April 21, 2015

Listeria Recall Prompts Closure of Spanish Sonrise Dairy in Yacolt, WA


A raw cream Listeria recall has prompted the closure of Spanish Sonrise Dairy in Yacolt, WA, The Columbian has reported. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall, but the owners say it has prompted them to close the dairy ahead of schedule. During routine testing by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Listeria was found in raw cream. All raw cow milk, goat milk and cream with expiration dates between April 16 and 21 is being recalled. Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Symptoms, which can take up to 70 days to develop, include fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle stiffness, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Those most at risk are pregnant women, seniors, children and those with compromised immune system. Among pregnant women, Listeria can … [Read more...]

Preventing Listeriosis During Pregnancy


Pregnant women are at elevated risk for listerioisis, one of the deadliest kinds of food poisoning, and the complications can be tragic. Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and in newborns, infection or death. Symptoms, which can take as long as 70 days after exposure to develop, include fever, chills, muscle aches, diarrhea and upset stomach. Most pregnant women are 10 times more likely than the general population to contract listeriosis. For pregnant women who are Hispanic, the risk is 24 times higher. Some of that increased risk is attributed to food choices like Mexican-style soft cheeses. For all women, avoiding certain foods during pregnancy is the best way to reduce the risk of listeriosis. According to the Centers … [Read more...]

PritzkerOlsen Retained in Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak

Kansas Blue Bell Lawsuit

PritzkerOlsen, a national food safety law firm, has been retained in the Blue Bell Listeria outbreak which has sickened at least eight people in two states, killing three of them. "Because Listeria is one of the deadliest foodborne bacteria, producers should have a heightened level of vigilance to keep it out of America’s food supply," said Listeria lawyer Elliot Olsen, who is representing a client in this outbreak. About 20 percent of Listeria cases are fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Almost 60 percent of Listeria infections occur in adults 65 and older, about 14 percent of cases occur in pregnant women among whom these infections can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, and illness and death of newborns. Others at elevated risk of … [Read more...]

Listeria Lawyer: Blue Bell Shows Need for Better Ice Cream Testing

Kansas Blue Bell Lawsuit

The Blue Bell Listeria outbreak has highlighted the need for improved testing at facilities that make frozen dairy products, according to Brendan Flaherty, a food safety attorney with PritzkerOlsen in Minneapolis. Over the last four years, Listeria in ice cream products made at Blue Bell facilities in two states has sickened at least eight people, killing three of them. “These products have been making people sick, not for months, but for years. This is not a one-time problem but a systemic problem," said Flaherty who is representing clients from Minnesota and New Mexico in the caramel apple Listeria outbreak. How did Blue Bell's Listeria problem go on for years without detection? Part of the problem is that Blue Bell's plants weren't regularly tested by state and federal health … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak Timeline


The Blue Bell Listeria outbreak has sickened at least eight people in two states since 2011. All of them were hospital patients who were served contaminated ice cream during their stays. Three people have died. The rarity of the outbreak strains is now playing a key role in helping health officials identify clusters of illness that may be associated with the ice cream. Those at highest risk for Listeria infection are children, seniors, the immune-compromised and pregnant women. Among pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage and stillbirth. “When a company provides food to hospitals and nursing homes, the safety standards must be higher, especially when it comes to a pathogen like Listeria," said Brendan Flaherty, a food safety attorney with the law firm of PritzkerOlsen, who is … [Read more...]

Sabra Hummus Recalled for Listeria


Sabra Dipping Co. of Colonial Heights, VA is recalling 30,000 cases of Classic Hummus for possible Listeria contamination.The recalled products were sold nationwide. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported in connection with this product. Symptoms of a Listeria infection can take 70 days to develop. They include high fever, severe headache, muscle stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The code and "use by" dates are on the top of each of the recalled products. They are: Sabra Classic Hummus in 10-ounce packages, with UPC/SKU 040822011143/300067 and Best Before/Meilleur … [Read more...]

Anybody Checked Blue Bell’s Third Plant in Alabama for Listeria?

Blue Bell Listeria

Listeria has been found in products made at two Blue Bell locations, Brenham Texas and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. But what about the company's third plant in Sylacauga, Alabama? As of March 31, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) had not received word that U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials planned to visit the Sylacauga plant to conduct testing, a spokesman told Food Poisoning Bulletin via email. The Alabama Department of Public Health inspects the plant, which makes about 15 million gallons of ice cream each year, quarterly. The last inspection was February 19, 2015. However, environmental swabs are not taken during those inspections, nor are products tested for specific pathogens. Instead, samples are tested for coliform and the standard plate … [Read more...]

In Canada, Costco’s Kirkland Chicken Salad Recalled for Listeria


In Canada, Costco's Kirkland brand roasted chicken salad is being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported, but consumers who have purchased this salad should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recalled salads were sold in Costco stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec,  and Saskatchewan. The recalled products are: Kirkland Signature Roasted chicken salad Variable All Best Before dates up to and including 2015 AL 03 Starts with 2 4732; and Kirkland Signature Roasted chicken salad Variable All Best Before dates up to and including 2015 AL 03 Starts with 2 47319. … [Read more...]

Oklahoma’s Key Role in Blue Bell Listeria Investigation

Blue Bell Ice Cream Cups Listeria Recall

Listeria problems with Blue Bell ice cream were thought to be associated with a single machine at the company's manufacturing facility in Brenham, Texas. Tests on products made there contained the same unusual strains of the bacteria that killed three people and sickened two others at Via Christi hospital in Wichita, all of whom had eaten Blue Bell ice cream during their hospitalizations for unrelated illnesses. But earlier this week, tests on a different product made at different location, Blue Bell's plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, were also positive for Listeria. The product, a 3-ounce ice cream cup, was made specifically for Blue Bell's institutional clients such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools and shipped to 23 states. No illnesses have been linked to Blue Bell products … [Read more...]

La Terra Fina Organic Spinach Dip Recalled for Listeria


La Terra Fina is recalling spinach dips sold at Costco and Smart & Final stores for possible Listeria contamination. No illnesses has been reported at the time of the recall, but consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness or death. The recall was issued after La Terra Fina received a recall notice from its organic spinach supplier of possible Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products were distributed to Costco stores in the Northwest, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast regions and Smart & Final stores along the West Coast only. Symptoms of a Listeria infection, which can take up to 70 days to develop, include headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness, dizziness and gastrointestinal symptoms. Young children, pregnant … [Read more...]

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