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South Africa’s processed meats blamed in Listeria outbreak

You might say the source of South Africa’s deadly Listeria outbreak was hiding in plain sight, but it took the deaths of 180 people before the Health Minister could collect enough evidence to name the culprits. A cold, processed meat product made by South Africa’s biggest producer of consumer foods is the cause of the… Continue Reading

FDA report shows cheese maker knew of Listeria in facility

Two dead in Listeria outbreak traced to raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery in New York

The owner of Vulto Creamery, whose raw milk cheese has killed at least two people in a multi-state Listeria outbreak, had been getting positive results for the pathogen from his equipment and production plant for at least 20 months before he initiated a recall in March. Inspections of Johannes H. Vulto’s cheese-making operation in Walton,… Continue Reading

Raw milk still looking for wins as legislative season nears end

Legislatures in almost a dozen states this year are considering whether to permit sales in one form or another of raw milk, which public health officials say is dangerous because it has not been pasteurized to remove harmful pathogens. But as many of those sessions wind down, it doesn’t look like there will be many raw milk… Continue Reading

Vulto Creamery expands cheese recall because of Listeria

Vulto Creamery, Walton, NY, has expanded its recall to include all lots of four additional cheeses, in relation to an ongoing Listeria outbreak that has killed two people. Eight cheeses from Vulto are now under nationwide recall: Heinennellie, Miranda, Willowemoc, Ouleout, Andes, Blue Blais, Hamden & Walton Umber because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide, with most… Continue Reading

2 dead in multi-state Listeria outbreak traced to Vulto cheese

Two people are dead and four others are confirmed sick with a strain of Listeria monocytogenes found in cheese made from unpasteurized raw milk. Vulto Creamery is recalling the cheese from retailers and distributors nationwide. It’s been more than five months since the first outbreak victim became sick on Sept. 1, 2016, but federal officials… Continue Reading

CORRECTED: Blue Bell asks FDA if it can return to ‘industry norm’

CORRECTED CONTENT: Blue Bell Creameries wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to release it from certain food safety precautions imposed after its ice cream was linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak, seeking permission for less expensive practices it refers to as  “the industry norm.” There is no word on FDA’s response to the request, which… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: A little dab’ll do ya when it comes to Listeria


Those nerds at the FDA and CDC have been at it again, thank goodness. They took a crazy close look at the Listeria outbreak traced to Blue Bell Creameries ice cream and found evidence supporting the long-held assumption that very small amounts of the pathogen can lead to serious infections in some groups of people. Though… Continue Reading

Miami cheese company owner draws 15-month prison term

The owner of Miami-based cheese company Oasis Brands Inc. is the most recent company executive to be sentenced for criminal violations related to pathogen-contaminated food linked to a deadly outbreak. U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. sentenced Christian Rivas on Monday to serve a total of 15 months in federal prison. Rivas negotiated a… Continue Reading