April 23, 2024

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Oasis Cheese Ends

A Listeria outbreak linked to soft cheeses sold under the brand names Oasis, Lacteos Santa Martha and  Hondu Crema has ended after sickening five people in four states, one of whom died, according to a final report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There was one illness reported in each of the following states: Georgia, New York, and Texas and two cases reported in Tennessee. The fatality occurred in Tennessee. All of those sickened were Hispanic, three of the cases were related to a pregnancy, one case was diagnosed in a newborn baby. Because their immune systems are weakened, pregnant women are at special risk for Listeria which can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and illness in newborn babies. Because of the likelihood that they will … [Read more...]

Listeria Causes Three Deadly Multistate Outbreaks in 2014

A Listeria outbreak linked to mung bean sprouts is one of three deadly multistate outbreaks in 2014. And all three of the deadly outbreaks were caused by was Listeria. A rare and deadly foodborne pathogen, Listeria is often associated with ready-to-eat deli meats, soft cheeses and smoked fish. Of the 1,600 people diagnosed with listeriosis each year, 1,500 require hospitalization and 260 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Listeria poses a special risk for children, seniors, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems. Among pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and birth defects. "These cases are so sad," said Fred Pritzker, Food Poisoning Bulletin publisher and food safety attorney who … [Read more...]

Was Listeria Meningitis Death of Virginia Newborn Linked to Recent Recall?

The mother of a newborn girl, who was delivered five weeks prematurely and died six days later of Listeria Meningitis, says that, while pregnant, she ate food that was part of a nationwide Listeria recall, according to a report by NBC12 News. It would be the first illness and death tied to a recent Listeria recall if epidemiological tests establish a link. Shortly after she was born, little Kennedy Grace Briggs had difficulty breathing and developed a rash. Tests showed she had a Listeria infection and developed Listeria Meningitis, an often fatal form of meningitis.  Baby Kennedy's parents sat she was a red-head and fighter who battled the infection for almost a week. "She was so loved," Jenae told NBC12 News. Pregnant women are at special risk for Listeria. Although they may only … [Read more...]

Roos Listeria Outbreak in Maryland Only the Latest From Queso

Cheese Listeria outbreaks, including the FDA's ongoing legal case against Roos Foods for food poisoning in Maryland and California, have resulted in six U.S. deaths in the past 18 months and 35 hospitalizations, federal food safety reports indicate. The trend, in which three out of the past four national Listeria outbreaks have been linked to soft cheeses, provides public health agencies further confirmation that Mexican style cheese and other soft cheese products are foods to avoid if you are pregnant or in any other well-defined group at higher risk for contracting Listeriosis. The CDC said two mothers and three newborns are among those injured in the Listeria outbreak that the government has linked to Delaware-based Roos Foods, maker of brands like Mexicana and Santa Rosa de Lima. A … [Read more...]

Listeria in Roos Cheese An Outrage to Food Safety Advocates

Seven Hispanic families in Maryland and one in California have Listeria food poisoning lawsuits to consider in the wake of a fatal disease outbreak that was attributed by federal authorities to heavy bacterial contamination, deplorable manufacturing conditions and food safety violations at Delaware-based Roos Foods Inc. It's been one month since FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., ordered the suspension of Roos Foods' Food Facility Registration as a result of clear findings by investigators laid out in the commissioner's written FDA order. Soft cheeses and other dairy products made by Roos Foods and distributed in Latin stores and supermarkets on the East Coast and California killed a consumer in California and infected seven other people in Maryland, including babies. The … [Read more...]

Crave Brothers Cheese Linked to Six Listeria Cases; One Death in Minnesota

Six people have been sickened in a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to Crave Brothers Farmstead cheeses. The outbreak case count is: Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Minnesota (2), Ohio (1), and Texas (1). One person in Minnesota has died. All six people were hospitalized as a result of their illness. In addition, one pregnant women suffered a miscarriage. The case in Texas is new to the outbreak since the last update in July 2013. An investigation by local and state public health officials, the CDC, and the FDA indicates that Les Frères, Petit Frère, and Petit Frère with Truffles cheeses made by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company are the likely source of this outbreak. The cheese was recalled on July 3, 2013.  The firm has stopped production and the FDA is monitoring … [Read more...]

FDA Updates Whole Foods Crave Brothers Cheese Listeria Recall

The FDA has updated the Whole Foods recall of Crave Brothers cheese for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination with the states where the cheese was sold, as well as names, picture of the product label, and PLU numbers. The Crave Brothers cheese brand is linked to a multi state Listeria outbreak that has sickened at least five people, killed one person in Minnesota, and caused a miscarriage. The cheese was cut and packaged in Whole Food stores, wrapped in clear plastic wrap, and sold with Whole Foods Market scale labels. If you purchased this cheese, discard it and bring in the receipt for a refund. You should also clean your refrigerator and kitchen with a mild bleach solution because cross-contamination with Listeria bacteria is a real possibility. The bacteria can grow at … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Crave Brothers Cheese for Listeria

Whole Foods Market is recalling Crave Brothers soft cheeses because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause serious illness. The product is linked to a multi state Listeria outbreak that has sickened five, killed one person, and caused a miscarriage. The repackaged cheese was cut at the store and wrapped in clear plastic wrap. It has the Whole Foods Market scale labels instead of the Crave Brothers label. This recall is in addition to the recall of the cheese sold under the Crave Brothers label. The cheese packaged with the Whole Foods label was sold in 30 states and Washington, D.C. under several names, including "Les Freres" and "Crave Brothers Les Freres". The Crave Brothers cheeses that are recalled are Les Frères, Petit Frère, and Petit Frère … [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 Listeria Cheese Recall Affects Bacchus, Lake Park Bistro and 5 other Wisconsin Restaurants

The national Listeria cheese recall by Wisconsin-based Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company applies not only to Whole Foods Markets and many other retailers nationwide, but also seven restaurants located in Milwaukee, Madison, Sun Prairie and Bayfield, Wisconsin. The complete list of restaurants in the state where Crave Brothers is served covers Bacchus, Lake Park Bistro, and Rumpus Room of Milwaukee; Merchant and Pizza Brutta of Madison; Beans 'n Cream Coffee House in Sun Prairie and Wild Rice Restaurant in Bayfield. Crave Brothers is located in Waterloo, Wisconsin, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting an inspection of the company's processing facility as part of a fast-paced joint food poisoning investigation by health agencies in Indiana, Minnesota, … [Read more...]

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