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USA – Our Local Bounty Recalls Organic Basil Pesto With Watercress Because of Possible Health Risk – Listeria monocytogenes


Our Local Bounty of Rogue River, Oregon is recalling 312 (8.5oz) containers of the Farming Fish brand Organic Basil Pesto with Watercress, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The Basil Pesto with Watercress, UPC 7 23175 33586 8, was distributed in retail stores in Oregon. The affected product was packaged in 8.5 oz. plastic deli containers and has the enjoy or freeze by dates of 4/30/2017.

As an additional precaution, we are also recalling product with the enjoy or freeze by dates of 5/6/2017, 5/13/2017, and 5/20/2017.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program.  Consumers who have purchased affected products should not consume the product and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 541-582-0415.

The Farming Fish apologizes for any inconvenience experienced by our valued consumers and retail customers and will refund not only this date code but ANY product in an 8.5oz plastic deli container to bring full peace of mind to all customers.  The pesto will be packaged in a glass container moving forward.

“We take the safety of our products very seriously,” states Olivia Hittner, Co-owner of The Farming Fish. “Immediately after being notified of the potential health concern, we took action to identify the products implicated in the recall and we discontinued shipment of all affected product. We are working quickly with distributors and retailers to remove the product from shelves and eliminate any risk to consumers.”

Hong Kong – Food Alert – A batch of prepackaged smoked salmon contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes




Issue Date 2017-04-27
Source of Information The Centre for Food Safety
Food Product Prepackaged smoked salmon
Name of Importer
Product name and Description Product name: Traditional Smoked Scottish Salmon
Brand: Grants Smokehouse
Manufacturer: MacKnight Ltd
Net weight: 200 grams
Place of origin: United Kingdom
Use-by date: May 16, 2017
Reason For Issuing Alert

– The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) collected the smoked salmon sample from YATA Supermarket in Tai Po for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 25 grams of the sample, exceeding the standard of the Microbiological Guidelines for Food which states that Listeria monocytogenes should not be detected in 25 grams of food.

– Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperatures. Most healthy individuals do not develop symptoms or only have mild symptoms like fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea when infected. However, severe complications such as septicemia, meningitis or even death may occur in newborns, the elderly and those with a weaker immune system. Although infected pregnant women may just experience mild symptoms generally, the infection of Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriage, infant death, preterm birth, or severe infection in newborns.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

– The CFS has informed the vendor of the test result and instructed it to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected batch of the product, and initiate a recall.

– The CFS will inform the trade, continue to follow up on the case and take appropriate action including tracing the source and distribution of the affected food item to safeguard food safety and public health.

Advice to the Trade

– Stop using or selling the products concerned immediately.
Advice to Consumers
– Stop consuming the affected product.
Further Information The CFS press release

– For enquiries about the recall, members of the public may call the vendor at 3761 1388 during office hours.

Information – Campylobacter doesn’t like the cold

Food Processing

A patented rapid chilling process has been found to help poultry processors and retailers reduce Campylobacter contamination.

Campylobacter, a very common cause of food poisoning, is prevalent in fresh poultry. Now, extensive trials followed by a full commercial installation have shown that Air ProductsFreshline SafeChill system can achieve significant results in reducing Campylobacter. This outcome has been verified by an independent laboratory.

The automated intervention system uses super-chilled air to reduce Campylobacter on poultry carcasses after evisceration.


Research – Survey for Listeria monocytogenes in and on Ready-to-Eat Foods from Retail Establishments in the United States (2010 through 2013): Assessing Potential Changes of Pathogen Prevalence and Levels in a Decade

Journal of Food Protection

A multiyear interagency Listeria monocytogenes Market Basket Survey was undertaken for selected refrigerated ready-to-eat foods purchased at retail in four FoodNet sites in the United States. Food samples from 16 food categories in six broad groups (seafood, produce, dairy, meat, eggs, and combination foods) were collected weekly at large national chain supermarkets and independent grocery stores in California, Maryland, Connecticut, and Georgia for 100 weeks between December 2010 and March 2013. Of the 27,389 total samples, 116 samples tested positive by the BAX PCR system for L. monocytogenes, and the pathogen was isolated and confirmed for 102 samples. Among the 16 food categories, the proportion of positive samples (i.e., without considering clustering effects) based on recovery of a viable isolate of L. monocytogenes ranged from 0.00% (95% confidence interval: 0.00, 0.18) for the category of soft-ripened and semisoft cheese to 1.07% (0.63, 1.68) for raw cut vegetables. Among the 571 samples that tested positive for Listeria-like organisms, the proportion of positive samples ranged from 0.79% (0.45, 1.28) for soft-ripened and semisoft cheese to 4.76% (2.80, 7.51) for fresh crab meat or sushi. Across all 16 categories, L. monocytogenes contamination was significantly associated with the four states (P < 0.05) but not with the packaging location (prepackaged by the manufacturer versus made and/or packaged in the store), the type of store (national chain versus independent), or the season. Among the 102 samples positive for L. monocytogenes, levels ranged from <0.036 most probable number per g to 6.1 log CFU/g. For delicatessen (deli) meats, smoked seafood, seafood salads, soft-ripened and semisoft cheeses, and deli-type salads without meat, the percentage of positive samples was significantly lower (P < 0.001) in this survey than that reported a decade ago based on comparable surveys in the United States. Use of mixed logistic regression models to address clustering effects with regard to the stores revealed that L. monocytogenes prevalence ranged from 0.11% (0.03, 0.34) for sprouts (prepackaged) to 1.01% (0.58, 1.74) for raw cut vegetables (prepackaged).

USA – Banquet Chicken Nuggets Meal Tray Recalled for Salmonella

Food Poisoning Bulletin

USDA has issued a public health alert, informing consumers that the brownie mix dessert that is in the Banquet Chicken Nuggets with Mac & Cheese meal trays may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue. The recall of 110,817 pounds of frozen meals is being issued out of an abundance of caution.

The recalled product is 7.4 ounce vacuum-packed trays containing “Banquet Chicken Nuggets with Mac & Cheese” with Code 3100080921 and a “BEST IF USED BY” date of July 20, 2018. It was produced on January 26, 2017. The product has the FSIS establishment number “P-9” printed on the side of the box. The meal trays were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered when Conagra Brands, Inc. got notification from a supplier that an ingredient used in the brownie mix may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Throw it away in a sealed container or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.


Research – CDC Releases Data on Foodborne Illnesses and CIDTs 2013 – 2016

Food Poisoning Bulletin O157

In the latest issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a report studied the incidence and trends of infections of foodborne pathogens from 2013 – 2016. The report also looked at the effect of the increasing use of culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs) on pathogen surveillance.

USA – Fineberg Packing Co., Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Ham Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination


WASHINGTON, April 25, 2017 – Fineberg Packing Co., Inc., a Memphis, Tenn. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,822 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products that may be adulterated withListeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat hickory smoked and BBQ ham items were packaged on January 16, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 14-lb. vacuum-sealed packages containing “FINEBERG’S Finest Danish Brand BBQ Flavored Ham” with Sell by date 03/26/2017 and case code 17016.
  • 30.6-lb. boxes containing 2 vacuum-sealed packages of “Holly Brand hickory smoked fully cooked HAM” with case code 17016.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 428” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The problem was discovered during a Food Safety Assessment conducted by an FSIS employee. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes 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 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.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.