Velvet Ice Cream has announced it is voluntarily recalling all of its ice cream and sherbet products made on or after March 24, 2021 as a precaution 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.

No illness or injury has been associated with the recalled products, which are being recalled in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The issue was identified as a result of the company’s routine testing.

The products were distributed to Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia through various drug stores, convenience stores and supermarkets. They are packaged in various sizes and containers.

The products were distributed and sold in supermarkets from on or after March 24, 2021 with the following product codes, which can be found at the bottom or side of the container:

Product Code Item Description
21104 Buehler’s Chocolate Pail
21104 Buehler’s Neapolitan Pail
21104 Buehler’s Vanilla Pail
21089 Discount Drug Mart Chocolate Swirl Pail
21106 Discount Drug Mart Neapolitan 56oz
21095 Discount Drug Mart Strawberry 56
21091 Discount Drug Mart Vanilla 56
21083 Discount Drug Mart Vanilla Pail
21096 North Star Frog Spit
21097 North Star Frog Spit
21098 North Star Frog Spit
21099 North Star Frog Spit
21089 Whale of a Pail Chocolate Fudge Pai
21090 Whale of a Pail Cookies n Cream
21104 Whale of a Pail Neapolitan
21103 Ruggle’s Orange Sherbet Quarts
21104 Whale of a Pail Vanilla Chocolate
21089 Whale of a Pail Vanilla
Product Code Item Description
21090 Whale of a Pail Vanilla
21090 Super Dip Chocolate Pail
21103 Super Dip Chocolate Swirl Pail
21083 Super Dip Chocolate Swirl Pail
21089 Super Dip Chocolate Swirl Pail
21083 Super Dip Cookie n Cream Pail
21106 Super Dip Neapolitan 56oz
21104 Super Dip Neapolitan Pail
21095 Super Dip Strawberry 56
21106 Super Dip Superfriends 56oz
21091 Super Dip Vanilla 56
21083 Super Dip Vanilla Pail
21103 Super Dip Vanilla Pail
21089 Super Dip Vanilla Pail
21090 Super Dip Vanilla Pail
21106 Super Dip Vanilla/Orange 56oz
21106 Velvet erVanilla Lovers Trio 56oz
21091 Velvet Banana Cream Pie 56
21088 Velvet Birthday Cake 3 gallon
21084 Velvet Black Walnut 3 gallon
21099 Velvet Blackberry Cobbler 56
21095 Velvet Blueberry Cheesecake 56
21095 Velvet Buckeye Brownie 56
21091 Velvet Buckeye Brownie 56
21095 Velvet Buckeye Classic 56
21096 Velvet Buckeye Classic Pint
21102 Velvet Buckeye Sandwich 12/10pk
21096 Velvet Butter Pecan & Cashew Pint
21105 Velvet Campfire Smores 56oz
21100 Velvet Caramel Pecan 56
21106 Velvet Chocolate Pint
21096 Velvet Chocolate Pint
21105 Velvet Cookie Dough Extreme 56oz
21105 Velvet Cookie Dough Extreme 3 gallon
21084 Velvet Cookie n Cream 3 gallon
21092 Velvet Cookies n Cream Pint
21103 Velvet Cotton Candy 3 gallon
21092 Velvet Dutch Chocolate 56
21089 Velvet Dutch Chocolate 3 gallon
21102 Velvet Dutch Chocolate 3 gallon
21099 Velvet Elephant Ear 56
21084 Velvet Elephant Ear 3 gallon
Product Code Item Description
21092 Velvet Homemade Vanilla 56
21105 Velvet Homemade Vanilla 56oz
21100 Velvet Kentucky Praline Pecan 56
21085 Velvet Lime Sherbet Quart
21103 Velvet Lime Sherbet Quarts
21091 Velvet Mint Chocolate Chip 56
21102 Velvet Mint Chocolate Chip 3 gallon
21091 Velvet Moose Tracks 56
21095 Velvet Moose Tracks 56
21096 Velvet Moose Tracks Pint
21092 Velvet Olde Tyme Vanilla 56
21105 Velvet Olde Tyme Vanilla 56oz
21102 Velvet Olde Tyme Vanilla 3 gallon
21084 Velvet Orange Sherbet 3 gallon
21085 Velvet Orange Sherbet Quart
21103 Velvet Orange Sherbet Quarts
21091 Velvet Original Vanilla 56
21084 Velvet Original Vanilla 3 gallon
21089 Velvet Original Vanilla 3 gallon
21100 Velvet Original Vanilla 3 gallon
21102 Velvet Original Vanilla 3 gallon
21084 Velvet Pineapple Sherbet 3 gallon
21084 Velvet Pineapple Sherbet Quart
21085 Velvet Pineapple Sherbet Quart
21103 Velvet Pineapple Sherbet Quarts
21103 Velvet Rainbow Sherbet 3 gallon
21103 Velvet Rainbow Sherbet Quarts
21085 Velvet Raspberry Sherbet Quart
21084 Velvet Sea Salt Caramel Toffee 3 gallon
21099 Velvet Summertime Peach 56
21099 Velvet Summertime Peach 3 gallon
21084 Velvet Summertime Peach 3 gallon
21092 Velvet Triple Chocolate Chunk 56
21100 Velvet Vanilla Bean 3 gallon
21088 Velvet Vanilla Pint
21106 Velvet Vanilla Pint

 

Golden Medal Mushroom Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling all cases of its 200g/7.05-ounce packages of Enoki Mushrooms (Product of Korea) 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 products were distributed to CA, IL, and TX through produce distributors or wholesalers to retail stores nationwide.

The Enoki comes in a 200g/7.05ounces, clear plastic and green package with the description “Enoki Mushroom” in English and labeled “Product of Korea”. On the back there is UPC 809165582015 on the bottom left and Golden Medal Mushroom Inc.’s name and address, along with instructions to keep refrigerated and cook through before eating.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 200g package of Enoki.

The distribution of the product has been suspended.

Listeria is a gram-positive, rod-shaped bacterium that is ubiquitous and can grow under either anaerobic (without oxygen) or aerobic (with oxygen) conditions. 

Listeriosis is one of the most important bacterial infections worldwide that arises mainly from the consumption of contaminated food. The disease is caused by Listeria monocytogenes, which is considered an opportunistic pathogen that affects mainly those with underlying immune conditions, such as pregnant women, neonates, and elders, resulting in septicemia, meningitis, and/or meningoencephalitis. 

Foods commonly identified as sources of Listeria infection include improperly pasteurized fluid milk, cheeses (particularly soft-ripened varieties, such as traditional Mexican cheeses, Camembert, and ricotta), ice cream, raw vegetables, fermented raw-meat sausages, raw and cooked poultry, and cooked, ready-to-eat (RTE) sliced meats—often referred to as “deli meats.” The danger posed by the risk of Listeria in RTE meats prompted the USDA to declare the bacterium an adulterant in these kinds of meat products and, as a result, to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for the presence of this deadly pathogen. The amount of time from infection to the onset of symptoms—typically referred to as the incubation period—can vary to a significant degree. According to the CDC, symptoms of Listeria infection can develop at any time from the same day of exposure to 70 days after eating contaminated food.

MG Foods of Charlotte, NC is recalling various Turkey Sandwiches due to a potential contamination of 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. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, a Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The products were distributed between March 3, 2021 and March 5, 2021 and packaged in clear plastic wedges & paper bags. The products were sold at distributors located at the Charlotte Douglas Airport and via vending machines and micro markets located in business locations in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. The company reacted swiftly and as of end-of-day March 5, 2021 affected products were removed from sale at all locations.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

On March 2, 2021 during routine environmental testing the company detected the presence of Listeria on surface areas where the recalled products were produced. Out of an abundance of caution, MG Foods is recalling the products due to the potential that some product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Products recalled at the Charlotte Douglas Airport are:

PRODUCT SIZE UPC CONTAINER USE BY DATES
MG Foods Combo Half & Half 6.82 oz 1 00000 50069 9 Plastic Wedge 3/9/2021
MG Foods Turkey & Cheddar BLT 6.9 oz 1 00000 50068 2 Plastic Wedge 3/7/2021
MG Foods Turkey & Swiss Croissant 7.5 oz 1 00000 50011 8 Brown Bag 3/7/2021

Products recalled in vending machines and micro markets located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia are:

PRODUCT SIZE UPC CONTAINER USE BY DATES
Fresh to You Club on Toast 10.3 oz MGF0930 Plastic Wrap 3/7/2021
Fresh to You Club Panini 8.50 oz MGF9844 Plastic Wrap 3/7/2021
Fresh to You Club Sub 9.14 oz C0932 Plastic Wrap 3/7/2021
Fresh to You Club Sub 9.14 oz MGF9100 Plastic Wrap 3/7/2021
Fresh to You Deluxe Triple Decker Club 12.17 oz MGF9719 Plastic Wrap 3/7/2021
Fresh to You Ham & Turkey Combo 5.85 oz MGF3054 Plastic Wedge 3/9/2021
Fresh to You Ham & Turkey Combo on 12 Grain 7.20 oz MGF6011 Plastic Wedge 3/9/2021
Fresh to You Jumbo Turkey & Cheese Sub 6.74 oz MGF1002 Plastic Wrap 3/9/2021
Fresh to You Market Club 11.85 oz MGF9800 Plastic Wrap 3/7/2021
Fresh to You Market Ham & Turkey Combo 5.85 oz MGF23054 Plastic Wrap 3/9/2021
Fresh to You Market Shaved Turkey & Cheese 4.55 oz MGF25571 Plastic Wedge 3/9/2021
Fresh to You Shaved Turkey & Cheese 4.55 oz MGF5571 Plastic Wedge 3/9/2021
Fresh to You Turkey & Baby Swiss on a Honey Brown Roll 9.42 oz MGF9703 Plastic Wrap 3/7/2021
Fresh to You Turkey & Cheddar Club 10.02 oz MGF9710 Plastic Wedge 3/7/2021
Fresh to You Turkey & Cheese Cut 6.56 oz MGF0596 Plastic Wedge 3/9/2021
Fresh to You Turkey & Cheese Hoagie 6.35 oz MGF0597 Plastic Wrap 3/9/2021
Fresh to You Turkey & Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli on Pita 8.29 oz MGF9806 Plastic Wrap 3/7/2021
Fresh to You Turkey & Swiss on a Kaiser Roll 8.1 oz MGF9712 Plastic Wrap 3/7/2021
Fresh to You Turkey & Swiss on a Wheat Roll 5.22 oz MGF0854 Plastic Wrap 3/9/2021
Fresh to You Turkey & Swiss on Whole Wheat 3.9 oz MGF0283 Plastic Wedge 3/9/2021
Fresh to You Turkey Club Croissant 7.94 oz MGF9103 Plastic Square 3/7/2021
Fresh to You Turkey Cranberry Pita 9.0 oz MGF9804 Plastic Wrap 3/7/2021
Fresh to You Turkey Melt Croissant 6.7 oz MGF3032 Plastic Wrap 3/9/2021
Fresh to You Tuscan Turkey Ciabatta 9.18 oz MGF9810 Plastic Wrap 3/7/2021
MG Foods Combo Half & Half 6.82 oz 1 00000 50069 9 Plastic Wedge 3/9/2021
MG Foods The Club Sub 8.5 oz 1 00000 50002 6 Brown Bag 3/9/2021
MG Foods Turkey & Cheddar BLT 6.9 oz 1 00000 50068 2 Plastic Wedge 3/7/2021
MG Foods Turkey & Pepperjack Sub 7.9 oz 1 00000 50055 2 Brown Bag 3/7/2021
MG Foods Turkey & Provolone BLT 8.1 oz 1 00000 50065 1 Plastic Wedge 3/7/2021
MG Foods Turkey & Provolone on 12 Grain 8.9 oz 1 00000 50066 8 Plastic Wedge 3/7/2021
MG Foods Turkey & Swiss Croissant 7.5 oz 1 00000 50011 8 Brown Bag 3/7/2021

 

Epidemiologic and laboratory data show that queso fresco cheeses made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc. are contaminated with Listeria and have made people sick.

Since the last update on February 19, three more illnesses have been reported. As of February 23, a total of 10 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from four states – New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia. Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 20, 2020, to February 9, 2021, with nine recent illnesses in 2021.

Sick people range in age from <1 to 75 years, with a median age of 54. Nine people are Hispanic, and six people are female. Two illnesses are pregnancy-associated. Out of nine people with information available, all have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

The true number of sick people in an outbreak is likely higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses. This is because some people recover without medical care and are not tested for Listeria. In addition, recent illnesses may not yet be reported as it usually takes 2 to 4 weeks to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak.

Investigators are concerned that additional El Abuelito brand cheeses made or handled in the same facility as the queso fresco may be contaminated with Listeria. CDC and FDA are expanding our advice to recommend people not eat, sell, or serve any cheeses sold under the brand name of El Abuelito, in addition to the recalled queso fresco cheeses.

As of February 11, 2021, seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from four states – Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Virginia. Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 20, 2020, to January 22, 2021, with six recent illnesses in 2021.

The true number of sick people in an outbreak is likely higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses. This is because some people recover without medical care and are not tested for Listeria. In addition, recent illnesses may not yet be reported as it usually takes 2 to 4 weeks to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak.

Sick people range in age from 45 to 75 years, with a median age of 61. Six people are Hispanic, and 43% are female. All seven people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

State and local public health officials are interviewing people about the foods they ate in the month before they got sick. Of the four people interviewed, three reported eating at least one type of Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses and all three reported eating queso fresco. Public health officials are continuing to interview sick people to try to identify a specific type or brand of cheese.

Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that may be part of this outbreak. CDC PulseNet manages a national database of DNA fingerprints of bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses. DNA fingerprinting is performed on bacteria using a method called whole genome sequencing (WGS).

WGS showed that bacteria from sick people’s samples are closely related genetically. This means that people in this outbreak likely got sick from the same food.

State officials are testing samples of Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses that they collected from stores where sick people report purchasing cheeses from.

As of January 26, 2021, a total of 12 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes were reported from four states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Map of Reported Cases page.

Listeria samples from ill people were collected from August 6, 2020, to October 30, 2020. Ill people ranged in age from 40 to 89 years, with a median age of 81 years, and 83% were female. All 12 people were hospitalized, and one death was reported from Florida.

Epidemiologic evidence showed that deli meat was the likely source of this outbreak.

State and local public health officials interviewed ill people about the foods they ate in the month before they became ill. Of the 11 people interviewed, all reported eating Italian-style deli meats, such as salami, mortadella, and prosciutto. They reported purchasing prepackaged deli meats and meats sliced at deli counters at various locations.

USDA-FSIS and state officials reviewed records collected from stores where ill people purchased deli meats to find a common supplier of deli meats. They also tested deli meat products that ill people reported eating. However, they did not find a common supplier or a specific type of deli meat as the source of this outbreak.

 

Listeria – Deli Meat

As of November 30, 2020, a total of 11 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from three states.

Listeria samples from ill people were collected from August 6, 2020, to October 30, 2020. Ill people range in age from 40 to 89 years, with a median age of 84 years, and 82% are female. All 11 ill people were hospitalized. One death has been reported from Florida.

Epidemiologic evidence shows that deli meat is a likely source of this outbreak.

State and local public health officials interviewed ill people about the foods they ate in the month before they became ill. Of the 10 people interviewed, all reported eating Italian-style deli meats, such as salami, mortadella, and prosciutto. They reported purchasing prepackaged deli meats and meats sliced at deli counters at various locations.

Investigators are working to identify a specific type of deli meat or a common supplier linked to the illnesses.

Listeria – Enoki Mushrooms

A total of 36 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes were reported from 17 states.

Listeria specimens from ill people were collected from November 23, 2016, to December 13, 2019. Ill people ranged in age from less than 1 to 96 years, with a median age of 67. Fifty-eight percent of ill people were female. Of 33 ill people with information available, 31 hospitalizations were reported. Four deaths were reported from California (2), Hawaii, and New Jersey. Six cases were pregnancy-associated, with two resulting in fetal loss.

Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory evidence showed that enoki mushrooms supplied by Green Co. LTD, located in the Republic of Korea, were the likely source of this outbreak.

In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the month before they became ill. Twelve out of 22 (55%) reported eating mushrooms, including enoki, portobello, white, button, cremini, wood ear, maitake, and oyster.

FDA and state officials collected enoki mushrooms for testing. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development collected enoki mushrooms from a grocery store where an ill person shopped and identified the outbreak strain in two samples. These mushrooms were labeled as “Product of Korea” and were distributed by Sun Hong Foods, Inc. On March 9, 2020, Sun Hong Foods, Inc. recalled enoki mushrooms. The California Department of Public Health collected enoki mushrooms from grocery stores and identified the outbreak strain in one sample. These mushrooms were labeled as “Product of Korea” and were distributed by Guan’s Mushroom Co. On March 23, 2020, Guan’s Mushroom Co. recalled enoki mushrooms. FDA collected samples of enoki mushrooms for testing at import from Green Co. LTD of the Republic of Korea. On April 6, 2020, results showed that two samples yielded the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes. As a result, on April 7, 2020, FDA placed Green Co. LTD on Import Alert and H&C Foods Inc. recalled enoki mushrooms supplied by Green Co. LTD.

On March 18, 2020, the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety published its investigation findings and steps it will take to prevent future illnesses. It found Listeria monocytogenes in enoki mushrooms produced by two firms in the Republic of Korea.

B&I Overseas Trading Inc from Van Nuys, CA is recalling frozen “Veladis herring in oil with Italian spices” 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 recalled ” Veladis herring in oil with Italian spices” were sold at select International retail stores in the State of Washington. All affected product has been removed from sale. There was approximately 400 units sold in the months of November and December of 2020.

The product comes in a 17.64 ounce (500 gram) plastic package and is stamped on top portion of the package with expiration date of 08/08/2021 and is considered as lot number. UPC No.: 4823097903896

Tesoros Trading Co. from Las Vegas, NV is recalling certain codes of frozen “Trader Joe’s Lightly Salted Edamame” 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 recalled “Trader Joe’s Lightly Salted Edamame” were sold at Trader Joe’s retail stores only in the Arizona, Southern California, Southern Nevada, and Utah regions. All affected product has been removed from sale and destroyed.

The product comes in a 16 ounce plastic package and is stamped on the back bottom portion of the package with lots:

22LA102 M
or
22LA102 N
or
22LA102 P

The company has removed the affected lots from distribution as the FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem.