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Listeria monocytogenes

Don’t Forget the Epidemiology: Unraveling a Five-Year Listeria Outbreak


It’s not every day that you see an outbreak of foodborne illness spanning five years. But that’s what happened with a Listeria outbreak first announced 10 days ago by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Just last month, it was whole-genome sequencing that connected together the 24 illnesses reaching back to 2010. But good… Continue Reading

Yogurt Cheese Spreads Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

Picnic Gourmet Spreads label

Picnic Gourmet Spreads of Potomac, MD, is recalling their yogurt cheese spreads because they could potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was a result of routine retail sampling by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Office of Food Protection and subsequent analysis by the DHMH Laboratories Administration, which revealed the presence… Continue Reading

CDC: 1 Death, 24 Illnesses in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Soft Cheese


Whole genome sequencing has allowed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to connect at least 24 Listeria infections over the past five years to soft cheese. The 24 illnesses in nine states have been report since Aug. 8, 2010. One death was reported from Ohio. Twenty-one people were hospitalized. Five illnesses were pregnancy-related;… Continue Reading

Karoun Dairies Recalls Some Cheeses for Possible Listeria Contamination

Karoun Dairies logo

Karoun Dairies Inc. of San Fernando, CA, is voluntarily recalling a variety of cheeses it distributes due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Karoun stated that the company was made aware of a possible association of their cheese products with several recent cases of listeriosis by FDA and CDC. It has ceased distribution of the cheeses… Continue Reading

Recalled Apple Slices May Have Been Distributed to Florida School District

Snack Fresh red apple slices

Appeeling Fruit Inc. of Dauberville, PA, has been informed by one of its customers that some of its Snack Fresh brand 2-oz. bagged red apple slices with Best-if-Used-by date 09/21/15 and production date 310815, which were recalled on Wednesday, Sept. 9, due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination, may have been distributed to schools in Florida’s Palm Beach… Continue Reading

PA Company Recalls Fresh Sliced Apples for Potential Listeria Contamination

Appeeling Fruit apple package

Appeeling Fruit Inc. of Dauberville, PA, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of consumer packages of fresh sliced apples with Best-if-Used-by dates of 09/14/15 and 09/21/15 due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. To date, health authorities have not linked any illnesses to this recall. No other products are affected by this… Continue Reading

Listeria and Bacteriocin-Producing Starter Cultures


It is important to recognize that all non-sterile foods contain microorganisms; nonetheless, only bacteria will be mentioned here. The composition and level of bacteria are highly influenced by a variety of internal (such as bacteriological quality, food matrix, pH, water activity, and fabrication) and external (such as humidity, packaging and temperature) features, in addition to… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: They’re Not Thinking About It



Back from Portland, OR, where the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting was held this year, it’s natural to be thinking about the big things. This time of year, one that comes to mind is the safety of all the fresh fruit and produce we are scooping up. As “grown at altitude” Rocky… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Plans to Start Test Production at Alabama Plant in Next Several Weeks

Blue Bell banana pudding pint

Blue Bell Creameries has announced plans to launch production testing of ice cream “on a limited basis” at its plant in Sylacauga, AL, sometime in the next several weeks. No specific date was given for the test production to start nor for when the company’s products would return to the marketplace. In a brief statement posted… Continue Reading

Some Stella & Chewy’s Pet Food Products Recalled for Listeria Risk

Stella & Chewy's chicken dinner patties

Stella & Chewy’s of Milwaukee, WI, is voluntarily recalling some of its products due to concerns about the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was prompted by a positive test confirming Listeria monocytogenes in Chewy’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for Dogs, 15 ounce, Lot #111–15, during routine surveillance testing by the Maryland Department of Agriculture…. Continue Reading