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Raw milk cheese tied to listeria cases; moms-to-be at high risk

At least two people in Rhode Island have developed infections from Listeria monocytogenes, causing public health officials to warn against eating soft cheese referred to as queso fresco. An alert posted Wednesday by the Rhode Island Department of Health did not include any details about the two victims, but specifically urged pregnant women to not… Continue Reading

New York dairy recalls cheese after positive test for Listeria 

A Cayuga County, NY, dairy is recalling three kinds of cheese because it has tested positive for Listeria, which can cause serious infections. A food safety alert posted by the New York State Department of Agriculture warns consumers not to eat “Old Fashioned Raw Milk Monterey Jack,” “Horseradish Monterey Jack” or “Chipotle Adobo Monterey Jack” cheeses, produced by Ripley Dairy LLC,… Continue Reading

Chicken chili soup recalled for possible Listeria contamination

Hale & Hearty Soups LLC of Brooklyn, NY, has recalled about 455 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken chili soup that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported Tuesday. The ready-to-eat chicken chili soup product was produced and packaged on Nov. 9. The following products are… Continue Reading

Victim warns expectant moms about food safety complications

Baby born prematurely with listeriosis after mother ate contaminated cantaloupe

Almost 5 years old now, Kendall Paciorek is right on track. She can walk, run, talk and say her ABCs. And while that normal progression of abilities common to many children her age might not seem all that impressive, to her mother and father Michelle Wakley-Paciorek and Dave Paciorek, it’s “a miracle.” Little Kendall was… Continue Reading

CDC closes investigation; warns of ongoing Listeria threat

The investigation into a Listeriosis outbreak traced to frozen vegetables from CRF Frozen Foods Inc. has ended — but federal officials warn more people could still be stricken by the potentially deadly Listeria monocytogenes pathogen. “People could continue to get sick because recalled products may still be freezers and people who don’t know about the… Continue Reading

New illnesses in Dole salad Listeriosis outbreak

Dole Food Co.

  As federal officials reported new illnesses in a seven-month Listeriosis outbreak linked to packaged salads from Dole, the company clarified its recall of all products from its production plant in Springfield, Ohio. Fifteen people across eight U.S. states had been confirmed in the outbreak as of Wednesday. The most recent case was diagnosed Jan…. Continue Reading

U.S. Apple Industry Gears Up to Comply With FDA’s FSMA Rules

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is more than a well-known saying — it’s also what many people believe to be time-tested truth. And the tradition of giving an apple to a teacher on the first day of school also says something about the apple’s solid reputation for being healthy and tasty. In the… Continue Reading

Listeria and Bacteriocin-Producing Starter Cultures

It is important to recognize that all non-sterile foods contain microorganisms; nonetheless, only bacteria will be mentioned here. The composition and level of bacteria are highly influenced by a variety of internal (such as bacteriological quality, food matrix, pH, water activity, and fabrication) and external (such as humidity, packaging and temperature) features, in addition to… Continue Reading

CDC Says Its Investigation Into Listeria Outbreak is Over

Blue Bell responds to FDA inspection reports

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) investigation into the Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell Creameries products is over, according to an update the agency issued on Wednesday, June 10. A total of 10 people with listeriosis related to this outbreak were reported from four states, CDC stated. They are: Arizona (1),… Continue Reading

Inspectors Find Listeria at Bidart Bros. Cooling and Packing House

Caramel apples were linked to 2014 Listeria outbreak

Inspector observations from the investigation into the role of Bidart Bros. in last year’s 12-state outbreak of Listeriosis involving commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples found that the problem could well have originated in the California grower’s apple cooler and packing facility. The observations are found on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 483 forms completed after… Continue Reading