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Blue Bell recall expanded to all products

After initiating two large recalls and suspending operations at an Oklahoma plant, Blue Bell will now be recalling all of its products in order to implement a “test and hold” procedure. The process will allow Blue Bell time to test all of its many ice cream products and determine which are safe and which are not. According to Blue Bell’s press release, all of its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks are included in this recall due to the potential presence of Listeria monocytogenes, which causes the infection Listeriosis. The ingestion and infection of Listeria monocytogenes in a ... Read More

Blue Bell recall leads to retailers pulling more products off shelves

The first Blue Bell recall, sparked by the deaths of three Kansas hospital patients infected by listeriosis, has Sam’s Club, Walmart and Kroger pulling the company’s ice cream products off store shelves. While these retailers have opted to pull just Blue Bell products produced at the Broken Arrow, Okla., plant where the recalled goods were produced, H-E-B announced it will be removing all Blue Bell products from its line of stores. The backlash from the latest Blue Bell recalls is not unexpected. Last week, Blue Bell announced it was suspending operations at the Broken Arrow facility until the company feels ... Read More

FDA files suit against Wholesome Soy after listeria outbreak kills two

Wholesome Soy Products Inc. is now being sued by the U.S. government following a listeria outbreak traced to the company’s soybean and mung bean sprouts. According to the FDA, five people from Michigan and Illinois were hospitalized from June through August due to listeriosis – a sickness caused by the ingestion of Listeria monocytogenes. Despite receiving treatment, two of five infected individuals died as a result of the sickness. The FDA’s investigation found the listeria strains to be “highly related” to the strains discovered at Wholesome Soy’s facilities, which were cited for multiple health violations during its prior inspections. “FDA ... Read More

Blue Bell recall expanded to cover ice cream cups

Following the announcement of ice cream maker Blue Bell’s first recall, the company has decided to expand the recall to include its 3 oz. institutional/food service cups of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream after testing discovered listeria in one of the cups recovered from a Kansas hospital. Blue Bell claims that the listeria-ridden ice cream cup was produced in April 2014 by a plant located in Broken Arrow, Okla. However, the first recall of Blue Bell products, prompted by the deaths of three people at a single Kansas hospital, was made at a plant in Texas. The following products ... Read More

Biddart Bros. apples recalled after tests reveal presence of Listeria

Additional testing on samples collected from Bidart Bros. apple processing plant as well as Bidart Bros. apples collected from a retailer have confirmed the presence of two strains of Listeria monocytogenes, the same strains affecting caramel and candy apples that have sickened at least 29 people and killed five in 10 states. The apple processor has recalled all Birdart Bros. Granny Smith and Gala apples currently in the marketplace. The company said it is also contacting all of its retailers with specific instructions as to how to return the apple to the company. The last shipment by Bidart Bros. was ... Read More

Listeria monocytogenes contamination spurs large recall of Parkers Farm products

A recall is currently being conducted by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Consumer Food Safety Inspectors after it was determined that many varieties of the Parkers Farm Acquisition snack foods were contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The bacteria were discovered during a routine check performed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Although no illnesses have been reported in association with the affected products, Parkers Farm has chosen to cooperate with the MDA investigation by issuing a recall on all its products with certain “sell by” dates. In order to avoid illness, Parkers Farm asks that consumers who ... Read More

Contaminated celery linked to four deaths in Texas

Health officials in Texas have ordered the closure of a food processing plant where celery contaminated with listeriosis bacteria is believed to have originated. Investigators from the Texas Department of State Health Services say that the celery has sickened at least six people in Texas, four of whom died. Health officials also issued a recall of all the produce that has passed through a SanGar Produce & Processing plant in San Antonio since January after tests revealed six of the ten known listeriosis cases in Texas were identical to samples taken from the plant. The other four cases remain under ... Read More

FDA seeks to shut down Brooklyn food manufacturer for good

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to permanently shut down a Brooklyn, New York-based maker of ready-to-eat deli salads, seafood, and cream cheeses. Food and Drug Administration inspectors say that NY Gourmet Salads Inc. has a history of serious non-compliance with federal food safety standards and the presence of potentially deadly bacteria in its processing facilities and foods. The complaint, which also seeks a permanent injunction against the company’s owner and president Leonard Spada, was filed July 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The Justice Department charges the defendant with violating federal ... Read More