Category Archives: listeriosis

France Cases of listeriosis: withdrawal-recall of vegetable specialties with almond milk and cashew nuts Jay & Joy (vegetable alternatives to cheese and foie gras)

Sante Publique

The health authorities have been informed of the occurrence in France of 5 serious cases of listeriosis, including 4 in pregnant women who have presented premature deliveries. These 5 people, infected with the same strain of Listeria, reported symptoms between April and December 2022. 

The investigations conducted jointly by Public Health France (SpFrance), the National Reference Center (CNR) Listeria, the Directorate General for Food (DGAl), the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention ( DGCCRF), and in coordination with the General Directorate of Health (DGS), identified that the cases reported on the national territory had consumed in the weeks preceding their listeriosis plant specialties (cheese alternatives) with almond and walnut milk cashew nuts manufactured and marketed under the Jay & Joy brand.

These investigations revealed irregularities in the company, in particular concerning the control of the risk of microbiological contamination of the products manufactured within the factory. Consequently, a prefectural order, aimed at suspending the marketing of all products stored and manufactured in the factory, was issued on January 16, 2023.

JAY&JOY proceeded to the withdrawal-recall of all the products manufactured by the company on January 14, 2023.

The details of the products concerned by the withdrawal-recall are available on rappel.conso.gouv.fr. People holding these products are asked not to consume them and to return them to the point of sale where they purchased them.

Listeriosis – Annual Epidemiological Report for 2021

ECDC

In 2021, 2 268 confirmed cases of listeriosis were reported by 30 EU/EEA Member States. The EU/EEA notification rate was 0.51 per 100 000 population. Germany, France, and Italy had the highest numbers of reported cases (560, 435 and 241, respectively), corresponding to 54.5% of all cases reported in the EU/EEA. The highest incidence rates were observed in Iceland, Finland, and Denmark. Figure 1 illustrates the country-specific age-standardised rates per 100 000 population.

Click to access AER%20listeriosis%20-%202021.pdf

USA – Green Day Produce, Inc. Recalls Enoki Mushrooms Because of Possible Health Risk – Listeria monocytogenes

FDA

Company Announcement

Green Day Produce, Inc. of Vernon, CA is recalling its 200g/ 7.05oz packages of ENOKI MUSHROOM (Product of Korea) sold from September 2022 – October 2022 because it has the potential to be contaminated 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.

The recalled Enoki Mushroom was distributed nationwide to distributors and retail stores.

The Enoki Mushroom comes in a 200g/7.05oz clear plastic package with the following description “Enoki Mushroom” in the front and Green Day Produce, Inc. in the back. The UPC is 16430-69080 is located on the back side of the package. There is no lot code or dates on the package.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The distribution of the product has been suspended.

The potential for contamination was discovered after a retail sample was collected and analyzed by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 200g/7.05 oz. package of Enoki mushroom.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and CDPH.

Consumers who have purchased 200g/7.05 oz. packages of Enoki are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (323) 587-4688 or william@greendayinc.com

Research – Listeriosis outbreak caused by contaminated stuffed pork, Andalusia, Spain, July to October 2019

Eurosurveillance

On 5 August 2019, local primary care epidemiologists at the Aljarafe Health District in the province of Seville, Andalusia, notified to the SVEA three cases of food poisoning that had occurred in the previous week. One case was hospitalised; this patient’s blood culture later revealed  growth. In the following days, five additional clusters comprising a total of 32 cases were notified in Seville and one adjacent Andalusian province, and the same pathogen was identified in two of those clusters. These events prompted the local health authorities’ response on 7 August, with instructions to intensify the epidemiological surveillance and environmental sampling in certain food establishments.

By 9 August, the aggregate patient count had reached 22, which included four other cases requiring hospitalisation. In the following days, given the information from epidemiological interviews, in conjunction with microbiological results from non-human samples, the regional government constituted a multidisciplinary committee to investigate the outbreak, comprised of professionals from epidemiological surveillance, healthcare (including urgent care and infectious diseases), microbiology, food safety, and health authorities.

The aim of the outbreak investigation was twofold: (i) to identify the causative agent and the source of infection in order to prevent any further cases and (ii) to discover the reasons behind such a rapid progression of the outbreak. Here, we describe the outbreak and the epidemiological, microbiological and environmental investigations that were carried out to answer these questions.

UK – Listeriosis in England and Wales: summary for 2020

Gov UK

Main points for 2020

This report summarises the number, demographics and clinical outcomes of confirmed cases of listeriosis in England and Wales in 2020:

A total 124 cases of listeriosis were reported in England and Wales.

Incidence rates of listeriosis were highest in people aged 80 years and over.

Overall, the crude incidence of listeriosis was lower in men than women, but reported cases among men aged 60 to 69 were 4 times higher than in women aged 60 to 69.

Pregnancy associated infections accounted for a fifth of all reported cases and, a 34.8% of pregnancy-associated cases resulted in stillbirth or miscarriage.

Among non-pregnancy associated cases of listeriosis, death was reported for 29 cases (29.3%), of whom 17 (17.2%) were known to have listeriosis recorded as a cause of death on the death certificate.

Incidence of listeriosis varied geographically, with the lowest incidence in the North West (0.15 per 100,000 population) and the highest in the East Midlands (0.27 per 100,0000 population).

There were 2 listeriosis outbreaks investigated in England, including a national outbreak associated with smoked salmon.

France – OLIVE COCKTAIL CRUSTED PASTRY- Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name Unbranded
  • Model names or references Black olive cocktail crust 400g
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3361711100029 2222713 Use-by date 02/11/2022
  • Packaging Vacuum packaging
  • Marketing start/end date From 07/10/2022 to 13/10/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark EN 26.057.001 EC
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors Beauzelle (Fresh), Manosque (Fresh), Istres (Fresh), Cugnaux (Fresh), Briançon (Fresh), Draguignan (Fresh), Gargas (Fresh), Estretefonds (Fresh), Auch (Fresh), Tholonet (Fresh), Medoc (Fresh), Agde (Fresh), Matras (Fresh)

Practical information regarding the recall

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

Research – Listeria: What you need to know

Medical News Today

Listeriosis is a food-borne infection caused by Listeria bacteria. The majority of people who become infected might barely notice the illness. However, those at risk can be severely affected, and mortality rates are relatively high.

Listeriosis, also called Listeria, can be a serious infection; it strikes pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and anyone with a weakened immune system.

In this article, we will look at the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of listeriosis. We will also discuss how the bacteria works, the best ways to avoid infection, and recent research into preventing the disease.

Fast facts on listeriosis

  • Listeriosis is an infection caused by Listeria monocytogenes
  • An estimated 260 Americans die of listeriosis yearly.
  • Only immunosuppressed individuals and pregnant women are at risk of a serious case of listeriosis.
  • Listeriosis can lead to septicemia or meningitis.
  • Pregnant women are 10 times more likely to be infected with Listeria than the general population.

Read more at the link above.

Research – Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks related to commercially produced caramel apples: Developments in sanitation, product formulation, and packaging

Journal of Food Protection

Prior to a deadly 2014 listeriosis outbreak, caramel apples were not thought to be vehicles for the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. The purpose of this review article is to summarize what has been learned from research prompted by this outbreak. An overview of the two L. monocytogenes outbreaks related to prepackaged caramel apples, along with a brief discussion of apple sanitation and the production processes used to make caramel apples, is provided. Research suggesting ways to prevent future outbreaks arising from caramel apples is summarized. This review is based on a qualitative analysis of literature as well as interviews with current caramel apple manufacturers. Sanitation, packaging, and storage procedures used by manufacturers in the past may be insufficient to effectively inactivate L. monocytogenes in the case of product contamination. Novel apple sanitation methods and product formulations to control L. monocytogenes on caramel apples have been developed and, in some cases, implemented in commercial production.

France – Plain and Semi-Salted Butter – Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product subcategory Milk and dairy products
  • Product brand name plain and semi-salted butter
  • Model names or references plain and semi-salted butter
  • Identification of products
    Lot
    all lots from January 1, 2022 to February 11, 2022
    all lots from January 1, 2022 to February 21, 2022
  • Products List placard_listeria-3.pdf Attachment
  • Marketing start/end dateFrom 01/01/2022 to 11/02/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Regions: Centre-Val de Loire
  • Distributors “alimen’terre” a la chapelle vendomoise “candepicerie” a cande sur beuvron “la sologn’hotte” “vival” a contres “ouchamps des lyces” a ouchamps “superette cocci market” a cour cheverny ” earl dufraisse ” a cheverny

Practical information regarding the recall

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

France – Raw Cream- Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product subcategory Milk and dairy products
  • Product brand name raw cream
  • Model names or references raw cream
  • Identification of products
    Lot
    all lots from January 1, 2022 to February 11, 2022
    all lots from January 1, 2022 to February 22, 2022
  • Products List placard_listeria-3.pdf Attachment
  • Marketing start/end date From 01/01/2022 to 11/02/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Regions: Centre-Val de Loire
  • Distributors“alimen’terre” a la chapelle vendomoise “candepicerie” a cande sur beuvron “la sologn’hotte” “vival” a contres “ouchamps des lyces” a ouchamps “superette cocci market” a cour cheverny ” earl dufraisse ” a cheverny

Practical information regarding the recall

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