Category Archives: Listeria

USA -Outbreak of Listeria Infections Linked to Deli-Sliced Meats and Cheeses

CDC

This investigation is over. This outbreak is a reminder that deli products, such as sliced meats and cheeses, can have Listeria bacteria. People who are at higher risk for Listeria infection should avoid eating hot dogs, lunch meats, cold cuts, and other deli meats, unless they are heated to an internal temperature of 165°F or until steaming hot just before serving.

CDC and several states, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, investigated a multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to deli-sliced meats and cheeses. A single, common supplier of deli products was not identified.

Canada – Food Recall Warning – Farm Boy brand cheese balls recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

CFIA

Ottawa, November 17, 2019 – Farm Boy is recalling Farm Boy brand cheese balls from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled product

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Farm Boy Cheese Ball Trio – Fiesta, Cranberry Pecan, Bacon Cheddar and/or “FB Cheese Ball Trio” 360 g Starting with 0 238211 All units sold up to and including November 17, 2019
Farm Boy “FB Blue Cheese & Walnut Ball” 180 g Starting with 0 238274 All units sold up to and including November 17, 2019
Farm Boy Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball and/or “FB Cran Pecan Cheese Ball” 180 g 8 08912 00884 4 or Starting with 0 232337 All units sold up to and including November 17, 2019
Farm Boy Fiesta Cheese Ball and/or Farm Boy Fiesta Cheese Ball 180 g 8 08912 00883 7 or Starting with 0 238283 All units sold up to and including November 17, 2019
Farm Boy “FB Wht Choc Pecan Cran Ball” 180 g Starting with 0 238275 All units sold up to and including November 17, 2019
Farm Boy Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball and/or “FB Bacon Chedd. Cheese Ball” 180 g 8 08912 00885 1 or Starting with 0 238284 All units sold up to and including November 17, 2019

Illnesses

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

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  • Farm Boy Cheese Ball Trio – 360 grams (side)
  • Farm Boy Cheese Ball Trio – 360 grams (outer label)
  • Farm Boy Cheese Ball Trio – 360 grams (UPC)
  • Farm Boy Cheese Ball – 180 grams (pre-printed labels)
  • Farm Boy Cheese Ball – 180 grams (store-printed labels)

RASFF Alert – Listeria monocytogenes – Chilled Sliced Bacon – Pancakes mini blinis – Chilled Smoked Salmon

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RASFF -Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in chilled sliced bacon from Belgium in Belgium

RASFF -suspicion of Listeria monocytogenes in pancakes mini blinis from France in Spain

RASFF -Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in chilled smoked salmon from Norway in the Netherlands

Research – Searching for high pressure processing parameters for Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes reduction in Concord grape juice

Research Gate

Purpose High pressure processing (HPP) has been widely used for high-acid (pH<4.6) juices. The purpose of this study was to investigate optimal parameters aimed at achieving 5-log reduction of the pathogens of reference in Concord grape juice (pH 3.39). Design/methodology/approach Grape juice was inoculated with five strain cocktails of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes . In total, 11 trials were carried out based on a Central Composite Rotational Design (CCRD). The pressure ( P ), ranging from 319 to 531 MPa, and dwell time ( t ), from 35 to 205 s, were tested. The performance of the combinations ( P × t ) was evaluated by pathogen challenge microbiological assays. Findings E. coli O157:H7 was more resistant to HPP than S. enterica . L. monocytogenes did not grow in unprocessed juice (before HPP). Findings demonstrated that moderate pressures (~400 MPa) and short dwell times (~2 min) were effective in achieving a greater than 5-log reduction in the pathogens of reference. Practical implications Because the maintenance costs of equipment exponentially increase with pressure beyond 600 MPa, significant reductions in process pressure are highly desirable. Originality/value The results of this study can supplement the dearth of information on the applicability of high pressure as a Concord grape juice processing technology in terms of the pathogens inactivation. Furthermore, the use of a cocktail of five strains of pathogens inoculated in Concord grape juice to challenge different HPP parameters has not been reported.

USA – Foodborne illness source attribution estimates for 2017 for Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter

CDC

 

Executive Summary
Each year in the United States an estimated 9 million people get sick, 56,000 are hospitalized, and 1,300 die of foodborne disease caused by known pathogens. These estimates help us understand the scope of this public health problem. However, to develop effective prevention measures, we need to understand the types of
foods contributing to the problem. The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) is a tri-agency group created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department
of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). IFSAC developed a method to estimate the sources of foodborne illness using outbreak data from 1998 through the most recent year for four priority pathogens: Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter. IFSAC described this method and the estimates for 2012 in a report and at a public meeting. IFSAC derived the estimates for 2017 using the same method used for the 2012 estimates, with some modifications. The data came from 1,329 foodborne disease outbreaks that occurred from 1998 through 2017 and for which each confirmed or suspected implicated food fell into a single food category. The method relies most heavily on the most recent five years of outbreak data (2013 – 2017). Foods are categorized using a scheme IFSAC created to classify foods into 17 categories that closely align with the U.S. food regulatory agencies’ classification needs.

USA – Russ Davis Wholesale Voluntarily Recalling Products Due to Possible Health Risk

FDA

Russ Davis Wholesale (RDW), a leading fresh produce processor and distributor, in an abundance of caution is voluntarily recalling multiple products due to possible contamination of 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.

This recall is in response to Mann Packaging, Inc. initiating a recall late in the day November 3, 2019 as an ingredient provider to Russ Davis Wholesale.

To date, Russ Davis Wholesale has not received any reported illnesses related to this organism.

USA – Kowalski’s, Amazon, Crazy Fresh Entrees Recalled For Possible Listeria

Food Poisoning Bulletin

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert for Kowalski’s, Amazon, and Crazy Fresh entrees recalled for Listeria monocytogenes contamination. They contain ingredients recalled by Mann Packing Co. in October 2019. There have been no report of adverse reactions or illness associated with the consumption of these products.

The entrees recalled for Listeria  include:

  • 12 ounce sealed plastic trays containing “CRAZY FRESH Quick & Easy Broccoli Cheddar with Bacon” with sell by dates of 10/13/19 – 11/08/19 represented on the label.
  • 12 ounce sealed plastic trays containing “KOWALSKI’S Quick & Easy Broccoli Cheddar with Bacon” with sell by dates of 10/13/19 – 11/08/19 represented on the label.
  • 12 ounce sealed plastic trays containing “quick & easy Meals Quick & Easy Broccoli Cheddar with Bacon” with sell by dates of 10/13/19 – 11/08/19 represented on the label.
  • 15.8 ounce clear plastic clamshell packages containing “BUTTER CHICKEN amazon go Butter Chicken with Turmeric Rice” with best by dates through November 6, 2019 represented on the label.
  • 13.05 ounce plastic clamshell packages containing “BROCCOLI CRUNCH POWER BOWL amazon go BROCCOLI CRUNCH POWER BOWL WITH CHICKEN” with best by dates through November 6, 2019 represented on the label.