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Listeria monocytogenes

Violations with spinach, catfish cited in FDA warning letters


A Harbor City, Calif., food manufacturing facility and a Bronx, N.Y., seafood importer received warning letters that were recently released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Environmental samples taken inside the California food processing facility owned by Flying Food Group LLC revealed the presence of the human pathogen Listeria monocytogenes near food and food contact surfaces. In the… Continue Reading

Marinated salmon recalled after testing positive for Listeria

recalled-Fjord-Laks-marinated salmon

A positive test result for Listeria monocytogenes spurred A & E Distribution Inc. to recall an unspecified amount of marinated salmon packaged as Fjord Laks brand Gravlax. The Jan. 30 recall notice indicated the salmon had only been distributed to retailers in the province of Quebec. No illnesses had been reported in connection to the salmon… Continue Reading

The Troubling Problem for the Fresh Produce Industry



Once again, the fresh produce industry has been hit with a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. The latest involves fresh-cut salad items, reportedly produced at a Dole processing plant in Ohio. While it is shocking to see a serious outbreak in such a popular brand, Listeria contamination is a troubling problem for most everyone in the… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Canada investigating Listeria outbreak; possible link to Dole salads

Canada Public Health Agency

UPDATE: Canadian officials believe there is a link with a U.S. outbreak that has been traced to Dole Food Co. bagged salads and leafy greens, but they are waiting for final lab results, according to media reports. The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with federal and provincial public health partners to investigate an outbreak… Continue Reading

Stella & Chewy’s Recalls Four Pet Food Products for Listeria Risk

Stella & Chewy's cat food label

Stella & Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling four of its products sold in the U.S. and Canada due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recall affects a total of 990 cases (964 cases in the U.S and 26 cases in Canada). The recall was prompted by a positive test confirming Listeria monocytogenes in Stella’s Super… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Resumes Ice Cream Production at Texas Plant

After recall, products gradually returning to stores


Blue Bell Creameries is again producing ice cream at its headquarters plant in Brenham, TX, the company announced Nov. 18, and it will embark on phases three and four of a five-phase product distribution plan in December. The Brenham plant will be operating on a “limited basis” while the effectiveness of new procedures, facility enhancements and employee… Continue Reading

Granny Smith Apples Sold in Minnesota Recalled for Potential Contamination


Northstar Produce Inc. of St. Louis Park, MN, is recalling 33 cases of Granny Smith size 175-ct. apples because a test performed on a sample of the apples indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and/or Enterohemorrhagic E. coli. The Granny Smith size 175-ct. apples were sold at Mike’s Discount Foods, 230 Osborn Ave., Fridley, MN,… Continue Reading

CT Firm Recalls Assorted Meat Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

Adolf's smoked kielbasa label

Adolf’s Meat Products of Hartford, CT, is recalling approximately 224 pounds of assorted meat products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. The following items, produced on Oct. 20, 2015, are subject to recall: 14 lb. of Smoked Kielbasa 100 lb…. Continue Reading

Whole Foods Recalls Salads in Northeast Over Listeria Contamination


No illnesses have yet been associated with a recall of bulk and packaged Curry Chicken Salad and Classic Deli Pasta Salad for possible Listeria contamination. The recall was issued by Whole Market out Cambridge Massachusetts. The recall involves Whole Foods in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. A sampling… Continue Reading

Final Update: 3 Deaths, 30 Illnesses in Outbreak Linked to Soft Cheese


Update: CDC declared this Listeria outbreak investigation over on Oct. 23. The final case count was 30 in 10 states. Three deaths were reported — two from California and one from Ohio. The original story from Sept. 18 follows: Whole genome sequencing has allowed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to connect at least 24… Continue Reading