June 23, 2022

Dole Packaged Salad- The Seven-Year Listeria Outbreak with a Plot Twist

On the day Patient 1 in the current Listeria outbreak linked to Dole packaged salads first experienced symptoms of illness, the iPhone 5 was the latest generation of Apple smartphones, Fifty Shades of Grey topped the New York Times Fiction Bestseller list, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon had just declared a state of emergency in Ferguson following the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, and President Barack Obama was 12 days away from showing up to a press conference in a tan suit. It was August 16, 2014. In the seven years since, 15 more patients have been identified using whole genome sequencing, a method that identifies the genetic "fingerprint" of bacteria cultured from sick people and contaminated food. Two of the patients, who lived in Michigan and Wisconsin, … [Read more...]

Listeria was Top Pathogen Source of Recalls and Related Deaths in 2021

In-depth analysis from Food Poisoning Bulletin  Listeria was the top pathogen source of food recalls and related deaths in 2021, according to an in-depth analysis by Food Poisoning Bulletin. After our second annual analysis of recalls for meat and poultry, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), we turned our attention to recalls for all other foods which are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Listeria findings are some of the key takeaways from our deep dive into 2021 food recalls. How We Did This We focussed on the recalls that FDA gathers from press releases and other public notices and publishes on its website. While these represent only a portion of all annual recalls for FDA-regulated foods, (we'll just call them "food … [Read more...]

Sandwiches Delivered to School Districts Nationwide Recalled for Listeria

Sandwiches delivered to school districts nationwide have been recalled for possible Listeria contamination. Let’s Do Lunch, Inc., dba Integrated Food Service (IFS) issued a recall for the sandwiches after the FDA investigators found Listeria in environmental samples collected "on several different occasions." The recalled sandwiches include turkey, ham and cheese subs; Italian subs, BBQ rib sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chili dogs, sliders and more. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported. However, symptoms of a Listeria infection can take up to 70 days to develop. They include high fever, muscle aches, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Pesto Pasta Salad Recalled for Listeria

Green Cuisine has issued a recall for “Pesto Pasta Salad with Arugula” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company issued the recall after being notified by its supplier, Green Cuisine is issuing this voluntary recall after being notified by their supplier, National Frozen Foods, that the frozen green peas used in the product are being recalled for Listeria. The recalled salads were sold at Whole Foods locations in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona on June 15 and June 16, 2016. Consumers who purchased the product should not eat it. The recalled product was sold in 7.4 oz clear plastic containers with the name “Whole Foods Pesto Pasta Salad w/Arugula,” UPC code 857898004333 and “best by” date of 6/20/16. At the time of the recall, … [Read more...]

Earnest Eats Dark Chocolate Almond Bars Recalled for Listeria

Earnest Eats 0f Solana Beach, CA has issued a recall for Earnest Eats Dark Chocolate Almond Bars that may be contaminated with Listeria. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recalled products, which weigh 6.2 oz, have the following UPC numbers: individual: 891048001636;  891048001667 (5-ct carton); 891048001674 (12-ct master corrugated case) all with Best Before Dates 29APR17. They were sold nationwide online and to retail stores between March 1 and June 17, 2016, This recall was issued after the company was notified by its sunflower seed supplier, SunOpta, that some sunflower kernels used to make the product may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Symptoms of a Listeria infection can … [Read more...]

Kashi GoLean Bars and Bear Naked Granola Listeria Recall Expands

Kashi Company has expanded ad Listeria recall to include additional date codes of Kashi GOLEAN Honey Pecan Baklava Bars and Bear Naked Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + Sunflower Butter. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recall was issued after Kashi was notified by its sunflower seed supplier, SunOpta, that the seeds may contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall now includes: Kashi GOLEAN Honey Pecan Baklava Bars, 5-count with UPC Code 18627 10474 – "Best If Used Before"dates of Jul21 16; Aug07 16; Sep13 16; Sep22 16; and Oct20 16 in addition to bars with the UPC 18627 03000 and Best before dates: JAN0417; JAN0517; JAN0617; JAN0717; JAN0817; JAN09 17. And Bear Naked Soft Baked Granola, Cinnamon + … [Read more...]

Globespun Gourmet Wraps Recalled for Listeria

Essential Foods Inc. of Seattle has issued a recall for Globespun Gourmet 8oz wraps because they may be contaminated with Listeria. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recalled 8 oz Globespun Gourmet wraps were wrapped in plastic and distributed in Washington and Oregon to grocery outlets and corporate cafeterias. They include: Globespun Gourmet Thai UPC#3232800405; Globespun Gourmet Coconut Curry UPC#3232800210; Globespun Gourmet Tandoori- flavors of India UPC#3232800211;  and Globespun Gourmet Dolma La- Tibetan potato UPC#3232800503. The products have a date stamp of 06 17, 06 20 and 06 24 on the bottom of the wrap. Symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as 70 days to develop and … [Read more...]

Listeria Recall Roundup at Target, Costco and Trader Joe’s

There are so many Listeria recalls right now it's hard to keep up. Two potentially contaminated food sources - frozen vegetables and sunflower seeds - have spawned numerous recalls. To help consumers stay up-to-date, Food Poisoning Bulletin has organized the recalls by retailer. Consumers who shop at these stores should check the list of recalls carefully as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods and sold under a variety of brand names have been linked to a Listeria outbreak that has sickened at least eight people in three states. Two of these people ate Organic by Nature brand frozen vegetables before they became sick. Organic by Nature is one of 42 brands of packaged frozen vegetables produced by CRF that have been recalled. Frozen … [Read more...]

In Canada, Listeria Recall for All Asia Brand Rice and Noodle Bowls

In Canada, the CRF Frozen vegetable recall has triggered the recall of All Asia Fresh brand rice and noodle bowls.  Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. The recalled products include: Ginger Beef with Fried Rice and Noodles in 500g size with UPC 8 51922 00079 7; Ginger Beef with Fried Rice and Noodles 305g size with UPC 6 27887 00010 9; Sweet and Sour Pork with Fried Rice in 500g size with UPC 8 51922 00083 4 and Sesame Chicken with Fried Rice and Noodles in 450g sizes with UPC 6 27887 00004 8. There were no reports of illness at the time of the recall. However, symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as 70 days to develop. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by … [Read more...]

Pita Pal Salads Listeria Recall

Pita Pal salads are being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. The recalled salads contain corn produced by CRF Foods which has been linked to an outbreak. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause listeriosis and infection that causes serious illness or death. At the time of the recall no illnesses had been linked to Pita Pal salads, the company said. However, symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as 70 days to develop. They include: nausea and diarrhea followed by fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and muscle aches. Young children, seniors, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems are most at risk for Listeria infections. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage, … [Read more...]

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