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CDC Report: Multi-State Outbreaks Few But Deadly


Multi-state outbreaks are not particularly common, but they are particularly dangerous. A little more than half of all deaths associated with foodborne outbreaks come from multi-state outbreaks, according to a new report released Tuesday, Nov. 3, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday as part of its latest Vital Signs issue. According to data… Continue Reading

Citing Food Safety Risk, Retailer Removes Unrefrigerated Caramel Apples From Stores

Packaged caramel apple

The Kroger Co. of Cincinnati, OH, announced Thursday, Oct. 15, that its retail grocery stores would withdraw from sale unrefrigerated caramel apples that have been pierced with dipping sticks due to new scientific evidence that the product, if left unrefrigerated, may present a health risk. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Continue Reading

Granny Smith Apples Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination


Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. of Coral Gables, FL, is recalling some Granny Smith green apples because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. A total of 695 boxes containing 8 “Granny Smith” green apples each and 67 clear plastic bags containing 6 “Granny Smith” green apples each were distributed to… Continue Reading

General Mills Again Recalls Cascadian Farms Frozen Green Beans for Listeria Risk


General Mills is recalling 60,000 bags of its Cascadian Farm frozen green beans after one package tested positive for Listeria. It is the second time this year that the bacteria were found in the company’s green beans. The Minneapolis-based food company says no illnesses have been reported in either case. Listeria can cause fever, muscle… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Rings a Warning to Us All: Will the Next Outbreak Be Yours?

Blue Bell ice cream

I spend a lot of time helping food companies eliminate food safety risks in their operations that can make people sick. It’s a tough job. That’s because many of the foods we eat are really quite dangerous. They are also difficult to keep safe. Within just the past 12 months, a broad array of foods… Continue Reading

The 5 Most Dangerous Foodborne Pathogens


It can be tricky business to say that one foodborne pathogen is more dangerous than another. Are the criteria the number of illnesses, number of deaths, or percentage of victims who die? Do the severity of an illness or chronic side effects factor into the ranking? The first three pathogens on this list are fairly obvious dangers and ones… Continue Reading

Testing Finds Listeria in Picnic Gourmet Cheese Spreads


The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is warning consumers not to eat products made by Picnic Gourmet Spreads because these products might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The potentially contaminated products include Red Pepper Feta Cheese Spread, Moroccan Cilantro Cheese Spread, Tandoori Garlic Cheese Spread, Herbed Goat Cheese, Parmesan Cheese Spread, and Chipotle… Continue Reading

Jeni’s Reopens Ohio Production Kitchen But With Limited Capacity

Jeni's ice cream

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has reopened its Columbus, OH, production kitchen after facing Listeria issues, but will only use it to make certain ingredients for its ice creams. After a random sample of Jeni’s ice cream tested positive for Listeria this past spring, the company recalled all of its frozen products on the market and… Continue Reading

Frozen Corn Distributed Under Four Different Labels Recalled for Listeria Risk

Recalled frozen corn label

Bonduelle USA Inc. of Brockport, NY, is recalling 9,335 cases of frozen corn because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The frozen cut corn was distributed to stores in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. The… Continue Reading

USDA Case Study: Consumers Seem to Recognize the Most Dangerous Outbreaks


A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that consumers respond to foodborne illness outbreaks differently depending on the severity. The case study, produced by Fred Kuchler, Ph.D., an economist with USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), compared warnings about cantaloupes issued in 2011 and again in 2012. The first recall was due… Continue Reading