The CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) reported that they are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections.

As of October 22, 2020, a total of 10 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from three states – New York, Massachusetts and Florida.

Listeria samples from ill people were collected from August 6, 2020, to October 3, 2020. Ill people range in age from 40 to 89 years, with a median age of 81 years. Eighty percent of ill people are female. All 10 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 nine 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.

Listeria bacteria can spread easily to other foods and surfaces. The bacteria in a contaminated deli product may spread to other deli meats and cheeses in shared display cases or equipment at deli counters.  A traceback investigation is ongoing to determine if there is a specific type of deli meat or a common supplier linked to illness.

People who are higher risk of getting sick from Listeria should avoid eating deli meats, unless they are heated to an internal temperature of 165°F or until steaming hot just before serving.

Symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes usually begin one to four weeks after eating the contaminated food.  However, those who become ill have reported symptoms as early as one to seventy days after consuming the tainted food.

Country Fresh is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of watermelon chunks from select stores as a precautionary measure due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes detected on equipment used in packing this product. FDA made these findings during a recent inspection.

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.

The recall affects product codes of watermelon items shipped directly to Walmart and RaceTrac’s retail distribution centers stores in select stores located in Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas. The product was packaged in a variety of clam shell containers (see photos). The best-if-used by dates of October 2, 3, and 4, 2020 and the SKUs are as follows:

Walmart – Freshness Guaranteed
Watermelon 4 x 10 oz – UPC Code: 681131180672
Watermelon 2 x 32 oz – UPC Code: 681131180672 Watermelon Chunks 2 x 42 oz – UPC Code: 681131180658 Watermelon Spears 4 x 16 oz – UPC Code: 681131180665 Summer Blend FTC 4 x 5 oz – UPC Code: 681131355094

RaceTrac
Watermelon 5.5oz – UPC Code: 74641000644 Melon Trio 5.5oz – UPC Code: 74641031945

Country Fresh has not received any reports of illnesses to date associated with these recalled items. The recalled products were distributed from 9/23/2020 – 9/25/2020. RaceTrac and Walmart retail stores are removing the recalled product from store shelves and inventories immediately. Customers with recalled watermelon should discard it immediately and not consume it.

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

Country Fresh takes food safety matters very seriously, stringently follows all mandated regulations and implements preventive measures designed to minimize potential risks. Country Fresh is working in close coordination with FDA in its continuing investigation to resolve the matter promptly and deeply regrets the inconvenience to our consumers and customers. If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service at: 1-877-251-8300 Monday – Friday, 8-5pm CST

Watermelon 32oz, Lot URR0103, Use By 10/2/20
Watermelon 32oz, Lot URE0103, Use By 10/3/20
Watermelon 42oz, Lot URR0103, Use By 10/2/20
Watermelon 42oz, Lot URE0103, Use By 10/3/20
Watermelon 16oz, Lot URR0103, Use By 10/2/20
Watermelon 16oz, Lot URS0103, Use By 10/4/20
Watermelon 10oz, Lot URR0103, Use By 10/2/20
Watermelon 10oz, Lot URE0103, Use By 10/3/20
Watermelon 10oz, Lot URS0103, Use By 10/4/2
Watermelon 5.5oz, Lot URE0103, Use By 10/4/20
Summer Blend 5oz, Lot URR0103, Use By 10/2/20
Summer Blend 5oz, Lot URE0103, Use By 10/3/20
Summer Blend 5oz, Lot URS0103, Use By 10/4/20
Melon Trio 5.5oz, Lot URE0103, Use By 10/4/20

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert because Bluegrass Provisions Co., a Crescent Springs, Ky. establishment, produced sausage products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. A recall was not requested because it is believed that all products are no longer in commerce and are past their use or freeze by dates.

The ready-to-eat smoked sausage items were produced on Apr. 22, 2020. The following products subject to the public health alert are: [View Label (PDF only)]

  • 14-oz. plastic packages containing 6 pieces of “BLUE GRASS METTWURST,” with a use or freeze by date of July 23, 2020.
  • 14-oz. plastic packages containing 6 pieces of “WALNUT CREEK FOODS Smoked Sausage,” with a use or freeze by date of July 23, 2020.
  • 14-oz. plastic packages containing 6 pieces of Lidl “SMOKED BRATWURST,” with a use or freeze by date of July 23, 2020.
  • 14-oz. plastic packages containing 6 pieces of Lidl “SMOKED BRATWURST WITH CHEESE,” with a use or freeze by date of July 23, 2020.

The products bear establishment number “EST. 7417” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors and retail locations in Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia.

The problem was discovered by routine testing and the results showed one of the products was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The additional products may be affected by cross-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 can occur 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 is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.

A North Carolina company is recalling cole slaw after officials said it tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

According to a Friday news release from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Southern Taste of Kernersville is recalling 16-ounce containers of the cole slaw.

The cole slaw is sold as Southern Taste Deli Cole Slaw at various grocery stores, according to the news release.

“Southern Taste has ceased the manufacture of this product and is fully cooperating,” the news release said.

The recall came after a routine inspection by the N.C. Department Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Food and Drug Protection Division.

The cole slaw is sold in round plastic containers labeled as “Southern Taste Deli Cole Slaw” with a sell by date of Aug. 27, 2020, the news release said.

“This recall is a direct result of our routine inspection and testing of ready-to-eat products to protect consumers,” North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in the news release. “These products are tested at our Food and Drug Protection Lab for common pathogens such as Listeria, Salmonella and E coli.”

Officials are investigating the cause of the contamination.

Officials said Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Garland Ventures Ltd of Garland, Texas is voluntary recalling 1095 cases of Five Cheese Stuffed Shells trays 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 “Five Cheese Stuffed Shells” was distributed nationwide in limited number of retail stores.

The product “Five Cheese Stuffed Shells” comes in 10.76 ounces containing shells with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and parsley, and packed in aluminum foil container with clear lid marked lot# F080SS/F090SS on the bottom of label.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after samples tested through certified laboratory revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in “Five Cheese Stuffed Shells”. Garland Ventures Ltd ceased the further production and distribution of product immediately.

Homestead Creamery Inc. of Wirtz, Virginia, is recalling our unsalted butter because of the 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, listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled butter was distributed to their distribution partners, through their home delivery and their retail store.

The unsalted butter affected comes in a half pound marked with an expiration date of April 30 stickered on the plastic packaging.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by Homestead Creamery and revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in our unsalted butter.

The productions of the product have been suspended while the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services continues to investigate the source of the issue.

As of March 9, 2020, 36 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 17 states. Arizona 2, California 9, Florida 2, Hawaii 3, Indiana 1, Kentucky 1, Maryland 2, Massachusetts 2, Michigan 1, Missouri 1, Nevada 1, New Jersey 1, New York 4, North Carolina 1, Rhode Island 1, Tennessee 1, Virginia 3.

Four deaths have been reported from California, Hawaii, and New Jersey. Six cases are pregnancy-associated and two resulted in fetal loss.

Listeria samples from ill people were collected from November 23, 2016 to December 13, 2019. Ill people range in age from less than 1 to 97 years, with a median age of 67. Fifty-eight percent of ill people are female. Of 32 ill people with information available, 30 hospitalizations have been reported.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that enoki mushrooms labeled as “Product of Korea” are 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. Twelve out of 22 (55%) reported eating mushrooms, including enoki, portobello, white, button, cremini, wood ear, maitake, and oyster.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development collected mushrooms for testing from a grocery store where an ill person purchased enoki mushrooms. Two samples of enoki mushrooms yielded the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes. These mushrooms are labeled as “Product of Korea” and were distributed by Sun Hong Foods, Inc. Additional product testing is ongoing in California.

On March 9, 2020, Sun Hong Foods, Inc. recalled enoki mushrooms (UPC 7 426852 625810) labeled as “Product of Korea”. Consumers, food service operators, and retailers should not eat, serve, or sell recalled enoki mushrooms. Enoki mushrooms distributed by Sun Hong Foods, Inc. do not account for all illnesses in this outbreak. FDA is working to identify the source of the enoki mushrooms distributed by Sun Hong Foods, Inc. and determine if other distributors received the same enoki mushrooms.

CDC is concerned that enoki mushrooms labeled as “Product of Korea” may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and are advising people at higher risk – pregnant women, adults ages 65 years or older, and people with weakened immune systems – to avoid eating any enoki mushrooms labeled as “Product of Korea”, until investigators determine the source of contamination and if additional products are linked to illness.

NUTS ‘N MORE LLC. RECALLS: PLAIN PEANUT SPREAD BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

Nuts ‘N More of East Providence, RI. is recalling 4143 jars of plain Peanut Spread because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria species and to protect the public from a potential health hazard. Plain Peanut Spread was distributed to locations in VA, AZ, MA, RI, ME, AL, IN FL; as well as Canada and the UK.

Nuts ‘N More – Plain Peanut Spread

LOT PB91 (Lot and Exp. Located on the lid)

EXP 03/04/2021

16 oz plastic jar

No complaints of illness have been report to date.

The recall was a result of potential Listeria species in a finished product found through routine testing. The company has ceased the production and distribution of this product as State of Rhode Island and the company continue their investigation.

Testing of the product was performed by a 3rd Party Laboratory.

Savannah Food Company, Inc. takes issues of food safety seriously and in an abundance of caution is voluntarily recalling certain formulations of Cornbread Dressing and Bread Stuffing that included frozen diced eggs supplied to our company by Almark Foods of Gainesville, GA. Products that contained frozen diced eggs from Almark Foods 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.

This recall is taking place due to supplier notification that Almark Foods supplied certain lots of frozen diced egg products which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and its association with a Listeria monocytogenes foodborne illness outbreak investigation.

Products were distributed through wholesale distributors to restaurants, delis, cafeterias, and foodservice establishments in the following states: Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Arkansas.

The affected products were packaged in either plastic or aluminum trays.

Product “Use By” dates range from “USE BY 04/2021” to “USE BY 12/2021” which can be located stamped on the package label and side of corrugated case.

Item # Brand Product
39015 Savannah Classics 7 lb. Special Cornbread Dressing
38016 Savannah Classics 7 lb. Classic Cornbread Dressing
38025 Savannah Classics 4.5 lb. Bread Stuffing
39012 Morrison’s 7 lb. Cornbread Dressing
39010 Morrison’s 4 lb. Cornbread Dressing
38017 Piccadilly 2 lb. Cornbread Dressing

No other Savannah Classics Products are included in this voluntary recall.

Lipari Foods is expanding its January 6, 2020 and January 13, 2020 recalls of Premo and Fresh Grab sandwiches to include all sandwiches with a Best By date of 2/6/20 and prior, due to 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. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The products were distributed exclusively by Lipari Foods in Warren, Michigan to food service and retail stores throughout Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

All affected products subject to this recall can be identified by:

Brand Product Lipari # Size Best By Date UPC
Premo Italian Footlong Sandwich 996431 8 oz. 01/08/20 – 02/02/20 612510093535
Premo Turkey & Cheese on a Pretzel Sub Bun 996428 7 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510094037
Premo Ham & Cheese on a Hawaiian Bun 996425 6 oz. 01/02/20 – 01/27/20 612510093511
Premo Meat Lovers Sub 970844 7 oz. 01/07/20 – 02/01/20 612510093832
Premo Bologna & Cheese Wedge Sandwich 920220 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510093306
Premo Tuna Salad Wedge Sandwich 915579 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002049
Premo Tuna Salad Wedge Sandwich 293672 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002049
Premo Chicken & Swiss Cheese Sandwich 915572 5 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510003213
Premo Chicken & Swiss Cheese Sandwich 208004 5 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510003213
Premo Pub Burger with Cheese 915565 5 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510003015
Premo Pub Burger with Cheese 207970 5 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510003015
Premo Asiago Italian Sub Sandwich 915558 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510001196
Premo Asiago Italian Sub Sandwich 207919 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510001196
Premo King Club Footlong Sub Sandwich 915551 9 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510001080
Premo Ham & Provolone Sub Sandwich 915544 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510001059
Premo Ham & Provolone Sub Sandwich 207851 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510001059
Premo Turkey & Swiss Cheese Sub Sandwich 915537 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510001042
Premo Turkey & Swiss Cheese Sub Sandwich 207834 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510001042
Premo Chicken Salad Wedge Sandwich 915530 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002032
Premo Chicken Salad Wedge Sandwich 207715 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002032
Premo Egg Salad Wedge Sandwich 915523 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002025
Premo Egg Salad Wedge Sandwich 207698 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002025
Premo Turkey & Cheese Wedge Sandwich 915516 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002018
Premo Turkey & Cheese Wedge Sandwich 207681 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002018
Premo Ham & Cheese Wedge Sandwich 915509 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002001
Premo Ham & Chipotle Mayo on Glazed Roll 915495 6 oz. 01/07/20 – 02/01/20 612510088500
Premo Ham & Chipotle Mayo on Glazed Roll 207456 6 oz. 01/07/20 – 02/01/20 612510088500
Premo Turkey & Garlic Mayo on Split-Top Roll 915488 6 oz. 01/07/20 – 02/01/20 612510088494
Premo Turkey & Garlic Mayo on Split-Top Roll 207455 6 oz. 01/07/20 – 02/01/20 612510088494
Fresh Grab Turkey & Provolone with Garlic Mayo 455956 6 oz. 01/07/20 – 02/01/20 612510090435
Fresh Grab Ham & Cheddar with Chipotle Mayo 455939 6 oz. 01/07/20 – 02/01/20 612510090428
Fresh Grab Tuna Salad Wedge Sandwich 282022 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002049
Fresh Grab Ham & Cheese on White Wedge Sandwich 253479 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510093962
Fresh Grab Turkey No Cheese Wedge Sandwich 253445 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002100
Fresh Grab Chicken Salad Wedge Sandwich 253377 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002032
Fresh Grab Egg Salad Wedge Sandwich 252901 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002025
Fresh Grab Turkey & Cheese Wedge Sandwich 252782 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002018
Fresh Grab Ham & Cheese Wedge Sandwich 252646 5 oz. 01/12/20 – 02/06/20 612510002001
Fresh Grab Chicken Buddies 252595 7 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510003602
Fresh Grab Chicken Sandwich 252527 3.5 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510007020
Fresh Grab Ham & Cheese Sandwich 252493 3.5 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510007006
Fresh Grab Chicken & Swiss Cheese Sandwich 252204 5 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510003213
Fresh Grab Breakfast Muffin 252153 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510003039
Fresh Grab Smoked Turkey Sandwich 251898 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510007204
Fresh Grab Asiago Italian Sub Sandwich 251847 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510001196
Fresh Grab Club Sub Sandwich 251796 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510001165
Fresh Grab Ham & Provolone Sub Sandwich 251745 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510001059
Fresh Grab Turkey & Swiss Cheese Sub Sandwich 251694 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510001042
Fresh Grab Ham & Swiss on Pretzel Sub Bun 251626 6 oz. 01/09/20 – 02/03/20 612510001028
Premo Turkey, Bacon, & Cheddar Ciabatta Sandwich 226442 6 oz. 01/07/20 – 02/01/20 612510007815
Premo Italian Ciabatta Sandwich 226323 6 oz. 01/07/20 – 02/01/20 612510007808
Premo Pesto Chicken Ciabatta 226272 6 oz. 01/07/20 – 02/01/20 612510007228

This recall was brought to our attention by JLM, who is further expanding their recent recall to include additional sandwiches with additional Best Buy dates due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. The company has ceased production at the producing facility while continuing to work in close collaboration with the FDA to further investigate the issue. No illnesses have been reported to date in relation to this recall.