December 14, 2018

Long Phung Pork Products Linked to Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak; Lawsuits Possible

Long Phung pork products, produced by 165368 C. Corporation, doing business as Long Phung Food Products of Houston, Texas, are linked to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has sickened at least four people. The outbreak announcement was put into a recall notice issued by the USDA. There is zero tolerance for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in ready-to-eat food products. The four people were sickened between July 1, 2017 and October 24, 2018. FSIS was notified of the outbreak on October 22, 2018. On November 19, 2018, whole genome sequencing collected from the Long Phung Foods Establishment M13561 showed that the samples were closely related genetically to isolates taken from ill persons. Officials are working to see if there are more illnesses linked to these products. There is … [Read more...]

Ladyfingers Gourmet to Go Recalls Ham Rolls for Possible Listeria

Ladyfingers Caterers is recalling Ladyfingers Gourmet to Go Shaved Country Ham Rolls because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. That product was made with recalled Johnston County Ham products that have been linked to a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. One illness in that outbreak has been linked to this recalled product. On October 3, 2018, Ladyfingers Caterers was notified that the Johnson County Ham products they used may have been contaminated. All Ladyfingers Gourmet to Go Signature Shaved Country Ham Rolls currently on the market are being recalled. The rolls have the UPC number 8 56149 00509 9. They were distributed to retail stores in California, District of Columbia, Delaware, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina and Virginia from … [Read more...]

Secondary Recalls in Johnston County Ham Recall Listeria Outbreak

Secondary recalls have been popping up in the Johnston County Hams Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. The original Johnston County ham recall was issued on October 3, 2018. Secondary recalls mean that a recalled food was used to make other types of products. We will keep a running list of secondary recalls here so you can stay up to date.   In this Listeria monocytogenes outbreak four people, who lived in North Carolina and Virginia,  were sickened. All four were hospitalized. One person, who lived in Virginia, died. The originally Johnston County Ham recall included Johnston County Hams, Inc. Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham; Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to … [Read more...]

Johnston County Ham Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Sickens 4 With One Death; Lawsuits Possible

A Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has been linked to ready-to-eat Johnston County Ham Products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Four people were sickened in this Johnston County Ham Listeria outbreak; all four have been hospitalized, and one person has died. Johnston County Hams recalled five of their products after this outbreak was identified. Check your freezer to see if you have purchased any of these products. If you have, throw them away or take them back, even if some ham was eaten and no one got sick. Bacteria are not always distributed evenly throughout food. The patient case count by state in this Johnston County Ham Listeria outbreak is: North Carolina (1) and Virginia (3). The person who died lived in Virginia. The patient age range … [Read more...]

Johnston County Hams Recalled After Listeria Outbreak Identified

Johnston County Hams has recalled about 89,096 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products after a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak was identified. At least four people are sick in this outbreak, and one person has died. They are: varying weights of 7 to 8 pound Johnston County Hams, Inc. Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham; varying weights of 7 to 8 pound plastic-wrapped Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019; and varying weights of plastic wrapped 7 to 8 pound Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. Fully Cooked Country ham Boneless Glazed with Brown Sugar. Also recalled are different weights of 7 to 8 pound Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham Less Salt Distributed by Valley Country Hams, LLC. with … [Read more...]

Vulto Creamery Ordered to Stop Sales for Food Safety Violations

Products made by Vulto Creamery caused a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak in 2017 that sickened eight people in four states. All of the patients were hospitalized. Two people died. And one infection was diagnosed in a newborn. Now the company has been placed under a consent decree of permanent injunction by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, on behalf of the FDA. The defendants cannot prepare, process, manufacture, pack, and/or hold FDA regulated food products until they can ensure that Listeria monocytogenes bacteria are not present in their food or facility. FDA Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Melinda K. Plaisier said in a statement, "We have an obligation to make sure that foods are safe for people to consume. The FDA moved … [Read more...]

Top 10 Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2017: Listeria in Vulto Creamery Raw Milk Cheese

It's time for our annual Top 10 Food Poisoning Outbreaks lineup for 2017. These serious outbreaks sickened many people in the past year. They were all eventually linked to a food or a facility. Number ten is the deadly listeriosis outbreak that was linked to recalled Vulto Creamery soft raw milk cheeses. Soft raw milk cheeses are a risky food because they can contain pathogenic bacteria. In all, eight people in four states were sickened in this outbreak. All of those sickened in this outbreak were hospitalized because their illnesses were so serious. One illness was reported in a newborn baby. And two people died in this outbreak. The cheese were sold nationwide, but most were sold in the mid-Altnatic and northeastern states, which is where the ill persons lived. The PulseNet … [Read more...]

Listeria Outbreak in Rhode Island Prompts Warning of Raw Cheese

A Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has sickened two people in Rhode Island, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health. This outbreak has prompted officials to issue a health warning about unpasteurized queso fresco (Mexican cheese). Queso fresco is a type of soft Mexican cheese. All cheeses, including Queso fresco, queso blanco, panela, and asadero-style cheeses are only considered safe when they are marked with a professional label stating that they are "pasteurized" or "made from pasteurized milk." Homemade queso fresco is sometimes made with raw milk. Raw milk can be contaminated with pathogens that can cause serious illness. The pasteurization process kills pathogenic bacteria. The warning especially applies to pregnant women, who can suffer serious complications … [Read more...]

Vulto Creamery Raw Milk Cheese Listeriosis Outbreak Over

The multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to Vulto Creamery soft raw milk cheese is over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In all, eight people were sickened in four states. That is an increase of two more cases since the last update on March 13, 2017; both of those patients live in New York. All eight people were hospitalized because of their illness, and two people died, one from Connecticut and one from Vermont. One illness was reported in a newborn. The CDC is still recommending that consumers do not eat, restaurants do not serve, and retailers do not sell recalled raw milk cheeses made by Vulto Creamery. The raw milk cheeses from the Creamery were distributed nationwide. But most were sold at retail locations in the northeastern and … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Products Cause 840 Times More Illness Than Pasteurized Milk

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Emerging Infectious Diseases report for June 2017, unpasteurized milk products cause 840 times more illness and 45 times more hospitalizations than pasteurized milk products. Only about 3.2% of the population consume raw milk, and 1.6% of consumers eat raw cheese, but those products cause 96% of the illnesses linked to contaminated dairy products in this country. The number of states that allow raw milk sales increased to 30 in 2011, from 21 in 2004. Consumption of unpasteurized dairy products is becoming more popular, and this raises public health concerns. The bacteria in these products that have caused serious illness and death include E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Listeria monocytogenes. This increase … [Read more...]

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