February 11, 2016

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...]

Adolf’s Brand Meats Recalled for Listeria in CT

Adolf’s Meat Products of Hartford, Conn.  is recalling approximately 224 pounds of assorted meat that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumers who have purchased these meats should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recalled items,  produced on Oct. 20, 2015 and sold at retial locations in Connecticut are: Smoked Kielbasa, Ham, Canadian Bacon, Bone-In Pork Loins and Liverwurst.  The smoked kielbasa products have establishment number “EST. 34651” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The other products were sold without labels from deli counters. while other products were sold without labels from behind deli counters. At the time of the recall there were no confirmed reports of adverse reactions. However, symptoms of a Listeria infection … [Read more...]

Del Monte Granny Smith Apples Recalled for Listeria

Del Monte Fresh Produce is recalling Granny Smith apples because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported, but consumers who have purchased these apples should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious sometimes fatal infections. Those most at risk for Listeria infection are pregnant women, young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stuffiness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The recalled apples were distributed in clear plastic bags containing 6 “Granny Smith” green apples. But the apples were sold individually on fruit displays at … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Ice Cream Listeria Outbreak Timeline

Blue Bell ice cream will begin appearing on store shelves next week- four months after a deadly Listeria outbreak prompted a recall of all of its products and the temporary closure of its production facilities. Many of the illnesses were linked to contaminated single-serve ice cream products made for Blue Bell's institutional clients. Those at highest risk of Listeria include seniors, children, the frail and the immune compromised are served by these institutional clients which include hospitals, nursing homes, schools and retirement communities like the one where David Philip Shockley worked. Shockley, 32, is the plaintiff in a federal lawsuit filed May 19 against Blue Bell.  He was an administrator at a Houston retirement community that was one of Blue Bell institutional … [Read more...]

After Listeria Outbreak, Blue Bell Ice Cream Returns to Stores in TX, AL

On August 31, Blue Bell ice cream will appear on select store shelves for the first time since April when a deadly Listeria outbreak triggered a recall of all of its products and the temporary closure of its production facilities. Stores in the metropolitan areas of Brenham, Houston and Austin, Texas;  and Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama will be the first to begin selling the ice cream. Blue has three manufacturing facilities: one in Brenham, Texas where its headquarters are located, another in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and a third in Sylacauga, Alabama. The Sylacauga plant is the only one that's operational right now. The company does not  have an estimate on when the other two plants will be operational. After the initial phase on August 31, distribution from the Sylacauga location … [Read more...]

Listeria Recall for Kirkland, Marine Harvest Chilean Atlantic Salmon Filets

Chilean Atlantic salmon filets sold at Costco and other stores are being recalled for Listeria. Customers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Marine Harvest is recalling the raw, fresh, farmed Chilean Atlantic salmon that was distributed to California, Arizona and Nevada. The lot codes/item numbers are #700354 ATLFS00050, ATLFS00388, ATLFS00764, ATLFS20997, ATLFS20999 lot #700152,  ATLFS00059, ATLFS00388, ATLFS00429, ATLFS0997, ATLFS20999, ATLFS20995. At Costco, the recalled products were sold between May 2 and May 9. They were labeled Kirkland Signature Fresh Farmed Atlantic Salmon Fillet Product of Chile Processed in USA, sold in styrofoam trays, wrapped in plastic weighing approximately two pounds.   … [Read more...]

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