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California Stone Fruit Prompts Listeria Recall

Dierbergs Markets is pulling from its stores a number of tree-ripened stone fruits from a California-based packing company.

Wawona Packing Co. has issued a voluntary recall of conventional and organic varieties of yellow peaches and nectarines, white peaches and nectarines, plums and pluots because of possible contamination with listeria.

No illnesses have been reported and Wawona is issuing the recall as a precautionary voluntary measure, according to a statement released Saturday by Dierbergs.

Customers who purchased the recalled California products from Dierbergs between Monday and noon Saturday can return them to any Dierbergs location for a full refund.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in certain vulnerable populations including young children, the elderly or those with weak immune systems. Pregnant women are also considered to be at risk.

Trader Joe’s and Lansal in Cook County Listeria Lawsuit

On June 8, 2014, defendant Lansal, Inc. recalled 304 six-ounce plastic containers of Trader Joe’s Egg White Salad with Chives that it had manufactured and distributed for sale at defendant Trader Joe’s locations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The recall occurred because defendant Lansal, Inc. had detected the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of the recalled product during a routine testing by the company.

On May 19, 2014, Lansal, Inc. also recalled 14,860 pounds of hummus and dip products due to contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. The hummus and dip products were produced at the same facility as the recalled Trader Joe’s Egg White Salad with Chives products.

Vladimir Sokhatskiy consumed the Trader Joe’s Egg White Salad in early June 2014. The 57 year old is a resident of Lake County, Illinois. In 2005, Vladimir was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, for which he began chemotherapy. As a result, he had a suppressed immune system, making him highly susceptible to bacterial infection.

Several days after consuming the Egg White Salad, Mr. Sokhatskiy developed a fever and headache. His symptoms worsened and he was hospitalized at Highland Park Hospital with a fever of 104. Symptoms continued to worsen after being released and he had to return for further hospitalization. He underwent a lumbar puncture for testing of his cerebrospinal fluid. Test results showed that he had developed bacterial meningitis. Shortly thereafter, tests would confirm that the bacteria responsible for causing his meningitis condition was Listeria monocytogenes. Mr. Sokhatskiy was hospitalized in a nursing and rehabilitation facility until June 25, 2014. He continues in his treatment for Listeriosis, receiving home and health care and intravenous antibiotics, which will continue through at least the end of July 2014.

Listeria Risk in Smoked Salmon

Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois is notifying the public that it is recalling 1,878 pounds of Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon 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. 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. To date, no confirmed illnesses or complaints have been reported.

The product was sent to Hannaford stores in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire, H-E-B stores in Texas, and Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina beginning on April 7, 2014.

A single lot of 4oz Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon packages is the subject of this public announcement and recall as the result of one package of salmon that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The packages are vacuum sealed, black in color and bear the Vita logo centered at the bottom. Product from this lot can be identified by a SELL BY AUG 17 2014 date and lot number 00764B, which can be found on the right side on the front of the package. The 4oz size of this product is the only size subject to this recall.

Waxed Gouda Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

Smith’s Country Cheese of Winchendon, MA, is recalling 21 wheels of Waxed Gouda because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Waxed Gouda wheels were distributed in Massachusetts by wholesale distributors and further sold to retail stores.

The wheels are coated in red wax and wrapped in transparent wrap with various weights of whole wheels at 10 lbs. and half-wheels at 5 lbs. They may have been cut and packaged at retail level for consumer-size units.

There are labels on the front that read Smith’s Farmstead Gouda for whole wheels and Mountain Gouda for half-wheels. On the back of the wheel there is a weight label with a Julian date in the lower-right-hand corner that reads 4037.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling by FDA, which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.

Crab Meat Recalled

East Providence, RI – Rome Packing Co., Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of Ocean’s Catch brand minced crab meat after routine product sampling by the company determined some of the finished products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. 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. 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.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and return them to the place of purchase for a refund or discard them.

The list of recalled products, are packaged in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), sold as refrigerated, includes:

6-ounce Ocean’s Catch Crab Meat:

  • lot number 101366 with a sell by date before 5/14/14;
  • lot number 101507 with a sell by date before 5/20/14;
  • lot number 101540 with a sell by date before 5/21/14;

8-ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:

  • lot number 101372 with a sell by date before 5/14/14;
  • lot number 101432 with a sell by date before 5/19/14;
  • lot number 101474 with a sell by date before 5/20/14;

16-ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:

  • lot number 101372 with a sell by date before 5/14/14;
  • lot number 101391 with a sell by date before 5/16/14;
  • lot number 101407 with a sell by date before 5/16/14;
  • lot number 101432 with a sell by date before 5/19/14;
  • lot number 101474 with a sell by date before 5/20/14;
  • lot number 101539 with a sell by date before 5/21/14.

The products are distributed nationwide to retail stores including but not limited to: Shaws Supermarkets, Market Basket and Dave’s Market.

Walnuts and Hummus Recalled Due to Listeria Risks

Walnuts:  Sherman Produce in St. Louis recalled 241 cases of bulk walnuts in 25-pound cardboard boxes and in an unrelated recall Lansal, Inc., recalled 14,860 pounds of hummus and dip products — both for possible Listeria.  In addition they recalled Schnucks brand 10-ounce trays of walnuts with UPC 00338390032 with “best by dates” 03/15 and 04/15 because the products are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

No illnesses were reported.

The products were sold to retailers in Missouri and Illinois from March to May 2014.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration detected Listeria in walnuts sampled at the facility. All walnuts processed in the facility during the same time frame are being recalled.

Sherman Produce advises consumers who have purchased walnuts are urged not to consume them.

Hummus:  Lansal, Inc., which also did business Hot Mama’s Foods, recalled approximately 14,860 pounds of hummus and dip products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes sold at Target, Trader Joe’s and other retailers.

No illness was reported, but the potential for Listeria contamination was found by the Texas Department of Health during a routine test of Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus.

Lansal advised customers not to eat the recalled products.

Hummus Recalled Over Listeria Fears

Prepared foods manufacturer Lansal Inc. (doing business as Hot Mama’s Foods) of Springfield, MA, announced Monday that, as a precaution, it is voluntarily recalling approximately 14,860 pounds of hummus and dip products due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The potential for contamination was found during a routine test of Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus (10 ounce) by the Texas Department of Health. No illnesses have been reported.

Another Listeria Raw Milk Recall

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today warned consumers in Orange County and the surrounding area not to consume “unpasteurized” raw farm milk from the Robert & Stacey Stap Farm due to possible Listeria contamination. The Stap Farm is located at 426 Drexel Dr., Pine Bush, NY 12566.

A sample of the milk, collected by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on April 28, 2014, was subsequently tested by the Department’s Food Laboratory and discovered to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. On May 1, 2014, the producer was notified of a preliminary positive test result. Further laboratory testing, completed on May 5, 2014, confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the raw milk sample.

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. Although otherwise healthy persons may suffer only short-term, flu-like symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

It is important to note that raw milk does not provide the protection of pasteurization, which eliminates all pathogenic bacteria, including Listeria.

To date, no illnesses are known by the department to be associated with this product.

Pacific Organic Produce Recalls Mangos

Pacific Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of organic Tommy Atkins mangos (PLU numbers 94051 & 94959) that were sold under the Purity Organic brand between the dates of April 14, 2014 and May 2, 2014 due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall and no other mangos or products under the Purity Organic brand are being recalled.

No illnesses have been reported to date. However, the recall was issued as a precaution because a single sample in a FDA sample yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes. Pacific Organic Produce is coordinating closely with regulatory officials and has contacted its customers to ensure that any remaining recalled products are removed. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who consumes a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.

The PLU number is printed in the middle of the PLU sticker on the fruit. The mangos were shipped to retailers and distributors in limited quantities within five (5) U.S. states (Arizona, California, Colorado, New Jersey and Texas).

Listeria – tainted salad recall from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin

Schnucks Kitchen, an O’Fallon, Mo., establishment, is recalling approximately 130 pounds of Curry White Meat Chicken Salad product due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The Chicken salad product, in three-pound bags, was produced on April 24, 2014, and shipped to Schnucks retail grocery locations for deli distribution in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The following product is subject to recall:

3-lb. sealed plastic bags containing “CURRY WHITE MEAT CHICKEN SALAD WITH WALNUTS.”

Because the products were sold at deli counters, consumer packaging may vary. Plastic containers in various sizes may bear a purchase date between April 24, 2014 and May 2, 2014. Bulk case labels or packaging may bear the case code 0989674 or 0963124 as well as establishment number “EST. P-13562” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The problem was discovered when routine product sampling by FSIS personnel tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes on April 28, 2014. This product was held by the firm and did not enter commerce. Further investigative sampling by the company later determined bulk walnuts from an outside supplier, an ingredient used in the product, may have been contaminated with the pathogen. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. FSIS is working in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration to further investigate the source of the contamination.

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.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.