July 5, 2015: Stella & Chewy’s Recalls Some Pet Products Amid Listeria Contamination Concerns

On July 5, 2015, Stella & Chewy’s of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, announced a recall for some of its pet products amid concerns of Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall was prompted after the presence of Listeria monocytogenes was detected in Chewy’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for Dogs, 15 ounce, Lot #111–15, during routine surveillance testing conducted by the Maryland Department of Agriculture

Stella & Chewy’s is recalling all products nationwide from Lot # 111-15, and in addition, some products may have come into contact with Lot # 111-15. For a listing of the recalled Stella & Chewy products, please see Stella and Chewy’s Recall.

About Listeria

The foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacterium capable of causing is a serious and sometimes fatal infection. Newborns, pregnant women, older adults, and those individuals with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk for developing listeriosis and experiencing complications. Although less common, individuals not belonging to one of these high risk groups can also contract listeriosis.  To learn more, please see About Listeria Food Poisoning and Listeria Food Poisoning Symptoms.

June 20, 2015: Shirks Meat Issues Recall Due To Concerns of Listeria Contamination

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on June 20, 2015, that Shirk’s Meat of Dundee, N.Y., is recalling approximately 2,478 pounds of pork and beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled pork and beef products were produced between April 1, 2015 and May 12, 2015. The following products are subject to recall:

• 2-lb. vacuum sealed packages of “Smoked Ham End Roast Prepared for Seven Bridges Farm” with a use by/sell by date of April 7, 2016.
• 2-lb vacuum sealed packages of “Smoked Ham Center Cut Slices Prepared for Seven Bridges Farm” with a use by/sell by date of April 7, 2016.
• 1-lb. vacuum package of “Beef Mild Snack Stix” with a use by/sell by date of May 8, 2015.
• 1-lb. vacuum package of “Pork Mild Snack Stix” with a use by/sell by date of May 8, 2015.
• 1-lb. vacuum package of “Beef Hot Snack Stix” with a use by/sell by date of May 8, 2015.
• 1-lb. vacuum package of “Pork Mild Snack Stix” with a use by/sell by date of May 8, 2015.
• 30-lb. bag of “Smoked Pork Andouille Sausage Prepared for Perfectly Pickled Products” with a use by/sell by date of May 9, 2015.
• 1-lb. package of “Pork and Beef Hotdogs” with a use by/sell by date of April 15, 2016.
• 10-lb packages of “Pork and Beef Hotdogs” with a use by/sell by date of April 24, 2016.
• 1-lb vacuum sealed bag of “Pork Beef Hotdogs,” with use by/sell by dates of May 4, 2016.
• 10-lb vacuum sealed bag of “Pork Beef Hotdogs” with a use by/sell by date of May 4, 2016.
• 1-lb vacuum package of “Pork Beef Hotdogs Prepared for Triangle T Ranch” with a use by/sell by date of May 4, 2016.
• 1-lb package of “Seven Bridges Farm Pork Mild Snack Stix” with a use by/sell by date of April 1, 2016.
• 12 to 14-lb bucket of “Lard/Pork Fat” with a use by/sell by date of June 13, 2015.
• 9 to 12-oz vacuum sealed bag of “Smoked Sausage with Cheese” with a use by sell/by date of June 6, 2015.
• Random weights of “Smoked Whole Hams” with a use by/sell by date of June 13, 2015.
• 12 to 16-oz vacuum package of “Smoked Pork Chops” with a use by/sell by date of April 16, 2016.
• 1-lb vacuum sealed bag of “Smoked Ham Hocks” with a use by/sell by date of April 16, 2016.
• Random weights of whole vacuum sealed “Smoked Whole Ham” with a use by/sell by date of April 23, 2016.
• 1-lb package of “Beef Sweet Bologna” with a use by/sell by date of May 30, 2015.
• 1-lb package of “Cooked Picnic Roll” with a use by/sell by date of May 30, 2015.
• 2-lb package of “Smoked Ham Center Cut Slices” with a use by/sell by date of April 29, 2016.
• 2-lb package of “Smoked Ham End Roast” with a use by/sell by date of April 29, 2016.
• 1-lb package of “Smoked Ham Hocks” with a use by/sell by date of May 1, 2016.
• 12 to 16-oz vacuum sealed package of “Smoked Pork Kielbasa Prepared for Triangle T Ranch” with a use by/sell by date of May 1, 2016.
• 6 to 8-oz vacuum sealed bag of “Beef Mild Snack Stix” use by/sell by date of June 15, 2015. This product does not bear the FSIS mark of inspection.
• 6 to 8-oz vacuum sealed bag of “Beef Hot Snack Stix” use by/sell by date of June 15, 2015. This product does not bear the FSIS mark of inspection.
• 6 to 8-oz vacuum sealed bag of “Pork Milk Snack Stix” use by/sell by date of June 15, 2015. This product does not bear the FSIS mark of inspection.
• 6 to 8-oz of vacuum sealed bag of “Pork Hot Snack Stix” use by/sell by date of June 15, 2015.This product does not bear the FSIS mark of inspection.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 18894” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to a various retail locations in New York.

According to FSIS:

“The problem was discovered during routine sampling. In early April 2015 this establishment underwent construction, and in May 2015, FSIS performed routine Listeria monocytogenes sampling. Environmental, product-contact surface and Ready-to-Eat (RTE) products that were analyzed for sampling were found to be Listeria monocytogenes positive. Additional FSIS and establishment sampling confirmed Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria 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 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 and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.”

Obtain a Free Listeria Food Poisoning Lawsuit Evaluation

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with listeriosis, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free legal case evaluation by using the Free Listeria Lawsuit Evaluation Form found on this page, or by calling the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg toll free at 877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.

Full Tilt Ice Cream Recalls Its Dairy Based Ice Cream Flavors

On January 2, 2015, Full Tilt Ice Cream of Seattle, Washington, recalled all of its dairy based ice cream flavors (except their non-dairy frozen desserts), sold under the Full Tilt brand name, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with the potentially fatal pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes.

The Full Tilt Ice Cream recall was prompted because the company’s dairy based ice cream products contain ice cream base produced and recalled by Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, Inc. as an ingredient. Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream has been linked to two cases of listeriosis (a Listeria infection) in Kings County, Washington. Several other companies using Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream as an ingredients supplier also recalled their ice creams.

The Full Tilt dairy based ice cream products are distributed in Oregon and Washington through grocery stores and retail scoop shops.

According to a company press release, the following products are subject to the recall:

“The ice cream was sold in 16oz paper containers with a 7 digit code ending in 14x (ie: 0219142), as well as 1.5 gallon and 3 gallon plastic gallon tubs produced before 12/19/2014.”

Following is a summary of affected products:

  • Full Tilt Ice Cream; 16 oz containers; 01/01/2014-12/19/2014 (production dates); paper(packaging)
  • Full Tilt Ice Cream; 1.5 gallon containers; 01/01/2014-12/19/2014 (production dates); plastic gallon (packaging)
  • Full Tilt Ice Cream; 3 gallon containers; 01/01/2014-12/19/2014 (production dates); plastic gallon (packaging)

Consumers are cautioned to not eat the recalled ice cream.

Listeria moncytogenes is a bacterium capable of causing a serious and life-threatening infection known as listeriosis. Pregnant women and their fetuses, newborns, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk for developing a Listeria infection and suffering Listeria complications.

CDC Provides Update for Listeria Caramel Apple Outbreak

Listeria Case Count by State

In its December 30, 2014, update, the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that a total of 32 persons have been infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes in a fatal Listeria outbreak linked to eating prepackaged caramel apples. The confirmed case count by state is as follows: Arizona (4), California (2), Minnesota (4), Missouri (5), Nevada (1), New Mexico (6), North Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (3). Available illness onset dates range from October 17, 2014, to December 11, 2014.

More About the Outbreak

Listeria moncytogenes is a bacterium capable of causing a serious and life-threatening infection known as listeriosis. Pregnant women and their fetuses, newborns, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk for developing a Listeria infection and suffering its complications. The vulnerability of these groups to Listeria infection is demonstrated by the CDC’s latest caramel apple outbreak statistics:

  • Ten cases have been associated with a pregnancy (occurred in a pregnant woman or her newborn infant). One fetal loss has been reported.
  • Among those cases not associated with pregnancy, ages ranged from 7 to 92 years, with a median age of 66 years.
  • Three cases of meningitis occurred in otherwise healthy children aged 5–15 years.
  • Thirty-one of those sickened have been hospitalized.
  • Six deaths have been reported. Listeriosis contributed to three of these deaths. It is unclear whether listeriosis contributed to an additional two deaths. The sixth death was unrelated to listeriosis.

California Snack Foods, Happy Apple, and Merbs Candies Recall Their Prepackaged Caramel Apples

According to the FDA, three companies including California Snack Foods, Happy Apple, and Merbs Candies have recalled their commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples. The recalling companies indicated that they have received notice from an apple supplier, Bidart Brothers, that there may be a connection between Bidart Brothers’ apples and the outbreak. The CDC continues to warn consumers not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples, including plain caramel apples as well as those containing nuts, sprinkles, chocolate, or other toppings, until more specific guidance can be provided. Additional recall information can be found at FDA/Recalls.

Obtain a Free Listeria Food Poisoning Lawsuit Evaluation

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with listeriosis, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free legal case evaluation by using the Free Listeria Lawsuit Evaluation Form found on this page, or by calling the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg toll free at 877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg is currently assisting victims of food poisoning outbreaks including the Salmonella Raw Tuna Sushi Outbreak and the Kenosha County Salmonella Grocery Store Outbreak.

Snoqualmie Ice Cream Product Contamination Triggers Recalls by Additional Ice Cream Companies

The Washington State Department of Health recently announced that two cases of listeriosis in King County, Washington, were linked to eating Listeria contaminated ice cream produced by Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream. The company issued a recall of all affected products on December 24, 2014. Pink’s Ice Cream of Seattle, Washington and Great Feelings Foods of Portland, Oregon, shortly thereafter announced recalls of their products because Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream had served as either their dairy or ingredients supplier.

Pink’s Ice Cream Recalls All Ice Cream Flavors except Its Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

On December 30, 2014, Pink’s Ice Cream, Seattle, Washington, issued a recall for all of its ice cream flavors produced in 2014 with the exception of Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert, due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall was prompted after Pink’s dairy supplier, Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, recalled its products due to Listeria contamination on December 24, 2014. Two cases of Listeria infection have been linked to eating recalled Snoqualmie Gourmet ice cream products according to the Washington State Department of Health.

According to a company press release, the recalled ice cream was distributed through grocery stores and restaurants around the Puget Sound Area including Uwajimaya and Metropolitan Market in Washington. The recall information for the Pink’s ice cream products is as follows:

“The 16 oz. pints of ice cream are sold with a six-digit numerical product code between on the bottom of the product. That six digit code will start with two numbers between 00**** and 52****. The recall includes all codes within that range with the exclusion of 01**** and 41****.”

Consumers are cautioned to not eat Pink’s recalled ice cream products. For additional Pink’s recall information, please see FDA Recalls.

Great Feeling Foods Recalls Groove Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

On December 29, 2014, Great Feeling Foods of Portland, Oregon issued a recall for its Groove Gluten-free Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches produced between May 16, 2014, and December 20, 2014, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled Great Feelings products contained a custard ice cream base ingredient that was manufactured, and recalled by Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream on December 24, 2014. Two cases of Listeria infection have been linked to eating recalled Snoqualmie Gourmet ice cream products according to the Washington State Department of Health.

The recall information for Great Feeling Foods Recall ice cream products is as follows:

“The products are sold in 3 fl. oz. single packs and 6 fl. oz. 2-packs and labeled as Groove. The packages have “Best By” dates located on the bottom of the package with lot codes printed above the “Best By” dates.”

Groove Gluten-free Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches were distributed to and sold in various retail outlets in Western and Central Oregon and Southwest Washington.

For additional Great Feeling Foods’ recall information, please see FDA Recalls.

To learn more about Listeria infection, also referred to as listeriosis, please see about Listeria and Listeria Food Poisoning Symptoms.

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