalled for Listeria

The FDA's Weekly Enforcement Report for April 27, 2016 lists a recall for Season's Choice Prince Edward Medley in 16 ounce bags for possible Listeria monocytogenes. This product is distributed by Aldi Inc. of Batavia, Illinois. The product is from Netherlands. The recall notice states that a limited number of the product tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. We did a Google search and found that this product is a frozen blend of green beans, wax beans, and carrots. According to the FDA, 47,562 bags are being recalled. The code on this product is Best Before: Jun 28 2017 Lot 152212. It was sold in Illinois, apparently at Aldi stores. The recalling firm is Camericam International of Teaneck, New Jersey. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a … [Read more...]

Kopobbi Whole Milk Ricotta Recalled for Listeria

The FDA's Weekly Enforcement Report for April 27, 2016 lists the recall of a whole milk ricotta cheese for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product is 47 tubs of 33 Kopobbi A Whole Milk Cheese, Ricotta, Net Weight 17.14 pounds. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health sampled the product and found that it was positive for Listeria. The product has a sell by date of 03/16/16, with lot number 16-26-02. This cheese was sold in New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. The recalling firm is Delicious Food Distributors of Richmond Hill, New York. If you purchased this cheese, do not eat it. Throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution to kill any remaining bacteria, since Listeria can … [Read more...]

Confusing Recalls of Pictsweet Frozen Veggies for Listeria

Pictsweet frozen vegetables have been recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall has not been posted on the FDA recall page, but different grocers have listed the recall on their web sites. Pictsweet also does not have any information on its web site. And, in a troubling development, many different grocery store chains have posted different UPC numbers and "best by" dates for the same recalled product. Some stores recall only one of the products; others recall two or more different products. Pictsweet has alerted these retailers about the recall. Schnucks is the only chain that has stated that the recall was triggered for chopped onions from Oregon Potato Company (doing business as "Freeze Pack") that may be contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria., … [Read more...]

SYSCO and Reser’s Salads Recalled in Canada for Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Reser's Fine Foods are recalling two salads for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these recalled items, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled products are Classic SYSCO Elbow Macaroni Salad in 3.63 kg packages. The code on the product is MAY-07-16 #10, and the UPC number is 0 74865 08459 8. The second recalled product is Reser's Deviled Egg Potato Salad in 3.63 kg packages. The code on that product is APR-28-16 #10, and the UPC number is 71117 00225. If you purchased these salads, do not eat them. Throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. This recall was triggered … [Read more...]

Murcia al Vino Cheese Recalled for Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and A. Bosa & Co. Ltd. are recalling Murcia al Vino Cheese from the marketplace because it may contain 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 manifest. The recalled product is Vegajardin brand Murcia al Vino Cheese, sold in 250 gram packages. The UPC number of the product is 8 431043 120349 and the batch number is 2572. The best before date is 02/28/17. The product was sold in British Columbia at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed bag or other container so other people and animals cannot eat it. Then wash your hands thoroughly after handling … [Read more...]

Gravlax Recalled in Canada for Listeria Monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is announcing that the public should not consume Fjord Laks Gravlax (raw marinated cured salmon) because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. There have been no reported illnesses linked to 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 Fjord Laks Gravlax - Marinated Salmon (Dill sauce included) in 165 gram packages. The UPC number on the product is variable. All Best Before dates, up to and including April 20, 2016 are included in this recall. The product was sold in Quebec at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away  in a sealed or double bagged package so other people and animals can't eat … [Read more...]

H-E-B Apple Products Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Fresh from Texas of San Antonio is recalling multiple products containing sliced red apples because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The product was sold by H-E-B stores in Texas. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. You can see the long list of products recalled at the FDA web site, along with pictures of the recalled products. UPC numbers, the best by dates, and types of packaging are listed at that site as well. The recalled products include H-E-B Ready Fresh Go Sliced Red Apples, the same product with caramel dip, Value Pack Sliced Apples, Fruit Party Tray, Deluxe Fruit Tray, H-E-B Ready Fresh Go Fresh Fruit Medley, Fruit & Veg Combo Tray, H-E-B Ready Fresh … [Read more...]

CDC Study on Retail Deli Slicer Cleaning Frequency

The CDC, in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for the week of April 1, 2016 has published a study on how often retail deli slicers are cleaned. Deli foods are notorious for being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria infections are the third highest number of foodborne illness deaths in the country, after Salmonella and Toxoplasma gondii. Deli meats are a major source of listeriosis illnesses. And once Listeria bacteria are present in a facility, it can be very difficult to eradicate them. Mechanical slicers pose cross-contamination risks in delicatessens. Reducing Listeria contamination of these products in delis will likely reduce Listeria illnesses and outbreaks. Good slicer cleaning practices can reduce this risk. CDC's Environmental Health … [Read more...]

Wylwood Frozen Broccoli Recalled for Listeria Monocytogenes

Alimentos Congelados is voluntarily recalling 1,800 cases of Frozen Broccoli Cuts 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 listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear. The recalled product is WYLWOOD Fresh Frozen Broccoli Cuts in a 16 ounce package. The UPC number is 5193300110, with bag codes of A25335P and A15335P. The State of Ohio Department of Agriculture tested the product and found it tested positive for Listeria. The company has ceased distribution of the product and is cooperating with federal agencies. If you purchased this product, do not eat it, even if you plan on cooking it. Throw it away in a sealed or … [Read more...]

Smallbatch Pets Recalls Dog Food for Salmonella and Listeria

Smallbatch Pets is recalling some of their dog food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. They are recalling one lot, or eighty cases, of frozen dog duckbatch sliders. The recalled product is sold frozen in 3 pound bags. The product has lot number CO27, best by date of 01/27/17, and UPC number 713757339001. The "Best By" date is located on the back of the package below the seal. The products were sold in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington state through pet food retailers and distributors between 2/23/16 and 3/10/16. FDA testing of the product collected at a distributor revealed the presence of the pathogenic bacteria. If you purchased this product, do not feed it to your pet. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package so … [Read more...]

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