November 1, 2014

Listeria in Soft Cheese Sickens 3, Kills 1


Listeria in Oasis brand soft cheese has killed one person and sickened two others, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oasis issued an August 4 recall for quesito casero,  an October 6 recall for cuajada en hoja, and an October 16 recall for various cheeses sold under the Lacteos Santa Martha brand. Consumers who have purchased these cheeses should not eat them as they risk serious illness or death if they do. Health officials used whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to compare the strains of the Listeria monocytogenes  isolated from the recalled quesito casero cheese and the strain isolated from the three case patients and found that they were highly related. The three cases were reported from three states: … [Read more...]

Listeria in Raw Milk Prompts Warning From NY Ag Department

E.coli in raw milk sickened 12

Listeria found in raw milk fromRichard Dirie Farm, in Sullivan County New York has prompted a warning from state agricultural officials. Consumers who have purchase raw milk from  located at 1345 Shandelee Road, Livingston Manor, New York should not drink it. as they risk life-threatening illness if they do. Illnesses had not been reported to the Ag department at the time of the recall, but symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as two months to develop. A sample of the milk, collected by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on October 21, 2014,  tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The farm was notified of the test result onOctober 23, 2014 and volunteered to suspend raw milk sales until the sample results were confirmed. Further lab … [Read more...]

Listeria Concern Prompts Another Rome Packing Crab Meat Recall

crab meat listeria

For the second time in five months, Listeria concerns have prompted a crab meat recall by Rome Packing Co. Inc. of East Providence, RI. Illnesses had not been reported at the time of the recall but consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Young children, frail or elderly people, and pregnant women are among those most at risk for Listeria infections. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriage or stillbirth among pregnant women. The recall includes Ocean's Catch brand All Natural Jonah Crab Leg Meat fresh products packaged in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid) sold  refrigerated, and frozen products sold in plastic … [Read more...]

Listeria Prompts Vending Machine Sandwich Recall in NC, SC, VA, GA

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Vending machine sandwiches and snacks made by SunBurst Foods of Goldsboro, NC and sold under a variety of brand names in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia are being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. The sandwiches, hot dogs and snack items were sold under the brand names River Edge Farms, CFW, Southern Zest, CJ’s Vending, Binford Street Deli, Middle Georgia Vendors, Roanoke Foods, Select Foods, and Jesse Jones. The recalled products include bologna, turkey, egg salad, chicken salad, ham and cheese, grilled cheese , peanut butter and jelly, and pimento cheese sandwiches; breakfast biscuit sandwiches with egg, sausage, ham or cheese; hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chili dogs, hot dogs, fried chicken, chicken tenders, green salads and more. For a complete list, … [Read more...]

Breakfast Food Sold to Airlines Recalled by Buddy’s Kitchen Inc.


A finding of Listeria contamination in potatoes has prompted a company in Burnsville, Minn., to recall more than 31 tons of meat and poultry products sold as breakfast meals, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The agency said some of the potentially tainted food was sold to airlines while other products were shipped from mid-July through September 25 to distributors and various retail outlets. Listeria monocytogenes, a rare but powerful pathogen that has caused deadly outbreaks of food poisoning in the U.S. and other countries, was discovered by sampling at Buddy's Kitchen, a suburban Minneapolis firm that makes custom frozen sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, omelets and breakfast entrees. Buddy's Kitchen serves the airline … [Read more...]

Foster Farms Recalls Frozen Chicken Strips for Listeria

Foster Farms Listeria

Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen, pre-cooked chicken strips for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The frozen Chicken Breast Grilled Strips product was produced August 5, 2014, and then shipped to retail warehouse locations in California, Texas, Utah, and Washington. The recalled product, Chicken Breast Grilled Strips, was sold in 3.5-lb. plastic resealable bags in freezer areas.  The affected product has the establishment number P-33901 and the "Best By" date of 08-05-15. The problem was discovered during a routine inspection. Some of the product was set aside and held, but some was inadvertently shipped.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) and Foster Farms have not received reports of … [Read more...]

Listeria Adapts to Survive, Danish Researchers Find


Listeria is often described as rare and deadly.  Now researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have added another word to describe the bacteria: adaptable. They exposed Listeria to substances normally used to fight it and studies its reaction. They found that Listeria used different strategies to resist antibiotics, bile, salt, acid and ethanol. "Generally speaking, Listeria must be described as extremely adaptable. It is constantly aware of its surroundings and if the environment changes around it. It reacts instantly and has a number of strategies to withstand threats", said Associate Professor, Birgitte Kallipolitis, PhD . To infect cells, Listeria needs to produce certain proteins, but it can't produce so many that the immune system is triggered. The researchers discovered … [Read more...]

Chicken Cutlets Recalled for Listeria Risk

Chicken cutlet Listeria Recall

Mom’s Chicken Extra Thin Cutlets are being recalled for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, according to  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). TNUVA USA of Fairfield, N.J. is recalling approximately 8,316 pounds of the product which was shipped to a distributor in New Jersey. There have been no reports of illness. The recalled products were sold in 28.8-oz. bags labelled MOM’S CHICKEN EXTRA THIN CUTLETS, THIN-CUT BREADED CUTLET SHAPED CHICKEN BREAST PATTIES. The bags are marked with the Israeli establishment number “209," the expiration date  February 18, 2015, and the UPC number on the packaging: 843426005866. FSIS personnel discovered the problem during routine testing and held the product so that it did not enter commerce. FSIS … [Read more...]

Was Listeria Meningitis Death of Virginia Newborn Linked to Recent Recall?


The mother of a newborn girl, who was delivered five weeks prematurely and died six days later of Listeria Meningitis, says that, while pregnant, she ate food that was part of a nationwide Listeria recall, according to a report by NBC12 News. It would be the first illness and death tied to a recent Listeria recall if epidemiological tests establish a link. Shortly after she was born, little Kennedy Grace Briggs had difficulty breathing and developed a rash. Tests showed she had a Listeria infection and developed Listeria Meningitis, an often fatal form of meningitis.  Baby Kennedy's parents sat she was a red-head and fighter who battled the infection for almost a week. "She was so loved," Jenae told NBC12 News. Pregnant women are at special risk for Listeria. Although they may only … [Read more...]

Sandwiches, Wraps Recalled for Listeria in Texas


Great American Marketing of  Houston is recalling 475 pounds of FSIS and FDA-regulated, ready-to-eat sandwiches and wraps due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no reports of illness associated with these products, however consumers who have purchased them should not eat them at Listeria can cause serious illness an death. The recalled sandwich and wrap products were produced on July 15, 2014, and then shipped to retail locations in Texas. The cases and product labels are marked with the "sell by" date  07/26/14 and  the establishment number “EST 31680” or “P-31680” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was discovered during testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS). The recalled … [Read more...]

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