September 15,2016: SM Fish Corp. Issues OSSIE’S Salad Recall

OSSIE’S Salad Recall Announcement– On September 15, 2016, SM Fish Corp. recalled its OSSIE’S brand ready to eat salads due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

OSSIE’S Salad Recall- Product Recall Information

SM Fish Corp. of Far Rockaway, NY has recalled its OSSIE’S brand ready-to-eat salads because the products may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. The company press release stated that Listeria monocytogenes may cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea; however Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

For more information on Listeria food poisoning please see Listeriosis and Listeria Symptoms.

The recall was the result of sampling and inspection by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA found Listeria monocytogenes in multiple locations throughout their production facility. The multiple recalled products were sold at the firm’s seven retail outlets located in New York and New Jersey between August 1, 2016 and September 9, 2016. The recalled products were packed in plastic deli containers with a UPC Code and “Best By” date codes of 8/21/16 through 10/18/16 (located on the bottom of the tub).

A list of the potentially contaminated recalled products follows:
• OSSIE’S PICKLED LOX DAIRY, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885114136
• OSSIE’S HERRING IN SOURCREAM, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885114174
• OSSIE’S TAAM SHABBOS HERRING, NET WT. 7 OZ., UPC 739885109057
• OSSIE’S STIGLITZ HERRING, NET WT. 7 OZ., UPC 739885109064
• OSSIE’S WASABI HERRING, NET WT. 7 OZ., UPC 739885109088
• OSSIE’S SWEDISH MATJES HERRING, NET WT. 7 OZ., UPC 739885109101
• OSSIE’S DUBLIN HERRING, NET WT. 7 OZ., UPC 739885109002
• OSSIE’S HONEY MUSTARD HERRING; NET WT. 7 OZ. 739885109019
• OSSIE’S PICKLED LOX & CREAM, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885104113
• OSSIE’S SHMALTZ HERRING, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885104182
• OSSIE’S ROMAN SHMALTZ HERRING, NET WT. 7 OZ., UPC 739885109026
• OSSIE’S PICKLED HERRING, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885104175
• OSSIE’S PICKLED HERRING CLEAR, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885104205
• OSSIE’S PICKLED LOX, NET WT. 8 OZ., UPC 739885104137
• OSSIE’S EGG SALAD, NET WT. 7OZ., UPC 73988570552
• OSSIE’S EGG WITH MUSHROOM, NET WT. 7OZ., UPC 73988570556
• OSSIE’S EGG WITH SCALLION, NET WT. 7OZ., UPC 73988570555
• OSSIE’S LITE TUNA, NET WT. 7OZ., UPC 73988570551
• OSSIE’S HOME MADE TUNA SALAD, NET WT. 7OZ., UPC 73988570550

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August 19, 2016: Frozen Corn Recall For 3 Cambridge Farms Brands Due To Potential Health Risk

Frozen Corn Recall Announcement – Cambridge Farms has issued a recall for three different brands of its frozen corn because the products have the potential to be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes.

Cambridge Farms Frozen Corn Recall Information

According to a company press release the following specific products/production codes are included in the frozen corn recall:

Laura Lynn Frozen Cut Corn in a 16 oz. Polybag – UPC 8685401734
• Code SWFF/R10312, Best by 4/11/18
• Code SWFFR/10452, Best by 5/09/18
• Code SWFF/R10609, Best by 6/6/18

Laura Lynn Frozen Cut Corn in a 32 oz. Polybag – UPC 8685401717
• Code SWFF/R 10482, Best by 5/10/18

Key Food Frozen Cut Corn in a 16 oz. Polybag – UPC 7329607091
• Code SWFF/R10320, Best by 4/11/18
• Code SWFF/R10405, Best by 5/2/18

Better Valu Frozen Cut Corn in a 14 oz. Polybag – UPC 7980124561
• Code SWFF/R10308, Best by 4/11/18

Codes can be found on the back of the retail packaging. The recalled frozen corn products were distributed in: NC, SC, TN, AL, GA, VA, NY, CT, NJ, PA, OH, WV, KY, MD and FL, and are sold through retail supermarkets.

Consumers are cautioned that they should not consume any of the recalled frozen corn products.

The frozen corn recall was initiated after routine sampling by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture revealed that the finished product, sampled from a retail store, contained Listeria bacteria. Cambridge Farms, LLC reports that it has ceased the production and distribution of the recalled corn products and will continue to investigate the cause of the problem.

About Listeria

Listeria infection (listeriosis) affects primarily older adults, individuals with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women. If a pregnant woman experiences a Listeria infection, bacteria may cross the placenta causing a miscarriage, premature delivery, still birth, or an infection in the new born. Persons not belonging to one of these high risk demographic groups can also experience a severe case of listeriosis. Please see Listeria Symptoms to learn more about this potentially fatal infection.

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August 9, 2016: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Receives FDA Warning Letter

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams FDA Warning Letter News – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Warning Letter to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on August 9, 2016, stating that environmental testing detected the presence of the foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes, at the company’s frozen flavor base manufacturing facility. The facility, located at 909 Michigan Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, was inspected on January 25, 2016 through February 9, 2016.

The Warning Letter indicates that 2 of 75 environmental samples collected from the facility on January 25, 2016, tested positive for Listeria. The postive samples were obtained from a floor adjacent to areas where food was processed and packaged; and from a wash room drain located 2 feet from a sink used to wash, rinse, and sanitize production equipment, and 3 feet from shelving were cleaned production equipment is stored.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Facility Tests Positive For Listeria in 2015 and 2016 – Same Strain Detected

FDA inspectors previously detected Listeria at the Jeni’s facility during an inspection in April 2015, and in a finished Jeni’s ice cream product sample that was also collected in April 2015. A recall for Jeni’s ice creams was initiated on April 23, 2015. Currently, Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) analysis has provided DNA evidence that the Listeria isolated during January 25, 2016 testing is identical to the strain of Listeria that was isolated from the facility and finished ice cream product in April 2015.

The FDA concluded that Listeria has not been eradicated from the facility since its previous inspection stating “The evidence demonstrates that L. monocytogenes has maintained its presence within your production facility since 2015. The reoccurring presence of an identical strain of L. monocytogenes in your environment indicates a resident strain or niche harborage site present in the facility.”

The agency is requiring the company to take corrective measures to eradciate the potenitally fatal bacterial pathogen from the facility. “These findings also demonstrate that your sanitation procedures have historically been inadequate to control, reduce, or eliminate this pathogenic organism from your facility. It is essential to identify the areas of the food processing plant where this organism is able to grow and survive and to take such corrective actions as necessary to eradicate the organism by rendering these areas unable to support the growth and survival of the organism.”

CGMp Violations Noted

Current Good Manufacturing Practices(cGMP) violations related to the contamination of food-contact surfaces and production procedures that may contribute to contamination were also noted in the FDA Warning Letter. The FDA noted corrective actions taken by the company and indicated that the effectiveness of these steps would be evaluated during the next inspection.

The company is required to respond in writing to the FDA within fifteen (15) working days from receiving the Warning Letter with an outline of specific corrective steps and documentation of corrective actions. The company is required to complete these measures within 15 days, or to provide a timetable for completion.

About Listeria

Please see Listeria and Listeria Symptoms to learn more about Listeria food poisoning.

According to the FDA, “L. monocytogenes is a pathogenic bacterium that is widespread in the environment and may be introduced into a food processing facility from raw materials, humans, or the equipment. Without proper controls, it can proliferate in food processing facilities where it may contaminate food. Consuming this contaminated food can lead to a severe, sometimes life-threatening illness called listeriosis, a foodborne illness, which is a major public health concern, due to the severity of the disease, its high case-fatality rate, long incubation time, and tendency to affect individuals with underlying conditions.”

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July 29, 2016: Texas Officials Finalize Penalty Agreement With Blue Bell Creameries

Blue Bell Penalty Agreement News – In a press release dated July 29, 2016, Texas health officials reported that a penalty agreement with Blue Bell Creameries had been finalized. As a result of last year’s Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell products made in Brenham, TX, the company will pay a monetary penalty and must continue to test and monitor its ice cream products.

Blue Bell Penalty Agreement

According to the press release, the total penalty amount is for $850,000, of which $175,000 must be paid within 30 days. The remaining balance will not have to be paid if Blue Bell follows the terms outlined in the agreement for 18 months. The penalty was issued against Blue Bell Creameries because it allowed contaminated or “adulterated” products to enter the marketplace and cause injury to consumers.

The enforcement agreement extends several requirements from a previous agreement for the next 18 months, including the following:

  • Blue Bell must continue to notify [Texas Department of State Health Services] of any presumptive positive test results for Listeria monocytogenes in ice cream, ingredients, food surfaces, machinery and other equipment in its Brenham plant.
  • The company must maintain its “test and hold” procedures for all finished product, meaning ice cream must be found to be free of pathogens before it can be sold to the public.
  • As a licensed frozen dessert manufacturer, the company also must continue to provide state inspectors with full access to the plant to take samples.

In 2015, Blue Bell temporarily closed its Brenham plant following the discovery of Listeria in certain ice cream products that were linked to 10 cases of listeriosis. The CDC reported that a total of 10 people with listeriosis related to this outbreak were reported across four states as follows: Arizona (1), Kansas (5), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (3). All of those sickened were hospitalized and three deaths from Kansas were reported.

July 6, 2016: Evie’s Cheddar Potato Salad Recalled Amid Listeria Contamination Concerns

Listeria Potato Salad Recall News

Hearn Kirkwood has recalled its “Evie’s Cheddar Potato Macaroni Salad” because the product may be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can cause a serious and sometimes fatal infection (also referred to as listeriosis) in young children, the frail or elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, although people who are not in one of these risk groups can also suffer from listeriosis. Listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Listeria Potato Salad Recall Information

Hearn Kirkwood recalled their salad after they were notifed by their supplier, National Frozen Foods, that the frozen green peas used in the salad were recalled because of potential Listeria contamination.

The recalled salad was sold through Amazon Fresh in the Bellevue, Washington area between 04/08/16 and 06/13/16. The salad was sold in 6.0 oz. clear plastic containers with the name “Evie’s Cheddar Potato Macaroni Salad,” UPC code 6637511772” and “use by” dates of 04/15/16 to 06/20/16.

Consumers should not eat the recalled salad.

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