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Listeria monocytogenes

Pennsylvania officials urge consumers to discard raw milk

Consumers who have unpasteurized, raw milk from Pool Forge Dairy should immediately throw it out and monitor themselves and their children for symptoms of Listeria infection for the next 70 days. Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture posted the warning Monday because routine tests by the department showed the milk to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  “Consumers… Continue Reading

3,000 cases of fruit-flavored ice pops recalled for Listeria risk

The Ziegenfelder Co. of Wheeling, WV, is recalling about 3,000 cases of ice pops and has temporarily closed a production plant after state inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes in the company’s Denver facility. According to the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, Ziegenfelder distributed the Popsicle-style frozen treats to retail grocers and distributors in… Continue Reading

Victims file suit in listeria outbreak; more illnesses expected

South Africa's elected officials play blame game; WHO urges countries to step up food safety

As the World Health Organization told countries around the world this week to make listeriosis a reportable disease because of the ongoing crisis in South Africa, outbreak victims and their families filed a class action suit against the producers of processed meats that have tested positive Listeria monocytogenes. Meanwhile, corporate officials for Tiger Brands and… Continue Reading

Poppies recalls Delizza brand frozen mini eclaires for Listeria

Poppies International Inc. is recalling tubs of their “Delizza Belgian Custard Cream Mini Eclairs” after tests showed contamination by Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen. The recall covers all “Delizza Belgian Custard Cream Mini Eclairs” made March 5-9. There is concern people may have unused portions of the eclairs because the entire production run has a best-before date that is year… Continue Reading

Frozen vegetable plant reopening 2 years after deadly outbreak

A former Pasco, WA, vegetable processing plant shut down last year after a deadly Listeria outbreak is reopening under new ownership and a new name. The plant was owned by CRF Frozen Foods and is set to reopen as a new joint venture between J.R. Simplot and CRF’s parent company, R.D. Offutt, according to the… Continue Reading

Patients at cancer center hit by Listeria from hospital deli

Three people who ate deli sandwiches from a restaurant in Canada’s largest cancer-care center have been infected with Listeria. Toronto Public Health (TPH) is investigating the cases in people who ate at Druxy’s in the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the country’s largest cancer care center. TPH is asking anyone who ate deli meats at the… Continue Reading

European listeriosis outbreak blamed on frozen corn: 6 dead

Week-old speculation about frozen corn being responsible for a three-year listeriosis outbreak in Europe, which has had an 18.75  percent fatality rate, is probably correct. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) jointly published a rapid outbreak assessment today (March 22) that says frozen corn  is the… Continue Reading

Is broken Brazil responsible for sickened South Africa?

Is there a link between the world’s worst listeriosis outbreak in South Africa and Brazil’s broken and scandal-plagued meat and poultry industries? And could that link be something called “white slime?” Before there were any answers to these questions or others, South African’s health minister promised the Parliament that the government would provide “all the… Continue Reading