May 6, 2016: Sunflower Seed Recall Involves Several Major Food Companies

As of May 5, 2016, the nationwide SunOpta sunflower seed recall has expanded to involve several different food companies, including Giant Eagle, Hickory Harvest, and Trader Joes. SunOpta, a major sunflower seed supplier, appears to be the source of the Listeria monocytogenes contamination, which initiated these recalls .

Information on Listeria and Listeriosis Symptoms

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that there are 1,591 cases of foodborne listeriosis, resulting in 255 deaths, in the U.S. each year. Listeriosis affects primarily older adults, individuals with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.

Listeriosis symptoms may include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Infection with Listeria may remain limited to intestinal tract (non-invasive), or the bacteria may spread beyond the intestinal tract (invasive) causing a life-threatening septicemia or meningitis. Other complications may include endocarditis, abscess formation, pneumonia, and eye and or joint inflammation.
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Listeria Lawsuits and Food Poisoning Lawsuit Help

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Sunflower Seed Recall Details

To see the details of products affected by the sunflower seed recall visit FDA Recalls.

May 3, 2016: Eight Hospitalized in CRF Frozen Foods Listeria Outbreak

On May 3, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report of the ongoing CRF frozen foods Listeria outbreak, making note of the company’s expanded recall the day prior. According to the CDC, eight people over three states were infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria since September 2013.

Of the eight sickened, all were hospitalized, and two died. Those deaths were not caused by listeriosis.

CRF Frozen Foods Listeria Outbreak Recall

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Originally, on April 23, 2016, CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington issued a recall of frozen peas and corn due to the risk of Listeria contamination. On May 2, 2016, CRF Frozen Foods acknowledged the eight people possibly sickened, and consequentially expanded their recall to include all organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products.

Information on Listeria and Listeriosis Symptoms

he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that there are 1,591 cases of foodborne listeriosis, resulting in 255 deaths, in the U.S. each year. Listeriosis affects primarily older adults, individuals with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.

Listeriosis symptoms may include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Infection with Listeria may remain limited to intestinal tract (non-invasive), or the bacteria may spread beyond the intestinal tract (invasive) causing a life-threatening septicemia or meningitis. Other complications may include endocarditis, abscess formation, pneumonia, and eye and or joint inflammation.

Listeria Lawsuits and Frozen Vegetables Listeria Outbreak Lawsuit Help

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CRF Frozen Foods Listeria Outbreak Recall Details

CRF Frozen Foods’ recall press release provided the following details:

This expanded recall of frozen vegetables includes all of the frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods’ Pasco facility since May 1, 2014. All affected products have the best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. These include approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands, the details of which are listed below.

Products include organic and non-organic: broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, corn, edamame, green beans, Italian beans, kale, leeks, lima beans, onions, peas, pepper strips, potatoes, potato medley, root medley, spinach, sweet potatoes, various vegetable medleys, blends, and stir fry packages, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries.

For a complete list of affected products, click CRF Frozen Foods Expands Recall to Include All Frozen Vegetable and Fruit Products Due To Possible Health Risk.

May 3, 2016: CDC Reports CRF Frozen Vegetable Listeria Outbreak

CRF Frozen Vegetable Listeria Outbreak

Since March 2016, CDC has been collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis).
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CRF Frozen Vegetable Listeria Outbreak: Eight Sickened in Outbreak

The first known illness involved in the Listeria contamination of frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods occurred in September of 2013. However, authorities did not identify the illness to be the first of an outbreak until March 2016. Listeria specimens were collected from September 13, 2013 to March 28, 2016.
While two illness were identified as Listeria in 2016, five illness occurred in 2015, and one illness of Listeria infection occurred 2013. The six illness in 2013 and 2015 were identified through a retrospective review of the PulseNet database.

Those people sickened by listeriosis range from 56 years to 86 in age, with a median age of 76. Six of ill people are female. All eight sickened people were hospitalized. One patient was a resident of Washington, one of Maryland, and six people were residents of California.

About Listeria and Listeriosis

Listeria infection, or listeriosis, is a serious and sometimes fatal foodborne illness caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Listeriosis affects primarily pregnant women (and sometimes their developing fetuses), newborns, older adults, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, persons without these risk factors can also be affected. Please see Listeria to learn more about Listeria symptoms and diagnosis.

Timeline Of CRF Frozen Vegetable Listeria Outbreak

  • September, 2013: The first known instance of Listeria illness is identified in CFR Frozen Vegetables Outbreak
  • April 23, 2016: CRF Frozen Foods recalled 11 frozen vegetable products because they may be contaminated with Listeria.
  • May 2, 2016: CRF Frozen Foods expanded the initial recall to include all organic and traditional frozen vegetable and fruit products processed in its Pasco, Washington facility since May 1, 2014; approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands were recalled.
  • May 13, 2016: The Listeria recall has expanded to 47 million pounds of meat and poultry products sold in Illinois and across the nation.

Investigations are ongoing to determine if food sources used to manufacture CRF Frozen Foods products could explain some of the illnesses.

FROZEN VEGETABLE LISTERIA OUTBREAK

Since March 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have been working with local health departments to track the source of a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes associated with consumption of frozen vegetables.

At this time, available Epidemilogical and laboratory evidence strongly suggest that frozen vegetables produced by CRF Frozen Foods, sold under various brand names, are the likely source of this Listeria outbreak.

CRF Frozen Vegetable Listeria Outbreak Recall

This possibility was addressed on May 2, 2016, when CRF Frozen Foods recalled all frozen vegetable and fruit products manufactured in the company’s Pasco, Washington facility since May 1, 2014. This recall initiated dozens of other companies to recall hundreds of frozen vegetable product under dozens of brand names which had been provided by CRF Frozen Foods.

Access full recall at foodsafety.gov to see if you may have been exposed to a potentially contaminated recalled product.

Investigation of Outbreak

State and local health departments attempted to interview the ill people, a family member, or a caregiver for the ill person about the foods the ill person may have eaten in the month before the illness began. Three of eight ill people, or their caregiver, were interviewed using a questionnaire that asked about a variety of foods. Two of these three people reported buying and eating frozen vegetables in the month before illness began and both reported Organic by Nature brand frozen vegetables. Organic by Nature frozen vegetables are produced by CRF Frozen Foods.

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February 16, 2016: Whole Foods Recalls Pecorino Cheese In Walnut Leaves Due To Potential Health Risk

Whole Foods Recalls Pecorino Cheese – On February 16, 2016, Whole Foods Market of Austin, Texas, announced a recall for Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves sold in one Florida and one New York, NY store, because the product may be to be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.

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Whole Foods Pecorino Cheese Recall Information

The following products were subject to the recall:

  • Bowery, NYC Store – The recalled cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap with scale labels beginning with PLU code 294239 and “sell by” dates of 3/3/16 through 3/8/16.
  • West Palm Beach, Florida Store – The recalled cheese was sold with scale labels beginning with PLU code 290107 and “sell by” dates of 2/29/16 through 3/8/16.

Consumers should not eat the recalled cheese.

The recall was issued after samples of the product tested positive for Listeria during a routine inspection conducted by the cheese supplier. According a company press release, the recalled cheese was pulled from store shelves and destroyed on Monday, February 8, 2016.

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About Listeria And Listeria Infection

Listeriosis, is a potentially life-threatening infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected.

The illness can develop for up to two months after an individual consumes a Listeria contaminated food. Initial Listeria symptoms may include fever, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms may include headache, weakness, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions. Pregnant women may experience only mild flu-like symptoms. Because presentation and outcome of the infection can be affected by the type of infection (non-invasive vs. invasive) or the patient’s risk group, it is important to direct your questions and concerns to your healthcare professional promptly.

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January 28, 2016: CDC Reports 3 New Illnesses Linked To Dole Salads Listeria Outbreak

Dole Listeria Lawsuit Help – The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting victims of the Listeria outbreak linked to eating recalled Dole packaged salads. We are ready to help you. If you or a loved one contracted listeriosis after eating a Dole recalled salad and you would like to learn about your legal rights, please contact The Weinberg Law Firm for a free legal case evaluation at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.

Dole Listeria Outbreak Update, CDC Reports 3 New Cases – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on January 28, 2016, that 15 people from 8 states have been infected with the life-threatening foodborne pathogen Listeria, in an outbreak that may be linked to Dole packaged salads processed at the company’s Springfield, Ohio, facility. The number of confirmed listeriosis cases reported from each state is as follows: Connecticut (1), Indiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (4), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), New York (5), and Pennsylvania (1).

Those sickened range in age from 3 years to 83 years of age, and all 15 required hospitalization according to the CDC. Tragically, one fatality in Michigan has been linked to the outbreak. One of the illnesses reported was in a pregnant woman. Bacterial specimens from those sickened were collected from July 5, 2015 to January 3, 2016. The CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with several state health agencies have been investigating the outbreak since September, 2015.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that 7 people in 5 Canadian provinces were also infected with the same Listeria outbreak strain. The recalled Dole packaged salads linked to the outbreak were distributed in Eastern Canada as well as in the United States.

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., Announces Packaged Salad Recall

Salads can be identified by the letter "A" at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the package.

Salads can be identified by the letter “A” at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the package.

On January 22, 2016, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., announced that it had stopped all production at its processing plant in Springfield, Ohio, and that the company would withdraw the following brands of Dole packaged salads from the market: Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President’s Choice Organics. The packaged salads can be identified by the letter “A” at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the package. The CDC advised that consumers do not eat, restaurants do not serve, and that retailers do not sell packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio. Please view Dole Salads Recall for CDC announcement and consumer advice.

Investigating A Food Poisoning Outbreak

Using laboratory techniques known as pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and whole genome sequencing (WGS) public health scientists from each state generate “DNA finger prints” for bacterial specimens collected from food poisoning patients nationwide. This network of testing laboratories and the resulting database of bacterial DNA information is known as “PulseNet.” PulseNet enables public health investigators to identify potential food poisoning clusters (outbreaks), and to link individual food poisoning illnesses to an outbreak. If a foodborne pathogen or bacteria is eventually isolated from a suspected outbreak food source, DNA finger printing and the PulseNet database can also be used to link that food to an outbreak.

Investigating The Dole Packaged Salads Listeria Outbreak

Identifying the outbreak victims – By using WGS, public health scientists determined that the Listeria specimens, isolated from all 15 of those sickened, are highly related genetically. In other words, these 15 patients are victims of the same Listeria food poisoning outbreak. Interviewing patients about the foods they ate prior to becoming ill also provided valuable information. Investigators learned that eight of the eight outbreak victims who were asked about packaged salad reported eating packaged salad in the month before becoming ill. Four of four outbreak victims who reported the brand of salad that they had eaten, identified the brand as Dole.

Linking Dole salads to the outbreak illnesses – The CDC reported in its initial Listeria outbreak announcement, that the Ohio Department of Agriculture collected a Dole brand Field Greens packaged salad from a retail location and isolated Listeria from the product. This packaged salad was produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio. In January 2016, WGS indicated that the Listeria isolated from the packaged salad, was highly related genetically to the Listeria isolates from those sickened. This information linked the illnesses to Dole brand packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio. The Public Health Agency of Canada also confirmed the presence of the Listeria outbreak strain in packaged salads produce at the Dole Springfield, Ohio processing facility.

About Listeria and Listeriosis

Listeria infection, or listeriosis, is a serious and sometimes fatal foodborne illness caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Listeriosis affects primarily pregnant women (and sometimes their developing fetuses), newborns, older adults, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, persons without these risk factors can also be affected. Please see Listeria and Listeria Symptoms and Diagnosis to learn more.

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