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Good Seed Inc. Recalls Soybean and Mung Bean Sprouts for Listeria Risk

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Good Seed Inc. of Springfield, VA, is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company announced a similar recall last month, also for potential Listeria contamination. The most recent problem was discovered through surveillance monitoring coordinated by the Virginia Rapid Response Team (RRT), Virginia… Continue Reading

Meats Distributed in New York Recalled Over Listeria Fears

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Dundee, NY-based Shirk Meats on Saturday recalled approximately 2,478 pounds of ready-to-eat pork and beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recalled products were shipped various New York retail locations. The problem was discovered during routine sampling. In early… Continue Reading

Feta Cheese Recalled in Northern California for Listeria Contamination

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Raw goat milk feta cheese, potentially contaminated with Listeria, was recalled Friday by the Redwood Hill Farm and Creamery of Sebastopol, CA. Feta is a brined curd white cheese made originally in Greece from sheep’s milk, or from a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk. The recalled product was on sale at four northern California locations:… Continue Reading

The Prevalence of Foodborne Illness

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Days ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its most recent yearly summary of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States. The summary covered the year 2013, and it found that 818 foodborne outbreaks were reported in the country during that year — a number consistent with the 800 to 850… Continue Reading

Jeni’s Again Finds Listeria in Ohio Production Facility

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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

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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

Inspectors Find Listeria at Bidart Bros. Cooling and Packing House

Caramel apples were linked to 2014 Listeria outbreak

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Inspector observations from the investigation into the role of Bidart Bros. in last year’s 12-state outbreak of Listeriosis involving commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples found that the problem could well have originated in the California grower’s apple cooler and packing facility. The observations are found on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 483 forms completed after… Continue Reading

Report: About 20-30 Percent of Foodborne Illness Victims File Lawsuits

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Approximately 20-30 percent of victims in foodborne illness outbreaks seek legal action against the companies whose products sickened them or their family members, according to an attorney quoted in a May 24 report by the Dallas Morning News. The newspaper interviewed a number of lawyers who specialize in foodborne illness litigation after a complaint was filed last week against Blue… Continue Reading

Online Hawkers Try to Sell Blue Bell Ice Cream Despite Recall

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Despite the recent recall of all Blue Bell ice cream and related products due to the potential risk of Listeria contamination, the company apparently has such a devoted following that some would-be entrepreneurs are attempting to make a quick buck by selling their previously purchased ice cream via online ads. According to an Austin, Texas, TV station, a… Continue Reading

Listeria Outbreak was a ‘Wake-Up Call’ for the U.S. Apple Industry

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Following the recent outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to caramel apples which killed seven people and hospitalized 34, the president of the U.S. Apple Association has called food safety the apple industry’s “top issue,” according to the Capital Press. Jim Bair, the association’s president, made the declaration on his most recent trip to Washington state, where he met… Continue Reading