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Monday
Oct012012

Popcorn Maker Issues Recall Due to Listeria Contamination

Ciaran Griffin/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – The maker of “Popcorn, Indiana” brand snacks is issuing a voluntary recall of less than 700,000 bags of its ready to eat popcorn due to a potential listeria contamination. That number is roughly ten-percent of its entire product line, made on or after Aug. 8.

The recall affects 14 different popcorn flavors with varying expiration dates between Feb. 4, 2013 and March 12, 2013. These bags were distributed to retailers nationwide.

A full product recall list can be found here.
 
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Thursday
Aug232012

Dole Recalls Bagged Salad; Listeria Possibly Found

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Dole says it is voluntarily recalling 1,039 cases of bagged salad after a random sample tested positive for the Listeria bacteria.

Dole Fresh Vegetables, a division of Dole Food Company, which is based in Westlake Village, Calif., issued the statement Wednesday evening, saying no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

The specific product being recalled is 10 oz. Dole Italian Blend, with a “Use-By” date of Aug. 20, distributed in eight U.S. states: Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia.

The company said the recall is in response to an “isolated instance in which a sample of Dole Italian Blend salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.”

However, Dan Ragan, director of the food and drug protection division of North Carolina’s agriculture department, said the testing did not take place in the state. He said samples were sent to his state’s agriculture department as part of a regular practice through the USDA’s Microbiological Data Program, a national food-borne pathogen monitoring program implemented in 2001.

Ragan said he does not know where the sample originated or where the testing took place.

A request for comment from Dole was not immediately returned.

Last year, 30 people died after being infected with one of four outbreak-associated strains of the bacteria, Listeria moncytogenes, and one ill pregnant woman had a miscarriage, the Center for Disease Control reported. A total of 146 people from 28 states were reported to the CDC as infected.

Dole said in a statement that it was “coordinating closely” with regulatory officials.

Because the product is two days past its “Use-By” date, Dole said “it is highly unlikely that any product is still available at retail….”

But the company said, “Retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories.”

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Friday
Aug102012

Sliced Apple Products Recalled Over Listeria Concern

McDonald's is one of the many fast food chains offering pre-packaged apple slices on its menu. PRNewsFoto / McDonald's(NEW YORK) -- A New Jersey company is recalling hundreds of thousands of packages of sliced apple products after Listeria monocytogenes was found on equipment used during the production process.

The items in question are sold both in grocery stores and at restaurant chains such as McDonald’s and Burger King in some states, according to manufacturer Missa Bay, LLC, a subsidiary of Swedesboro, New Jersey-based Ready Pac Foods, Inc.

The company says no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

Symptoms of listeriosis may include fever and muscle aches, which are sometimes preceded by diarrhea, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Click here for more on the recall.

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Friday
Aug032012

Listeria Bacteria Suspected from Onions in Packaged Foods

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Barbeque sauce, chicken salad and bean dip -- all pre-made products with onions on the ingredient list -- are now reported to be at risk of containing the bacteria known as listeria following a series of recalls earlier this summer from a California-based onion supplier.

Gill's Onions, located in Oxnard, Calif., announced its latest recall last week, the third of the summer.  Included were diced and slivered red and yellow onions, diced celery/onion mix and whole onions.  So far, no illnesses have been reported.

"Our priority right now is to carry out this recall effectively and efficiently in order to reduce the risk to public health," said Steve Gill, president of Gill's Onions.  "We've identified the problem, and we are taking aggressive actions, in addition to our normal food safety measures."

However, the recalled items include more than just diced onions.  Grocery stores across the nation, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Wegmans, Weis and Publix have all recalled products containing onions from Gill's Farms.

"Take something as simple as an onion and realize that a company distributes these onions quite far and wide," said Michele Simon, a public health lawyer and president of Eat, Drink, Politics, a public health advocacy firm.  "They could be contained in products you don't even think about."

Recalled products range from shrimp salad, beet dressing and pre-made corned beef sandwiches in Whole Foods stores in Florida to wingless buffalo blue cheese dip and veggie pizza at Wegman's Food Market stores in Pennsylvania, according to company press releases.

GH Foods CA, Trader Joe's, Huxtable's Kitchen and Simmering Soup brands, Cool Creations, Ken's Foods Inc. and Garden Fresh are other brands that have recalled products containing the possibly-contaminated onions.

Products containing the onions have been distributed to stores in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

A full list of recalled food products can be found here.  All recalled products should be discarded and not consumed, the Food and Drug Administration said.

Listeria is a food borne disease-causing bacteria that, according to the FDA, "may cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems."  Listeria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.  Otherwise healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, headaches, nausea and diarrhea.

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Sunday
May202012

Listeria Scare Prompts Salad Recall

iStockphotoThinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Fresh concerns over possible Listeria contamination has prompted producer River Ranch Fresh Foods to issue a voluntary nation-wide recall for its bagged salad.

The bacteria Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious, potentially fatal infections in children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems. A 28-state outbreak in 2011—one of the deadliest on record—claimed 30 lives with 146 confirmed cases of the illness.

Routine random tests conducted by the Food & Drug Administration revealed the potential for contamination. Affected products are packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, and The Farmer’s Market.

In healthy adults, the bacteria can cause flu-like symptoms including fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Thus far, no one has been reported sick in connection with any potentially contaminated salad, according to the company’s official press release.

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Thursday
Nov032011

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes Now Deadliest Foodborne Outbreak in US History

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The death toll from the listeria outbreak that's been traced back to Colorado cantaloupes has now climbed to 29, officially making it the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak ever recorded in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the increase in the total number of deaths earlier this week, and noted that the number of people infected has gone up to 139 in 28 states.

On Wednesday night, a CDC official confirmed that this latest food-borne illness outbreak was the deadliest on record, surpassing the one linked to listeria-tainted cheese that killed 28 people in Mexico in 1985.

"There were 28 deaths (adults as well as infants) and 20 miscarriages and stillborns from Jalisco,” the official said in an email.  “No other outbreak in recent times, since we began collecting/recording data in 1973 comes close.  Of course the system for collecting and tracking foodborne disease is much more precise now.”

The outbreak stemming from the listeria-tainted cantaloupes began in August.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Tainted Cantaloupe Blamed for Another Three Deaths

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Twenty-eight people have died and one woman has miscarried since the beginning of the listeria outbreak that’s been traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this week. These latest figures are up from the 25 deaths and the miscarriage that were all on record a week ago.

Ten more people were reported sick as a result of the outbreak in the week since the CDC last reported figures, bringing that total to 133 cases.

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Wednesday
Oct192011

Dirty Farm Equipment Likely Behind Listeria Outbreak

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that the deadly listeria outbreak in cantaloupe that killed 25 people was probably caused by packing equipment and pools of water on the floor near equipment and employee walkways at Jensen Farms in Colorado.

An FDA assessment of conditions at the farm found that Jensen Farms had recently purchased packing equipment that was not easily cleaned and sanitized. The equipment had been previously used in potato production, an FDA adviser said.

“This was brought into the facility, part of a new practice,” Sherri McGarry told reporters on a background conference call.

The floors of the packing facility were also hard to clean, so pools of water that could have harbored bacteria were close to equipment at Jensen Farms.

During an investigation of the facility, the FDA found a truck used to haul culled cantaloupe that parked adjacent to the packing facility could have introduced contamination into the facility.

The FDA also found that the growth of listeria monocytogenes could have occurred as the result of how the cantaloupes were cooled after coming off the fields. Jensen Farms told the FDA it did not pre-cool its cantaloupe to remove condensation before cold storage. Pre-cooling is used to remove the heat in cantaloupes to protect them from bacterial growth.

McGarry said the investigation of Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo., is still ongoing so there is additional information the FDA has found that it cannot share.

Jensen Farms agreed earlier this week to FDA inspections of its growing, packaging and cold storage operations before it resumes food harvesting, packaging or processing. The company also says it will correct all concerns noted during the FDA inspections.

Health officials continue to monitor the outbreak, which is the deadliest food-borne outbreak in the United States in more than 25 years. There have been 123 cases, and 25 deaths, in 26 states.

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Wednesday
Oct192011

Why Are We Still Dealing with Listeria?

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Although voluntary recalls have removed what the Centers for Disease Control identified as listeria-contaminated cantaloupe from the shelves, the numbers of illnesses and deaths continue to climb. According to the CDC’s most recent numbers, 123 people have been infected with one of the four outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes and 25 have died, up from the 18 deaths reported as of Oct. 4.

Pennsylvania has now reported its first illness, making it the 26th state to report an illness, the CDC reported Tuesday.

Jensen Farms in California and Kansas food processor Carol’s Cuts – two suspected sources of the outbreak – voluntarily recalled their cantaloupes back in September, so why do the cases of listeria continue to mount?

It has to do with the incubation of the illness. Someone who ate contaminated food might not develop listeriosis, the infection associated with the listeria bacteria, until months later.

“More ill persons may be reported because of the time lag between diagnosis and laboratory confirmation and also because up to two months can elapse between eating contaminated food and developing listeriosis,” the CDC wrote in an investigation update Tuesday.

Older adults, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and newborns are most at risk for developing listeriosis. Anyone who thinks they have become ill from eating contaminated cantaloupes should consult their doctor immediately, the CDC wrote.

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Friday
Oct072011

Listeria-Tainted Cantaloupe: Death Toll Rises to 21

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Twenty-one people have died as a result of listeria contamination linked to cantaloupes from Colorado-based Jensen Farms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The CDC had previously listed the number of deaths connected to the outbreak at 18. A total of 109 people have reported illnesses believed to have come as a result of the outbreak.

Jensen Farms, based out of Holly, Colo., recalled millions of its cantaloupes on Sept. 14.

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