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Researchers warn against raw milk, cheese after testing dairies

Research recently published by scientists in The Netherlands shows that E. coli and Campylobacter bacteria are so common on goat and sheep dairy farms that pasteurization is necessary to prevent contamination of raw milk and products made with it. The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority joined forces… Continue Reading

Pace of new listeriosis cases and deaths slowing in South Africa

In the world’s largest recorded listeriosis outbreak, South Africa has added four more confirmed cases and four more deaths, the National Listeria Incident Management Team reports.  The team’s latest report brings the confirmed death toll in the outbreak to 208 out of 1,038 confirmed cases through May 22, 2018. The team was set up by… Continue Reading

Largest Listeria outbreak ever coming under control; 204 dead

The world’s largest listeriosis epidemic is now under control because meat products from Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken have been recalled, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told the South African Parliament earlier this week. “Since the recall, we have had fewer than five cases a week in the past five weeks compared to 40 a week before… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania officials urge consumers to discard raw milk

Consumers who have unpasteurized, raw milk from Pool Forge Dairy should immediately throw it out and monitor themselves and their children for symptoms of Listeria infection for the next 70 days. Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture posted the warning Monday because routine tests by the department showed the milk to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  “Consumers… Continue Reading

Almost 1 in 3 are fatalities in South Africa’s listeriosis outbreak

The deadly South African listeriosis outbreak now has a stunning 28.6 percent fatality rate, according to the latest report by the National Listeria Incident Management Team (IMT). The new IMT report says 200 of 1,024 confirmed cases of Listeria resulted in the deaths of the victims. The outbreak is slowing down, but it’s not over…. Continue Reading

CFIA updates best-by on recalled microgreens

Consumers are still at risk from recalled Greenbelt microgreens after Canadian officials updated the best-by date on the products, which could be contaminated with Listeria. Instead of the previously reported best-by date, some of the recalled microgreens are stamped with an April 30 date, making it likely that consumers still have the potentially life-threatening fresh… Continue Reading

Tiger Brands tells shareholders it found Listeria outbreak strain

Tiger Brands told shareholders Wednesday that its testing confirms the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) findings that the outbreak strain Listeria monocytogenes ST6 was present in its processed meat plant. That is the strain responsible for the largest listeriosis outbreak ever recorded with 1,119 confirmed cases and 199 deaths to date. “To Tiger Brands’… Continue Reading

Greenbelt Greenhouse recalls microgreens Listeria risk

Greenbelt Greenhouse Ltd. of Ottawa, Canada, is recalling certain Greenbelt brand microgreens because of the risk of Listeria contamination, according to an April 24 recall notice posted on The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website. The recalled microgreens are labeled with various expiration dates ranging from April through May of 2018, so there is concern retailers… Continue Reading