Category Archives: Listeria

Canada – Updated Food Recall Warning – Culinary Creations Gourmet brand & Denny’s Express brand roast beef-containing sandwiches recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

CFIA

Recall details

Ottawa, April 18, 2018 – The food recall warning issued on April 17, 2018 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

R.T. Fresh Prepared Foods Inc. is recalling Culinary Creations Gourmet brand & Denny’s Express brand roast beef-containing sandwiches from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products were sold through retailers and automatic vending machines in Alberta and Ontario.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Culinary Creations Gourmet Beef and Cheese on Onion Bun 190 g Best Before
AL 24
AL 30
MA 01
MA 02
MA 08
MA 17
6 89069 18085 6
Culinary Creations Gourmet Roast Beef Sandwich 155 g Best Before
AL 30
MA 08
MA 16
6 89069 18093 1
Culinary Creations Gourmet Jumbo Beef & Swiss Submarine (halved) 250 g Best Before
AL 30
MA 02
MA 07
MA 08
MA 14
MA 15
MA 17
6 89069 18097 9
Culinary Creations Gourmet Jumbo Beef & Swiss Submarine 250 g Best Before
AL 30
MA 07
MA 15
6 89069 18097 9
Denny’s Express Beef & Swiss Submarine 250 g 0998 7 76393 40003 0

Hong Kong – Stop consuming a kind of French cheese suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

CFS

Issue Date 18.4.2018
Source of Information Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission
Food Product A kind of cheese imported from France
Product Name and Description Product name: Brillat Savarin
Place of origin: France
Producer: Sarl ETS Beillevaire
Lot No.: 180140 and 1801579
Best-before dates: March 9, 2018, and March 11, 2018
Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the RASFF that the above-mentioned product might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and is being recalled.  According to the information provided by the RASFF, a local importer, K-Element Limited, had imported some of the affected product into Hong Kong.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up. The importer confirmed that it had imported about 4 kilograms of the affected product and all of them were distributed. It has initiated a recall according to the CFS’ advice.
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to monitor the case and take appropriate follow-up action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately if they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Stop consuming the affected product if they have bought any.
Further Information The CFS press release

  • Enquiries about the recall can be made to the importer’s hotline at 3106 4722 during office hours.

Canada – Updated Food Recall Warning – Fresh 2 Go brand Roast Beef Paninis recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

CFIA

 

Recall details

Ottawa, April 18, 2018 – The food recall warning issued on April 17, 2018 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Metro Ontario Inc. is recalling Fresh 2 Go brand Roast Beef Paninis from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products were sold from Metro locations in Ontario.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Fresh 2 Go (F2GO) Roast Beef Panini 2-pack All units sold up to and including April 18, 2018 Starts with 0219274
Fresh 2 Go (F2GO) Roast Beef Panini 4-pack All units sold up to and including April 18, 2018 Starts with 0219149

UK – Northern Ireland – Dunnes Stores recalls Chicken, Bacon & Sweetcorn Deli Filler due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

FSA NI

Product details

Product: Dunnes Stores Chicken, Bacon & Sweetcorn Deli Filler
Pack size: 175g
‘Use By’ dates: all use by dates from 13 April 2018 to 20 April 2018 (inclusive)

No other Dunnes Stores products are known to be affected

Risk

The product listed above might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.

Some people are more vulnerable to listeria infections, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought the above product, do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.

Action taken by the company

Dunnes Stores is recalling the above product. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notice.

Recall Notice

Canada – Certain Smith Snacks brand products recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

CFIA

Recall details

Ottawa, April 18, 2018 – Smith Snacks Ltd. is recalling certain Smith Snacks products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Smith Snacks Ultimate BBQ Rib Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00023 9
Smith Snacks Bacon Cheese Hot Dog None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00002 4
Smith Snacks Chicken Club Twister Wrap None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00045 1
Smith Snacks Deli Twister Wrap None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00075 8
Smith Snacks Small Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00026 0
Smith Snacks Chuck Wagon Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00007 9
Smith Snacks Pizza Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00025 3
Smith Snacks Large Pizza Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00016 1
Smith Snacks Large Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00017 8
Smith Snacks Deli Deluxe Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00065 9
Smith Snacks Hungry Human Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00058 1
Smith Snacks Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00005 5
Smith Snacks Chicken Club Kaiser None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00059 8
Smith Snacks Triple Stack Kaiser None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00160 1
Smith Snacks Bacon & Cheese Double Burger None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00009 3
Smith Snacks Twin Pack Burgers None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00030 7
Smith Snacks Turkey & Dressing Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00032 1
Smith Snacks Whole Wheat Turkey & Dressing Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00032 1
Smith Snacks Hot Club Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00034 5
Smith Snacks Turkey Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00033 8
Smith Snacks Whole Wheat Turkey Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00033 8
Smith Snacks Blackforest Ham & Cheddar Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00036 9
Smith Snacks Whole Wheat Blackforest Ham & Cheddar Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00036 9
Smith Snacks Roast Beef & Cheddar Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00035 2
Smith Snacks Whole Wheat Roast Beef & Cheddar Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00035 2
Smith Snacks Cinnamon Swirl None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00158 8
Smith Snacks Apple Turnover None All Best Before dates up to and including May 2, 2018 6 23858 00091 8
Smith Snacks Blueberry Turnover None All Best Before dates up to and including May 2, 2018 6 23858 00105 2
Smith Snacks Banana Bread None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00164 9
Smith Snacks Pound Cake None All Best Before dates up to and including May 19, 2018 6 23858 00166 3

Research – Application of natural plant extracts as colorants, preservatives, and anti‐listerial agents in processed fish products

Wiley Online

Abstract

The anti‐listerial activity of various plant extracts was investigated, qualitatively and quantitatively against Listeria monocytogenes strains. The extracts of Punica granatum peels (PPE) and Hibiscus sabdariffa calyxes (RCE) exhibited the most potent antibacterial activity. The application of PPE and RCE, as colorant, preservative, and antimicrobial agents, was conducted for the manufacturing of fish products (burger and surimi). The two extracts could effectively enhance the microbial, sensory, and shelf life attributes of prepared fish products. The combination of the extracts at their inhibitory concentrations lead to complete inhibition of inoculated L. monocytogenes cells, enhancing the sensory attributes of treated fish products and increasing panelists’ preference.

Practical applications

Foodborne pathogens’ transmission via fish products, for example, L. monocytogenes, is hazardous and must be overcome efficiently and safely. The substitution of synthetic and chemical food additives and preservatives with natural agents is a general request from all. Results of study supported the practical application of powerful anti‐listerial plant extracts, for example, pomegranate peels and rosella calyxes, for the control of L. monocytogenes, coloring and improving sensorial attributes of processed fish products, burger and surimi.

Research – Viable-but-Nonculturable Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica Serovar Thompson Induced by Chlorine Stress Remain Infectious

Mbio

The microbiological safety of fresh produce is monitored almost exclusively by culture-based detection methods. However, bacterial food-borne pathogens are known to enter a viable-but-nonculturable (VBNC) state in response to environmental stresses such as chlorine, which is commonly used for fresh produce decontamination. Here, complete VBNC induction of green fluorescent protein-tagged Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica serovar Thompson was achieved by exposure to 12 and 3 ppm chlorine, respectively. The pathogens were subjected to chlorine washing following incubation on spinach leaves. Culture data revealed that total viable L. monocytogenes and Salmonella Thompson populations became VBNC by 50 and 100 ppm chlorine, respectively, while enumeration by direct viable counting found that chlorine caused a <1-log reduction in viability. The pathogenicity of chlorine-induced VBNC L. monocytogenes and Salmonella Thompson was assessed by using Caenorhabditis elegans. Ingestion of VBNC pathogens by C. elegans resulted in a significant life span reduction (P = 0.0064 and P < 0.0001), and no significant difference between the life span reductions caused by the VBNC and culturable L. monocytogenes treatments was observed. L. monocytogenes was visualized beyond the nematode intestinal lumen, indicating resuscitation and cell invasion. These data emphasize the risk that VBNC food-borne pathogens could pose to public health should they continue to go undetected