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Whole Foods Market Recalls Made-in-Store Items Containing Recalled Fruit


Whole Foods Market has announced that it has recalled made-in-store items prepared with organic and conventional stone fruit, including peaches, nectarines and plums, from Wawona Packing Co. because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Made-in-store items that contained one or more fruits subject to the Wawona Packing Co. recall were sold between June 1 and… Continue Reading

Process and Substance in Third-Party Food Safety Audits



As the result of numerous national and international outbreaks of foodborne illness, food industries worldwide have come under increasing pressure to ensure that their products are safe, wholesome and meet government standards. FDA and USDA have the primary authority for our food supply nationally, while individual states typically regulate local food operations through state and… Continue Reading

Breads Withdrawn From Market For Potential Listeria Contamination


The Schwebel Baking Company announced Tuesday that it was voluntarily withdrawing certain bread products from the marketplace after finding Listeria in its Youngstown, Ohio, bakery during a scheduled environmental assessment. The products were shipped directly to retail outlets, restaurants and institutions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky. Consumers can identify… Continue Reading

Q&A: California Fruit Recall


How do I know whether the fruit I bought/ate has been recalled? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has posted a list of all fruits recalled to date from the Wawona Packing Co., including packing numbers, searchable lot codes and Block ID numbers. The agency has also posted photos of the clamshells, boxes and bags… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Three Years Since People Died From Cantaloupe

Primus’ 'Scorched Earth' Litigation Strategy Will Change Audit Industry, Retailer Responsibility Next



It has been almost three long years since dusty Holly, Colorado, became the epicenter of a Listeria monocytogenes human tragedy. Many are painfully aware that litigation has been ongoing since the fall of 2011. The litigation stems from one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history. At least 147 people were sickened, and… Continue Reading

Broken Seals, Black Slime, Stowaway Bacteria: The Flaw in Many Deli Slicers


When Janet Anderberg and her colleagues at the Washington State Department of Health began investigating an outbreak of Salmonella connected to one franchise location of a national sandwich chain, she had never disassembled a commercial deli slicer. But when her lab returned samples from the kitchen that showed Salmonella contamination from the slicer, the food… Continue Reading

Parkers Farm Recalls Cheese and Salsa Products for Potential Listeria


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is alerting consumers to avoid eating certain cheese and salsa products produced by Parkers Farm Acquisition LLC of Coon Rapids, MN, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. There have been no reports of illness associated with consumption of the products. Parkers Farm is cooperating with the department’s investigation… Continue Reading

Crab Meat Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination


Rome Packing Co. of East Providence, RI, has issued a voluntary recall of Ocean’s Catch brand minced crab meat after routine product sampling by the company determined that some of the finished products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are packaged in round plastic containers (tub with… Continue Reading

Walmart Settles 23 Civil Cases Linked to Listeria-Tainted Cantaloupe


Walmart Stores Inc. has settled 23 civil cases linked to Listeria-tainted cantaloupe it sold that came from Jensen Farms in Colorado. There are still 40 civil cases pending, which were filed by Walmart customers or relatives of customers who died in the 2011 outbreak. Bill Marler, a food safety attorney with Marler Clark, the Seattle… Continue Reading

Organic Mangoes Recalled For Possible Listeria Contamination


Anyone who purchased organic mangoes in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Jersey or Texas since mid-April needs to check their source. The mangoes were shipped to retailers and distributors in limited quantities only to those five states. The recall notice did not say where the mangoes were grown. San Francisco-based Pacific Organic Produce has recalled a… Continue Reading