September 21, 2014

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?

Newborn death may have linked to Listeria 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. Jenae and Briggs say baby Kennedy 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...]

In Canada, Cheeses Recalled for Listeria Monocytogenes

Vecchia Malga Burratina Listeria Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Jan K Overweel Ltd. are recalled two types of cheeses for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest. The cheeses are Luigi Guffanti 1876 brand Burrata di Corato in 500 gram packages, with no UPC number and Lot 140708. The Best Before date is 23/07/2014. Also recalled is Vecchia Malga Burratina in 100 gram packages. The UPC number is 8 032611 324215 and Lot number is 191. The Best Before date is 26-07-2014. If you purchased either of these products, do not eat them. Return to the place of purcabhse for a refund, then clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution, since Listeria bacteria can grow … [Read more...]

Wawona Peaches, Nectarines, Plums Sold at Costco, Sam’s Club and Trader Joe’s Recalled for Listeria

Peaches, necatrines, pluots and plums sold at Trade Joe's, Costco and Sam's recalled for Listeria.

Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif, is recalling certain lots of whole peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots for potential contamination with Listeria monocytognes. The fruits were sold at a number of stores including Costco, Sam's Club and Trader Joe's. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall, but consumers who have purchased these fruits should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Young children, seniors, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems are most at risk for Listeria infection. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea Among pregnant women, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths . Wawona has notified its business customers and requested … [Read more...]

Wegmans Recalls Baked Desserts on Listeria Fears


Wegmans Food Markets Inc. of Rochester, NY is recalling in-store baked desserts containing fresh peaches, nectarines, and plums that may be contaminated with Listeria.  The fruit was supplied by California-based Wawona Packing Company which has recalled the produce. No illnesses have been reported at this time. Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should not eat them as Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious illness and death. Children, seniors, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems are most at risk. Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriage or stillbirth. The recalled products were sold in Wegmans stores from June 1 to July 20. The recalled pies and cakes are as follows: Peach Melba Whipped Cream, 34 oz. UPC … [Read more...]

Smith’s Country Cheese Recalls Gouda for Listeria

Smith's gouda recalled for Listeria

Smith's Country Cheese of Winchendon, MA is recalling 21 wheels of waxed gouda for potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. People who have purchased this cheese should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported. The recalled wheels of cheese were distributed in Massachusetts and sold to retail stores. They were coated in red wax and wrapped in saran wrap. The whole wheels weigh 10 lbs and labeled Smith's Farmstead Gouda. The half wheels weigh 5 lbs and labeled Mountain Gouda. A weight label with a julian date in the lower right hand corner that reads 4037 is on the back. .Many wheels and half wheels were likely cut and packaged into consumer sizes at the retail level. Listeria can cause … [Read more...]

Listeria in Raw Milk from Stap Farm in Pine Bush NY Prompts Warning

E.coli in raw milk sickened 12

Agriculture officials in New York have issued a warning for Stap Farm raw milk after Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in a sample during routine testing. Consumers who have this milk should not drink it as Listeria can cause serious illness or death. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the warning, but symptoms of a Listeria infection, called listeriosis, can take up to two months to develop. They include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria poses a special risk to pregnant women as it can cause miscarriage or stillbirth. Stap Farm, ocated at 426 Drexel Dr., Pine Bush, NY 1256 is owned by Robert & Stacey Stap. A sample of the milk, collected April 28, 2014, was subsequently tested by the agriculture department's Food … [Read more...]

USDA’s Guidance for Listeria Control in Retail Delis

Deli meat a possible source of Jewel Salmonella outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA's FSIS) has issued a guidance for Listeria control in retail deli settings.  The document outlines specific measures retailers can take to control Listeria in ready-to-eat meat (RTE) and poultry products. Listeria is a rare and deadly foodborne pathogen that is often associated with ready-to-eat deli meats, soft cheeses and smoked fish. When ingested it causes an infection called listeriosis. Of the 1,600 people diagnosed with listeriosis each year, 1,500 require hospitalization and 260 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Listeria poses a special risk for children, seniors, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems. Among pregnant women, listeriosis can cause … [Read more...]

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