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.

Contact The Weinberg Law Firm for a Free Listeria Lawsuit Case Evaluation

The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting victims of Listeria food poisoning outbreaks nationwide. We are ready to help you too. If you or a loved one are diagnosed with listeriosis, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free food poisoning lawsuit case evaluation by calling our NJ personal injury lawyers toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.

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.

Obtain a Free Dole Listeria Lawsuit Case Evaluation

The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting victims of Listeria food poisoning outbreaks nationwide, including those injured in the recent multistate outbreak that may be linked to eating Dole salads. Please contact our law firm 24/7, toll free at 1-877-934-6274, if you have a question regarding a Listeria food poisoning lawsuit.

January 22, 2016: Dole Salad Recall Prompted By Link To Multistate Listeria Outbreak

Dole Salad Listeria Outbreak and Dole Salad Recall News – Twelve people across six states, including Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, have been infected with Listeria monocytogenes since July 5, 2015, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcement. The CDC reports that the Listeria outbreak, which tragically includes one fatality, is linked to Dole packaged salads produced at the Springfield, Ohio, Dole processing plant.

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., (Dole) has halted production at its Springfield facility, and announced that it will withdraw its packaged salads currently on the market that were produced at this facility, which according to public health investigators have the potential to be contaminated with the life-threatening pathogen, Listeria.

Dole Salad Recall Information

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.

That CDC cautions that consumers should not eat packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio. In addition, restaurants should not serve, and retailers should not sell, packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio.

The following Dole salad product recall information and consumer safety advice was provided by the CDC:

• The packaged salads produced in this facility were sold under various brand names including: Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President’s Choice.

• Consumers can identify these packaged salads by the letter “A” at the beginning of the manufacturing code found on the package.

• At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that packaged salads produced at other Dole processing facilities in the United States are linked to illness.

This advice is particularly important for consumers at higher risk for listeriosis, including pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems.

Dole announced that states affected by the salad recall include: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Canadian provinces are also affected by the Dole salad recall, and include Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec.

Contact The Weinberg Law Firm for a Free Listeria Lawsuit Case Evaluation

The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting victims of Listeria food poisoning outbreaks nationwide. We are ready to help you too. If you or a loved one are diagnosed with listeriosis, are awaiting medical confirmation of infection, or have a question regarding your legal rights, you can request a free food poisoning lawsuit case evaluation by calling our personal injury lawyers toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.

January 22, 2016: CDC Reports – Dole Packaged Salads Listeria Outbreak Sickens 12 In 6 States

Dole Packaged Salads Listeria Outbreak Announcement – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that 12 people in 6 states have been infected with the life-threatening pathogen Listeria, in a food poisoning outbreak that may be linked to Dole packaged salads processed at the company’s Springfield, Ohio, facility. The number of ill people reported from each state is as follows: Indiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (4), New Jersey (1), New York (4), and Pennsylvania (1).

The outbreak victims range in age from 3 years to 83 years, and all 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 December 23, 2015. The CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with several state health agencies have been investigating the outbreak since September, 2015.

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Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., Announces Packaged Salad Recall

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 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 also 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 see Dole Packaged Salads Recall for the full announcement.

Investigating An 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 laboratories and the resulting database of bacterial DNA information is known as “PulseNet.” PulseNet enables public health investigators to identify possible food poisoning clusters or 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 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 12 of those sickened, are highly related genetically. In other words, these 12 patients are victims of the same food poisoning outbreak. Five of the five outbreak victims who were asked about packaged salad reported eating packaged salad in the month before becoming ill. Both of the two outbreak victims who reported the brand of salad that they had eaten, identified the brand as Dole.

Linking a product to the illnesses – 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 Springfield, Ohio Dole processing facility. In January 2016, WGS indicated that the Listeria isolated from the packaged salad, was highly related genetically to the Listeria isolates from the 12 ill people. This information linked the illnesses to Dole brand packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio.

Obtain a Free Food Poisoning Lawsuit Case Evaluation

The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting victims of Listeria food poisoning outbreaks nationwide, including those injured in the recent multistate outbreak that may be linked to eating Dole salads. Please contact our law firm 24/7, toll free at 1-877-934-6274, if you have a question regarding a Listeria food poisoning lawsuit.

January 4, 2016: Due to Possible Bacterial Contamination, Big Dog Natural Recalls Dog Food

Big Dog Natural Recalls Dog Food

Due to potential Salmonella contamination in Big Dog Natural’s “Fish Supreme” dog food, and potential Listeria contamination in their “Chicken Supreme” dog food, Big Dog Natural of Brick, NJ, has recalled select lots of Big Dog Natural raw dehydrated dog food.

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The recall was prompted by the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) discovery of the presence of Salmonella in a sample of Chicken Supreme dog food and the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of Fish Supreme dog food. The affected, potentially contaminated lots were shipped to online customers between October 31, 2015 and November 12, 2015, and includes all weight volumes of the Big Dog Natural Chicken and Fish Supreme.

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The Weinberg Law Firm has helped food poisoning victims nationwide receive compensation for their injuries and related damages. If you or a loved one has been injured after eating a contaminated food product, and you would like to know more about your legal rights, please call our lawyers at 1-877-934-6274 for a free case evaluation.

Big Dog Natural Recall Dog Food Due to Traces of Listeria, Salmonella Bacteria

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The FDA Press Release regarding the Big Dog Natural recall provided the following information:

“Pets with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.”

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