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Listeria monocytogenes

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

Oregon Distributor Recalls Canadian Mushrooms for Possible Listeria Contamination


Champ’s Sliced Crimini Mushrooms, a product of Canada, are being recalled by the United Salad Co. of Portland, OR, due to potential Listeria contamination. The recalled Champ’s Mushrooms are contained in a 227-gram or 8-ounce package with a UPC number of 6 78286 88877 5. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and… Continue Reading

New York Firm Recalls Smoked Andouille Sausage for Listeria Contamination


Shirks Meats of Dundee, NY, is recalling “Smoked Andouille Sausage” due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The recalled in-store packed “Smoked Andouille Sausage” comes in a clear plastic package with a date of 6-5-15 on it. Package sizes varied from 9-12 ounces. The “Smoked… Continue Reading

Jeni’s Again Finds Listeria in Ohio Production Facility

Jeni's ice cream

Listeria monocytogenes has been found for the second time in the Columbus, OH, production kitchen of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. According to CEO John Lowe, the bacteria were discovered through “routine swabbing as part of our monitoring program.” He said Friday that ice cream production, which had just resumed there on May 13, had stopped… Continue Reading

Potato Salad Distributed to Jewel Stores in Chicago Area Recalled for Listeria Risk

Garden Fresh potato salad label

Garden-Fresh Foods Inc. of Milwaukee, WI, is recalling its potato salad due to the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product was distributed to Jewel stores in the Chicago area and may have been sold at delicatessen counters between May 30 and June 9 under the brand name Garden Fresh Steakhouse Potato Salad. Jewel was notified… Continue Reading

CDC Says Its Investigation Into Listeria Outbreak is Over

Blue Bell responds to FDA inspection reports

Blue Bell banana pudding pint

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) investigation into the Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell Creameries products is over, according to an update the agency issued on Wednesday, June 10. A total of 10 people with listeriosis related to this outbreak were reported from four states, CDC stated. They are: Arizona (1),… Continue Reading

Smoked Salmon Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Recalled smoked salmon label

Santa Barbara Smokehouse of Santa Barbara, CA, is recalling all smoked salmon from March 1 to April 8, 2015, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, The recalled Cold Smoked Salmon was distributed within the United States through retail stores and food wholesalers. The following brands are affected: Cambridge House, Coastal Harbor,… Continue Reading