May 28, 2024

Consumer Reports Issues Advice to Buy Safer Lettuce

Consumers Reports has issued advice telling consumers how to buy safer lettuce in the wake of serious E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks. Those outbreaks happen every year: earlier this year a Listeria outbreak was linked to Revolution Farms lettuce blends. And in fact, in 2018 Consumers Reports advised people to avoid romaine lettuce altogether until the FDA had a handle on that year's outbreaks. While it isn't possible to ensure that all lettuce or leafy greens you buy are perfectly safe, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of illness. There were 78 foodborne illness outbreaks linked to leafy greens between 2014 and 2021 that sickened hundreds of people and hospitalized many. Some of the outbreaks were solved and some weren't. The lettuce can become … [Read more...]

FDA: There’s a Revolution Farms Lettuce Recall, No Outbreak

There is a Listeria recall for Revolution Farms lettuces but no outbreak, as a recall expansion implied, the FDA clarified to Food Poisoning Bulletin today. "The recalled product from Revolution Farms is not associated with any current outbreaks under investigation by FDA," an FDA spokesperson told us via email. The confusion started earlier this month when Revolution Farms issued a Listeria recall for products packed between March 3 and March 11.  The company expanded the recall to include all of its products the following day after receiving the results of whole genome sequencing tests conducted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).   The company's notice of the recall expansion says, "The recall was voluntarily expanded on April 6, 2023, when the … [Read more...]

What Are the Current Food Poisoning Outbreaks?

What are the current food poisoning outbreaks? The FDA CORE Outbreak Investigation Table says that there are four outbreaks being investigated; two Salmonella outbreaks, one hepatitis A outbreak, and a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. Only two have foods attached to them. And then there is another Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that was announced by the FDA in a recall notice that is not on the chart. The Salmonella infantis outbreak linked to raw flour has sickened at least 12 people in 11 states. Three people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The case count by state is: California (1), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Nebraska (1), New York (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (1), Tennessee (1), and Virginia (1).  No specific brand of flour has been linked to … [Read more...]

Revolution Listeria Outbreak: How Are Greens Contaminated?

In the Revolution Listeria outbreak, how are greens contaminated? The outbreak, which was just announced by the FDA in a recall notice, is linked to Revolution Farms brand lettuces and salad mixes. The multi-state outbreak has not been mentioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so we don't know how many people are sick, the patent age range, or illness onset dates. Listeria gets onto lettuces, other leafy greens, and vegetables and fruits in a variety of ways. The pathogen occurs naturally in soil and water, so the plants could  be contaminated in the field. Some animals can carry the bacteria and not get sick. If they poop on plants in the field, the pathogen can easily grab onto the plant and grow. Animal manure used as fertilizer can also be contaminated. And … [Read more...]

Revolution Farms Secondary Recalls For Possible Listeria

A list of Revolution Farms secondary recalls of salads and salad mixes for possible Listeria contamination collects information from the FDA and USDA for products that were made using that company's lettuces and salad mixes. Revolution Farms products are linked to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has not yet been announced by the FDA or CDC. The original recall was issued on April 5, 2023 for products such as Robust Romaine and Farmer's Mix. That recall was expanded on April 7, 2023, with the announcement that all Revolution Farms products were included in the recall, as the outbreak was linked to those lettuces. Keep checking back to this page, because when more secondary recalls are announced, they will be added to this list. On April 10, 2023, Fresh From Meijer salads … [Read more...]

Public Health Alert for Fruit Ridge Farms Salads For Listeria

A public health alert has been issued for Fruit Ridge Farms Salads and Bell's Bistro Salads for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This is another secondary recall of Revolution Farms lettuces that were recalled last week in relation to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. The public health alert is being issued, even though the products are within expiry, so consumer are aware these products should not be eaten. There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses reported to the company to date due to the consumption of these products. The recall was issued when the firm told FSIS that they used FDA-recalled lettuce to make these fresh chicken and ham salad products. They were made on various dates from March 10, 2023 through March 24, 2023. You can see pictures of the … [Read more...]

Meijer Recalls Premade Salads For Possible Listeria Contamination

Meijer recalls premade salads from Revolution Farms for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This is a secondary recall. The original recall, issued last week, is for Revolution farms lettuces and salads that were recalled because they are linked to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. No illnesses have been reported to the company in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalling firm is Meijer of Grand Rapids, Michigan. These salads were sold at Meijer stores in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. The recalled premade salads have a Fresh From Meijer sticker on a clear plastic container. All sell by dates of these products are included in this recall. The salads are all Fresh From Meijer brand. The recalled salads include … [Read more...]

Revolution Farms Lettuces Linked to Listeria Outbreak

Revolution Farms lettuces linked to Listeria outbreak, according to the FDA, and all of its lettuces and salad kits are recalled. There is no information from the CDC or FDA yet on this outbreak. The original recall was posted on April 5, 2023. The recalling firm is Revolution Farms of Caledonia, Michigan. The expansion now includes all products sold under the Revolution Farms brand name. These products were sold in these stores: SpartanNash stores, Meijer stores, Bridge St. Market, Kingma’s Market, Fresh Thyme Market Grand Rapids, Fresh Thyme Market Kalamazoo, Horrocks Market Grand Rapids, Doorganics, Cherry Capital Foods, Gordon Food Service, Sysco, Van Eerden Foodservice, Vine Line Produce, Luna restaurant, Russ’ Commissary, and Pearson Foods Corporation in these states: … [Read more...]

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