USA – USDA Recall – RTE Meat Products – Listeria monocytogenes


Great American Marketing, a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 475 pounds of FSIS and FDA-regulated, ready-to-eat products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The sandwich and wrap products were produced on July 15, 2014, and then shipped to retail locations in Texas. Case labels or packaging may bear the sell by date of 07/26/14.

Products regulated by FSIS bear the establishment number “EST 31680” or “P-31680” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The following FSIS-regulated products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 7.4 ounce plastic-covered tray packages containing Chicken Caesar Wraps.
  • 8.1 ounce plastic-covered tray packages containing Club Wraps.

FDA-regulated products being recalled (are listed at ) and include:

  • 10.5 ounce plastic-covered tray packages containing Ham and Cheddar Premium sandwiches.
  • 10.5 ounce plastic-covered tray packages containing Turkey & Swiss Premium sandwiches.

The problem was discovered when FSIS collected a sample of a separate product on July 15, 2014, that was confirmed positive for L. monocytogenes on July 23. The sampled product was held. However, the plant produced the additional FSIS and FDA regulated products listed in this recall without conducting a complete clean-up of the production equipment. Those products have entered commerce and are subject to recall. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

UK – Restaurant Closed – Salmonella

Liverpool Echo

A take-away was shut down after 14 people caught Salmonella.

The Woks Cooking eatery on Richard Hesketh Drive in the Westvale area of Kirkby was shut down on Monday.

A number of people – suffering from fever, diarrhoea and vomiting – were diagnosed with food-poisoning.

The council said it was investigating a number of cases of Salmonella infection linked to a takeaway establishment in Knowsley.

To date there have been 14 laboratory confirmed cases.

Dr Alex Stewart, from the Cheshire & Merseyside PHE Centre said: “Investigations are still on-going and all public health measures have been put in place.”


UK – Open letter to the FSA on the Publication of Campylobacter Survey Results


I am writing to express our grave concern about the proposal being put to the FSA Board to withhold information about the levels of the deadly food poisoning bacteria campylobacter in supermarket chickens. Campylobacter is a major public health issue. 72,000 people were reported to have suffered campylobacter food poisoning last year and it kills an estimated 100 people every year.


UK – Channel Islands – E.coli – Butter

Guernsey Press ecoli

E. coli bacteria saw Sark Butter taken off the shelves yesterday after a warning from Environmental Health.

USA – Listeria Stone Fruit – Update

Food Poisoning Bulletin

The stone fruit Listeria recall includes a number of major retailers. Consumers who have purchased peaches, nectarines, plums and plouts should check to see if the store where they were purchased the fruit is included in the recall.

According to their websites and information provided by Wawona, the following retailers are included in the recall: Whole Foods, Cub Foods, Aldi, Kroger, Giants, Martins, Wegmans, Jay C, Dillons, Bakers, Gerbes, Food4less Fremont, King Soopers, City Market, Frys, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food4less, FoodsCo, QFC, Smith’s, Hannaford, BJs Wolsesale Club, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Sam’s Club and Walmart. This is not a complete list, but is based on information available so far.

Canada – Recalls – Carob Powder – Salmonella – Cheese – Listeria monocytogenes


Industry is recalling Earth Circle Organics and Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary brand Organic Carob Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described in the link above.

The following products have been sold in British Columbia and Alberta, and may have been sold in other provinces or through Internet sales.


Jan K Overweel Ltd. is recalling certain Italian cheeses from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described in the link above.

RASFF Alerts – DSP – Mussels – Norovirus – Frozen Raspberries – Bacillus cereus – Ricotta – TVC – Shrimps


RASFF-Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins (presence /kg) in chilled mussels from Denmark in Denmark

RASFF-Norovirus (presence /25g) in frozen raspberries packaged in Serbia, via Belgium and via France in Sweden

RASFF-Bacillus cereus (22000 CFU/g) in chilled ricotta from Italy in Italy

RASFF-Bacterial contamination (2.4×10*6; 2.3×10*6; 1.2×10*6; 1.8×10*6; 2.0×10*6 CFU/g) and spoilage of frozen cooked shrimps (Penaeus spp.) from India in Germany