October 17, 2017

After Listeria Outbreak, Texas Fines Blue Bell $850,000

After being linked to a 2015 Listeria outbreak that sickened at least 10 people, killing three of them, Blue Bell Creameries has been fined $850,000 by the the Texas Department of State Health Services for allowing adulterated product to enter the market and causing illness. But the company many only pay a fraction of the fine. Within 30 days, Blue Bell must pay $175,000,  but will not have to pay the remaining balance if it follows the terms outlined in the enforcement agreement. The terms include: continuing to notify the health department of any test results from samples taken from ice cream, ingredients, food surfaces, machinery and other equipment in its Brenham plant that are positive for Listeria;  continuing to“test and hold” procedures "meaning ice cream must be found to be … [Read more...]

FDA Found Listeria at Reser’s Halifax NC Facility

After two Listeria recalls, more bad foods for Reser's Fine Foods. Investigators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say Listeria has "maintained a presence" at Reser's facility in Halifax, NC since 2013, according to an FDA warning letter to the company made public this week. Salads produced by Reser's Fine Foods were recalled for Listeria in 2013 and earlier this year. During FDA inspections in 2013, 2014 and 2015 environmental samples collected from the plant were positive for Listeria. Samples collected on November 3-5, 2015, confirmed that some positive samples were from food contact surfaces. Four environmental swabs from inside the processing room were positive for Listeria. The FDA conducted  Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) analysis on six Listeria isolates … [Read more...]

Listeria Recall for Sandwiches Delivered to School Districts Expands

Let’s Do Lunch Inc. of Gardena, CA, dba Integrated Food Service (IFS) is expanding a Listeria recall of sandwiches that were distributed to school districts nationwide. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported but districts that have received these sandwiches should not use them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recalled sandwiches include turkey, ham and cheese subs; Italian subs, BBQ rib sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chili dogs, sliders and more. To see the complete list, click the preceding link. The expansion of the recall announced in June was issued after additional environmental testing was positive for Listeria. It now includes products produced between May 18 and June 16 distributed to foodservice distributors in the following … [Read more...]

Agave Dream Cappuccino Ice Cream Recalled for Listeria

Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA is recalling Cappuccino Ice Cream for potential Listeria contamination. Although no illnesses were reported at the time of the recall, people who have purchased this ice cream should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. he recall is the result of a routine sampling by the state of WA which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem. Agave Dream has recalled 389 cases distributed across the United States through retail stores receiving product from KeHE Romeoville, Illinois warehouse, DPI NW, Americold L.A., IWI Franklin Indiana warehouse, Haddon House … [Read more...]

Frozen Vegetable Listeria Outbreak Triggered Recall of 456 Products

A Listeria outbreak linked to frozen vegetables that ended this week triggered the recall of 456 products sold under dozens of brand names, according to a report by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although the outbreak has ended, health officials are concerned that consumers may still have some of the vegetables in their freezers and caution everyone who purchases frozen vegetables to check recall information carefully. The outbreak sickened nine people in California, Connecticut, Maryland, and Washington between September 2013 and May 2016. Fatalities were reported in Connecticut, Maryland and Washington, although listeriosis was not considered to be a cause of death for the Maryland and Washington cases. Symptoms of a Listeria infection include can take up to 70 days after … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: July 3, 2016

This week's food recalls include an expansion of the recall issued for General Mills flours associated with an E. coli outbreak, more products recalled for sunflower seeds linked to a Listeria outbreak, recalls for others pathogens and undeclared allergens. Consumers should check recall information carefully. Food Recalls in the U.S. Pathogens General Mills of Minneapolis, MN has expanded a recall of flour associated with a multistate E. coli outbreak that now includes 42 cases in 21 states. The expansion of the recall was triggered after a newly-reported illness was associated with  raw dough or batter linked to flour produced last fall. Health officials from the FDA and the CDC warn consumers not to eat raw products containing flour as pathogens such as E. coli O121 are only … [Read more...]

Lemongrass Basil Chicken Recalled for Listeria

Winter Gardens Quality Foods Inc. of New Oxford, Pa. has issued a recall for approximately 42 pounds of Lifestyle Foods Inc. brand Lemongrass Basil Chicken entrées for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recalled product was produced on June 13 and June 14, 2016 and shipped to distributors in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C.  It was sold in in 8.0-oz. (227g) individually wrapped entrée packages labeled “Lifestyle Foods Lemongrass Basil Chicken Entrée – Brown Rice in a Thai Style Sauce with Grilled Chicken and Green Beans” with“Enjoy By” dates of June 28, 2016 and June 29, 2016. The establishment … [Read more...]

Sunflower Seed Listeria Recall Roundup

Updated June 29, 2016.  A May 4 sunflower seed Listeria recall by SunOpta has triggered a cascade of others.  Here is a roundup of the Listeria recalls for sunflower seeds or products containing them. There is now a listeriosis outbreak; at least two people are sick. First Source sunflower seed products are associated with this outbreak. Consumers should check product information carefully as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Symptoms of an infection, which can take up to 70 days to develop, include high fever, muscle aches, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria infections can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and infection in newborns. Others at heightened risk are young children, seniors and those with … [Read more...]

Atlantic Spice Recalls Sunflower Seeds, Snack Mixes for Listeria

Atlantic Spice Company Inc. of North Truro, MA has issued a recall for 16 ounce packages of Sunflower Seeds Roasted Salted, Tropical Mix and Cranberry Health Mix snacks because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was issued after the sunflower seed supplier, SunOpta, issued a recall. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported. However, consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The recalled snacks were distributed at the Atlantic Spice retail store and nationally through mail orders. They were packaged in 16 ounce, clear plastic package marked with the numbers 15 and 11 at the top right and the following product code and lost numbers: Product #746 Sunflower Seeds Roasted … [Read more...]

Weekly Food Recall Roundup: June 19, 2016

This week's recalls include expansions of secondary Listeria recalls linked to SunOpta sunflower seeds, a new frozen vegetable Listeria recall, recalls for undeclared allergens and extraneous materials. Symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as 70 days to develop and include: high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirth. Food Recalls in the U.S. Pathogens 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, … [Read more...]

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