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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

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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

Green Beans Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination


General Mills announced on Wednesday a voluntary Class I recall of a limited quantity of frozen Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans produced over two days in March 2014. The recall is being issued as a precaution after one package of finished product tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. No related illnesses have been reported… Continue Reading

Four Months After Recall, Blue Bell Ice Cream is Returning to ‘Select Markets’ in Two Weeks

Blue Bell ice cream

Four months after a total product recall, Blue Bell Creameries plans to begin distributing its ice cream to select markets (mainly in southern states) two weeks from today. A company statement posted Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, indicates that Blue Bell officials have notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state health officials in Alabama and Texas… Continue Reading

Good Seed Again Recalls Soybean, Mung Bean Sprouts for Listeria Risk

Good Seed Soy Bean Sprouts label

In the third such recall this year, 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. Elaine Lidholm, director of communications for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, told Food Safety News on Tuesday that no… Continue Reading