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CDC: Listeria Probably Contaminated WI Cheese During Production Process


A Listeria outbreak in the Midwest linked to one death and a miscarriage likely was caused by contamination during the cheese-making process, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Inspection of the cheese-making facility revealed that substantial sanitation deficiencies during the cheese-making process itself, after the milk was… Continue Reading

British Airways Meals Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination


Flying Food Group airline catering announced Friday a recall of its Char Grilled Asparagus and Grapefruit Appetizer meals because they may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems. The recall comprises 41 appetizer meals prepared for three… Continue Reading

Shining Light on Listeria Detection


The latest technology in foodborne pathogen detection involves a combination of bacteriophages and bioilluminating enzymes. Boston-based company Sample6 claims that its Bioillumination Platform is faster and more accurate than other assays used by the food industry to detect contamination before produce reaches store shelves. When co-founder Tim Lu was a graduate student, his research focused on bacteriophages –… Continue Reading

Listeria Moved In, Stayed for Years at Now-Closed NYC Seafood-Processing Facility


A federal judge shut down a Listeria-plagued fish-processing facility in Brooklyn, NY, on Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf was not persuaded by the changing company names, players, or even their last-minute appeals to introduce new evidence. She signed a permanent injunction, closing the troubled Chester Street seafood-processing facility. It was a big… Continue Reading

Seattle Smoked Seafood Manufacturer Closed by FDA

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently ordered Jensen’s Old Fashioned Smokehouse Inc., a processor of smoked fish products in Seattle, WA, to stop processing, preparing, packing, holding and distributing any food at, or from, its facility. Jensen’s processes smoked fish products and distributes or sells them in its retail store, online and through other… Continue Reading

Fresh Express Recalls Italian Salad for Potential Listeria Risk


Fresh Express Inc.  issued a recall Friday for a limited number of cases of 10-oz. and 6-oz. Italian Salad with the already expired Use-by Date of March 26 and a Product Code of H071A11A due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall, and no… Continue Reading

University Researchers Identify Five New Listeria Species

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Cornell University researchers have identified five new species of Listeria, including one named for the university, that provide new insights that could lead to better ways to detect soil bacteria in food. To date, of the 10 previously known species of Listeria, only two are pathogenic to humans. Listeria monocytogenes is the main cause of Listeriosis, which causes… Continue Reading

Cheese Spreads Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination


Oscar’s Smokehouse Inc. of Warrensburg, NY, is recalling 11 of its 7-oz. “CHEESE SPREADS” varieties due to potential Listeria contamination. The recalled products come in a 7-oz. clear plastic container marked with lot numbers 719-959 on the bottom of the container or on the cheese spread label itself. JALAPENO PEPPER CHEDDAR SPREAD CHEDDAR SPREAD &… Continue Reading

Listeria’s Long Incubation Period Hangs Over Parkers Farm Recall

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No Listeria illnesses associated with Parkers Farm Inc. food products recalled over the weekend have yet been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health, says spokesman Doug Schultz. But, because the long incubation period for Listeria bacteria can extend out as far as 70 days, Schultz says MDH will remain on alert for illnesses related… Continue Reading

Minnesota’s Parkers Farm Recalls All Products With Code Date


A Minnesota company that makes peanut butter, cheese spreads and dips, bagel spreads and salsas has recalled all its products for possible Listeria contamination. Parkers Farm Inc. is asking consumers not to consume any of its products with a code date. The Coon Rapids, MN-based company said a problem with its products was discovered through… Continue Reading