January 27, 2023

La Vache à Maillotte Soft Cheese Recalled For Possible Listeria

La Vache à Maillotte Surface-ripened Soft Cheese is being recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to the government or the company to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling firm is Fromagerie La Vache à Maillotte. The recalled product is La Vache à Maillotte Surface-ripened Soft Cheese that is packaged in approximately 275 gram containers. There is no UPC number on the product label. The codes on this item are R 615 22FE2023. The cheese was sold in Quebec at the retail level, and it may also have been sold in other provinces and territories in the country. If you purchased this item, do not eat it. You can throw it away in a secure trash can with a tight fitting lid after you have double … [Read more...]

Le Cendré de Notre-Dame Semi Soft Cheese Recalled For Listeria

Le Cendré de Notre-Dame Semi Soft Cheese is being recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This is a semi-soft surface ripened cheese. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this item. The recalling firm is Le Fromage au Village Inc. The recalled product is Le Cendré de Notre-Dame Semi Soft Surface-ripened Cheese that is sold in about 150 gram packages. There is no UPC number on this product. The codes on the product are: R.616, 22JA2023, 23JA2023, 27JA2023, 28JA2023, and 29JA2023. The cheese was sold in Quebec at the retail level and may have been sold in other provinces and territories in Canada. The recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting … [Read more...]

Utopia Foods Recall of Enoki Mushrooms for Listeria Expanded

The Utopia Foods recall of enoki mushrooms for possible Listeria monocytogenes on December 114, 2022 has been expanded to include more recently distributed product. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalling firm is Utopia Foods Inc. of Glendale, New York. The mushrooms were imported from China, according to the first and second recall announcements. The recall is for Utopia Foods enoki mushrooms that are packaged in 200 gram plastic bags. The packages are clear and blue plastic with the markings of "Best before 03/02/2023" or "Best before 03-09-23." The mushrooms were distributed between January 6 and January 13, 2023 even though production was supposedly suspended in December 2022. The brand name "UTOPIA" is on the … [Read more...]

Safer Food Choices For Those at Risk For Food Poisoning

Every month there is at least one food recall about a potentially dangerous food in the United States. These recalls are for foods that may be contaminated with E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, cyclospora, and Campylobacter. Unfortunately, some foods are inherently risky because of the way they are grown or prepared. While the general public certainly is at risk for illness from these foods, there are some people who can become seriously ill if they are infected. There are safer food choices for anyone who is at high risk for food poisoning complications. People at higher risk for serious complications from food poisoning include the very young, the elderly, pregnant women, people with chronic health problems such as diabetes, and anyone with a compromised immune system. … [Read more...]

How Many Food Poisoning Outbreaks Were Unsolved in 2022?

How many FDA-regulated food poisoning outbreaks were unsolved in 2022? Taking a look at the FDA's CORE Outbreak Investigation Table, there were 25 multi-state outbreaks in 2022 that the FDA believes were linked to foods that agency monitors. Of those 25 outbreaks, 13 outbreaks were unsolved. The minimum number of people sickened in those unsolved outbreaks was 483. Every year in the United States, 48,000,000 people are sickened from contaminated food. There are 128,000 hospitalizations and about 3,000 people die. The FDA and USDA started using outbreak tables to inform the public about these events. The tables do not have much information until there is some action that consumers can take. However, before the tables were introduced, the public was never informed about these … [Read more...]

Caesar’s Pasta Frozen Manicotti Recalled For Possible Listeria

Caesar's Pasta Frozen Manicotti is being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this item. The recalling firm is Caesar's pasta of Blackwood, New Jersey. About 5,610 pounds of this product are included in this recall. The frozen manicotti was sold to foodservice distributors, including restaurants, in these areas: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Southeastern New York State; Northeastern Pennsylvania; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. This product was not available at the retail level. The recalled product is Caesar's Pasta Frozen Manicotti that is packaged in 10 pound bulk boxes. The manicotti was sold under the brand names Orefresco and Caesar's Pasta. … [Read more...]

Study Confirms that Raw Milk Is Linked to Foodborne Illness

A new study has confirmed that raw milk is linked to foodborne illness. During the time period of 2013 to 2018, 75 outbreaks that caused 675 illnesses were linked to unpasteurized milk. Of these illnesses, almost half were among children and teenagers aged o to 19 years. Given that the consumption of raw milk is low in this country, with only about 1 to 2% of the adult population buying it, these numbers are shocking. The study points out that almost 80% of those outbreaks occurred in states where the sale of raw milk is allowed. Raw milk and raw milk products are a public health challenge in the United States. And laws that encourage availability of unpasteurized milk are associated with more illnesses and outbreaks. Raw milk can be contaminated with many different pathogens, … [Read more...]

FDA CORE Table Has Just Two Active Outbreak Investigations

The FDA's CORE Outbreak Investigation Table has just two active outbreaks. Since the last update, three outbreaks have ended. The currently active outbreaks include the mystery Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that has sickened at least 274 people. That's a very large outbreak with no food attached. The only action taken so far is traceback. There is no more information about this outbreak. And the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to enoki mushrooms imported from Korea is still active. Two people are sick in that outbreak, and both have been hospitalized. That outbreak investigation has not been updated since November 17, 2022. The closed investigations include the mystery E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that sickened at least 11 people, the E. coli O121 outbreak that was linked … [Read more...]

Igor Gorgonzola Dolce Recalled For Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

Igor Gorgonzola Dolce is being recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this cheese. The recalling firm is Jan K. Overweel Limited. The recalled product was sold in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec and may have been sold in other provinces and territories. It is Igor Gorgonzola Dolce, which is a type of blue cheese, that is sold in variable weight sizes. The UPC number on this product is also variable. The codes and best before date pairs for this product are Best Before: 23/FE/01 Lotto 2774015 and 23/FE/01 Lotto 2775033. This product is being removed from the market. It may have been sold by different retailers, either clerk-served or in smaller packages. The cheese … [Read more...]

FDA Warns About Possible Listeria in Sun Hong Enoki Mushrooms

The FDA is warning restaurants and retailers about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination in Sun Hong enoki mushrooms that were sourced from China. Sun Hong Foods is located in Montebello, California. Consumers should not eat these mushrooms, and restaurants and retailers should not sell them. On November 28, 2022, Missouri state partners, as part of the FDAs Laboratory Flexible Funding Model Cooperative Agreement Program, collected enoki mushrooms from retail markets in that state. One sample labeled as Sun Hong Foods tested positive for the pathogen. The FDA is waiting for more information on any other distribution of these mushrooms. This particular strain does not appear to match any clinical isolates from active outbreaks. In other words, no illnesses have been linked … [Read more...]

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