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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

Two tons of chicken kabobs recalled

An estimated 20,000 pounds of Expresco Goods Inc. chicken kabobs have been recalled after U.S. officials found Listeria monocytogenes during a routine foreign shipment inspection of the Canadian company’s imports. Both Expresco and West End Cuisine brand chicken kabobs are under recall, according to Food Safety News. No adverse events have been reported in relation to the fully cooked chicken kabobs packaged on Aug. 9, 2017, and Aug. 15, 2017. However, listeriosis, caused by the germ Listeria monocytogenes, can cause serious infection in those who eat contaminated food, particularly for newborns, those who are pregnant, older adults and people with ... Read More

Vulto Creamery named in wrongful death lawsuit following raw milk cheese recall

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York after a woman linked her husband’s death to the Vulto Creamery raw milk cheese recall. According to Food Safety News, Vermont resident Veronica Friedman filed the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her late husband Richard Friedman, alleging he suffered a massive stroke caused by a Listeriosis infection he procured from ingesting the recalled raw milk cheese last year. “People think of food poisoning as inconvenient rather than really dangerous,” said William D. Marler of Seattle, who is an attorney for Ms. Friedman, as ... Read More

Vulto Creamery cheese recall linked to two deaths; FDA investigation announced

After a reported two deaths and six hospitalizations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an investigation of a listeriosis outbreak in connection with Vulto Creamery’s soft raw cheese recall. Vulto Creamery announced its cheese recall earlier this week, stating that its Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses tested positive for Listeria monoytogenes. Though the cheeses were available nationwide, the majority of the affected products were sold in locations like California, Chicago, Portland and the District of Columbia. Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by the ingestion of Listeria monocytogenes through contaminated food. The illness ... Read More

Listeria monocytogenes: what you need to know about the bacteria causng food recalls

Listeria monocytogenes has been the cause of countless food recalls, but how does this potentially fatal bacteria infect our foods in the first place? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Listeria can be found naturally in both soil and water where wild animals can easily transfer it without showing immediate signs of carrying. Listeria can then transfer to raw ingredients or produce that have come into contact with contaminated soil or animal manure that has been used as a fertilizer. Once the Listeria-infected ingredient reaches a food processing factory, the bacterium may live for years on ... Read More

FDA and DOJ restricts Henry’s Farm from bean sprout production after Listeria contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the United States District Court of Virginia has entered a consent decree of permanent injunction between the U.S. and Henry’s Farm, Inc., and its owner Soo C. Park as a result of serious food safety violations related to soybean sprouts. Henry’s Farm is located in Woodford, Va. The consent decree prohibits the company from receiving, processing, manufacturing, preparing, packing, holding and distributing any ready-to-eat soybean and mung-bean sprouts after Henry’s Farm, Inc., was found guilty of violating several federal food safety laws and regulations. In order to bring the sprouts producer to justice, the FDA sought ... Read More

Listeria Contamination Triggers General Mills Green Bean Recall

General Mills announced on Friday that it is voluntarily recalling frozen green beans sold under the Cascadian Farm brand after a routine product sampling turned up a package that tested positive for listeria bacteria. The green bean recall involves 16-ounce bags of frozen Cascadian Farm green beans marked with a “better if used by” date of June 2017. General Mills said that the green beans that tested positive for listeria contamination were produced in June 2015. The recall comes about six months after the food corporation recalled 60,000 10-ounce bags of frozen Cascadian Farm green beans, also for Listeria contamination. There ... Read More

Listeria contamination confirmed in first Alabama-made Blue Bell ice cream sample

The potentially deadly strain of listeria bacteria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products has been found in a sample produced in the company’s Sylacauga, Ala., plant. It is the first evidence that Listeria contamination was not limited to the Texas and Oklahoma Blue Bell plants. The family of a Florida man recovering in the hospital from a suspected bout of meningitis sent a half gallon of Blue Bell Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream to Kappa Laboratories in Miami for testing “on a whim” after hearing about the multistate Listeria outbreak, which has been blamed for 10 confirmed illnesses, three of ... Read More

Inventure Foods recall prompted by discovery of Listeria monocytogenes

An Inventure Foods recall encompasses products from its Fresh Frozen™ line of frozen vegetables and Jamba® “At Home” line of smoothie kits following the discovery of Listeria monocytogenes in its Jefferson, Ga., facility. The ingestion of Listeria monocytogenes by young children, elderly adults, pregnant women or those with a weakened immune system has the potential to cause a life-threatening infection known as listeriosis. While there have been no recorded illnesses occurring as a result of Listeria monocytogenes, Inventure Foods has opted to voluntarily recall its lines of frozen vegetables and smoothie kits to best protect consumers. The Jefferson facility is currently ... Read More