July 12, 2020

Five Cheese Stuffed Shells Recalled For Possible Listeria

Garland Ventures Ltd of Garland, Texas is voluntarily recalling 1095 cases of Five Cheese Stuffed Shells trays because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date to the company in connection with this issue. The recalled Five Cheese Stuffed Shells were distributed nationwide in a limited number of retail stores. The product is packaged in 10.76 ounce aluminum foil containers with clear lids. The package contains shells with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and parsley. The lot number F080SS/F090SS is marked on the bottom of the label. Samples tested through a certified laboratory found the presence of the pathogen in the product. Garland Ventures immediately stopped production and distribution of the product. If you … [Read more...]

Norpac Fisheries Garlic Shrimp Poke Recalled For Possible Listeria

Norpac Fisheries is recalling Norpac Fisheries Garlic Shrimp Poke because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. All fresh shrimp poke distributed in Hawaii between May 11, 2020 and June 25, 2020 is recalled. No illnesses have been reported to date to the company in connection with this problem. The Garlic Shrimp Poke was sold on the Big Island, Maui, Ohio, and Kauai through retail customers, more specifically in Safeway Stores. Any fresh shrimp poke sold during that time period from those stores may potentially be contaminated. The Shrimp Poke is sold as pre-mixed in plastic pouches and go to service counter, and then is also dished out in different weight increments into a "deli cup." The company learned about the problem during its routine food safety … [Read more...]

Which Foods May Be Contaminated With Listeria Monocytogenes Bacteria?

Which foods may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria? Outbreaks of listeriosis, the illness caused by this pathogen, that have been linked to these kinds of foods go back to 1985. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have put together a list of foods that people in high risk groups should avoid. While any food can be contaminated with this pathogen, the foods that are most likely to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes include deli meats, hot dogs, dairy products such as soft cheese, raw milk, and ice cream, and produce such as celery, sprouts, and cantaloupe. People who are at high risk for serious complications from a Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning infection should think about avoiding these foods unless they are cooked to 165°F. Those at … [Read more...]

Brandt Mini Smoked Farmer Sausage Recalled For Listeria

G. Brandt Meat Packers Ltd. in Ottawa, Canada is recalling Brandt Mini Smoked Farmer Sausage because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. The recalled products include Brandt Mini Smoked Farmer Sausage sold in 0.450 kg packages, with UPC number 0 773321 204609 and codes 2046 Best Before 20JL08; Brandt Mini Smoked Farmer Sausage sold in 0.375 kg packages with UPC number 0 773321 204500 and codes 2043 Best Before 20JL08; and Brandt Mini Smoked Farmer Sausage sold in various weight packages with no UPC number and codes 2045 Best Before 20JL08. These products were sold in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan at the retail consumer level. If you bought any of those products, … [Read more...]

Lansing, Michigan Quality Dairy Has Listeria and Roach Problem

The Lansing, Michigan Quality Dairy has Listeria monocytogenes and roach problems, according to a warning letter posted by the FDA on May 13, 2020. That facility produces ready-to-eat sandwiches, salads and bakery products. There is zero tolerance for Listeria monocytogenes contamination in RTE products. FDA has issued Form 483, which details food safety issues and problems found during inspections. The products made by the manufacturer are considered adulterated "in that they were prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth or whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health." The company responded to inspection reports on February 19, 2020, describing corrective actions, but the FDA issued the letter to … [Read more...]

High Point Dairy Monterey Jack Raw Milk Cheese Recalled For Listeria

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets warned consumers not to eat High Point Dairy Monterey Jack raw milk cheese made by High Point Dairy for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The dairy is located at 605 Fiery Hill Road in Fort Plain, New York. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The cheese is packaged in 1/2 pound, 2 pound, and five pound sizes in vacuum sealed clear plastic. The name High Point Dairy Monterey Jack is on the label, along with "aged 60 days," and the make date of 3-6-2020. The consumer alert affects all packages with this code. But, any package with an unknown code date that was purchased after May 12, 2020 shouldn't be eaten. The product was sold at Manor Farm, 5356 St Rt 167, Little Falls, NY 13365; … [Read more...]

Serenity Meadows Raw Milk Tests Positive for Listeria in Cayuga County NY

Serenity Meadows raw milk has tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, according to a news release issued by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The dairy is located at 2890 Jorolemon Road in Weedsport, New York. Two lab samples confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the unpasteurized milk. This pathogen can cause serious illness, especially for people in high risk groups, including the very young, the elderly, anyone with a compromised immune system, and pregnant women. Officials recommend that anyone who purchased raw milk from that dairy discard it immediately. They are also asking that anyone who purchased that milk call the department at 315-730-9738. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The … [Read more...]

Peekaboo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recalled For Listeria

Ramar Foods of Pittsburg, California is recalling Peekaboo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with Hidden Spinach because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. This ice cream was available for purchase at some Target stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Only 33 containers of this product were purchased by consumers. The rest have been removed from teh marketplace. The recalled product is Peekaboo Mint Chocolate Chip with Hidden Spinach Ice Cream, packaged in 14 ounce, printed paper containers. The UPC number is 8685400001, and the best before date of 10/08/2021 is printed on the bottom of the carton. Internal routine testing by Ramar Foods found the bacteria in … [Read more...]

Worried About Listeria in Frozen Vegetables? Here’s How to Stay Safe

Most people don't think about the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes in frozen vegetables, but there have been listeriosis outbreaks and recalls linked to this type of food. Three recalls last year for spinach, red peppers, and avocados were issued for possible Listeria contamination. So should you be worried about Listeria in frozen vegetables? The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released guidelines about how to reduce the risks of Listeria monocytogenes in frozen vegetables. They say that the risks of contracting listeriosis in frozen vegetables is lower than the risk associated with smoked fish, sausages, pate, and soft cheeses. Processors often blanch vegetables before freezing them to set the color and texture, and this step helps destroy pathogens on the … [Read more...]

Recall of Fromagerie Blackburn Le Mont-Jacob Cheese For Listeria Updated

The recall of Fromagerie Blackburn Le Mont-Jacob cheese in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination last week has been updated with more information. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The cheese was sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and may have been sold nationally. Cheese wheels of Fromagerie Blackburn Le Mont-Jacob semi-soft cheese have been sold cut up and repackaged. Anyone who is unsure if they have purchased this recalled product should check with their retailer. If you don't know for sure, throw the cheese away. The recalled products are all Fromagerie Blackburn brand. They include Le Mont-Jacob semi-soft cheese sold in 130 gram packages. The UPC number is 6 28504 56408 0, and the best before dates are … [Read more...]

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