August 23, 2019

Listeriosis Outbreak in Maryland and California From Roos Cheese

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has started an investigation into an outbreak of listeriosis, caused by the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, in Maryland and California. One person  in California was sick and died, and seven people are ill in Maryland. All seven people in Maryland have been hospitalized in this outbreak. Five of the illnesses, two mother-newborn pairs and a newborn, were related to pregnancy. All of the patients are Hispanic. All patients in Maryland reported consuming soft or semi-soft Hispanic-style cheese and all shopped at different locations of the same food store. At this time, the CDC is identifying the store only as Chain A. Testing of cheese products collected from Chain A stores in Maryland and Virginia found the outbreak strain of … [Read more...]

Plea Agreement Reached in Cantaloupe Listeria Case

Eric and Ryan Jensen, the brothers who owned Jensen Farms, the Colorado cantaloupe farm linked to the 2011 Listeria outbreak that sickened 147 people, killed 35 and caused one miscarriage have reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, according to a document filed filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Denver. The brothers, ages 37 and 33, who were arrested September 26th and charged with six counts of adulteration of a food and aiding and abetting, would each have faced up to six years in prison and up to $1.5 million in fines, if convicted of all counts after a trial by jury. The outbreak, one of the deadliest in U.S. history, was caused by unsanitary conditions on the farm including used packing equipment that was difficult to clean and standing water on the packing room … [Read more...]

Minneapolis Restaurant Butcher & The Boar Part of Crave Brothers Listeria Cheese Recall

A premier Minnesota restaurant, Butcher & The Boar, is the only restaurant in the state named by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company as a recipient of soft cheese associated with a deadly outbreak of listeriosis. Whole Foods Markets, Lunds, Byerlys, Rainbow, Kowalski's and other grocery retailers also sold the cheese, as did restaurants in Wisconsin and Illinois. The recalled gourmet cheese has been associated with a Listeria death in Minnesota, a second Minnesota illness and individual cases of listeriosis in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. All five people were hospitalized and one infection in a pregnant woman resulted in miscarriage. Laboratory tests conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture on samples of Les Frères and Petit Frère with Truffles cheeses made by Crave … [Read more...]

Crave Brothers Recall, Cheese Sold in MN at Twin Cities Lunds, Byerly’s, Whole Foods, Rainbow and Other Stores

To date, two Minnesota residents have contracted Listeria food poisoning (listeriosis) after eating Les Freres cheese produced by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company. One of Minnesota victim died. Prompted by this outbreak, Crave Brothers issued a recall of some of its cheese products, including Les Freres (LF225 2/2.5#), Petit Frère (PF88 8/8 oz) and Petit Frère with Truffles (PF88T 8/8 oz), all with a make date of 7-1-13 or earlier. “Crave Brothers is legally responsible for any Listeria cases linked to its cheese,” said Fred Pritzker, a Minnesota food safety lawyer who represents Listeria clients nationwide in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against food processors, retailers, restaurants and others. Fred recently won $45,000,000.00 for clients injured by another … [Read more...]

Crave Bros Les Freres Cheese Recall, Listeria Outbreak

A Listeria outbreak has prompted Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company of Waterloo, WI to issue a recall for Les Freres cheese products. The outbreak has sickened five people, caused one miscarriage and killed one person in Minnesota. The products under recall were sold nationwide at Whole Foods and Kroger stores, through mail order and at regional grocery stores in the following 13 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The cheese was also served in at foodservice outlets and restaurants including Bacchus in Milwaukee, Merchant in Madison, and Butcher and the Boar In Minneapolis. The recalled products are: Les Freres (LF225 2/2.5#) with a "make date" of 7-1-13 or prior, packaged … [Read more...]

Listeria Outbreak: Crave Brothers Cheese Sold at Whole Foods, Kroger, Others

Crave Brothers cheese, which has been linked to a Listeria outbreak that has sickened at least five people in four states killing one of them, was sold at Whole Foods and Kroger stores nationwide and dozens of other regional grocery stores in: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.  Some restaurants also served the cheese. Kroger is recalling  Les Freres Cheese in Murray's Cheese Shops **2252; and Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics - Les Freres Cheese Wheel **2260. The Kroger stores affected are Dillons, Baker's, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, QFC and Gerbes stores located in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South … [Read more...]

Crave Brothers Les Freres Cheese Linked to Listeriosis Outbreak in Minnesota Results in Wrongful Death

Health officials have linked a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis to eating Les Frères cheese made by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company, a Wisconsin producer, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. To date, two people in Minnesota have become ill, one of whom died. Both were older adults and hospitalized in early June. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is testing samples of the cheese and early results indicate presence of Listeria, bacteria that causes listeriosis food poisoning, an infection that often leads to meningitis, sepsis and wrongful death. Minnesota health officials are warning consumers who may have purchased these cheeses: Les Frères, Petit Frère, Petit Frère with Truffles and still have it in their refrigerators to not eat it until more … [Read more...]

Listeria: Remember Vulnerable Guests at Summer Cookouts

The USDA is giving advice on keeping your family healthy as you grill food on Memorial Day and throughout the summer. Follow the four basic rules of food safety: clean, separate, cook, and chill. We've already covered most of this advice, including grilling safety and picnic safety. More about that in the next few days! But the Listeria warning is something most people don't know. Some ready to eat foods may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious infections in at-risk groups. Deli foods such as cold cuts, smoked seafood, soft cheeses, and chicken or egg salad can contain this bacteria, which unfortunately grows and reproduces at refrigerator temperatures. If any of your guests include pregnant women, infants, the elderly, and those with … [Read more...]

Keep Your Kitchen Free from Listeria

There have been several recalls for products for Listeria monocytogenes contamination in the past several weeks, including several derivative recalls for smoked salmon. Products were recalled from Sam's Club, Giant's, Martin's, Whole Foods, King Sooper's, City Market, and Ralph's. Smoked salmon is often contaminated with Listeria bacteria because the bacteria is present in many water bodies. Then, improper brining, draining, smoking temperatures, cooling, packaging, and handling of the product can contaminate the salmon. In addition, last year there was a multi state Listeria outbreak that caused illness and death that was linked to soft cheeses. Protecting your family from listeriosis can be difficult. The scientists at Michigan State University Extension have prepared a guide for … [Read more...]

Largest Multi-State Food Poisoning Outbreaks Of 2012: #9

A Listeria outbreak linked to imported, ricotta salata cheese was the ninth largest multi-state food poisoning outbreak of 2012, based on the total number of people sickened. Announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in September, the outbreak sickened 22 people in 13 states and the District of Columbia and killed four people making it one of the deadliest outbreaks of the year. Listeria monocytogenes has and 80 percent hospital rate and 20 percent fatality rate. In this outbreak, 20 of the 22 people sickened were hospitalized, the highest hospitalization rate among the 10 largest multi-state food poisoning outbreaks of 2012. Listeria symptoms, which include headache, fever and muscle stiffness sometimes accompanied by gastrointestinal symptoms, can take as long … [Read more...]

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