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11
Nov '14

Mung bean sprouts & Listeria monocytogenes

http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/bean-sprouts-11-14/index.html

Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. Sprouts Recall and Investigation of Human Listeriosis Cases

Posted November 7, 2014 4:30 PM ET

Highlights

  • Read the Advice to Consumers & Retailers»(http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/bean-sprouts-11-14/advice-consumers.html)
  • CDC recommends that consumers do not eat any products produced by Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. Restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve them.
  • On August 28, 2014, Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. conducted a voluntary recall of mung bean sprouts due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination after FDA isolated the pathogen from samples as a result of a routine assignment.
  • During FDA inspections of the Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. facility in August and October 2014, investigators observed unsanitary conditions, many of which were present during both inspections.
  • Whole genome sequences of the Listeria strains isolated from mung bean sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. and environmental isolates collected at the production facility were found to be highly related to sequences of Listeria strains isolated from five people who became ill from June through August 2014.
    • These five ill people were reported from two states: Illinois (4) and Michigan (1).
    • All ill people were hospitalized. Two deaths were reported.
    • The two people interviewed reported eating bean sprouts.
  • Although limited information is available about the specific sprout products that the ill people consumed, the whole genome sequencing findings, together with the sprout consumption history of two patients and inspection findings at the firm, suggest that these illnesses could be related to products from Wholesome Soy Products, Inc.
  • This investigation is ongoing, and new information will be provided when available.

November 7, 2014

Investigation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) isolated Listeria monocytogenes from mung bean sprouts and sprout irrigation water samples obtained during a routine assignment on August 13, 2014, at Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. Based on this finding, FDA conducted an inspection of the facility from August 12, 2014, through September 3, 2014, and isolated Listeria monocytogenes from 25 environmental swabs obtained during the inspection. FDA also issued a report with 12 inspectional observations, citing the firm for numerous unsanitary conditions and poor equipment maintenance.

On August 28, 2014, Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. agreed to conduct a voluntary recall of mung bean sprouts and notified customers by telephone. Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. ceased production of sprouts on August 28, 2014, and resumed production on September 15, 2014 after Listeria monocytogenes was not identified in finished product. From October 7, 2014, to October 31, 2014, FDA re-inspected the facility and identified Listeria monocytogenes in nine environmental swabs. FDA investigators issued another report to the firm, noting 12 inspectional observations involving unsanitary conditions and poor equipment maintenance. Nine of these observations had persisted from the previous inspection.

On October 14, 2014, Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. ceased production of all products except mung bean and soy bean sprouts. FDA is working with the company to ensure that they do not produce sprouts until FDA has adequate assurances that this persistent and dangerous strain of Listeria monocytogenes is sufficiently controlled. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working to embargo all product at Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. and the other wholesalers that presently have product. In addition, IDPH has asked local health departments to contact facilities in their jurisdictions that have received the product to have the facilities either hold the product or destroy per the CDC recommendations.

FDA performed pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and whole genome sequencing(http://www.cdc.gov/amd/) (WGS) on the isolates from mung bean sprouts and environmental samples from Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. to further characterize the Listeria isolates. Compared with PFGE, WGS provides a clearer distinction of genetic differences among Listeria isolates (strains that are highly related by WGS are more likely to have a common source).

Public health investigators used PFGE and WGS to identify cases of illness that were caused by highly related strains and therefore possibly related to products made at Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. This included data from PulseNet(http://www.cdc.gov/pulsenet/index.html), the national subtyping network of state and local public health laboratories, CDC, and federal food regulatory laboratories that perform molecular surveillance of foodborne infections.

Whole-genome sequences of Listeria strains isolated from five ill people were found to be highly related to sequences of the Listeria strain isolated from mung bean sprouts produced by Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. These ill people have been reported from two states: Illinois (4) and Michigan (1).  They became ill from June through August 2014. All five people were hospitalized, and two deaths were reported. Two of the five people were interviewed, and both reported consuming bean sprouts in the month before becoming ill.

The high degree of genetic similarity between isolates from ill people and from mung bean sprouts and environmental samples collected at Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. shows that the food was contaminated with a strain of Listeria monocytogenes that can cause serious illness. Although limited information is available about the specific sprout products that the ill people consumed, the whole genome sequencing findings, together with the sprout consumption history of two patients and inspection findings at the firm, suggest that these illnesses could be related to products from Wholesome Soy Products, Inc.

CDC, the states involved, and FDA continue to work closely on this ongoing investigation, and new information will be provided when available.

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Mon
3
Mar '14

Roos Foods of Kenton, DE is recalling various cheeses because of potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm387210.htm

Recall — Firm Press Release

 

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

 

EXPANDED – Roos Foods Voluntarily Recalls Variety of Cheeses (listed below) Due to Possible Health Risk

 

Contact:
Consumer:
Virginia Mejia
(302) 653-8458
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 25, 2014 – Update: Roos Foods has voluntarily expanded their February 23, 2014 recall to include all lots of Amigo and Mexicana brands of Requesón (part-skim ricotta in 15 oz. and 16 oz. plastic containers and all lots of Amigo, Mexicana and Santa Rosa De Lima brands of Queso de Huerta (fresh curd cheese).

Roos Foods, Kenton De Recalls ALL LOTS of the Following Cheeses:

Mexicana: Cuajada En Terron, Cuajada/Cuajadita Cacera, Cuajada Fresca, Queso Fresca Round, Queso Dura Viejo Hard Cheeses; Amigo: Cuajada En Terron, Cuajada/Cuajadita Cacera, Cuajada Fresca, Queso Fresca Round, Queso Dura Viejo Hard Cheeses; Santa Rosa De Lima: Cuajada En Terron, Cuajada/Cuajadita Cacera, Cuajada Fresca, Queso Fresca Round, Queso Dura Viejo Hard Cheeses and Anita Queso Fresco Because Of Possible Health Risk.

Roos Foods of Kenton, DE is recalling the above cheeses because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Products were distributed in Maryland, Virginia and Washing ton D.C through retail stores.

The products are packaged in flexible plastic bags and rigid plastic clam shell packages in 12 oz. and 16 oz. sizes under the brand names: Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima, and Anita.

As a follow-up to reported illness, samples of various intact/unopened cheeses produced or repacked by Roos Foods, Inc., collected by the Commonwealth of Virginia Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services and Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene found to contain Listeria monocytogenes which appear to be linked to the illnesses.

The company has ceased the production and distribution of the products as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Customers should destroy all lots of the above listed products of the brand names Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima and Anita. For any refund, please return recalled products to store.

If you have any further questions please contact Virginia Mejia phone number (302) 653-8458. Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 3 pm EST.

 

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Expanded Press Release (In Spanish)

Original Press Release

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Tue
25
Feb '14

An outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes : California (1) and Maryland (7)

http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/cheese-02-14/index.html

  • A total of eight persons infected with the outbreak  strain of Listeria monocytogenes were reported from two states.
    • The number of ill persons identified in each state  was as follows: California (1) and Maryland (7)
    • Seven of eight ill persons were hospitalized. One  death was reported in California. Five of the illnesses (2 mother-newborn pairs  and a newborn) were related to pregnancy.
    • All  patients are of Hispanic ethnicity.
  • The outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes that caused the  illnesses has been found in cheese products produced by Roos FoodsExternal Web Site Icon of Kenton, Delaware,  These  cheeses have been recalled.External Web Site Icon
  • Further investigation into the source of these illnesses is  ongoing.

Persons infected with the outbreak-associated strain of Listeria monocytogenes, by state as of February 21, 2014

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Sat
7
Dec '13

Santa Maria Foods recalls ~ 2,600 pounds of whole boneless ham prosciutto product due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2013/recall-071-2013-release

Ontario, Canada Firm Recalls Prosciutto Ham Product For Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Class I Recall 071-2013
Health Risk: High Dec 6, 2013
 

Congressional and Public Affairs
Alexandra Tarrant
(202) 720-9113

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2013 – Santa Maria Foods, a Brampton, Ontario, establishment, is recalling approximately 2,600 pounds of whole boneless ham prosciutto product due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ham product was shipped to California and Michigan for further distribution. Case labels bear the Canadian establishment number “473A” within the Canadian mark of inspection. The following product is subject to recall: [Labels]

  • Approximately 50-lb. boxes labeled “PROSCIUTTO x 4 GOLD” with the case codes BR031356 or BR031374, produced on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15, 2013. Each box contains 4 individually packaged hams with the case codes BR031341 or BR031354.

The problem was discovered by FSIS sampling collected during routine reinspection. The sampled product was held, but further investigation by Santa Maria Foods revealed that additional potentially implicated product had been released into commerce. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Media with questions regarding the recall can contact Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard at 780-863-7754. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the company’s consumer hotline at 888-886-4428.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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Sun
27
Oct '13

More Chicken, Ham And Beef Product Recalls Due To Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2013/recall-059-2013-release-expansion

Kansas Firm Recalls Chicken, Ham And Beef Products Due To Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Class I Recall 059-2013
Health Risk: High Oct 26, 2013
 
 

Congressional and Public Affairs
Catherine Cochran
(202) 720-9113

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This release is being reissued to reflect additional products produced on dates not included in the Oct. 22, 2013 release.

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2013 – Reser’s Fine Foods, a Topeka, Kan. establishment, is expanding its recall of chicken, ham and beef products to include all products produced between Sept. 5 and Oct. 9, 2013. This is in addition to the 22,800 pounds of product recalled on Oct. 22, 2013. The products are being recalled due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The company announced that these products are being recalled in conjunction with other foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A full list of products being recalled can be found on FDA’s website here. Products regulated by FSIS bear the establishment number “EST. 13520” or “P-13520” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Products subject to this expansion of the recall include the following:

Unit UPC Case UPC Pack/Size Product Use-by Date

074865797238

74865.79723

5 lbs.

Block and Barrel Imperial Gourmet White Meat Chicken Salad

10/5/13 – 11/17/13

077509633084

77509.63308

12 oz.

Chef Solutions Cranberry Pecan White Meat Chicken Salad

10/14/13 – 11/16/13

071117182309

71117.18230

12 oz.

Dillons Ham Salad

10/15/13 – 11/16/13

822486158873

22486.15887

5 lbs.

Cobble Street Market Chicken Salad

10/12/13 – 11/15/13

011110066930

11110.06693

5 lbs.

Kroger BBQ Beans With Beef & Sauce

10/17/13 – 11/14/13

011110059680

11110.05968

16 oz.

Kroger BBQ Beans With Beef & Sauce

10/20/13 – 11/12/13

071117141788

71117.14178

16 oz.

Millers Bar-B-Que Beans with Beef

10/16/13 – 11/18/13

071117141795

71117.14179

3 lbs.

Millers Bar-B-Que Beans with Beef

10/20/13 – 11/19/13

071117023978

71117.02397

7 oz.

Mrs. Weaver’s Ham Salad

10/18/13 – 11/14/13

071117023961

71117.02396

7 oz.

Mrs. Weaver’s Chicken Salad

10/22/13 – 11/19/13

071117113907

71117.11390

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods Chicken Salad

9/19/13 – 11/12/13

071117113983

71117.11398

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods Gourmet White Chicken Salad

10/7/13 – 11/9/13

071117004076

71117.00407

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods Smoked Chicken Salad

10/8/13 – 11/9/13

071117113921

71117.11392

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods White Meat Chicken Salad with Cranberries & Pecans

10/11/13 – 11/13/13

071117190083

71117.19008

12 oz

Reser’s Fine Foods White Meat Chicken Salad

10/11/13 – 11/13/13

071117114003

71117.11400

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods Chicken Salad

10/12/13 – 11/15/13

071117135121

71117.13512

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods White Chicken Salad Artificially Whitened

10/15/13 – 11/17/13

071117002812

71117.00281

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods Carolina BBQ Beans with Meat

10/17/13 – 11/19/13

071117141320

71117.14132

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods Classic Chicken Salad

10/19/13 – 11/16/13

071117114195

71117.11419

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods Shredded White Chicken Salad

10/20/13 – 11/22/13

071117141399

71117.14139

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods Ham Salad Supreme

10/21/13 – 11/23/13

071117190113

71117.19011

12 oz

Reser’s Fine Foods Ham Salad

10/21/13 – 11/22/13

071117114027

71117.11402

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods Ham Salad

10/28/13 – 11/26/13

071117113976

71117.11397

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods White Meat Chicken Salad with Rotisserie Seasoning

11/3/2013

051933380905

51933.38090

12 oz

Sav-A-Lot Ham Salad

10/16/13 – 11/17/13

071117615029

71117.61502

3 lbs.

Stonemill Kitchens Loaded Potato Salad with Bacon

10/11/13 – 11/12/13

007111711494

71117.11494

10.5 lbs.

Stonemill Kitchens Low Fat White Chicken Salad with Agave and Cranberries

11/6/2013

007111711495

71117.11495

10 lbs.

Stonemill Kitchens Cranberry Pecan White Chicken Salad

11/7/2013

041303820278

41303.82027

12 oz

Essential Everyday White Meat Chicken Salad

10/11/13 – 11/8/13

074865800372

71117.68007

5 lbs.

Classic Chicken Salad

10/11/13 – 11/13/13

758108301498

58108.30149

5 lbs.

Cross Valley Farms Chicken Salad

10/10/13 – 11/13/13

758108301665

58108.30166

5 lbs.

Cross Valley Farms Ham Salad

10/25/13 – 11/23/13

681131917544

79453.82325

4 oz

CHICKEN MKTSDE SS

10/11/13 – 11/12/13

081131917542

81131.91754

12 oz

Walmart Deli Chicken Salad

10/11/13 – 11/8/13

081131917566

81131.91756

12 oz

Walmart Deli Ham Salad

10/18/13 – 11/19/13

073474030040

73474.03004

5 lbs.

Yoder’s Ham Salad

10/17/13 – 11/17/13

Products that were previously recalled on Oct. 22, 2013, include:

UPC Pack/Size Product Use-By Date
22486 15887

5 lbs.

Cobble Street Market Chicken Salad

11/15/13

58108 30149

5 lbs.

Cross Valley Farms Chicken Salad

11/13/13

58108 30166

5 lbs.

Cross Valley Farms Ham Salad

11/23/13

71117 11392

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods White Meat Chicken Salad with Cranberries & Pecans

11/13/13

71117 11400

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods Chicken Salad

11/15/13

71117 11402

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods Ham Salad

11/26/13

71117 14139

5 lbs.

Reser’s Fine Foods Ham Salad Supreme

11/23/13

71117 14179

3 lbs.

Millers Bar-B-Que Beans with Beef

11/19/13

71117 19008

12 oz.

Reser’s Fine Foods White Meat Chicken Salad

11/13/13

71117 68007

5 lbs.

Classic Chicken Salad

11/13/13

77509 63308

12 oz.

Chef Solutions Cranberry Pecan White Meat Chicken Salad

11/16/13

71117 61502

3 lbs.

Stonemill Kitchens Loaded Potato Salad with Bacon

10/23/13

The products were distributed to retailers and distributors nationwide.

The problem was discovered through microbiological testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. A traceback investigation and follow-up testing by FDA at the facility determined there was potential cross contamination of products with Listeria monocytogenes from product contact surfaces. Upon further review, the company determined that products produced on additional dates should be recalled. FSIS and the company have not received reports of illnesses due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact the Reser’s Fine Foods Consumer Hotline at 1-888-257-7913 (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Eastern Time).

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. To report a problem with a meat, poultry or processed egg product to FSIS at any time, visit http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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Sat
26
Oct '13

Garden Fresh Foods is recalling approximately 103,080 additional pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products: possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2013/recall-055-2013-expansion

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken And Ham Products Due To Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Class I Recall 055-2013
Health Risk: High Oct 25, 2013
 
 

Congressional and Public Affairs
Megan Buckles
(202) 720-9113

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This release is being reissued to reflect an additional 103,080 pounds of products produced on dates not included in the Sept. 25, 2013 release and the Oct. 17 expansion.

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2013 – Garden Fresh Foods, a Milwaukee, WI. establishment, is recalling approximately 103,080 additional pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The company is recalling these products in addition to the 25,748 pounds of similar products that were recalled on Sept. 25 and Oct. 17, 2013.

The products listed below are being recalled as part of this expansion:

Pack/Size Product Product Code Code Date

5 lb.

Garden-Fresh Crunchy Poppy Seed Chicken Salad Kit 5001 9/3/2013-10/09/2013

5 lb.

Garden-Fresh Chicken Salad 5113 9/4/2013-9/26/2013

12 oz.

Garden-Fresh Chicken Salad 6164 9/11/2013-10/09/2013

5 lb.

Garden-Fresh All White Meat Chicken Salad with Cranberries 5114 9/3/2013-10/09/2013

5 lb.

Garden-Fresh Greek Brand Pasta with Chicken 5116 9/3/2013-10/09/2013

5 lb.

Garden-Fresh Ham Salad with Sweet Relish 5121 9/3/2013-10/09/2013

12 oz.

Garden-Fresh Ham Salad 6163 9/06/2013-10/04/2013

5 lb.

Garden-Fresh Creamy Ceasar Pasta with Breast of Chicken 5133 09/13/2013-10/09/2013

5 lb.

Garden-Fresh Premium Chicken Salad 5167 09/06/2013-10/03-2013

5 lb.

Garden-Fresh Sandwich Spread 5190 09/12/2013-10/03/2013

5 lb.

Garden-Fresh Reduced Fat Chicken Salad 5305 09/24/2013-10/09/2013

10 lb.

Garden-Fresh Chipotle Chicken Wrap Filling 5319 9/17/2013

5 lb.

Grandpa’s Bacon Parmesan Dip 5904 9/13/2013

6 oz.

Archer Farms Rotisserie Chicken Breast Salad 002216 09/06/2013-09/20/2013

16 oz.

Archer Farms Rotisserie Chicken Breast Salad 402108 09/05/2013-09/20/2013

11 oz.

Archer Farms Bacon Parmesan Dip 69017 09/09/2013-09/17/2013

12 oz.

Market Pantry All White Meat Chicken Salad 24103 09/12/2013-09/23/2013

6 oz.

D’Amico & Sons Farfalle with Chicken, Bacon & Sun Dried Tomato 100219 09/03/2013-09/25/2013

14 oz.

D’Amico & Sons Farfalle with Chicken, Bacon & Sun Dried Tomato 100226 09/03/2013-09/25/2013

6 oz.

D’Amico & Sons Ranch Pasta Salad with Chicken, Spinach & Bacon 100233 09/04/2013-09/18/2013

14 oz.

D’Amico & Sons Ranch Pasta Salad with Chicken, Spinach & Bacon 100240 09/11/2013-09/18/2013

14 oz.

D’Amico & Sons Chicken & Dried Cherry Pasta Salad 101216 09/12/2013-09/17/2013

6 oz.

D’Amico & Sons Chicken & Dried Cherry Pasta Salad 101223 09/12/2013-09/17/2013

14 oz.

D’Amico & Sons Chicken Salad with Rosemary 101254 09/12/2013-09/17/2013

6 oz.

D’Amico & Sons Chicken Salad with Rosemary 101261 09/05/2013-09/26/2013

The products listed below were announced as part of the recall on Sept. 25, 2013:

Pack/Size Product Product Code Code Date
5 lb. Garden Fresh Ham Salad With Sweet Relish 5121 1125-1 through 1125-4 and 1128-1 through 1128-4
12 oz. Garden Fresh Ham Salad 6163 1128-2
5 lb. Premium Chicken Salad 5167 1110-1
5 lb. Reduced Fat Chicken Salad 5305 1115-1
5 lb. Chicken Salad 5113 1118-1
12 oz. Chicken Salad 6164 1118-1
5 lb. Sandwich Spread 5190 1110-1
5 lb. Weis Ham Salad 5212 1115-1, 1118-1
8 oz. Weis Ham Salad 05334 1118-1
5 lb. Weis Wonder Chicken Salad 5219 1115-1, 1118-1
4 lb. Finest Traditions Ham Salad Spread 38642 1128-2
12 oz. Finest Traditions Ham Salad Spread 38648 1128-2
8 lb. Finest Traditions Chicken Salad Base 38770 1118-1
4 lb. Finest Traditions Chicken Salad Spread 38886 1118-1
12 oz. Finest Traditions Chicken Salad Spread 38892 1118-1
8 lb. Finest Traditions Dill Pasta & Chicken Salad 38600 1118-1
8 lb. Finest Traditions Gemelli Pasta with Chicken 38578 1118-1
4 lb. Finest Traditions Liver Pate 38726 1113-1
8 lb. Finest Traditions Nevada Chicken Salad Base 38802 1118-1
8 lb. Finest Traditions Spiral Pasta With Chicken 38576 1118-1

The products listed below were announced as part of the recall on Sept. 25, 2013:

UPC Pack/Size Product Product Code Code Date
0 85239 24103 5 12 oz. Market Pantry All White Meat Chicken Salad 24103 9/24/2013 – 10/14/2013
0 85239 00221 6 6 oz. Archer Farms Rotisserie Chicken Salad 002216 09/28/2013 – 10/9/2013
0 85239 99017 9 11 oz. Archer Farms Bacon Parmesan Dip 99017 10/12/2013 – 11/8/2013
0 85239 10125 4 14 oz. D’Amico and Sons Chicken Salad with Rosemary 1010254 09/24/2013 – 10/10/2013
0 85239 10121 6 14 oz. D’Amico and Sons Chicken & Dried Cherry Pasta 101216 10/02/2013 – 10/10/2013
0 85239 10122 3 6 oz. D’Amico and Sons Chicken & Dried Cherry Pasta 101223 10/02/2013 – 10/10/2013
0 85239 10024 0 14 oz. D’Amico and Sons Ranch Pasta Salad with Chicken, Spinach & Bacon 100240 9/24/2013
0 85239 10023 3 6 oz. D’Amico and Sons Ranch Pasta Salad with Chicken, Spinach & Bacon 100233 9/24/2013
7 33147 10496 5 12 oz. Finest Traditions Ham Salad Spread 388648 09/28/13 – 10/18/2013
0 11596 06164 1 12 oz. Garden Fresh Ham Salad with Sweet Relish 6163 10/03/2013 -10/12-2013
0 41497 05334 6 8 oz. Weis Ham Salad 05334 09/27/2013 – 10/02/2013

The products being recalled bear the establishment number “EST. 17256” or “Est. P-17256” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were distributed to retail and food service establishments nationwide. Although product included in this recall may be expired, FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen in consumer or retail freezers.

FSIS conducted a food safety assessment at the facility following the initial recall. Microbial testing and other findings as part of the food safety assessment indicated that additional product may have been contaminated due to harborage of Listeria monocytogenes within the facility. The products included in the expanded recall were produced between Sept. 6 and Oct. 10, 2013. FSIS and the company have not received reports of illnesses due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at:http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls .

Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company at (800) 645-3367. Media with questions about the recall should contact the company’s Vice President of Sales, Steve Mueller at (414) 645-1000.

Consumers with food safety questions can &quotAsk Karen,&quot the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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Taylor Farms, a Jessup, Md. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,084 pounds of broccoli salad kit products: possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2013/recall-062-2013-release

Maryland Firm Recalls Broccoli Salad Kits For Possible Listeria Contamination

Class I Recall 062-2013
Health Risk: High Oct 25, 2013
 
 

Congressional and Public Affairs
Leo O’Drudy
(202) 720-9113

 

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2013 - Taylor Farms, a Jessup, Md. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,084 pounds of broccoli salad kit products. The kits contain salad dressing in packets that are the subject of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The salad kits were shipped to distributors and retail locations (delis) for consumer purchase in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Vermont. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 6.06-lb. boxes labeled “TAYLOR FARMS BROCCOLI CRUNCH WITH BACON AND DRESSING ” with the case code 310151, produced on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22, 2013.
  • 12.13-lb. boxes labeled “TAYLOR FARMS BROCCOLI CRUNCH WITH BACON AND DRESSING ” with the case code 310153, produced Oct. 21 through Oct. 23, 2013.

Case labels bear the establishment number “EST. 34522” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Retail consumers and the general public will not typically see the boxes and labels, because the product is typically unboxed by retailers (such as deli counters and restaurants) and the kit used to make salads for retail sale. The boxes and labels would be more likely to be seen by distributors and retailers.

Taylor Farms informed FSIS that salad dressing subject to an FDA recall was contained in the salad kits produced on the dates listed above. FSIS, FDA and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Media with questions regarding the recall can contact Garth Borman of Taylor Farms, at 209-830-3103. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Taylor Farms Customer Service at 866-508-7048.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHOTLINE
or visit www.fsis.usda.gov

Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds.

Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills. Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.

Do not eat refrigerated pate, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that do not need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.

Do not eat salads made in the store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.

Do not eat soft cheeses, such as Feta, quesco blanco, quesco fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela, unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.

Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. L. monocytogenes can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40º F or cooler and the freezer 0º F or colder Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.

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Fri
27
Sep '13

2 brothers who owned and operated a cantaloupe farm directly linked to a listeria outbreak that killed 33 people pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges stemming from the incidents.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/26/colorado-cantaloupe-listeria/2877913/

Colo. farmers arrested in listeria outbreak that killed 33

Chris Vanderveen, KUSA-TV, Denver 8:52 p.m. EDT September 26, 2013

HOLLY, Colo. — “………..Eric and Ryan Jensen, ages 37 and 33, of the now-bankrupt Jensen Farms were arrested Thursday and each charged with six misdemeanor counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce………

The men appeared Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Denver and were released on a $100,000 unsecured bond. The Jensens each could face up to six years in prison and up to $1.5 million in fines if they are convicted of all six counts, prosecutors said.

Their trial is scheduled for Dec. 2………..”

 

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Wed
14
Aug '13

What Common Kitchen Items Harbor E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Yeast and Mold? Oh, my!

http://www.nsf.org/business/newsroom/press_releases/press_release.asp?p_id=29690

NSF International’s 2013 Household Germ Study Finds Common Kitchen Items Harbor E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Yeast and Mold

NSF International offers tips on proper cleaning and care of home appliances and kitchen items

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (August 7, 2013) — NSF International’s Applied Research Center (ARC), which conducts original research and development projects for academia, industry, and regulatory bodies to further public health and safety, has released the 2013 NSF International Household Germ Study, revealing that many common kitchen items harbor unsafe levels of E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, yeast and mold.

Scientists at NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, point to a number of contributing factors, including improper food storage, handling, preparation and cleaning, which may help explain why more than 20 percent of foodborne illness outbreaks result from food consumed in the home.*

The NSF microbiologists conducting the germ study analyzed 14 common kitchen items for the presence of four different types of microorganisms: E. coli, Salmonella, yeast and mold, and Listeria. The study found that many of these common kitchen appliances and tools used to prepare food do indeed harbor pathogens that can cause foodborne illness:

  • Refrigerator vegetable compartment: Salmonella, Listeria, yeast and mold
  • Refrigerator meat compartment: Salmonella, E. coli, yeast and mold
  • Blender gasket: Salmonella, E. coli, yeast and mold
  • Can opener: Salmonella, E. coli, yeast and mold
  • Rubber spatula: E. coli, yeast and mold
  • Food storage container with rubber seal: Salmonella, yeast and mold

It is NSF’s hope that the information gained from this study will further underscore the importance of properly maintaining and cleaning these items, especially those that we don’t always think to disassemble and clean such as the blender gasket.

“Consumers are increasingly concerned about the safety and quality of their food but often don’t realize that they may be the cause of foodborne illness in their own homes, due to improper cleaning of kitchenware and appliances. As a NSF microbiologist, I was surprised to learn that most people know what items carry germs, but they still didn’t clean them properly. Products that come in direct contact with food must be designed and maintained properly to prevent germ growth. The performance, quality, material safety and cleanability of home products all are important for food safety,” said Rob Donofrio, Ph.D., Director of NSF International’s Applied Research Center.

NSF Home Product Certification Program“Young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to foodborne illness,” said Dr. Donofrio. “Concerned consumers can look for the NSF Home Product Certification mark on products to ensure items can be cleaned correctly when following the manufacturer’s instructions to prevent harboring germs.”

Perception vs. Reality: Are We Unknowingly Making Ourselves and Others Sick?
Importantly, while germ study volunteers correctly identified items that they thought would harbor the most germs, they are not always cleaning them sufficiently to prevent illness. The following is a list of the items that were perceived by volunteers to be the “germiest” versus the actual “germiest” items (ranked from highest to lowest in germ count):

Perceived:
1. Microwave keypad
2. Can opener
3. Refrigerator meat compartment
4. Refrigerator vegetable compartment
5. Flatware storage tray
6. Knife block
7. Pizza cutter
8. Rubber spatula
9. Refrigerator insulating seal
10. Ice dispenser
Reality:
1. Refrigerator water dispenser
2. Rubber spatula
3. Blender
4. Refrigerator vegetable compartment
5. Refrigerator ice dispenser
6. Refrigerator meat compartment
7. Knife block
8. Food storage container with rubber seal
9. Can opener
10. Refrigerator insulating seal

Germs found on these everyday kitchen appliances and tools can easily come in direct contact with food, especially raw produce, meat, poultry, seafood and ready-to-eat food. The study identified where the germs are located in the average home kitchen and, more importantly, how people can better protect against foodborne illness. The key is to be aware of where the ‘hot spots’ are in your home and clean correctly and regularly to help prevent germ accumulation.

“What’s important to remember is the science behind the study. Germs exist everywhere and while not all germs are ‘bad,’ our goal is to educate the public about how they can help keep their families healthy,” said Dr. Donofrio.

For more information on NSF International’s Applied Research Center, visit: www.nsf.org/info/ARC.

For tips on how to keep kitchen appliances and tools clean, please visit: http://www.nsf.org/consumer/home_and_family/germs_kitchen_2013.asp.

Media Contact: To schedule an interview with a NSF expert, contact Greta Houlahan at houlahan@nsf.org or 734-913-5723.

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Household Germ Study Methodology: The NSF International 2013 Household Germ Study was conducted by microbiologists at NSF International’s Applied Research Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., from July to October 2012, with results published in March 2013. Swab kits, which included a swab for each of the 14 kitchen items to be analyzed, were provided to 20 volunteer families throughout the Ann Arbor area. The scientific testing swab was saturated with a sterile medium with a neutralizer that helps pick up germs from surfaces. Volunteers were instructed to wear gloves and rub the wet swab tip in a turning motion across a designated surface area of each of the 14 items. They then placed the swab with the sample back into the swab container without touching the tip to anything else to ensure an accurate sample. These samples were then analyzed by NSF microbiologists for the presence of microorganisms such as E. coli, yeast and mold, Salmonella and Listeria species.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent public health and safety organization that helps protect consumers by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, dietary supplements and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. NSF International’s Applied Research Center (ARC) provides original research and custom R&D services for the water, food, pharma, consumer products and sustainability industries. ARC establishes strategic partnerships with academia, industry and regulatory bodies for research and development projects geared to furthering public health.

The NSF Consumer Products Division builds on NSF International’s expertise in national standards and protocol development, testing and certification to help ensure the safety, performance and quality of consumer products and appliances used in and around the home. NSF has worked to help ensure the safe design and cleaning of food equipment and appliances used in food preparation since the 1940s, focusing on equipment used in restaurants. NSF’s Home Product Certification Program began in 2012, addressing kitchen appliances and tools used in the home. In addition to evaluating performance, durability and materials, the program evaluates manufacturers’ cleaning instructions to help prevent equipment from harboring pathogens that can cause foodborne illness.

* Source: Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention: Tracking and Reporting Food Disease Outbreaks, http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsfoodborneoutbreaks/

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Thu
8
Aug '13

Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine Recall. Huh? You heard me: Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine Recall (potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes)

http://mail.aol.com/37953-111/aol-6/en-us/Suite.aspx#

Recall — Firm Press Release

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

 

Zip International Group, LLC Recalls Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact
Consumer:
732-225-3600
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 5, 2013 – ZIP INTERNATIONAL GROUP LLC, 160 Raritan Center Parkway #6, Edison, NJ 08837, is recalling Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine Net Wt. 15.8 Oz (450g) in plastic packaging because it is has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine Net Wt. 15.8 Oz (450g) in plastic packaging includes best by date October 12, 2013 (UPC: 4750217602547). The best by date is located on the top of the packaging and was sold to distributors and retail grocery stores in New York State beginning on May 31, 2013 and ending on June 6, 2013. It is a product of Latvia.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel found the product to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased Baltic Sprats in Spicy Brine Net Wt. 15.8 Oz (450g) should not consume it, but should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company @ 732-225-3600, 9:00AM-5:00 PM EST from Monday to Friday.

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