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Listeria Recall: Smoked Salmon

The Smokehouse of NY, Mamaroneck, NY 10543 is recalling all of the Smoked fish listed below, because they have 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 weaken 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 still births among pregnant women.

Norwegian 4oz & 8oz and whole sides Irish 4oz & 8oz Scottish 4oz & 8oz
Pastrami 4oz & 8oz Gravlax 4oz & 8oz Trimmings 8oz
Sturgeon 4oz Kippered Salmon 8oz Sable 8oz
Whitefish Salad Trout Fillet 8oz
These products were distributed through New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Alabama, Minnesota, and Montana. Product was distributed to markets, restaurants, and hotels. To identify our products there is our logo on every package with our name The Smokehouse of NY in black cryovaced bags. The expiration dates will be from April 5th to April 19th.

The recall was a result of a routine inspection sampling program by the company which revealed there was listeria present in the warehouse. The company had ceased all production, manufacturing and distributing, until the company meets all guidelines implemented by FDA before resuming production and rectifying all issues.

Frozen Peas and Listeria

In cooperation with Lakeside Foods, Inc., and out of an abundance of caution, ALDI has voluntarily recalled Season’s Choice Frozen Sweet Peas due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Upon notification from the supplier, ALDI immediately removed the affected product from its stores.

The potentially affected product is packaged in a 16 oz. bag, has the UPC code 041498164294 and contains one of the following packaging codes and best by dates on the back of the bag:

Packaging Codes Best By Date
DC17038 PLAB6176 08/2018
DC27038 PLAB6176 08/2018
DC27038 BNAF7286 08/2018
DC37038 BNAF7286 08/2018
DC47038 PLAC6216 08/2018
DC57038 PLAC6216 08/2018

The Season’s Choice Frozen Sweet Peas were sold at ALDI locations in the following states:

  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia

Strawberry Sundae Cup Recalled over Listeria risk

20170404da_1491349798857_engThe food recall warning issued on March 31, 2017 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Central Smith Creamery is recalling Wholesome Farms brand Strawberry Sundae Cup from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.  Food service institutions, such as hospitals and nursing homes, should not serve or use the recalled product described below.

The following product has been sold in AlbertaManitobaNew BrunswickOntario and Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

Recalled product 

Brand

Product

Size

UPC

Codes

Wholesome Farms

Strawberry Sundae Cup

115 ml

None

03204

Wholesome Farms

Strawberry Ice Cream Sundae Cup (case)

48 x 115 ml

00074865915038

7382200018032042

2/1/17

Listeria Link in Pizza

More than 21,000 pounds of frozen pizzas are being recalled due to a possible listeria contamination.

RBR Meat Company Incorporated recalled its 16-inch Marketside supreme frozen pizza, sold at select Walmart stores.

There have been no confirmed reports of sickness at this time but symptoms include fever, diarrhea and muscle aches.

If you have one, it’s recommended you throw it away.

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Edamame Recall over Listeria Worry

Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp. (“AFC”) of Rancho Dominguez, CA has recalled its Edamame Soybeans in Pods for possibility being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products were packaged by AFC Franchisees and sold, under refrigeration, in 8.0 oz (227 g) packages and identified as “Edamame – Soybeans in Pods”.  To further identify the recalled product, edamame-beans_406x250look for UPC 0-23012-00261-9, dated between 01/03/2017 and 03/17/2017. AFC’s Quality Assurance Program discovered the contamination during random testing.

The packed Edamame was sold at designated retail sushi counters within grocery stores, cafeterias, and corporate dining centers in the following states: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WY.

Consumers concerned about whether the Edamame they purchased is subject to this recall should check with the store of purchase. Consumers who have purchased the recalled product should not consume it and return it to the point of purchase for a full refund.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections especially in young children, frail or older adults, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems. Others may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal infection among pregnant women.

No illnesses associated with the recall have yet been reported.

Raw Milk Cheese Tied to Listeria Outbreak

Vulto Creamery, Walton, New York, is recalling all lots of Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses  out of an abundance of caution due to testing result from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which found Ouleout lot # 617 positive for Listeria monocytogenes and New York Department of Agriculture and Markets finding the possible contamination of Ouleout lot #623.

Product photos of all four cheese items being recalled along with a brief description are shown.  If you have any of this soft, wash-rind raw-milk cheese, please do not consume it.  The soft raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide, with most being sold at retail locations in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States, California, Chicago, Portland and Washington, DC.

Consumers that have any of these soft raw milk cheeses from Vulto Creamery should return the cheese to the purchase location for a refund.  Food and cheese wholesalers and retailers with any of the Vulto Creamery soft, wash-rind raw milk cheeses on hand should immediately remove these products from common storage coolers and quarantine these cheeses in a secured area of a cooler.  Any wholesaler or distributor that has any of the four cheeses should contact Vulto Creamery to receive instructions on what to do with the cheese.   The production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company  continue to investigate the source of the problem.

Trader Joe’s Hummus Recalled

Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus (SKU #90642) and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus (SKU #91107) with “USE BY” date codes up through and including 12/15/2016, because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The products come in 16 ounce plastic tubs with SKU numbers printed on the top labels and “USE BY” date codes stamped on the bottom of the tubs, along with the plant identification code “C”. To clarify, products with plant identification code “J” were produced in a different facility and are NOT affected by this recall. In addition, Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus Snack Pack with Pita Chips (SKU #97136) is NOT part of this recall.

To date there have been no confirmed illnesses.

States Affected Product Code Date
IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH and WI Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus ONLY (SKU 91107) USE BY dates up through and including “12/15/16” and plant identification code “C”
AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, LA, NC, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA and WA Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus (SKU 91107) AND Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus (SKU 90642) USE BY dates up through and including “12/15/16” and plant identification code “C”

The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in product manufactured on the same equipment. The company subsequently identified the source of the issue and has corrected the matter. All potentially affected products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed.

Goat Cheese Recalled Over Listeria

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises consumers not to eat goat cheese products manufactured by Apple Tree Goat Dairy of Richfield, Penn. (Apple Tree), because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Apple Tree manufactures pasteurized and 60-day aged, semi-soft, and hard goat cheeses under the Apple Tree Goat Dairy brand. The products were sold in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and New Jersey through Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, West End Farmers Market in Alexandria, Va., Ambler (Penn.) Farmers Market, and Doylestown (Penn.) Farmers Market.

Apple Tree recalled four lots of products manufactured in March and July 2016 on September 20, 2016, after samples of these lots collected by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Later in September, Apple Tree expanded its recall to include all of its goat cheeses, but FDA is not aware of any public notification to consumers announcing the expanded recall.

FDA has concerns about Apple Tree’s goat cheese based on a recent inspection of the Apple Tree manufacturing facility, which identified a potentially deadly pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes, in the firm’s finished products and its production environment.

Although no illnesses have been reported to date in association with Apple Tree’s goat cheeses, Listeria monocytogenes can cause a serious, potentially life-threatening infection called listeriosis.

Symptoms of listeriosis include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. These symptoms can appear from a few days up to a few weeks after eating contaminated food. Listeriosis primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems.

Consumers who have Apple Tree goat cheeses should throw them away. In addition, the agency advises consumers to thoroughly disinfect the areas where they had the products, such as the refrigerator, plates, and utensils used to serve the cheese.

Herring Recalled over Listeria Risk

UCM531564Royal Seafood Baza, Inc. of Staten, Island, New York is recalling various refrigerated ready to eat herring products because they have 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 affected ready to eat herring products were distributed to customers located New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and North Carolina. Wholesale customers of bulk containers must discontinue sales of existing stock of these items immediately and destroy any returned product as soon as possible.

This recall action is specific to the following products:

  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Brine with no brand name, packaged in bulk 25 lb. white plastic bucket and labeled in part “** 204250 ** HERRING ISLANDSKAYA JUMBO BY PC **” (label on the metal handle of bucket);
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Brine with no brand name, packaged in bulk 25 lb. white plastic bucket and labeled in part “** 204311 ** HERRING SUPER DUNAYSKAYA BY PC **” (label on the metal handle of bucket);
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Brine with no brand name, packaged in bulk 25 lb. white plastic bucket and labeled in part “** 204857 ** HERRING NORWAY SUPER JUMBO BY PC **” (label on the metal handle of bucket);
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Brine with no brand name, packaged in bulk 25 lb. white plastic bucket and labeled in part “ ** 204744 ** HERRING MALOSOLNAYA (20 in barrel) **” (label on the metal handle of bucket);
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Brine with no brand name, packaged in bulk 25 lb. white plastic bucket and labeled in part “** 204883 ** HERRING DUNAYSKAYA BY PC **” (label on the metal handle of bucket);
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Brine sold under ROYAL Baza label, vacuum packaged in a clear bag and labeled in part “** ROYAL baza ** HERRING SUPER DUNAYSKAYA IN VACUUM BY PC * UPC 204450 000263”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Brine sold under the ROYAL Baza label, vacuum packaged in a clear bag and labeled in part “** ROYAL baza ** HERRING MALOSOLNAYA IN VACUUM BY PC ** UPC 204874 000269”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Oil sold under the FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 10.9 oz. (310g) plastic retail container labeled in part ** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Herring Fillet in Oil “Forelka Style” ** Net Wt. 10.9 oz. (310g)** UPC 825512 004915”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Oil sold under the FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 16.2 oz. (460g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Herring Fillet in Oil “Forelka Style” ** Net Wt. 16.2 oz. (460g)** UPC 825512 004922”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Oil sold under the FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 10.9 oz. (310g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Pacific Herring Fillet in Oil ** Net Wt. 10.9 oz. (310g) ** UPC 825512 004939;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Oil sold under the FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 16.2 oz. (460g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Pacific Herring Fillet in Oil ** Net Wt. 16.2 oz. (460g)** UPC 825512 004946”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Brine sold under the FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 10.9 oz. (310g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Herring Fillet “Matjes” ** Net Wt. 10.9 oz. (310g) ** UPC 825512 004953”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Brine sold under the FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 16.2 oz. (460g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Herring Fillet “Matjes” ** Net Wt. 16.2 oz. (460g) ** UPC 825512 004960”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Oil sold under the FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 10.9 oz. (310g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Herring Fillet in Oil ** Net Wt. 10.9 oz. (310g)** UPC 825512 004977”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Oil sold under the FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 16.2 oz. (460g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Herring Fillet in Oil ** Net Wt. 16.2 oz. (460g)** UPC 825512 004984”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Oil sold under the FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 24 oz. (680g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Holland Herring in Oil ** Net Wt. 24 oz. (680g)** UPC 825512 008128”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Brine sold under the  FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 46 oz. (1275g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Herring in Spicy Brine ** Net Wt. 46 oz. (1275g)** UPC 825512 008166”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Brine sold under the  FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 46 oz. (1275g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Herring in Brine ** Net Wt. 46 oz. (1275g) ** ** UPC 825512 008173”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Oil sold under the  FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 16 oz. (454g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Herring Fillets in Oil ** Lightly Salted ** Net Wt. 16 oz. (454g) ** UPC 825512 014044”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Oil sold under the FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 28.2 oz. (800g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** SUPER DUNAYSKAYA ** Herring Fillets in Oil ** Net Weight 28.2 OZ./800 g”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Oil sold under the FRESH SEAFOOD label, packaged in a 9.3 oz. (265g) plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Pacific Herring Fillet in Oil ** Net Wt. 9.3 oz. (265g) ** UPC 825512 110258”;
  • Refrigerated, Ready to Eat Herring in Oil sold under the  FRESH SEAFOOD packaged in a 16.2 oz. (460g) in plastic retail container labeled in part “** FRESH SEAFOOD ** Pacific Herring Fillet in Oil ** Net Wt. 16.2 oz. (460g) ** UPC 825512 110265”.

The Bulk Herring products have pack dates of “11/2/16” – “11/30/16”.  The Herring products packaged in retail containers have Best Before dates of: 11.30.2016 through 02.28.2017. Herring products packaged in vacuum packaged bags include Pack Dates of 11.09.16 – 11.30.16.

Sabra Recalls Hummus over Listeria worry

Sabra Dipping Co., LLC is voluntarily recalling certain hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016 due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product. The recall includes the products listed below; these were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and supermarkets, in the U.S. and Canada.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.  Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.  The company is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers with any product with a “Best Before” date up through January 23, 2017 are urged to discard it. Consumers can find code and “Best Before” date on the lid of each package.

See complete list of recalled products.

And, it happened in 2015 too.