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Nearly A Fifth of Avocados Test Positive for Listeria, FDA Finds

Avocados are one of nature’s superfoods, but if you don’t take a minute to wash your avocado before eating it, you could become seriously ill, results of federal food safety tests indicate. Nearly 18 percent of avocados tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2014 were positive for Listeria monocytogenes on the outer skin. While the outer skin is inedible, cutting into an unwashed avocado can transfer the germs to the inside of the fruit, potentially leading the consumer to develop listeriosis, a form of food poisoning that can be very serious, even deadly, to some. The ... Read More

Fruit Recalled in Several States Over Listeria Concerns

Concerns of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination in fresh produce have prompted ALDI, Costco, Walmart, and other retailers to recall bags of peaches, nectarines, and plums from stores in several states. Listeria is a foodborne pathogen that can cause serious illness and death. The recalled produce was distributed by fruit distributor Jac Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall affects 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums. ALDI said in a recall announcement that it has removed recalled peaches, nectarines, and plums ... Read More

California Romaine Grower Linked to E.Coli Outbreak Recalls Other Produce  

A California farm linked to the E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce that triggered a massive nationwide recall is now recalling other types of produce as a precaution. Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California, said the new recalls include red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and cauliflower harvested on Nov. 27 through Nov. 30, 2018. Although none of the produce has tested positive for the E. coli strain associated with the outbreak (E. coli O157:H7) and no illnesses have been reported, the company says it’s voluntarily recalling the extra produce out of an abundance of caution. The recalled cauliflower was ... Read More

E. Coli Linked to Romaine Lettuce Traced to Santa Barbara Farm

Romaine lettuce is starting to appear in grocery stores and restaurants again after an E. coli outbreak that sickened people in several states forced a recall of nearly all the lettuce. But if you can’t identify where the romaine was grown, it’s probably a good idea to avoid it. That’s the gist of an update from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. According to the announcement, federal and state investigators using traceback methods have identified one source of the outbreak as Adams Bros. Farms in Santa Barbara County, California. FDA investigators visited several potential outbreak sources to ... Read More

Listeria Concerns Shut Down Michigan Food Manufacturer

The presence of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in multiple environmental samples collected from a Saranac, Michigan food producer has prompted the federal food police to shut down the company’s facilities. A complaint filed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 29 alleges Saranac Brand Foods Inc. and its owners, Dennis and Daniel Nowak, are producing ready-to-eat foods such as macaroni salad, coleslaw, spinach dip, enchilada sauce, and other salads, dips and sauces in a dangerously dirty facility contaminated by Listeria in several places. Numerous FDA inspections and testing showed that the facility hosted a “resident strain” of the Listeria pathogen, ... Read More

Several Tahini Products Recalled for Salmonella Risk

If you purchased Tahini paste or similar sesame-based products recently, federal regulators want you to know that several products originating from a major Israel-based sesame producer are being recalled due to concerns that they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Archdut LTD of Ariel, Israel, is recalling tahini products sold under a multitude of brand names: Achdut, Baron’s, S&F, Pepperwood, Soom, and Achva. The tahini products were distributed internationally and sold through retail stores and by mail order. They include tahini, whole tahini, organic tahini, and seasoned tahini products sold in 15oz, 16oz, 17.6oz, 635 oz (428g, 454g, 500g, 18Kg) containers. ... Read More

Avoid All Romaine Lettuce, CDC Says As E. Coli Outbreak Widens

U.S. health officials are warning people to steer clear of romaine lettuce, which they say has caused an ongoing outbreak of E. coli responsible for 32 confirmed illnesses across the country, including 13 hospitalizations, and an additional 18 people in Canada. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials have traced the illnesses to romaine lettuce, they have not yet identified the exact source of the E. coli contamination. “It’s still early in this investigation and work remains to pinpoint the source of contamination that contributed to this outbreak,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... Read More

Jennie-O Recalls Raw Turkey Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

U.S. health officials have announced a recall of raw turkey products they say is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in multiple states, including one death. On Nov. 15, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, of Barron, Wisconsin, announced it is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recall was triggered when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found a sample of Jennie-O raw turkey tested positive for Salmonella Reading – the same Salmonella strain linked to an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections that has sickened at least 164 people in 35 states, including one death in California. The ... Read More

Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Cereal Recalled for Salmonella Risk

Eating Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch cereal could make you sick due to the potential presence of Salmonella bacteria, U.S. officials warn. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch cereal after a routine sampling by the manufacturer, the Quaker Oats Company, detected the presence of Salmonella in some of the finished products. The good news is that the potential Salmonella contamination appears to be limited to a small batch of Cap’n Crunch cereal distributed to five Target stores in the Midwest. According to the FDA, the recall covers 21 outstanding boxes ... Read More

One Death Reported in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Turkey

An ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey has been blamed for one death and 164 confirmed illnesses in 35 states, federal health officials reported. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the death in a Nov. 8 announcement that also said 63 of the patients with confirmed salmonellosis linked to turkey have been hospitalized. The CDC and state health officials continue to investigate the widespread salmonella outbreak but say it is not linked to a single source. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with the ... Read More