Centre for Enteric Diseases (CED) and Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response, Outbreak Response Unit (ORU), National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)/ National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS).

As of 14 February 2018, 872 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD from all provinces since 01 January 2017 (Figure 1). Most cases have been reported from Gauteng Province (59%, 517/872) followed by Western Cape (13%, 111/872) and KwaZulu-Natal (7%, 62/872) provinces. Cases have been diagnosed in both public (64%, 559/872) and private (34%, 205/872) healthcare sectors. Diagnosis was based most commonly on the isolation of Listeria monocytogenes in blood culture (73%, 640/869), followed by CSF (22%, 183/869). Where age was reported (n=849), ages range from birth to 92 years (median 23 years) and 43% (352/829) are neonates aged ≤28 days (Figure 2). Of neonatal cases, 97% (342/346) had early-onset disease (birth to ≤6 days). Females account for 53% (466/868) of cases where gender is reported. Outcome is known for 597/872 (68%) patients of whom 164 (27%) have died.

 

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New York Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball today warned consumers in Rensselaer County and the surrounding area not to consume unpasteurized raw milk from the David Phippen Farm, which does business as Breese Hollow Dairy, due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Breese Hollow Dairy is located at 454 Breese Hollow Rd. Hoosick Falls, NY 12090. To date, no illnesses are known by the Department to be associated with this product.

A sample of the milk collected by an inspector from the Department of Agriculture and Markets on January 30, 2018 was discovered to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. On February 2, 2018 the producer was notified of a preliminary positive test result. Breese Hollow Dairy voluntarily suspended sales of the product upon being notified of the preliminary positive test result. Further laboratory testing completed on February 6, 2018 confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the raw milk sample. The producer is now prohibited from selling raw milk until subsequent sampling indicates the product is free from harmful bacteria.

The Department recommends that any consumers who purchased raw milk from Breese Hollow Dairy immediately dispose of it and call the Department at 518-457-1772 if they have questions.

Listeria monocytogenes causes listeriosis, which can be a serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, cancer patients, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy persons may suffer short-term, flu-like symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.  Listeriosis can cause also miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

It is important to note that raw milk does not provide the protection of pasteurization. Pasteurization is a process that heats milk to a specific temperature for a period of time to kill the bacteria responsible for numerous illnesses and diseases such as listeriosis, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria, and brucellosis. Pasteurization of milk is recognized internationally as an effective means of preventing outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, including listeriosis.

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Stop & Shop in Warwick is issuing a consumer alert regarding deli sliced meat and cheese because of potential exposure to Listeria monocytogenes.

This alert pertains to deli sliced meat and cheese sold between January 18th and February 2rd. Customers who purchased deli sliced meat and cheese at this store during this period should discard these products and bring their receipts to Stop & Shop for full refunds.

The deli is temporarily closed while it is being professionally cleaned.

There have been no confirmed illnesses associated with this issue to date. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and people with HIV infection or people undergoing chemotherapy.

Consumers in possession of these products should discard them immediately.

Panera Bread is conducting a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes.  This recall was initiated after samples of one variety of 2 oz. cream cheese from a single production day showed a positive result for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative.

Panera Bread is issuing a voluntary recall of all varieties of the 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese.  The products included in the recall are all varieties (see below) of unexpired 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before 4/2/18. This recall only affects cream cheese sold in Panera Bread United States bakery cafes and does not affect Panera Bread Canadian bakery cafes or any other Panera Bread food products.

According to the FDA, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Affected 2 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties (example pictured below):  Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.

Affected 8 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties (example pictured below):  Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.

National Frozen Foods Corporation (NFFC) is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Not-Ready-To Eat Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) green beans and IQF mixed vegetables because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Following cooking preparation instructions on the labels of master cases or packages will effectively reduce the risk of exposure to this bacterium

This press release includes recalled products distributed to foodservice accounts in bulk and packaged containers in AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, ID, IL, KS, MI, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, TN, TX, VA, and WA. The products being recalled listed below were distributed between August 18, 2017 and January 12, 2018.

The recalled items can be identified by the date codes printed on the back of the 32oz. sized bag or the side of the master case. Only the following codes are affected by this recall:

Brand Listed on Packaging Commodity Net Weight NFFC Item #
Customer #
Lot Information / Code Printed On Packaging
Bountiful Harvest Foundations Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 22486-11918
2229881
17100903A02
Bountiful Harvest Originals Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 22486-11908
2229871
17100903A02
Monarch Capri Blend 20 LB. 58108-00602
670229
38511-7H11G3N
Monarch Capri Blend 20 LB. 58108-00602
670229
38511-7H11H3N
NW Treasure Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 62406-90007
3828405
17102603A02
Simplot Classic Meadow Blend 32 oz. 71179-67166 965AUG081705H
Sysco Classic Cut Green Beans 32 oz. 74865-04977
1435197
17102703A03
Sysco Imperial Whole Green Beans 32 oz. 74865-24917
2101855
17102703A03
(No Brand Name) Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 15001-01070 38627-7H28A3N
(No Brand Name) Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 15001-01070 38627-7H28B3N
(No Brand Name) Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 15001-01070 38627-7H28C3N
(No Brand Name) Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 15001-01070 38627-7H28D3N
(No Brand Name) Cut Green Beans 30 LB. 15001-01070 38627-7H28E3N
Valamont* Cut Green Beans 32 oz. 72608-12082 38474-7H08F3N
Valamont Cut Green Beans 20 LB. 72608-12150 38510-7H11F3N
The World’s Harvest* Cut Green Beans 32 oz. WRH99-FV021 38475-7H08F3N
The World’s Harvest* Cut Green Beans 32oz. WRH99-FV021 38475-7H08G3N

* The 32 oz. inner clear poly bag has only lot code printed.

The recall was initiated based on a 3rd party test result of the IQF Green Beans only by a downstream customer that revealed that the finished products may potentially be contaminated with the bacteria. There has been no report of human illness to date.

Rich Products Corporation, a Vineland, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat (RTE) frozen beef meatball items were produced on Dec. 17, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 36-lb. cases containing six 6-lb. bags of “Member’s Mark Casa DI BERTACCHI ITALIAN STYLE BEEF MEATBALLS” with a “Best if Used By 17 DEC 2018” label and a lot code of 15507351 on the packaging.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 5336” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

The problem was discovered on Jan. 24, 2018 when FSIS received notification from the firm that they shipped adulterated product into commerce.

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.

Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets are issuing a voluntary recall by AFC Sushi on all varieties of packaged sushi made with tuna that were sold at delis within their stores.

The companies say the manufacturer is recalling the products because of possible listeria contamination of the tuna.

“To date, affected sushi has only been found at the Price Chopper stories in Edwardsville, PA (180 Westside Mall, Edwardsville, PA) and Rotterdam, NY (1879 Altamont Avenue, Rotterdam, NY) but, as a precaution, the sushi made with tuna manufactured by AFC Sushi has been recalled from all of the chain’s stores,” the companies said in a release.

The companies said many customers who purchased the items have already been contacted through their SoundBite notification program. Anyone else who is concerned they may have affected product can check the list of UPC codes and affected products below:

  • 2301200013 Plus Trio
  • 2301200017 Sushi Ultimate
  • 2301200023 Sushi Delight
  • 2301200024 Sushi Deluxe
  • 2301200026 Rock & Roll
  • 2301200037 Chef Sampler C
  • 2301200038 Chef Sampler D
  • 2301200039 Chef Sampler E
  • 2301200040 Jalapeno Roll
  • 2301200050 Spicy Roll (BR Rice)
  • 2301200070 Done Deal Roll
  • 2301200100 Spicy Roll
  • 2301200110 Hawaiian Roll
  • 2301200121 Rainbow Roll
  • 2301200210 Rainbow Roll Special
  • 2301200211 Super Calif Mix
  • 2301200212 Super Spicy Mix
  • 2301200252 Sunny Delight Party Tray
  • 2301200701 Happy Heart Platter
  • 2301250190 Red Chili Roll
  • 2301286181 Sashimi Sampler
  • 2301286209 G-Shock Roll
  • 2301286481 Chef Sampler A
  • 2301286482 Chef Sampler B
  • 2301290115 Hybrid Roku Platter
  • 2301290116 Hybrid Go Tray
  • 2301290117 Hybrid Yon Tray
  • 2301290118 Hybrid San Platter
  • 2301290119 Hybrid Ni Platter
  • 2301290120 Hybrid Ichi Platter
  • 2301290138 Spicy Tuna Roll SP
  • 2301290169 Spicy Tuna Roll SP (BR)
  • 2301290245 HYBRID MINI PLATTER
  • 2301290360 CLASSIC YUMMY ROLL
  • 2301290375 ABURI ALASKAN CHEESE ROLL
  • 2301290376 ROASTED EEL & CUKE ROLL
  • 2301290377 SEARED TUNA & MISO MAYO R
  • 2301290378 SHRIMP DYNAMITE ROLL
  • 2301290379 TUNA TATAKI ROLL
  • 2301290380 UNA MAYO ROLL

Fieldbrook Foods Corporation of Dunkirk NY has issued a voluntary recall of 20 cases of the Tops brand of Orange Cream Bars and 320 cases of the Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream Bars due to the possibility that the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled Top’s Orange Cream Bars were sold in Tops retail stores located in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Vermont.  The product comes in a 12 ct retail box (pictures attached).  The product has a production date of December 18, 2017 and a “best by” date of December 18, 2018.

The recalled Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars were sold in Meijer retail stores located in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. The product comes in a 12 ct retail box (pictures attached). The product has a production date of November 30, 2017 and a “best by” date of November 30, 2018.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in another production lot that has been fully contained.

Springfield Smoked Fish of Springfield, MA is expanding their voluntary recall of smoked fish products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeriainfection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Recalled products were distributed and sold at retail stores and wholesale establishments in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania from May 2017 through December 2017. Product was also sold nationwide through online sales.

The initial recall was limited to 1lb pre-sliced Nova Salmon produced on 11/24/17. The recall expansion includes product produced between May 22, 2017 and December 12, 2017, the date the facility ceased production of the products.

These products were sold under the brand names Springfield Smoked Fish and Rachael’s Springfield Smoked Fish.

Product Description Sizes Lot #’s UPC#
Smoked Salmon – all species 4 oz. 15171 through 45172 045049113342, 045049113250, 045049113359
8 oz. 045049113083, 045049113274, 045049113304
1 lb. 045049112086, 811907018018
5lb. 045049112079
1 1/4.lb n/a
3 lb. 045049150613, 045049111065
Sliced sides (catch weight) n/a
unsliced sides (catch weight) n/a
trimmings/chips 045049113212
wings and bellies 045049111256
ground/spreadable 045049113236, 045049112413
Whitefish Meat 5 lb. bag 18171 through 43171 045049117111
Belly Lox  4 oz. and sliced sides 13171 through 33171 045049113311
Smoked Chubs  Catch weight 34171 through 46171 n/a
Smoked Bluefish  Catch weight 34171 045049117357
Smoked Trout  6 oz. 17171 through 42171 045049117258
Smoked Whole Whitefish  Catch weight 17171 through 46171 n/a
Smoked Sable  Catch weight 20171 through 33171 n/a
Kippered Salmon  Catch weights 22171 through 41171 045049117012
Hot Smoked Salmon Steaks Catch weights 43471 n/a
Smoked Whitefish Spread  8 oz. & 4lb 25171 through 46171 045049117432
25171 through 46171 045049117418
Cream Cheese Spreads 8 oz. & 5lb Use by 12/15/17  through 2/9/18
Spreadable Plain 045049117708
Lox 045049117760
Scallion 045049117746
Veggie 045049117739
Strawberry 045049117784
Hot and Spicy 045049117920
Whitefish Salad 8 oz. & 5lb use by 12/15/17 through 2/9/18 045049117425
045049117425

Boston Salads – Private Label

Scallion Cream Cheese Spread  5lb use by 12/15/17 through 2/9/18 611140151721
Veggie Cream Cheese Spread 5lb use by 12/15/17 through 2/9/18 611140151714

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall expansion was initiated as a result of environmental and product sampling conducted by the firm. Springfield Smoked Fish is committed to ensuring consumer safety and providing quality products and ingredients to customers.  The company is working diligently to determine the root cause and continues working with food safety experts to implement corrective actions and preventative measures.

Hundreds of Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji and Golden Delicious apples are being recalled because of possible listeria contamination.

Jack Brown Produce, out of Sparta, MI, is recalling the apples shipped by one of its suppliers on Dec. 11 through Dec. 16.

The apples were distributed in several states, including Michigan, and consist of the following types of apples sold under the brand name “Apple Ridge”:

  1. Honeycrisp apples in two-pound clear plastic bags
  2. Gala, Fuji, and Golden Delicious apples in 3-pound clear plastic bags
  3. Fuji and Gala apples in 5-pound red-netted mesh bags
  4. Gala, Fuji and Honeycrisp apples that were tray-packed/individually sold

The potentially-affected product can be identified by the following lot numbers printed on the bag label and/or bag-closure clip:

  • Fuji: NOI 163, 165, 167, 169, 174
  • Honeycrisp: NOI 159, 160, 173
  • Golden Delicious: NOI 168
  • Gala: NOI 164, 166 on either the product labels and/or bag-closure clip.

If you bought Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious Apples under the brand name “Apple Ridge” on or after December 11, 2017 are urged to destroy the product.