February 12, 2016

FSIS Launches Pilot Project on Listeria Monocytogenes and Delis

Listeria monocytogenes can be found in most environments, but is a particular problem in delicatessens. Food Poisoning Bulletin has told you about many recalls of deli foods for contamination by this pathogenic bacteria. Listeria is often associated with ready-to-eat deli meats and soft cheeses that may be recut and packaged by store delis. And studies have shown that Listeria can easily survive the standard cleaning procedures used by most deli operators and employees. The bacteria can survive at refrigerator temperatures and can hide in nooks and tiny crevices. In fact, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems are told to avoid eating ready-to-eat foods purchased from delicatessens. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) held a webinar on January 13, … [Read more...]

Winn Dixie Potato Salad Recalled for Listeria Monocytogenes

The FDA's weekly Enforcement Report for the week of December 30, 2015 was released this last week. This report includes food recalls that were not announced on the government's recall page. One recall that we noticed was for 144 cases of Winn Dixie Old Fashioned Potato Salad, made by Reser's Fine Foods, for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  The product was sold in 16 ounce (1 pound) packages and has a use by date of December 08 15 30. The UPC number on the product is 021140021755. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of this product. Other Reser's Fine Foods salads were recalled in 2013 because of this same problem. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a closed or sealed … [Read more...]

Big Dog Natural Recalls Raw Dog Food for Possible Listeria and Salmonella

Big Dog Natural of New Jersey is voluntarily recalling a select production lot of Big Dog Natural raw dehydrated dog food Chicken Supreme because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, and Fish Supreme because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The FDA notified the company that samples of both of those products tested positive for the pathogenic bacterium. The recalled products, Chicken Supreme and Fish Supreme, were shipped from 10/31/2015 to 11/13/2015 to online customers. The recalled products include all weight volumes of the Big Dog Natural Chicken and Fish Supreme. There is a risk to humans in this recall; people who handle these products and who do not thoroughly wash their hands can get sick. Pets infected with Salmonella may be lethargic … [Read more...]

Gross Family Dairy Raw Milk Recalled in PA for Listeria Risk

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning consumers to discard raw milk sold by the Gross Family Dairy in South Sterling, Wayne County, in that state. The milk may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Raw milk collected during routine sampling by a commercial laboratory on December 17, 2015 tested positive for the bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, but the illness caused by this pathogenic bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear. The milk was sold at the farm and in Stroudsburg, Monroe County, at Earthlight Natural Foods, the Stroudsburg Farmers Market and the Monroe Farmers Market. It may also have been sold at Dutch’s Market in Greentown, Pike County; Everything Natural in Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County; and at Matt’s Farm Stand in … [Read more...]

Osage Lane Creamery Raw Feta Cheese Warned over Listeria

The FDA sent a warning letter to Osage Lane Creamery in Pataskala, Ohio stating that they found Listeria monocytogenes in the facility. That creamery makes and sells raw goat milk Feta cheese, which is not pasteurized to destroy pathogens such as Listeria. Swabs taken from various areas in the processing area revealed the presence of the pathogenic bacteria. Listeria contamination in soft cheeses, particularly raw milk cheeses, can be a persistent problem. This bacteria can be very harmful, especially to those in high risk groups such as children, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women. The discovery of the bacteria means that the food products are considered adulterated. The firm has "significant deviations" from the Current Good Manufacturing … [Read more...]

Wegmans Octopus Salad Recalled for Listeria Monocytogenes

Uoriki Fresh of New Jersey is recalling its Octopus Salad sold at one Wegmans Food Market store in that state because it tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The store is located in Manalapan, NJ. 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 Octopus Salad was packaged in an 8 ounce plastic tray or sold by the pound in the seafood department with the label Wegmans Fresh Octopus Salad. It was sold from December 18 - 24, 2015, and labeled with "best before" dates ranging from December 21 - 24, 2015. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed container or return it to the store where you purchased it for a full … [Read more...]

Edgewood Locker Recalls Beef Sticks for Listeria

The Edgewood Locker in Iowa recalled 207 pounds of beef sticks with cheese 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 appear. The recalled product was sold from Edgewood Locker in Edgewood, Iowa or Greenwood Grocery in Farley, Iowa. The beef sticks have a lot number of 348. They were packaged in 8 ounce or 2 pound package sizes on December 15, 2015. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Then wash your hands carefully with soap and water. You will need to clean the refrigerator or any place the product was stored with a mild bleach solution to … [Read more...]

Giant Eagle Green Beans Recalled for Listeria Monocytogenes

In the FDA's weekly enforcement report for December 21, 2015, there is a recall for frozen French Style Green Beans, produced by Lakeside Foods and  packaged under the Giant Eagle and Shur fine labels for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This report includes recalls that are not released to the public in the usual manner. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled products are Giant Eagle French Style Green Beans in 16 ounce poly bags (454 grams). The UPC number is 30034-00978 and the best by date is 09/2017. Also recalled is Shur fine French Style Green Beans in 16 ounce (454 gram) packages. The UPC number on that product is 11161-13478 and the best by date is 09/2017. If you … [Read more...]

In Canada, Bothwell Cheese Recalled for Listeria

Bothwell Cheese Inc. is recalling shredded cheeses for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers who have purchased these cheeses should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness.The recalled cheeses were sold in Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. They include: White Cheddar Shred, Old Cheddar Shred, Mild Shred and Old Shred in 10kg packages with Lot # 151030. And Mozzarella Blend Shredded Cheese in 340g packages with lot number Lot # 160626 Best Before JUN 26 16 and UPC 0 58898 34082 1.Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.Symptoms of an infection include high fever, severe … [Read more...]

Stella & Chewy’s Recalls Pet food for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

Stella & Chewy's was notified by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development that some of their dog food tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The company is recalling five products for possible contamination as a precautionary measure. The product that tested positive for the pathogenic bacteria and the first recalled is Frozen Stella's Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs in 8.5 ounce packages, lot #165-15, UPC number 186011 001554 and Use by date 6/25/2016. The other four recalled products include Frozen Stella's Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs in 4 pound packages. It has a UPC number of 186011 001370, lot #165-15, and Use by dates of 6/25/2016 and 6/26/2016. Another recalled product is Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Cats in 1.25 pound packages. … [Read more...]

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