July 7, 2015

Stella and Chewy’s Chicken Patties Dog Food Recalled for Listeria

Stella and Chewy’s Chicken Patties dog food is being recalled for Listeria. The Maryland Department of Agriculture has issued a stop sale order on the recalled product which is marked with the lot number 111-15 and the use by date of April 23, 2016. Consumers who have purchased this product should not feed it to their dogs as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Listeria in pet food can be dangerous to pets who eat it and humans who handle it. Maryland health officials advise consumers who have unopened bags of this dog to  keep it sealed, away from people and to throw it away. Those who have opened bags of this dog food are urged to use disposable gloves, place them in double plastic bags, seal it and throw it away.The Maryland Department of Agriculture has notified all … [Read more...]

Champ’s Mushrooms Recalled for Listeria

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Champ's Sliced Crimini Mushrooms are being recalled for Listeria. No illnesses had been reported at the time of the recall but consumers who have purchased thus product should not eat it as they risk serious and sometimes fatal infection if they do. Symptoms of a Listeria infection high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Those most at risk include young children, seniors, those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women. Among pregnant women, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. The recalled product was sold in Washington and Oregon from 06/13/15 to 06/14/15  in 8 oz packages with the UPC 6 78286 88877 5. Retail stores should remove the product from shelves and consumers who have already purchased it should not eat it. … [Read more...]

Garden Fresh Potato Salad sold at IL Jewel Stores Recalled for Listeria

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Garden Fresh Steakhouse Potato Salad is being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. The recalled salad was sold at Jewel stores in Illinois. No  illnesses have been reported, but customers who have purchased this salad should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness. The recalled product was distributed to Jewel stores in the Chicago area and may have been sold at deli counters between May 30 and June 9. After being notified by Garden-Fresh Foods of the possibility of Listeria contamination, Jewel removed and destroyed any possibly affected product. No other potato salad sold at Jewel delis  involved in this recall.   Symptoms of a Listeria infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Among pregnant women … [Read more...]

FDA Found Listeria in Blue Bell Sylacauga Plant

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Federal health officials found Listeria at all three manufacturing plants operated by Blue Bell Creameries, according to documents released today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The presence of Listeria had previously been confirmed at the company's plants in Broken Arrow, Okla. and Brenham, Texas but one of the documents released today shows Listeria was found in an environmental sample taken from the company's plant in Sylacauga, AL on April 28, 2015. The document was one of 34 posted on the agency's website today, the same day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it has ended its investigation of the Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream which has killed three people and sickened several others. The five-year span of … [Read more...]

Cold Smoked Salmon Recalled for Listeria

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Santa Barbara Smokehouse of Santa Barbara, CA is voluntarily recalling all cold smoked salmon from March 1st to April 8th 2015 because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled salmon was sold under the brand names Cambridge House, Coastal Harbor, Harbor Point, North Shore S.F. Specialty, Channel Islands and Santa Barbara. Consumers who have purchased any of these products should not eat them. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported in association with the product.  But Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Symptoms of a Listeria infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.  Among pregnant women, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. The recalled salmon was sold at … [Read more...]

18 Secret Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2013

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Did you hear about the six-state tilapia outbreak that sickened 33 people in 2013? Me either. A new CDC report about 2013 food poisoning outbreaks reveals 18 multistate outbreaks that were never made public. Five of them had fatalities. Of the 818 food posioning outbreaks that year, 26 included multiple states but only seven of those were made public in 2013. (Another outbreak on the list was announced in 2014.) The CDC defines an outbreak as two or more illnesses caused by the same source. The 18 never-before-announced outbreaks sickened 420, people, 85 hospitalizations and five fatalities. The food sources included: cucumbers, pistachios, tomatoes, lettuce, leafy greens, salmon, oysters, clams, papaya, sugarcane, cheese, pork, infused rice products and tilapia. They were … [Read more...]

Most Food Poisoning Outbreaks Not Made Public

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is out with a new report about food poisoning outbreaks in 2013. There were 818 food poisoning outbreaks that year, 26 of them were multistate, but only seven of those appearing on the list were made public in 2013. The CDC defines an outbreak as two or more illnesses caused by the same source. The 818 outbreaks resulted in 13,360 illnesses, 1,062 hospitalizations, 16 deaths and 14 recalls. The 26 multistate outbreaks resulted in 1,530 illnesses, 403 hospitalizations and seven deaths.  The seven multistate outbreaks that the CDC made public in 2013, resulted in 1,092 illnesses, 313 hospitalizations and two deaths. Comparing the multistate outbreaks listed in the new report to those disclosed is a little tricky. On its website, the … [Read more...]

What do Peter Pan and Blue Bell Have in Common?

One is peanut butter, one is ice cream. One was contaminated with Salmonella, the other with Listeria. Still, there are similarities between the Peter Pan peanut butter and Blue Bell ice cream food poisoning outbreaks. Peter Pan was in the news this week because the company that makes it, ConAgra Grocery Products LLC, a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods Inc.,  pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with a 2006-2007 Salmonella outbreak that sickened 700 people. ConAgra admitted that it had shipped contaminated food across state lines and agreed to pay a criminal fine of $8 million and to $3.2  million in asset forfeiture. “No company can let down its guard when it comes to these kinds of microbiological contaminants.  … [Read more...]

2009 Inspection Report Shows Pipes Dripping into Blue Bell Ice Cream

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Blue Bell Creameries had food safety violations at its production facilities dating back to 2009, according to documents released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Dallas Morning News. Blue Bell products made at its Brenham, Texas and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma facilities have been linked to a Listeria outbreak that has killed three people and sickened several others. Dairy products are the leading cause of Listeria outbreaks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One reason, is that manufacturing conditions are ideal for the bacteria's growth. Listeria thrives in cool places and in areas where moisture collects. When FDA officials inspected the Brenham, Texas plant in July 2009, they … [Read more...]

Listeria Outbreak Forces Blue Bell Lay Offs, Furloughs

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A temporary closure prompted by a deadly Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream has forced layoffs and furloughs affecting more that 70 percent of the company's employees. Blue Bell Creameries CEO and President Paul Kruse described the cuts, salary reductions and other cost-cutting measures as an  “ agonizing decision” that he put off as long as possible. In March, it was discovered that Listeria in the company's ice cream has been responsible for 10 illnesses and three deaths since 2010. After  Listeria was found in Blue Bell products made at two of the companies three facilities, production was halted at all three. A nationwide recall was issued for all of the company's products. Health officials are still looking through records to see if other illnesses were caused by the … [Read more...]

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