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Listeria-Contaminated Cheese Sickens Some Babies, Kills One

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

A semi-soft, Hispanic-style cheese has apparently sickened a number of babies in Maryland and California, and one baby has died from what officials believe is listeria contamination. Listeria is a bacteria that is most dangerous to young children and pregnant women.  The Associated Press has more:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the death occurred in California. Seven additional illnesses were reported in Maryland.

All of the Maryland victims reported eating soft or semi-soft Hispanic-style cheese that they purchased at different locations of the same grocery store chain. Listeria was later detected in a sample of Caujada en Terron, or fresh cheese curd, purchased at that chain.

The CDC says three of the victims are newborns. Two of those ill are mothers of two of the ill newborns.

The agency says the cheese was probably produced by Roos Foods of Kenton, Del.

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Whole Foods Recalls Cheese Due to Listeria Threat

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Whole Foods Market stores have recalled cheese made by Crave Brothers Les Freres because of a number of cases of listeria contamination.  Listeria is a bacteria that is of particular danger to pregnant women or people with compromised immune systems.  More from NBC News:

Whole Foods says the cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. It was sold in 30 states and Washington DC under names including Les Freres and Crave Brothers Les Freres. The cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with Whole Foods Market scale labels. The company is posting signs in its stores to inform customers about the recall.

Officials said cases have been identified in at least three states. Public health officials in Illinois said Wednesday that one resident became sick after eating contaminated cheese in May. Minnesota officials said Thursday that one elderly person in the state died and another was hospitalized after illnesses linked to the cheese. Both of those illnesses happened in June.

Listeria can lead to severe illness for women who are pregnant or people who have weakened immune systems. In healthy individuals, it can cause symptoms including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

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Popcorn, Indiana Brand Under Voluntary Recall

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Due to fears of listeria contamination, 700,000 bags of popcorn made by the company called Popcorn, Indiana.

The recalled flavors are: aged white cheddar, almond biscotti, American cheese, apple crisp, bacon ranch, black-and-white drizzle, caramel, caramel roasted peanuts, chocolate peanut butter, cinnamon sugar drizzle, dark fudge chocolate chip drizzle, kettlecorn, salt and pepper and wasabi reserve. The affected products have “Best By” dates of Feb. 4, 2013 through March 12, 2013. You can check your UPC codes here.

If you own a recalled bag of popcorn, return it to the store where you purchased it and get a refund.

Image: Popcorn, via Shutterstock

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Listeria Fears Prompt Recall of Apple Slices

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Apple slices, including those sold at grocery stores and McDonald’s and Burger King fast food restaurants, have been recalled because the food-borne bacteria listeria was found on equipment where the food was processed.  The apples were produced by Missa Bay LLC, owned by Ready Pac Foods Inc. of Swedesboro, N.J. According to The Associated Press:

Packaged apple slices distributed to McDonald’s and Burger King in some states are included in the recall as are packaged food containing apples distributed to Wawa convenience store and Wegman’s grocery chains and some “Ready Pac” products.

Recalled products have use-by dates of July 8 through Aug. 20. Missa Bay announced the voluntary recall on Friday, saying the food went to 36 states and the District of Columbia. People may contact Ready Pac at 800-800-7822 or visit www.readypac.com.

Image: Apples, via Shutterstock

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FDA Finds Some Cantaloupes Contaminated with Listeria

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Listeria, the food-borne bacteria that is of particular danger to pregnant women, is rearing its head again in a recall of cantaloupes grown in North Carolina and sold in 10 states, NBC News is reporting.  Last summer and fall, a similar cantaloupe-related outbreak claimed 30 lives, sickened 146, and caused at least one miscarriage.

From MSNBC:

Burch Equipment LLC of Faison, N.C., is pulling 188,902 melons from store shelves in 10 states because of possible contamination that can cause illness and death, particularly in the very young, the very old, pregnant women and those with health problems….

The new recall of 13,888 cases of whole Athena variety cantaloupes follows a recall last week of 580 cases of the summer fruit.

Federal Food and Drug Administration officials and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture are conducting an ongoing inspection at Burch Farms. The FDA warned this week that consumers should not eat the summer melons, which carry a red Burch Farms label and the code PLU #4319.

The melons were shipped between July 15 and July 17 and distributed to retail stores in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

No illnesses have yet been connected with Burch melons.

Image: Cantaloupe, via Shutterstock

 

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