March 21, 2018

Two Types of Rad Cat Raw Pet Food Recalled for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Radagast Pet Food of Portland, Oregon is recalling one lot of their Free-Range Chicken and one lot of Free-Range Turkey raw pet food because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No pet or human illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The FDA and the Ohio Department of Agriculture found two samples that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. bacteria. The lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken has lot number 62762, a best by date of 10/19/18, and was shipped to distributors in May 2017 in California, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. The product has UPC codes depending on the package size. The 8 ounce packages have UPC number 8 51536 00103 6; the 16 ounce package has UPC number 8 51536 00104 3, and … [Read more...]

Organic Food Bank Recalls Pumpkin Seeds and Nutritional Yeast for Possible Listeria Contamination

Oregon Food Bank, which recalled Chia Seeds last week for possible rodent dropping contamination, is now recalling two more products, this time for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest symptoms. The recalled 63,825 pounds of pumpkin seeds were donated at the same time that the chia seeds were donated. They were distributed in Oregon and Clark County, Washington through the Oregon Food Bank Network of regional food banks and pantries. The product was distributed in one pound plastic poly film bags with a twist-type closure or a re-sealable pouch or a KALE JOY plastic bag. The seeds were distributed between November 1, 2017 and March 16, … [Read more...]

Researchers at North Carolina State University Find Compounds That may Fight Listeria Bacteria

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found new compounds that "may be effective in containing the virulence - or ability to produce disease - of Listeria, a well-known bacterium that can cause severe food poisoning and even death." The research is a proof-of-concept study, which is an "early stage of clinical drug development when a compound has shown potential in animal models and early safety testing," according to the NCBI. One strain of Listeria bacteria, called monocytogenes, can cause serious illness in humans. The studies are used to estimate whether the compound may have significant efficacy in other diseases. The researchers know that inhibiting a certain enzyme that Listeria bacteria produces dramatically modify the bacterial cell surface. And this reduced … [Read more...]

Precooked Shrimp and Salami and Chorizo Recalled in Canada for Possible Harmful Bacteria

Two recalls in Canada are for potentially harmful bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in either recall. Loblaws in Canada is recalling cooked shrimp because it may be contaminated with "harmful bacteria." The recall notice did not specify which bacteria may have contaminated the product. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with either recall. The shrimp was sold at these Loblaw stores: in Ontario, at Fortinos®, Independent®, Loblaws®, No Frills®, Real Canadian Superstore®, Valu-Mart®, Wholesale Club®, Zehrs® and affiliated independent stores; in the Atlantic region:  Atlantic Superstore®, Dominion®, Independent®, No Frills®, Wholesale Club®, and affiliated independent stores; in Québec at: Club Entrepôt®, Maxi®, Maxi & Cie®, Provigo®, Provigo le … [Read more...]

Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Kitten Grind Raw Pet Food for Possible Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes

Blue Ridge Beef of Georgia is recalling one lot of Kitten Grind raw pet food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The FDA received a complaint of two kitten deaths. One of the deaths was confirmed caused by Salmonella septicemia. Testing of Kitten Grind lot number GA1102 found both bacteria. The recalled lot contains 20 cases or 300 chubs of the product. It was shipped to Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The Kitten Grind two pound chubs are sold frozen. The lot number is GA1102 and the manufacturing date is 11/02/2017. If you purchased this product, do not feed it to your pet. Throw it away in a double bagged or sealed container in a secure garbage can so other animals can't get at it, or take it back to the … [Read more...]

The Maiden’s Creamery Raw Goat Milk Cheese May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes Bacteria

Consumers are being warned that raw goat milk cheese made by the Maiden's Creamery in New York may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released a statement about this issue. The dairy is located at 1277 Copes Corner Road in South New Berlin in South Berlin in Chenango County, New York. The cheese tasted positive for the pathogenic bacteria during routine sampling conducted at the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on February 20, 2018. The dairy was notified about the positive result on February 23, 2018, and the product was recalled voluntarily. Then on March 2, 2018, the test results were confirmed. The recalled cheese is packaged in different sized sealed flexible plastic packaging. The plant … [Read more...]

Gusto and Olli Molisana Salami and Pepperoni Products Recalled for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Olli Salumeria Americana of California is recalling about 3,946 pounds of ready-to-eat salami and pepperoni products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. These products were sold nationwide in the United States and were also exported to Canada. The problem was discovered when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) performed routine testing on the products. The not heat treated, shelf stable, ready-to-eat meat products were packaged on January 19, 2018. The recalled products include: 6 ounce packages of “Gusto NAPOLI APPLEWOOD-SMOKED SALAME” with lot code 1000012821; 6 ounce packages of “Gusto CHORIZO SMOKED PAPRIKA” with lot code 1000012812.; 6 ounce packages of “Gusto SOPRESSATA … [Read more...]

Raw Milk from Fertile Valley Farm in Honesdale, PA Recalled for Listeria Monocytogenes

Raw whole milk from Fertile Valley Farm in Honesdale, Wayne County, Pennsylvania is being recalled because it tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, according to a notice positive by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Tests completed after a routine inspection and sampling were positive for the pathogen. The milk that is recalled was sold between February 21 and March 1, 2018. It was sold directly from the farm in plastic gallon, half gallon, and quart containers with the Fertile Valley Farm label. The farm has discarded all of the remaining milk and has posted a note to its customers about this issue on social media. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest. The … [Read more...]

Two More Dog Foods Recalled: One for Salmonella, One for Listeria Monocytogenes

Two more brands of dog food are recalling some of their products; one for possible Salmonella contamination; the other for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No human or pet illnesses have been reported to date in either situation. The first recall is for "Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight" products by TruPet of Milford, Ohio, for possible Salmonella. The product is sold in 2.5 ounce containers. It was sold throughout the country via the online retailer and at through direct delivery. It has lot number 20190514 13753. The Michigan Department of Agriculture collected a retail sample that tested positive for the pathogenic bacteria. Pets with Salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea that may be bloody, fever, and vomiting. Infected pets may appear … [Read more...]

FDA Investigates Pattern of Contamination in Darwin’s Natural and ZooLogics Raw Pet Foods Made by Arrow Reliance

The FDA is investigating a pattern of contamination in some raw pet foods made by Arrow Reliance. This includes Darwin's Natural Pet Products and ZooLogics Pet Food. Four recalls of those products have been issued from October 17, 2016 to February 10, 2018. You can see the list of these recalls at the FDA web site. Positive findings of Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes bacteria triggered all of the recalls. In the most recent recall, Arrow Reliance/Darwin's Natural recalled ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41957) and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41567) because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The products are one sold only through direct-to-consumer sales. The FDA has investigated six complaints of … [Read more...]

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