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La Terra Fina Expands Recall to Include Spinach Artichoke Dip Products

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After recently recalling its spinach dip sold in Bay Area Costco stores over Listeria concerns, La Terra Fina of Union City, CA, is expanding its recall to include additional spinach artichoke dip products: Recalled Products Product Description Item # UPC Code Best By Date Retailer Region Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan Dip made with Greek Yogurt 31-oz…. Continue Reading

CDC: Recalled Fruit Likely Caused Listeria Cases Last Summer

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This past summer, consumers were confronted with a series of recalls of peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots and other stone fruits potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The fruit, sourced from Wawona Packing Co., was recalled from major retailers such as ALDI, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Kroger and Walmart. Many consumers began expressing concerns that they had been infected, and the… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Recalls Single-Serve Ice Cream Cups Due to Listeria Risk

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Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, TX, is recalling 3-oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups — chocolate, strawberry and vanilla — with tab lids because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no reported illnesses to date. On March 22, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment reported one positive test… Continue Reading

Spinach Dip Recalled from Bay Area Costco Stores for Listeria Risk

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La Terra Fina, based in Union City, CA, is issuing a voluntary recall of its Organic Spinach Dip sold at Costco stores in the Bay Area due to a potential health risk from Listeria monocytogenes exposure. The recall of product available in Bay Area Costco stores is a precaution. Product Name: La Terra Fina Organic Thick & Creamy Spinach Dip… Continue Reading

Harvard Study: Electrically Charged Water Can Fight Foodborne Pathogens

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“Nanosized” droplets of electrically charged water have been shown to inactivate pathogens on the surface of food and could one day become an environmentally friendly way to make food safer. That’s according to a study from researchers at Harvard University published in Environmental Science and Technology and reported on by Chemical & Engineering News. The researchers say that… Continue Reading

Apples Were Apparently the Contaminated Ingredient in Those Caramel Apples

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It looks like the apple, and not the caramel, is getting the blame for the deadly multistate outbreak of Listeriosis linked to caramel apples that occurred late last year. The outbreak sickened 35 people in 12 states, requiring hospitalization for all but one victim. Seven of the sickened people died. Canada also reported an additional case… Continue Reading

Study: Peanuts May Help to Ward Off Some Foodborne Illnesses

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Eating the skinless inner kernels of peanuts may improve a person’s gut biota and its ability to ward off E. coli and Salmonella, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland published in the Journal of Food Science. The findings suggest that skinless peanuts could be a beneficial promoter of gut bacteria that will outcompete… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Fourth-Deadliest Outbreak in U.S. History

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When the news broke last month that a settlement was reached involving 66 victims of the 2011 Listeria outbreak linked to contaminated cantaloupe, I remember thinking that I needed to go back and make sure that the official Food Safety News list of the 10 most deadly outbreaks of foodborne and waterborne illnesses in the U.S…. Continue Reading

CDC Final Update: 35 U.S. Listeria Illnesses, 1 in Canada Linked to Caramel Apples

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared that an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples is likely over. “This outbreak appears to be over,” CDC stated in the agency’s Feb. 12 final update on the outbreak. “However, recalled products may still be in people’s homes. Consumers unaware of… Continue Reading

Study Finds Persistent Rates of Listeria in Retail Delis

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Rates of Listeria monocytogenes in retail delis suggest that standard cleaning procedures don’t sufficiently eliminate the potentially deadly bacteria, according to a new study by researchers at Purdue University. During one phase of the study, researchers found 9.5 percent of samples taken from retail delis to be contaminated with Listeria. That includes numerous samples taken from grocery… Continue Reading