January 28, 2020

Cheesewich Bacon N Eggs Recalled For Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

The USDA is issuing a public health alert due to illnesses linked to recalled Almark Foods hard boiled eggs. The product in question is Cheesewich Bacon N Eggs that were allegedly made with Almark Foods eggs. At the same time, the notice states, "There have been no confirmed reports of illness due to consumption of the FSIS-regulated products produced containing these eggs." FSIS regulates products made with meat such as this particular product. The recalled item is ready to eat Cheesewich Bacon N Eggs sold in 3.6 ounce plastic packages. The product contains separately packaged bacon and hard boiled eggs. The use by dates on this product are 12/27/19, 1/3/20, 1/23/20, 1/30/20, 2/6/20, 2/14/20, 2/19/20, and 2/28/20; and the lot codes are 281191, 302191, 309191, 316191, 323191, 331191, … [Read more...]

FDA Updates Almark Foods Eggs Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

The FDA has updated the Almark Foods Eggs Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has sickened 7 people in 5 states. Secondary recalls have been announced, including one where Almark recalled all of its hard-boiled egg products within shelf life, up through March 2, 2020. Almark Foods is no longer producing products from their Gainesville, Georgia facility. Three secondary recalls have been issued: Bakkavor Foods (Trader Joe’s Egg Salad and Potato Salad) Diebergs Kitchen (Diebergs Market products) Reichel Foods (Pro2Snax To The Max) A fourth recall has been issued since the FDA update: Great American Deli has recalled their 4.8 ounce Egg Salad Sandwiches with UPC number 7-41431-00114-2, sold in micro marts, vending machines, and convenience stores around the … [Read more...]

Almark Foods Expands Its First Egg Recall For Possible Listeria

Almark Foods expands its first egg recall of hard boiled egg products for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination to include all hard-boiled eggs that were manufactured at the firm's Gainesville, Georgia facility. This is a secondary recall of sorts because the brand names of the recalled products is so vast. The hard-boiled eggs are associated with a deadly multistate Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has sickened at least seven people in five states. All retail, pillow pack, pouch pack, frozen diced, and protein kit products are recalled. The FDA notified Almark Foods about the outbreak on December 18, 2019. A more recent FDA sample from a facility matched the outbreak strain, suggesting the possibility that the strain may have remained present in teh facility. Listeria … [Read more...]

Almark Foods Recalls Hard Boiled Eggs For Listeria Monocytogenes

Almark Foods is voluntarily recalling its Hard Boiled Eggs and Peeled eggs because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There is a multistate Listeria monocytogenes outbreak potentially linked to these products that has sickened 7 people in 5 states. One person living in Texas has died. The firm was notified on December 18, 2019 that these egg products that were produced at its Gainesville, Georgia facility may be associated with those illnesses. All Hard-Cooked and Peeled Eggs in Pails from that facility that remain within expiry are recalled. The company has suspended production of the eggs while the issue is being investigated. The affected products include Almark Foods Hard Cooked Broken Egg Whites, Almark Hard-cooked Eggs, Egggs Select Whole Hard Cooked Peeled … [Read more...]

Almark Foods Hard Boiled Eggs Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Sickens 7

An Almark Foods hard boiled eggs Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has sickened seven people in five states, according to the CDC.  Four of the seven people sickened have been hospitalized, and one death has been reported in Texas. The bulk, fresh hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia are suspected intros outbreak. The case count by state is: Florida (1), Maine (1), Pennsylvania (1), South Carolina (2), and Texas (2). Listeria specimens were collected from ill people from April 10, 2017 to November 12, 2019. The patient age range is from less than 1 to 72, with a median age of 75. One illness was reported in a newborn who was infected with Listeria while the mother was pregnant, but the newborn survived. Of the five people who were interviewed by … [Read more...]

Mystery Deadly Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Ends With 24 Sick

The mystery deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that sickened 24 people in 13 states and caused two deaths has been declared over by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with no resolution. The outbreak notice states, "A specific food item, grocery store, food processor, or restaurant chain was not identified as the source of infections in the United States." People who were sickened in this outbreak were sickened by a strain of Listeria bacteria that was closely related genetically to Listeria that made people sick in a Canadian outbreak. That Canadian outbreak was linked to recalled Rosemount frozen cooked chicken. The Listeria outbreak in Canada was deemed over on November 6, 2019. The case count by state is: California (4), Florida (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (4), … [Read more...]

With No Word on US Listeria Outbreak, Canada Declares Theirs Over

The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak in Canada that is linked to Rosemount brand cooked diced chicken has been declared over, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Meanwhile, there has been no word on the US Listeria outbreak, which was last updated by the CDC on August 23, 2019. That information is important, because according to the investigation announcement, the patients sickened in the US outbreak are sick with a type of Listeria monocytogenes that is closely related genetically to the bacteria that made people sick in Canada. In Canada, seven people are sick in three provinces. The case count by province is: British Columbia (1), Manitoba (1), and Ontario (5). Six of the seven Canadian patients have been hospitalized because they were so ill. The illness onset … [Read more...]

Listeria Monocytogenes Deli Meats and Cheese Outbreak Ends

The Listeria monocytogenes deli meats and cheeses outbreak is over after sickening 10 people in 5 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All 10 people were hospitalized. One person who lived in Michigan died. The patient case count by state is: Massachusetts (1), Michigan (2), New Jersey (2), New York (2), and Pennsylvania (3). The illness onset dates ranged from November 13, 2016 to June 20, 2019. Ill persons ranged in age from 40 to 88 years. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence found that deli-sliced meats and cheese might have been contaminated with Listeria bacteria and made people sick. Of the eight people interviewed, 63% said they ate products sliced at a deli counter, including meats and cheeses. There was limited information about … [Read more...]

Why Are Listeria Illness Onset Dates Spread Out Over Years?

The current Listeria monocytogenes outbreak identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that has no identified source has been going on since 2017. Looking back through our archives, we have found that this is not an isolated incident. Why are Listeria illness onset dates spread out over years? Listeria monocytogenes is a dangerous pathogen. When people in certain categories, including people with compromised immune systems, chronic illnesses, the elderly, and pregnant women, contract this infection, many people get seriously ill. Most, if not all, of those sickened with listeriosis end up in the hospital. And the mortality rate for patients in these groups can be as high as 20-30%. In the Listeria outback linked to unnamed deli meats and cheeses, which has … [Read more...]

Are the Canadian and American Listeria Outbreaks One and the Same?

There are currently two Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks in the U.S. and Canada that were announced last week by the respective governments of those countries. There are a lot of similarities between the two outbreaks. So the question is: are the Canadian and American Listeria outbreaks the same? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the U.S. outbreak last Friday. As of August 23, 2019, 24 people are sick with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes. Illness onset dates are from July 20, 2017 to August 1, 2019. And as of August 23, 2019, there are seven cases of listeriosis in Canada. The illness onset dates for that country are between November 2017 and June 2019. Here's the crucial statement. The CDC says, "Whole genome sequencing showed that the … [Read more...]

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