February 26, 2015

Dairy Products are Most Common Source of Listeria Outbreaks

Roos cheese recalled after it is linked to deadly Listeria outbreak.

Dairy products were the most common source of Listeria outbreaks that occurred between 1998 and 2012, according to a new federal study by the Food Safety Analytics Collaboration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The study was conducted to provide information that can be used to develop better food poisoning prevention measures. Of the 952 outbreaks attributed to one pathogen during the 14-year study period, 24 were Listeria outbreaks. Dairy products were the source of half them. Turkey was the source of four; pork and sprouts each caused two; and beef, chicken, fruit and row crop vegetables each caused one. The fruit outbreak, the cantaloupe Listeria outbreak of 2011, sickened … [Read more...]

11 of 35 Caramel Apple Listeria Cases Related to Pregnancy


Eleven of the 35  caramel apple Listeria cases were related to pregnancy, including newborns who contracted the infection in utero,  pre-term deliveries and one fetal loss.  The 12-state outbreak sickened 35 people and killed seven before ending last week. Pregnant women are 10 times more likely than the general population to contract Listeria infections. When they do, the infection can pass to her fetus causing miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, listeriosis or Listeria meningitis in the infant and death. “Every Listeria case is serious, but when newborn babies are infected, it is absolutely heartbreaking for the families,” said Brendan Flaherty, a food safety attorney with PritzkerOlsen, who filed a lawsuit on behalf of a New Mexico woman whose son was born several months … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak Struck 12th State, CO, Before Ending


The caramel apple Listeria outbreak spread to a 12th state, Colorado, before ending with 35 sick and seven dead, according the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's final report. State an federal health agencies did not provide the age or gender of the case patient in Colorado who was among the 34 people hospitalized with Listeria infections. All but three of those sickened reported eating commercially prepared, pre-packaged caramel apples before they became ill. A number of recalls were issued for caramel apples. An apple recall was also issued after tests on apples from one supplier, Bidart Brothers, were positive for Listeria. The recalled Gala and Granny Smith apples were sold under various brand names including Granny’s Best and Big B. The recalled caramel apples were … [Read more...]

Listeria Prompts Recall of Kenosha Black Angus Ground Beefsteak


Kenosha Beef International of Columbus, Ohio is recalling approximately 21,427 pounds of ready-to-eat beefsteak patties for possible Listeria contamination. This product was not sold at retail stores, customers who received this product should not eat it. The recalled product, Fully Cooked Black Angus Ground Beefsteak, was produced on Jan. 24, 2015 and shipped to distributors in Illinois and North Carolina for further distribution to restaurants. The recalled product was sold in 35.3-lb. boxes with product number 87657 and “use thru” date of 01/24/16.  The establishment number “EST. 10130” is inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was discovered by a customer of Kenosha Beef International that tested the product. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported, … [Read more...]

Listeria in Sprouts Prompts Two Recalls


Listeria in bean sprouts has prompted two recalls so far this year,  one from Go Hang  brand sprouts, the other from Jack and the Beanstalk brand. Consumers who have purchased either of these brands should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported, but Listeria infections can take up to 70 days to appear. Recalled Jack and the Beanstalk soybean sprouts  were distributed to Bay Area stores and restaurants in  1 pound bags with the bar code 7-27580-12366-9;  1.5 pound bags with the bar code 7-27580-12365-2, and 10 pound bags with the bar code 7-27580-12351-5. NATTO soybean sprouts with the bar code 7-27580-12367-6  are also part of this recall. The recalled items are Go-Hang Soybean sprouts were distributed inK O-MART … [Read more...]

Listeria Survives Standard Cleaning Procedure for Retail Delis


Listeria can survive the standard cleaning procedure used by retail delis, a new study by Purdue researchers has found. Listeria monocytogenes, an uncommon and deadly bacteria, is often associated with ready-to-eat deli meats, hot dogs, refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads, prepackaged deli salads,  soft cheeses, smoked fish, raw cheeses and sprouts. In 2014, three deadly multistate outbreaks were linked to these foods. Bean sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy of Chicago, killed two people and sickened three others in an outbreak announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in November. Listeria in soft cheese was the source of a three-state October outbreak linked to Oasis cheeses that killed one person and sickened two others;  and a March, outbreak, linked to Roos … [Read more...]

J.J. Fuds Frozen Dog Food Recall for Listeria, Salmonella Expands


J.J. Fuds of Valparaiso, Ind.  is expanding a recall  of frozen dog food to include all lots and products of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks, Beef Tender Chunks and Duckling Tender Chunks Pet Food for potential Salmonella and Listeria contamination. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it as Listeria and Salmonella can cause serious illness. Contaminated pet food can sicken the pets who eat it and the the people who handle it. The recalled products were distributed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois to wholesale and retail customers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (manufactured date) and UPC code on the back of the individual plastic bag or on the master case label. To see the full list, click the preceding … [Read more...]

Minnesota Caramel Apple Listeria Cases Hold Steady at 4


Seven weeks after announcing that two Minnesotans had been killed and two others had been sickened in a multistate Listeria outbreak linked to prepackaged, commercially prepared caramel apples, the Minnesota Department of Health says no new cases have been identified in that state. At least 32 people in 11 states have been sickened in the outbreak. Seven people have died. The states reporting cases in the outbreak are: Arizona, California, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. The age range for case patients spans nine decades and includes three pediatric cases of Listeria meningitis, three premature births, one fetal loss and six other cases related to pregnancy. A lawsuit has been filed one behalf of a woman and her newborn baby … [Read more...]

Listeria Outbreak, Apple Recall Prompts Texas Warning


An apple recall linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak has prompted a warning from Texas health officials. Consumers should not eat Gala or Granny Smith apples produced by Bidart Brothers or eat pre-packaged caramel apples, the Texas health department said in a news update yesterday. Apples produced by Bidart Brothers, some of which were sold under the brand names Big B or Granny's Best, have been linked to an 11-state outbreak that has sickened 32 people, killing seven of them. In Texas, four people have been sickened by the apples. All four had pre-existing medical conditions and required hospitalization for their Listeria infections. Two of them died. The Texas health department is advising anyone who thinks they may have become ill with listeriosis to contact a health care provider … [Read more...]

Record Number of Listeria Outbreaks in 2014


In 2014, there were four multistate Listeria outbreaks, the highest number in any year in the 16-year outbreak database at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) In seven of those years, no multistate outbreaks were caused by Listeria. Two of the 2014 outbreaks were caused by cheese, one by sprouts and another by caramel apples. Together they sickened 50 people, killing 11 of them. The caramel apple Listeria outbreak began in December and is still ongoing. The age range for the 11-state outbreak spans nine decades and includes three pediatric cases of Listeria meningitis, three premature births, one fetal loss and six other cases related to pregnancy. Health officials have linked the outbreak to contaminated apples produced by Bidart Brothers of Bakersfield, … [Read more...]

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