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Food Poison Journal

Food Poisoning Outbreaks and Litigation: Surveillance and Analysis

Greenfield Dairy Raw Milk Listeria Recall

Consumers who purchased raw milk from Greenfield Dairy, 1450 Tittle Road, Middleburg, should discard it immediately due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today said raw milk collected during required routine sampling by a commercial laboratory on April 8 tested positive for the bacteria.

Greenfield Dairy owned by Paul Weaver, sells directly to consumers at an on-farm retail store. The packaged raw milk is sold under the Greenfield Dairy label in half gallon glass containers dated April 18, 21, 22 and 24. It is labeled as “raw milk.”

Agriculture officials have ordered the owner of the dairy to stop the sale of all raw milk until further notice. Two samples taken at least 24 hours apart must test negative before the farm can resume raw milk sales.

Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized.

Pennsylvania law allows farms to sell raw milk but requires the farms to be permitted and inspected by the agriculture department to reduce health risks associated with unpasteurized products. There are 175 farms in Pennsylvania permitted to sell raw milk or raw milk cheese.

Over 300 Seek Hepatitis A Vaccines after eating at La Fontana in Nyack

According to press reports, more than 300 people who had eaten at La Fontana restaurant in Nyack between March 29 and April 1 received free vaccines last weekend for Hepatitis A.

The Rockland County Department of Health gave out the free vaccines after announcing last week that a case of Hepatitis A had been identified in a worker at the restaurant.

But not everyone who may have been exposed was vaccinated.

The vaccine is most effective when given within 14 days of exposure to the virus, therefore patrons who ate at the restaurant between March 19 and March 28 would not benefit from vaccination, health officials said.

Instead they encourage those who were not vaccinated, but visited the restaurant between March 19 and April 1 to see a doctor if symptoms develop.

1650 Receive Hepatitis A Vaccines after Exposure at Charlotte Papa Johns

According to Amanda Harris of the Charlotte North Carolina Observer, at least 1,650 Charlotte residents sought hepatitis A vaccines after being exposed at the Papa John’s at 8016 Cambridge Commons Drive, where an employee was recently diagnosed with the virus.

Residents flocked to the clinic at the Cato campus of Central Piedmont Community College on Sunday.  The clinic saw about 350 people over roughly 4 1/2 hours, said Rick Christenbury, a Mecklenburg County spokesman.

The Health Department location at 2845 Beatties Ford Road will operate extended hours on Monday to accommodate walk-ins and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Anyone who ate at the Papa John’s on Cambridge Commons Drive between March 30 and April 7 should get a hepatitis A vaccination, Christenbury said. The vaccine is effective for those exposed within the last 14 days.

Salami Recalled for Misbranding and Without Benefit of Inspection

Bolzano Artisan Meats LLC, a Milwaukee, Wis. establishment is recalling approximately 5,723 pounds of salami products for misbranding and because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.  Products produced under the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) inspection program are eligible for sale within the state of Wisconsin when they bear the Wisconsin state inspection shield on the immediate package.  The products being recalled, however, incorrectly bear the Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program version of the USDA Mark of Inspection, which requires federal acceptance into the program.  Because the establishment is not part of the CIS program, products they produced and distributed bearing the CIS program version of the USDA Mark of Inspection cannot be sold through interstate commerce.

The products subject to recall include: [View Label (PDF Only)]

  • 6-oz. or 12-oz. packages of “Bolzano Artisan Meats All Natural Uncured, Old School Salami,” 6/6-oz. or 3/12-oz. packages per case (UPC 7935 7389 6360)
  • 6-oz. or 12-oz. packages of “Bolzano Artisan Meats All Natural Uncured, Pamplona Runner Salami,” 6/6-oz. or 3/12-oz. packages per case (UPC 7935 7389 6353)
  • 6-oz. or 12-oz. packages of “Bolzano Artisan Meats All Natural Uncured, Fin Oh Kee Oh Na Salami,” 6/6-oz. or 3/12-oz. packages per case (UPC 7935 7320 3564)
  • 6-oz. or 12-oz. packages of “Bolzano Artisan Meats All Natural Uncured, Pig Red Salami,” 6/6-oz. or 3/12-oz. packages per case (UPC 7935 7320 3571)
  • 6-oz. or 12-oz. packages of “Bolzano Artisan Meats All Natural Uncured, Pitzotl Salami,” 6/6-oz. or 3/12-oz. packages per case (UPC 7935 7322 1698)
  • 6-oz. or 12-oz. packages of “Bolzano Artisan Meats All Natural Uncured, RauchZwiebel Salami,” 6/6-oz. or 3/12-oz. packages per case (UPC 7395 7320 3588)

The products subject to recall were produced between Sept. 20, 2013 and March 15, 2014, include batch numbers 1208 to 1214, and bear the CIS program version of USDA Mark of Inspection with the establishment number “EST. 692SEWI.” Cases containing the products subject to recall may bear the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) inspection label, but the individual product packages may be misbranded with the CIS program version of the USDA Mark of Inspection.  Products bearing the Wisconsin state inspection shield on the immediate package are not subject to this recall.  The recalled products were distributed for institutional and retail sales nationwide as well as sold over the internet.

The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel after receiving information about the product being in commerce.  The company began using new packaging labels with the CIS program USDA Mark of Inspection before implementing all federal requirements that would authorize use of the USDA Mark of Inspection through the CIS program.  Wisconsin state inspection personnel were not aware of the application of labels, and have been assisting FSIS in the investigation of this issue.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products.