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Publisher’s Platform: Learning From the Listeria Mistakes of Others

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I was reading a statement this morning from John Lowe, CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, that was published on the company’s website yesterday (April 24). I must admit I was impressed. Unlike many companies that find themselves in the crosshairs of a food recall and possible outbreak, Mr. Lowe immediately (after learning of positive sampling… Continue Reading

Recalled California Spinach was Served at 10 South Carolina Schools

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Spinach that was served at 10 Lancaster County Schools in Lancaster, SC, has been recalled, according to a news report from WCSC-TV in Charleston, SC. The spinach was from Taylor Farms in Salinas, CA, which was recalled because of potential contamination with Listeria. The 10 schools included in the recall are A.R. Rucker Middle, Brooklyn Springs… Continue Reading

Listeria Found in Raw Milk in Southern New York State

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The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets is warning consumers in Sullivan County and surrounding southern areas of the state not to consume unpasteurized raw milk from the Richard Dirie Farm because the product may be contaminated with Listeria. The Dirie Farm is located in Livingston Manor, NY. On April 7, an inspector… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 8 Sickened in Blue Bell-Linked Listeria Outbreak

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According to an update Wednesday night from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been eight people sickened by strains of Listeria monocytogenes linked to Blue Bell Creameries products in Kansas and Texas. The outbreak now consists of two clusters of illnesses that are likely linked to Blue Bell brand ice cream. Cluster 1… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About Those Spinach-Related Recalls

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Over the past two weeks, foods sold at a number of major retailers, including Target, Costco and Wegmans, have been recalled for containing spinach at risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. While health authorities have not been able to trace back the contaminated spinach to a specific farm, all of the food products used spinach processed by… Continue Reading

Update: La Terra Fina Expands Listeria Recall Twice to Include More Spinach Dip Products

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La Terra Fina of Union City, CA, has issued a third recall to include another spinach dip product at risk of being contaminated with Listeria. Information on the latest recalled product follows: Product Description UPC Code Best By Date Retailer Region 10-ounce Chunky Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan Dip & Spread 6-40410-51327-3 4/5/15 Midwest, West Coast & Rocky… Continue Reading

WA Company Recalls Smoked Jerky for Potential Listeria Risk

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Robber’s Roost Jerky of Ellensburg, WA, is recalling approximately 4 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked beef and pork pepper stick jerky product that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday. The fully cooked beef and pork pepper stick jerky product was produced on March 24,… Continue Reading

Listeriosis and Produce: What’s the Connection?

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(This post by Danisha Garner, a graduate student in NC State’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, is the second in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization will celebrate World Health Day, which is focused this year on food safety. The first post in the series can be… 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