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August 7, 2020: Blue Grass Provisions Public Health Alert Issued For Ready To Eat Sausage Products Due To Potential Listeria Contamination

A Blue Grass Provisions Public Health Alert has been announced by FSIS for the company’s ready-to-eat sausage products that may be contaminated with Listeria bacteria.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert for ready-to-eat sausages produced by Bluegrass Provisions Co., of Crescent Springs, Kentucky because the products that may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria).

A recall was not requested by the agency because it is believed that all of the products covered by the alert are no longer in commerce and, are past their use or freeze by dates.  FSIS is concerned however, that some sausage product may still be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to eat the sausages due to potential Listeria contamination. These sausage products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase advises FSIS.

Sausages Subject To The Blue Grass Provisions Public Health Alert

Product affected by the the Bluegrass Provisions public health alert included the company’s ready-to-eat smoked sausages produced on April 22, 2020. The following products subject to the public health alert include:

  • 14-oz. plastic packages containing 6 pieces of “BLUE GRASS METTWURST,” with a use or freeze by date of July 23, 2020.
  • 14-oz. plastic packages containing 6 pieces of “WALNUT CREEK FOODS Smoked Sausage,” with a use or freeze by date of July 23, 2020.
  • 14-oz. plastic packages containing 6 pieces of Lidl “SMOKED BRATWURST,” with a use or freeze by date of July 23, 2020.
  • 14-oz. plastic packages containing 6 pieces of Lidl “SMOKED BRATWURST WITH CHEESE,” with a use or freeze by date of July 23, 2020.

The products subject to the Blue Grass Provisions public health alert bear establishment number “EST. 7417” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors and retail locations in Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia. 

According to FSIS, the problem was discovered by routine testing when the results showed one of the sausage products was contaminated with Listeria. There is concern that the additional products may be affected by cross-contamination.

About Listeria Food Poisoning

According to FSIS, consumption of food contaminated with Listeria 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 can occur 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.

Food Poisoning Lawsuit Information

If you or a loved one was sickened by a contaminated food product and you would like information regarding your legal rights, please contact The Weinberg Law Firm toll free at 877-934-6274. Please see NJ Food Poisoning Lawyer to learn more about our firm and food poisoning litigation.

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Listeria Caramel Apple Outbreak and Listeria Lawsuit Help

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CDC Warns Public to Not Eat Prepackaged Caramel Apples
A deadly Listeria food poisoning outbreak has been linked to eating commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC cautions consumers to 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 information is available.

Multiple Companies Recall Caramel Apples Amid Concerns of Listeria Contamination
So far 3 companies have issued a recall for their prepackaged caramel apples because the products may be contaminated with the potentially fatal pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes. Companies who have issued a recall for their prepackaged caramel apples include:

December 29, 2014 – Merb’s Candies brand Bionic Apples and Double Dipped Apples Recall – The recalled caramel apples were available for retail sales at St. Louis area locations, through local supermarkets (in the produce section), and through mail orders nationwide. The recalled caramel apples are individually packaged in a clear, burgundy and gold cellophane bag and were available from September 8th through November 25th 2014. Identifying lot codes were not used.

December 27, 2014 – California Snack Foods recalls its California Snack Foods brand caramel apples with a best use by date (found on the front of the label) between August 15th and November 28th 2014. The recalled California Snack Foods caramel apples are sold in single packs and three packs. The products were available for retail sale through grocery, discount and club stores, generally in the produce section and were distributed to retailers in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Utah.

December 24, 2014 – Happy Apples recalls Happy Apple Brand caramel apples with a best use by date (found on the front of the label) between August 25th 2014 and November 23rd 2014. The recalled Happy Apple caramel apples are sold in single pack, three packs, four packs and eight packs. They were available for retail sale through grocery, discount and club stores, generally in the produce section and were distributed to retailers in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin.

Additional recall information can be found at FDA/Recalls

CDC Outbreak Information as of December 22, 2014
The CDC reports that a total of 29 persons have been infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes across 10 states as follows: Arizona (4), California (1), Minnesota (4), Missouri (5), New Mexico (5), North Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (3). Nine of the Listeria infections have been associated with pregnancy, meaning that either a pregnant woman or her newborn has been infected. All 29 persons were hospitalized. Although 5 deaths were reported, the CDC states that listeriosis contributed to three of the deaths, and a forth is still uncertain. The fifth death was unrelated to listeriosis. Illness onset dates range from October 17, 2014 to November 27, 2014, however, illnesses may still be reported.

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.