Category Archives: Listeria

Italy -Salmon and Mayonnaise Sandwich – Listeria monocytogenes


Brand : Gli Allegri Sapori

Name : salmon and mayonnaise sandwich

Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 4 October 2022



USA – Swiss American Participates in Manufacturer Old Europe’s Recall of Brie and Camembert


Picture of Saint Louis Brie wedge”


Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Cheese/Cheese Product
Foodborne Illness
Reason for Announcement:
Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name:
Old Europe Cheese, Inc
Brand Name:
Saint Louis
Product Description:
Brie wedges and variable weights

Company Announcement


Saint Louis, Missouri

Old Europe Cheese, Inc. of Benton Harbor, MI is issuing a voluntary recall of its Brie cheeses because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Swiss American is recalling St Louis Brie products after being alerted by the manufacturer Old Europe Cheese, Inc. that the products could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This is part of a voluntary broader recall by the manufacturer.

Customers are urged to check for:
St Louis Domestic Brie Wedge
7 oz
UPC: 041563 263709
All dates up to and including 12/14/2022

St Louis Domestic Cut Brie Wedge-6 lb RW
Variable weight
UPC: 041563 370018
All dates up to and including 12/14/2022

St Louis Brie
Variable Weight
UPC: 21107100000
All dates up to and including 12/14/2022

Code Date: best by dates through 12/14/2022
Size: 16.00 OZ
UPC: 00021565000000

Code Date: best by dates through 12/14/2022
Size: 16.00 OZ
UPC: 00021171800000

Canada- Certain Nature’s Best brand and Zavat Chalav brand Mozzarella Cheese products recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes



Mozzarella Cheese
Food – Microbial Contamination – Listeria
What to do

Do not consume, use, sell, serve, or distribute recalled products

Affected products

The affected products are being recalled from the marketplace due to possible Listeria contamination.

The recalled products have been sold in Ontario and Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

What you should do

  • If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, contact your healthcare provider
  • Check to see if you have recalled products
  • Do not consume, serve, use, sell, or distribute recalled products
  • Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

France – Sashimi quality tuna steak – Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Fishery and aquaculture products
  • Product brand name unbranded
  • Model names or references Sashimi quality tuna steak 120g
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    4056489614463 9222690077 Use-by date 10/10/2022
  • Marketing start/end date From 09/27/2022 to 09/30/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Geographic area of ​​sale see the attached file for the list of stores concerned
  • Distributors LIDL
  • List of points of saleList_Supermarkets.pdf

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Detection of Listeria monocytogenes less than 10 before DLC
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Listeria monocytogenes (causative agent of listeriosis)

Norway – Iceberg salad and salad mix- Listeria monocytogenes


KLAR AS is withdrawing Iceberg salad and salad mix from the market following detection of Listeria Monocytogenes

KLAR AS is withdrawing the following salads, with a best before date: 06.10.2022, following the discovery of Listeria Monocytogenes in Iceberg salad: Romano-Mix, Favoritsalat, Hverdagssalat, Iceberg and Saladbar-Mix

Iceberg and salad mixes are distributed to: Coop, German Vervik, Haugaland Storhusholding, Engrosfrukt Vest, Måkestad and Bama. Recipients of the salad have been notified.

Consumers who have Isberg, Romano-Mix, Favoritsalat, Hverdagssalat, Saladbarmix with a best before date of 06.10.22 are asked to throw these away.

Listeria Monocytogenes is a bacterium that is found almost everywhere in soil and sludge and vegetation, in rivers, ponds and in the intestines of many animal species. It can cause a rare but sometimes serious infection in humans.

The following goods are distributed to consumers / retail:

Via Coop:

  • 24 packs of Romano-Mix
  • 160 packs Favorite salad

Via German Vervik:

  • 20 packs Everyday salad
  • 20 pk Favorite salad
  • 20 packs of Romano-Mix

Contact person for the Norwegian Food Safety Authority: Arve Kolbeinsen, Norwegian Food Safety Authority. Phone 970 93 400

Contact person KLAR AS: Trond Skjældal, Tel 922 21 113

France – PISTACHIO PORK GALANTINE- Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name un branded
  • Model names or references Pistachio pork galantine
  • Identification of products
    Batch Date
    1251 Use-by date 10/10/2022
  • Packaging Product sold by the slice in the traditional charcuterie-caterer department
  • Marketing start/end date From 09/19/2022 to 09/27/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark71.306.001
  • Geographic area of ​​salebi1 Saint Benigne
  • Distributorsbi1 Saint Benigne

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Presence of Listeria
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Listeria monocytogenes (causative agent of listeriosis)

Spain – Alert for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in black pudding (liver sausage) from Spain


Product affected by the alert

The Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPCAT) has learned through the Coordinated System for the Rapid Exchange of Information (SCIRI) of an alert notification regarding the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in black pudding from the Chacinas del Bosque brand.

Through the SCIRI, the Spanish Agency for Food Safety (AESAN) received this alert from the health authorities of the autonomous community of Andalusia and has sent it to the rest of the autonomous communities so that the withdrawal of the affected products can be verified. through marketing channels.

The data of the product involved are:

  • Name of the product (on the label): EL BOSQUE LIVER SAUSAGES MORCILLA
  • Authorization No.: 10.024902/CA
  • Batch numbers: 120922
  • Preferential consumption date: 03/12/2023

The initial distribution of the product has been carried out in certain towns in Andalusia and in an establishment in Barcelona.

As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that people who have the product indicated above in their homes refrain from consuming it and return it to the point of sale.

In the case of having consumed this product from the affected batch and presenting symptoms compatible with listeriosis (fever, headache, vomiting or diarrhea), it is recommended to go to a health center.

USA – Outbreak Investigation of Listeria monocytogenes: Brie and Camembert Soft Cheese Products (September 2022)


Recalled brie and camembert cheese

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to Brie and Camembert soft cheese products manufactured by Old Europe Cheese, Inc. of Benton Harbor, MI, and sold at various retailers under multiple labels and brands, including Reny Picot.

Based on epidemiologic information provided by CDC, of the five patients with information available, four (80%) report eating Brie or Camembert cheese prior to illness. FDA, with assistance from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, initiated an inspection at the Old Europe Cheese, Inc. facility in Michigan, which included sample collection and analysis. Analysis of environmental samples collected at the facility showed the presence of Listeria monocytogenesWhole Genome Sequencing (WGS) analysis determined that the Listeria strain found in the facility matches the Listeria strain causing illnesses in this outbreak.

Old Europe Cheese, Inc. has voluntarily recalled multiple brands of Brie and Camembert cheeses produced at their Michigan facility in response to investigation findings. The firm has also halted production and distribution of their Brie and Camembert products from the Michigan facility and is working with FDA on corrective actions. Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve recalled products and should throw them away; this includes Best By Dates ranging from September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022, and all flavors and quantities. A full list of recalled products and stores that potentially sold these products is available below and on the firm’s recall.

FDA’s investigation is ongoing to determine if additional products are potentially contaminated. Updates to this advisory will be provided as they become available.


Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve recalled products and should throw them away; this includes Best By Dates ranging from September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022, and all flavors and quantities. A full list of recalled products and stores that potentially sold these products is available below and on the firm’s recall.

Retailers may have repackaged bulk Old Europe Cheese items into smaller containers and sold this repackaged product to consumers. This repackaged product may not bear the original labeling and product information. If you are unsure where your Brie or Camembert cheese is from, ask your retailer or throw it away.

Listeria is most likely to sicken pregnant people and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems. Other people can be infected with Listeria, but they rarely become seriously ill.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have these symptoms after eating Old Europe Cheese Inc. or Reny Picot brand Brie and Camembert products:

  • Pregnant people typically experience only fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. However, Listeria infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
  • People who are not pregnant may experience headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches.

Follow FDA’s safe handling and cleaning advice and use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with these products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination, including retailers who repackaged bulk recalled cheese. Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.

Case Count Map Provided by CDC

CDC Case Count Map of Listeria monocytogenes: Brie and Camembert Soft Cheese Products

Case Counts

Total Illnesses: 6
Hospitalizations: 5
Deaths: 0
Last illness onset: August 5, 2022
States with Cases: CA, GA, MA, MI, NJ, TX
Product Distribution: Nationwide

USA – FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Ready-To-Eat Chili Cheese Wieners Due to Possible Listeria Contamination


WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert because Family Fare, a Chippewa Falls, Wisc. establishment, produced ready-to-eat chili cheese wieners that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. A recall was not requested because it is believed that the products are no longer in commerce.

The ready-to-eat chili cheese wieners were produced on Sept. 21, 2022. The following products are subject to the public health alert [view labels]:

  • 15-oz. vacuum-packed packages containing “Our Local SMOKEHOUSE Chili Cheese flavored Wieners” with a use by date of January 19, 2023.

The products bear establishment number “695SEWI” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a Family Fare retail location in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, where three packages of the wieners were sold.

The problem was discovered when the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture reported to FSIS that some product was found to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes during routine testing.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

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Research – Antimicrobial Resistance and Virulence Characterization of Listeria monocytogenes Strains Isolated from Food and Food Processing Environments


Listeria monocytogenes is a particularly foodborne pathogen associated with listeriosis, which can be disseminated in food and food processing environments. This study aimed to determine the serotypes and characteristics of virulence factors and antibiotic resistance among 40 L. monocytogenes strains isolated from food (n = 27) purchased in Olsztyn (Warmia and Mazury region, Poland) and food processing environments in Poland (n = 13). Isolates were assigned to serotypes 1/2a, 1/2c, 3a, and 3c using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The results showed that serotype 1/2a (66.7%) was the most prevalent among strains from food, and serotype 1/2c (53.8%) among strains from the food processing environments. Five different virulence factors (hlyA, prfA, inlB, luxS, sigB) were detected in all isolates from the food processing environments using PCR. The hlyA (100.0%), prfA (100.0%), and inlB (96.3%) were the most prevalent in food strains. Seven (25.9%) of the strains of food and ten (76.9%) strains from the food processing environments showed the ability to form biofilm. The tested isolates were subjected to antibiotic susceptibility testing against 12 antibiotics used in the mitigation of listeriosis, using the disk diffusion method. The most frequent were intermediate resistance and resistance to clindamycin. Twelve (92.3%) strains from the food processing environments, and twenty-three (85.2%) from food were non-susceptible to clindamycin. Generally, antibacterial resistance determinants (LdeaadBaac(3)-IIa(aacC2)apenAmefAlnuAlnuBsulI, sulII) were detected in sixteen (59.0%) strains from food and four (30.8%) from the food processing environments, by PCR. The most frequent were the mefA-lnuA (n = 7; 20.0%) and lnuA (n = 6; 17.1%) genotypes. From this research, we can conclude that virulent and antimicrobial-resistant strains of L. monocytogenes are present in food and the food processing environment in Poland, which may pose a potential health risk to consumers. Monitoring for the control of virulent and antimicrobial-resistant L. monocytogenes strains in the food system can contribute to effective planning and prevention of their spread.