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Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Pak N’ Save recall fresh produce

Grocery stores in eight states under the Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and Pak N’ Save banners are recalling freshcut vegetable trays and cups because they include fresh produce recalled by Mann Packing because of a positive test result for Listeria monocytogenes. Consumers are urged to check their homes for unused portions of the recalled products (see… Continue Reading

Listeria test prompts Mann’s vegetable recall in Canada, U.S.

Mann Packing of Salinas, CA, is voluntarily recalling freshcut vegetable products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Mann Packing issued this recall in response to a positive result found during random test by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). To date, public health officials have not reported any illnesses associated with these products. In addition to… Continue Reading

Freshcut veggies recalled across U.S. and Canada for Listeria

Implicated brands include Mann's, Walmart, Trader Joe's, HEB, Sysco and more

Neither U.S. nor Canadian officials had posted it as of Thursday night, but a news release from Mann Packing Co. Inc. recalled almost 150 freshcut vegetable products nationwide in both countries because of a positive test showing Listeria contamination. The recall includes a wide variety of “minimally processed vegetable products” packaged under several brands, including… Continue Reading

Cyclospora cases through the roof; CDC can’t find source

Previous outbreaks were traced to fresh produce, ranging from imported cilantro to berries

Almost 1,000 people in the United States have contracted infections from  Cyclospora parasites since May 1. Health officials are baffled, saying they haven’t been able to discover the source of the microscopic creatures, which infect humans via contaminated food and/or water. There were 988 laboratory-confirmed victims in the ongoing outbreak, spread across 40 states, as… Continue Reading

Inspector General again finds weaknesses in organic imports

Consumers buying pricey organic produce would likely be upset if they knew the imported fruits and vegetables they pay premium prices for are sometimes doused with chemicals when they reach the United States. A new report by USDA’s Inspector General looks at the National Organic Program’s international “arrangements and agreements” and finds them badly in need of… Continue Reading

Papaya Salmonella outbreak slams Hispanic population in U.S.

Four U.S. outbreaks traced to papayas from Mexico have sickened 235; more cases expected

The popularity of fresh papaya in some ethnic cuisine is resulting in a disproportionate number of Hispanics being infected in four ongoing Salmonella outbreaks. With 235 laboratory confirmed infections as of this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the number of Hispanic victims in the individual outbreaks ranges from 50 percent to… Continue Reading

Floodwater pathogens can’t be washed off of fresh produce

The state of Florida produces more fresh fruits and vegetables than any other state except California, and is the top tomato state in the country. As with backyard gardens, Hurricane Irma has turned many of Florida’s commercial fruit and vegetable fields into patches of pathogens that can’t be washed away. From the Food and Drug… Continue Reading

CDC discovers fourth Salmonella outbreak linked to papayas

Federal and state officials are investigating another deadly Salmonella outbreak traced to papayas imported from Mexico, but they have not named retailers that sold the contaminated fruit. At least 14 people across Arizona, California and Colorado have been confirmed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Anatum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…. Continue Reading

More papayas with Salmonella; Bravo Produce recalls fruit

Editor’s note: Because the Salmonella outbreaks traced to fresh papayas have effected a disproportionate number of Hispanic people, we are providing this link to the FDA’s recall notice in Spanish. Please share it with people you know who may not be aware of the outbreak and recalls. Bravo Produce Inc. Retira Maradol Papaya de Productores y Exportadores… Continue Reading

New details show Walmart, Publix received recalled produce

Listeria risk already known for fresh vegetables at BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más

Additional distribution details are now available from Country Fresh Orlando LLC showing the company’s freshcut vegetable products that were recalled because of Listeria concerns went to Walmart and Publix stores in addition to other retailers. The recall includes diced bell peppers, vegetable kabobs, and creole and fajita mixed diced vegetables packaged under the Country Fresh… Continue Reading