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Research Shows UV Light Can Kill Foodborne Pathogens on Certain Fruits


New research out of Washington State University shows that ultraviolet C light can help kill foodborne pathogens on certain fruits. The light, which cannot penetrate opaque, solid objects, destroys the nucleic acid and disrupts the DNA of microorganisms. It’s been used for years to sanitize food contact surfaces, as well as drinking water. Shyam Sablani,… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Raw Pet Treats for Listeria Contamination

Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets

Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI, has recalled two limited batches of Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties and Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets after the product tested positive for Listeria. No other product manufactured by Carnivore is involved in this recall. The lots involved are: Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties, UPC 33211 00809, Lot #… Continue Reading

Study: For a Safer Harvest, It’s Best to Wait 24 Hours After Rain, Irrigation


Produce farmers should wait at least 24 hours after a rain or irrigation event to harvest their crops, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and just published in a scientific journal. Wet soil from precipitation is more conducive to growth of bacteria, such as Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli, according to the study. The… Continue Reading

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

Good Seed Soy Bean Sprouts label

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


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


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

Jeni's ice cream

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

Garden Fresh potato salad label

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


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