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6,000 Pounds of Cheese Recalled Due to Listeria

La Nica Products, Inc. is recalling 6,000 pounds of white cheese with the names “Quesos de la Costa,” “Queso Duro Blando,” and “Hard Soft Cheese.”

The cheese was sold in one pound opaque plastic bags with an expiration date of August 31, 2017.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, a sampling of the cheese by the Florida Department of Agriculture revealed listeria bacteria in the finished products.

No illnesses have been reported.

Consumers who purchased the cheese should return it to the store for a refund.

Listeria can cause symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. It can also sometimes cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Ham Recalled Over Listeria Worry

Fineberg Packing Co., Inc., a Memphis, Tenn. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,822 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat hickory smoked and BBQ ham items were packaged on January 16, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 14-lb. vacuum-sealed packages containing “FINEBERG’S Finest Danish Brand BBQ Flavored Ham” with Sell by date 03/26/2017 and case code 17016.
  • 30.6-lb. boxes containing 2 vacuum-sealed packages of “Holly Brand hickory smoked fully cooked HAM” with case code 17016.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 428” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The problem was discovered during a Food Safety Assessment conducted by an FSIS employee. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

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.

Our Local Bounty Recalls Basil Pesto Due to Listeria

Our Local Bounty of Rogue River, Oregon is recalling 312 (8.5oz) containers of the Farming Fish brand Organic Basil Pesto with Watercress, 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 Basil Pesto with Watercress, UPC 7 23175 33586 8, was distributed in retail stores in Oregon. The affected product was packaged in 8.5 oz. plastic deli containers and has the enjoy or freeze by dates of 4/30/2017.

As an additional precaution, we are also recalling product with the enjoy or freeze by dates of 5/6/2017, 5/13/2017, and 5/20/2017.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program.  Consumers who have purchased affected products should not consume the product.

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.