April 30, 2016

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: April 24, 2016

Listeria in frozen vegetables, E. coli in ground beef, glass fragments in jarred fruit and undeclared allergens in foods and supplements are among this week's food recalls.  Recalls of foods and supplements sold in the U.S. or in both the U.S. and Canada are listed first. Recalled foods and supplements sold only in Canada follow those listings. CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington has issued  a recall for frozen vegetables that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.The recalled items, sold under the brand names True Goodness By Meijer, Wellsley Farms Organic, Organic By Nature and Schwan’s, were sold in plastic bags in the freezer sections of stores between September 13, 2015 and March 16, 2016. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can … [Read more...]

New Food Poisoning Tests Fast But Lack Detail Needed to Track Outbreaks

New food poisoning tests give faster results than old ones but don't provide the level of detail necessary to track outbreaks, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency is advising health labs to  do the old tests whenever the a new one indicates a foodborne bacterial infection. Over the long-term,  the CDC is working with partners to develop better testing methods that can provide results that are fast and detailed. The new tests, called culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs), can provide results in hours instead of the days needed for traditional culture tests which grow bacteria from stool samples to determine the cause of illness. The culture tests provide detailed information about the specific strain of bacteria. This … [Read more...]

Giant, Martin’s, Schuncks Recall PictSweet Steamables for Listeria

PictSweet Steamable Vegetables sold at Giant, Martin's, Schnucks, and other stores are under recall for potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. The recalled products, as listed on the Schnucks web site, include Pictsweet Steamable Seasoned Summer Vegetables, sold in 10 ounce packages with the UPC 7056097826 and a best by date of 03/19/2018. Also recalled is Pictsweet Seasoning Blend in 12 ounce packages with the UPC number 7056096902 and a best by date of 4/2/2018. In a confusing development, Giants/Martins has stated that the recalled Seasoned Summer Vegetables has the UPC number of 7056098001 with a best by date of 03/28/18. We are giving you all of the recall information we can find because this is a … [Read more...]

FDA Cautions Pregnant Hispanic Women About Listeria Risk

Listeria poses a huge risk for all pregnant women. The foodborne bacteria can cause an infection that triggers miscarriage, stillbirth,  premature birth and infection in newborns even if the expectant mother only experienced mild flu-like symptoms. But Listeria poses an elevated risk for Hispanic pregnant women who are 24 times more likely than the general population to contract the infection.  A major factor in the increased risk is the consumption of queso fresco and other soft cheeses. In 2014, two multistate Listeria outbreaks were linked to soft-cheeses. All of those sickened were Hispanic. Some of them were pregnant women. Some were newborns. And some of them died. In October 2014,  the CDC announced an outbreak linked to Oasis cheeses that killed one person in Tennessee and … [Read more...]

Maytag Raw Blue Cheese Recalled for Listeria

Maytag Dairy Farms in Newton, Iowa is recalling raw blue cheese for possible Listeria contamination, according to KCCI in Des Moines. Consumers who have purchased these cheese should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The cheeses were packaged on January 6 in 4 and 8 oz-wedges, 2 and 4-lb wheels and 5-pound crumbles. Some were distributed to HoQ restaurant in Des Moines, the Bear Restaurant in Ankeny, Wine Experience in West Des Moines, Fareway in Newton and Lomar Distributing, Inc. in Des Moines , KCCI reports. The recalled cheese was also at Maytag Dairy Farms. Symptoms of a Listeria infection, which can take up to 70 days to develop, include headache, stiff neck, fever, muscle aches, weakness and fatigue. These symptoms are sometimes preceded by … [Read more...]

In Canada, Fjord Laks Marinated Salmon Recalled for Listeria

A&E Distribution Inc. is recalling Fjord Laks brand Gravlax marinated salmon from the marketplace for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers who have purchased the recalled product should not eat it as Listeria  can cause serious illness and death. The recalled product labelled, Gravlax – Marinated Salmon (Dill sauce included), was sold throughout Quebec in 165 g sizes with "Best Before" dates up to and including February 14, 2016. Symptoms of Listeria infection which can take up to 70 days to develop. They include: nausea and diarrhea followed by fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and muscle aches. Young children, seniors, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems are most at risk for Listeria infections. Among pregnant … [Read more...]

Listeria Outbreak in Canada Sickens Seven

Prepackaged leafy greens are the suspected source of a Listeria outbreak in Canada that includes seven people in five provinces. The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with local health officials to determine the source of the outbreak which began in September 2015. Seventy one percent of those sickened are female with an average age of 81. By province, the case count is as follows: Ontario (3), Quebec (1), New Brunswick (1), Prince Edward Island (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1). Listeria can cause a serious disease called listeriosis. Symptoms of this infection, which can take up to two months to develop, include fever, muscle aches, stiff neck and gastrointestinal symptoms.  Those at highest risk include children, seniors pregnant women and those with compromised … [Read more...]

Comeaux’s Cajun Hickory Smoked Pork Tasso Recalled for Listeria

Comeaux’s Inc. of Breaux Bridge, La. is recalling approximately 14 pounds of pork products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. The smoked pork tasso was packaged on Dec. 22, 2015. Although no illnesses had been reported at the time of the recall, consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness or death. The recalled products were sold in  1-lb. vacuum-sealed packages containing diced “CAJUN HICKORY SMOKED PORK TASSO.”  The code  “EST. 20513” appears inside the USDA mark of inspection and package code number is  “42358”. They were shipped to retail locations in Louisiana. The problem was discovered during routine testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminiatration's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA … [Read more...]

Listeria Infections Rise for Sixth Straight Year in EU

The number of reported cases of listeriosis in the European Union rose for the sixth straight year in 2014, according to the latest annual report by European Food Safety Authority and European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC). During 2014, there were 2,161 confirmed cases of listeriosis, an increase of 16 percent from the 1,868 confirmed cases reported in 2013. Of those, 210 cases were fatal- the highest number of Listeria deaths reported  in the EU since 2009. About 18 percent of the fatalities were among those over 65. Symptoms of a Listeria infection include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. Smoked fish and soft cheeses were the largest offenders. … [Read more...]

Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks are Deadliest Says CDC

Just 3 percent of food poisoning outbreaks include case patients from multiple states, yet these multistate outbreaks account for the most fatalities stemming from food poisoning outbreaks, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 56 percent of all outbreak fatalities are associated with those that involve multiple states. Multistate outbreaks also account for 34 percent of all hospitalizations and 11 percent of all illnesses associated with food poisoning outbreaks. Why do these less common outbreaks produce such serious illness? The germs. Almost all multistate outbreaks can be attributed to just three kinds of bacteria: E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella. All of them produce infections that can cause serious illness and … [Read more...]

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