September 20, 2019

Churchtown Dairy Raw Milk Recalled For Possible Listeria

Churchtown Dairy raw milk is being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. That dairy is located in Columbia county at 357 County Route 12 in Hudson, New York. The dairy's name is Foundation for Ag Integrity, doing business as Churchtown Dairy. No illnesses have been reported to the Department to date in association with this recalled product. A sample of the unpasteurized milk collected by a department inspector tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The producer was notified of a preliminary positive test result on July 25, 2019. Further lab testing, which was completed on July 30, 2019, confirmed the presence of the pathogen. The producer is prohibited from selling raw milk … [Read more...]

Listeria May be Serious Miscarriage Threat in Early Pregnancy

New research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and published in the journal mBio has found that Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning can be a serious miscarriage threat in early pregnancy. Scientists at the university's School of Veterinary Medicine studied how pathogens affect fetal development and change pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Ted Golos, a UW-Maidson reproductive physiologist and professor of comparative biosciences and obstetrics and gynecology said in a statement, "for many years, Listeria has been associated with adverse outcomes in pregnancy, but particularly at the end of pregnancy. What wasn’t known with much clarity before this study is that it appears it’s a severe risk factor in early pregnancy. It's striking that mom doesn't get particularly ill from … [Read more...]

Consumer Reports Finds Listeria in Some Brands of Leafy Greens

Consumer Reports finds Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in both bulk and bagged prewashed lettuce. This disturbing discovery highlights the fact that leafy greens have been the source of many serious multistate food poisoning outbreaks in the last few years. Researchers at the company purchased 284 samples of fresh greens at several grocery store chains, including Hannaford, Whole Foods, and Costco. The samples included lettuce, spinach, and kale. The company found six leafy greens samples that were tainted with Listeria monocytogenes. Two  specific products that tested positive for the pathogen were packaged, prewashed greens made of spinach, and an organic spinach-spring mix. The remaining four products were loose heads or bunches of green kale, green leaf lettuce, spinach, and … [Read more...]

Ryki Rycki Edam Cheese Recall For Possible Listeria Updated

The July 23, 2019 Ryki Rycki Edam cheese recall in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination is being updated to include more product information two more of these cheeses are being recalled. The company distributing the cheese slices is Polish Trade Center Ltd. This product was sold in Ontario at the retail level. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. The newly recalled products added to this alert include Ryki Rycki Edam cheese slices in 4.76 ounce packages. The UPC number on that product is 5 902208 000811, and the codes on the package are D30N/300454. The other newly recalled product is Ryki Rycki Edam smoked cheese slices, also in 4.76 ounce packages. The UPC number for that product is 5 902208 000828, and the code … [Read more...]

Western Family Sockeye Smoked Salmon Nuggets Recalled For Listeria

Western Family Sockeye Smoked Salmon Nuggets are being recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. These products were sold in Alberta, British Columbia, and may have been sold nationally. The recalled product is Western Family Original Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon Nuggets sold in 150 gram packages. The UPC number on the product is 0 62639 35065 9, and the codes on the product are 11720516 and 11720517. This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is conducting a food safety investigation which may trigger the recall of other prods. The CFIA will notify the public through updated food recall warnings if that happens. If you purchased this product, do not … [Read more...]

Ryki Gouda Cheese Slices Recalled For Possible Listeria

Ryki Gouda Cheese Slices are being recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination by Polish Trade Center Ltd. This cheese was sold in Ontario at the retail level. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recalled product is Ryki Gouda Cheese Slices sold in 4.76 ounce containers. The UPC number on the product is 5 902208 000859, and the code on the product is C29N / 290351. The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency test results. An investigation into the problem is being conducted, which may lead to the recall of other products. And the CFIA is making sure that the company is removing this product from the marketplace. If you purchased this product, do not eat it, even if you plan to cook with it. … [Read more...]

FDA Suspends Topway/Kazy’s Gourmet Food Facility Registration

Last week Food Poisoning Bulletin told you about the FDA warning retailers in Texas and Louisiana to stop selling Topway/Kazy's Gourmet salmon and tuna for sushi for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. On July 22, 2019, the FA suspended the food facility registration of the company, after seizure sanitation issues were found at that venue. Inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in that facility. Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response said in a statement "The FDA and the Texas DSHS have documented a pattern of food safety violations at the Topway facility as well as an unwillingness and disregard by the company to cease operations and correct severe violations at their facility. Topway’s unsafe practices not only violated the law, but … [Read more...]

Salads and Sandwiches Sold at Target Recalled For Possible Listeria

Some specific types of salads and sandwiches sold at Target stores throughout the country are being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Those salads and sandwiches were produced by Elevation Foods on June 18, 2019. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. You can see pictures of the recalled products at the FDA web site. The company believes that fewer than 1,087 cases of these products have been shipped. The salads and sandwiches were made at Elevation Foods' Knoxville, Tennessee facility. The recalled salads and sandwiches have "use by" dates printed on the side of each container. The lot number is printed on the side or lid. This recall applies only to the products with the specific lot numbers and use by dates listed … [Read more...]

Retailers in TX and LA Should Stop Selling Kazy’s Gourmet Seafood For Listeria

The FDA has advised retailers and restaurants in Texas and Louisiana to stop selling or serving products from Topway Enterprises, doing business as Kazy's Gourmet Seafood Production, because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The government is most concerned about salmon and tuna produced by the company for raw consumption. These products may be incorporated into sushi. The products in questions were sold July 10 through July 13, 2019. They are sold as fillets wrapped in clear plastic wrap. These product do not have a long shelf life, although they may be frozen. These products should be discarded. Retailers and restaurants should also clean and sanitize the surfaces that these products were served, stored, or prepared on. The FDA conducted an inspection of Topway … [Read more...]

Growers Express Recalls More Fresh Veggies For Listeria

Growers Express is expanding their recall of some fresh veggies for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The original recall was issued on July 1, 2019. There are no illnesses reported to date in connection with this recall or the earlier recall. Further testing of an additional product lot from the suspected source of the bacteria found a single retail sample that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The company has expanded the list of recalled products to include certain specific fresh Brussels sprouts, fresh cauliflower florets, and fresh green beans with specific dates. These recalled products originated from a Growers Express facility Biddeford, Maine. They were distributed to retail outlets in Massachusetts and Maine. Growers Express is no longer buying … [Read more...]

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