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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

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

Whistleblowers Say United Airlines Retaliated For Calling Out Listeria Problems

United Airlines systematically failed to fix food safety problems at its Newark Liberty International Airport facilities, exposing passengers to dangerous Listeria contamination, three former high-level United food-service managers claim in separate lawsuits. The whistleblowers also claim that efforts to warn United about food-safety violations and their refusal to participate in unlawful practices resulted in retaliation. United Airlines’ Newark catering operation – the largest of its five in-house food service operations – supplies 45,000 meals a day for domestic and foreign flights. The lawsuits were filed by Eliot Mosby, General Manager of United Airlines’ Newark Catering facility; Marcia Lee, former Senior ... Read More

2.5 Million Pounds of Taquitos Recalled Over Salmonella, Listeria Risks

Nearly 2.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and beef taquitos have been recalled over concerns the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella – two types of bacteria that commonly cause serious foodborne illnesses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the recall stems from diced onions supplied to Ruiz Food Products Inc., the manufacturer of the taquitos. Ruiz Foods received a notification from its onion supplier on Oct. 16 that the onions used in the production of the taquitos could be contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella. No confirmed reports of Listeria or Salmonella infections linked to the ... Read More

Listeria Threat Persists at NYC Food Processing Facility, Feds Say

In an effort to eliminate the threat of Listeria monocytogenes and other serious foodborne pathogens from a Staten Island food manufacturing and distribution facility, a federal court in Brooklyn has entered a permanent injunction against the affiliated companies and their owners. The court action stems from a complaint filed in May by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against Euroline Foods LLC and Royal Seafood Baza Inc. Together, the companies make and distribute ready-to-eat fish products, vegetable salads, and cheese in a Staten Island plant that federal authorities said is chronically ... Read More

Feds Target Rampant Listeria Contamination in NY Food Plant

An ongoing threat of Listeria monocytogenes and other harmful pathogenic bacteria inside a Staten Island, New York food processing facility has prompted the U.S. government to file a complaint against two companies, seeking to prevent them from manufacturing and distributing adulterated food. The U.S. Department of Justice filed the complaint at the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against Euroline Foods and Royal Seafood Baza, which together produce and distribute ready-to-eat fish products, vegetable salads, and cheese. Federal authorities say the food is being prepared in a chronically unsanitary Staten Island facility where FDA inspections have repeatedly found ... Read More

Vulto Creamery Under Strict Oversight After Listeria Outbreak

A federal court has barred Vulto Creamery, the New York cheese manufacturer linked to a deadly multistate outbreak of listeriosis, from making, selling, and distributing any food products until it takes specific measures to prevent Listeria and other dangerous foodborne microorganisms from contaminating its food. In a March 19 complaint initiated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. alleged that Vulto Creamery LLC and its owner, Johannes H. Vulto, violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by making and distributing ready-to-eat cheese it knew could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a form of cold-resistant bacteria that ... Read More

Panera Bread Recalls Cream Cheese Over Listeria Concerns

Panera Bread is recalling all of its 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its bakery-cafes nationwide after samples for some of the cream cheese tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria commonly linked to outbreaks of food poisoning. According to Panera, the recalled cream cheese has an expiration date on or before 4/2/18. The company said that the recall was initiated after it discovered Listeria on one variety of its 2 oz. cream cheese products made on one particular production day. Panera said that samples of the cream cheese made before and after ... Read More

T. Marzetti Recalls Frozen Biscuits Over Listeria Concerns

T. Marzetti Company, the manufacturer of biscuits and other baked goods sold under various brand names, said on Tuesday that it is recalling a number of products because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. So far no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products, which are not ready to eat and require cooking, which reduces the risk of causing illness. Still, if the baking instructions are not properly followed or the product is mishandled, the risk of contracting listeriosis remains. Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in young children, elderly people, and others with ... Read More