September 26, 2020

FDA Issues the First Injunction Under the Produce Safety Rule

The FDA has issued its first injunction under the Produce Safety Rule against a company that makes sprouts and soy products. That Rule, which was part of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 and was finalized on January 26, 2016, gives the FDA power to issue consent decrees of permanent injunction against corporations for violating safety standards. The Produce Safety Rules mandates that sprout operations take measures "to prevent the introduction of dangerous microbes into seeds or beans used for sprouting; test spent sprout irrigation water (or, in some cases, in-process sprouts) for the presence of certain pathogens; test the growing, harvesting, packing and holding environment for the presence of the Listeria species or Listeria monocytogenes; and take corrective actions … [Read more...]

Giant Foods Recalls Squash Noodle Medly For Possible Listeria

Giant Foods is recalling their store brand of Squash Noodle Medly because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The recall notice did not state whether or not any illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall issue. The recalled item is Giant Foods Squash Noodle Medly that is sold in 20 ounce package size. All lots and all codes of this product are recalled. The UPC number on the product label is 068826718585. It was sold in Giant Foods stores between August 8 and August 19, 2020. This product is no longer available in store shelves since the "best enjoyed by" date was August 19 2020, but consumers may still have it in their home freezers. Please check your freezer carefully to see if you purchased this product. If you did, throw it away … [Read more...]

Brandt Mini Spicy Cheese Sausage Recalled For Possible Listeria

Brandt Mini Spicy Cheese Sausage is being recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The company, G. Brandt Meat Packers Ltd., is located in Ottawa, Canada. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product is Brandt mini spicy cheese sausage, sold in 0.375 kg containers. The UPC number on the product is 773321 206306, and the code on the package is Best Before 20AU20.The sausages were sold in Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan at the retail consumer level. This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The government is conducting a food safety investigation, which may trigger the recall of more products. The CFIA is making sure that the company is recalling the … [Read more...]

Public Health Alert For Blue Grass Smoked Sausages For Listeria

A public health alert has been issued by the USDA for Blue Grass smoked sausage products that were sold under various brand names because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. A recall has not been requested because all products are most likely no longer available in stores, and are past their use by or freeze by date. This does mean, however, that some of these products could be in consumers' home freezers. There is zero tolerance for Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat products. The ready-to-eat smoked sausage items were produced on April 22, 2020. You can see pictures of the recalled products at the USDA web site. The recalled items are: 14 ounce plastic packages containing 6 pieces of “BLUE GRASS METTWURST,” with a use or freeze by date of July 23, … [Read more...]

Wegmans Valencia Oranges Lemons and Other Foods Recalled For Listeria

Wegmans Valencia Oranges, lemons, and other products made with fresh lemon are being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. These products were sold in Wegmans stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Brooklyn and Harrison, NY between July 31 and August 7, 2020. No illnesses associated with these recalled items have been reported to Wegmans or to its supplier to date. The recalled items are Wegmans Valencia Oranges in 4 pound bags, with UPC number 7789052363; Wegmans Lemons in 2 pound bags with UPC number 7789015917; and Wegmans bulk lemons with UPC number 4033. Freshouse Produce LLC recalled these foods after internal testing found Listeria monocytogenes on one piece of equipment in one of its packing facilities. The only … [Read more...]

Freshouse Lemons Limes Oranges Potatoes Recalled For Possible Listeria

Freshouse Lemons Limes Oranges and red potatoes are being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. These items are sold under several brand names. The company, which is located in Salisbury, North Carolina, performed internal testing which identified the pathogen on a piece of equipment in one of their packing facilities. No illnesses  have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. The company has stopped production and distribution of any food that was packed on that equipment and is taking corrective action. These items were shipped to retailer distribution centers in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia, and to wholesalers in Maryland and North Carolina. The consumer retail items that are recalled as of August 9, … [Read more...]

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...]

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