Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. is recalling of Dole brand Baby Spinach with Tender Reds from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Dole Baby Spinach with Tender Reds 142 g Best Before 18-AU-04
All time codes starting with W202011
0 71430 06069 8

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

NICD updated this Listeria Outbreak at the end of July.  Of note, the numbers of ill have continued to drop following the recall of Tiger Brands Enterprise Foods polony in March. However, it appears that some of the “recalled” product is still being consumed.  NICD’s partial report is below.

1,060 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported from 01 January 2017 to 17 July 2018. The number of new cases reported each week has decreased since the implicated products were recalled on 04 March 2018 with no new cases of listeriosis reported during the week prior to release of this sitrep (Figure 1). Neonates ≤28 days of age are the most affected age group (42%, 443/1 060), followed by adults aged 15 – 49 years of age (32%, 334/1 060) – Figure 2. Most cases have been reported from Gauteng Province (58%, 614/1 060), followed by Western Cape (13%, 136/1 060) and KwaZulu-Natal (8%, 83/1 060) provinces (Table 1). Final outcome (i.e. death or discharge) is known for 76% (806/1 060) of total cases to date; 27% (216/806) with known outcome died.

Following a recall of the implicated products, the number of cases has steadily decreased. However, it is anticipated that cases could still be reported for the following reasons:

  • The incubation period of listeriosis can be up to 70 days.
  • The implicated products have a long shelf life and it is possible that despite the recall some products have not been removed from retail or consumer’s homes.
  • Cross-contamination at retail and in the home can occur.

Post recall (05 March 2018 to date), all new cases of laboratory-confirmed listeriosis are contacted by IMT members, and a comprehensive food history is obtained. Exposure to food products implicated in the listeria outbreak is determined.

Of 87 post-recall cases, 65 have been interviewed to date.

Of those interviewed, 38/65 (58%) of ill people or their proxy reported consuming polony prior to their illness onset; brands manufactured by Tiger Brands Enterprise Foods were most commonly reported to have been consumed where brand of polony was known.

Prior to 2017, an average of 60 to 80 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases per year (approximately 1 per week), were reported in South Africa. In July 2017, an increase in laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis was reported to National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) which triggered further investigation. On 05 December 2017, the listeriosis outbreak was declared by the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi. The source of the outbreak was identified as ready-to-eat processed meat products manufactured at Tiger Brand’s Enterprise Foods’ Polokwane production facility. A recall of affected products was initiated on 04 March 2018.

Frozen corn and possibly other frozen vegetables are the likely source of an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that has been affecting Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom since 2015.

Experts used whole genome sequencing to identify the food source, which initially was thought to be limited to frozen corn. As of 8 June 2018, 47 cases including nine deaths had been reported.

The same strains of L. monocytogenes have been detected in frozen vegetables produced by the same Hungarian company in 2016, 2017 and 2018. This suggests that the strains have persisted in the processing plant despite the cleaning and disinfection procedures that were carried out.

The available information confirms the contamination at the Hungarian plant. However, further investigations, including thorough sampling and testing, are needed to identify the exact points of environmental contamination at the Hungarian plant. The same recommendation applies to other companies belonging to the same commercial group if environmental contamination is detected.

On 29 June 2018, the Hungarian Food Chain Safety Office banned the marketing of all frozen vegetable and frozen mixed vegetable products produced by the affected plant between August 2016 and June 2018, and ordered their immediate withdrawal and recall. This last measure is likely to significantly reduce the risk of human infections and contain the outbreak. All freezing activity at the plant has been stopped.

New cases could still emerge due to the long incubation period of listeriosis (up to 70 days); the long shelf-life of frozen corn products; and the consumption of frozen corn bought before the recalls and eaten without being cooked properly.

To reduce the risk of infection, consumers should thoroughly cook non ready-to-eat frozen vegetables, even though these products are commonly consumed without cooking (e.g. in salads and smoothies). This applies especially to consumers at highest risk of contracting listeriosis – such as the elderly, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems.

The number of new cases reported each week has decreased since the implicated products were recalled on 04 March 2018 (Figure 1).

Neonates ≤28 days of age are the most affected age group, followed by adults aged 15 – 49 years of age (Figure 2).

Most cases have been reported from Gauteng Province (58%, 611/1 049), followed by Western Cape (13%, 132/1 049) and KwaZulu-Natal (8%, 80/1 049) provinces (Table 1).

There have been 209 deaths.

Listeriosis outbreak situation report _11June2018_final

  • The number of reported cases per week has decreased since the implicated products were recalled on 04 March 2018 with a total of 64 cases reported since 5 March 2018 (average 6.4 cases/week), whereas 249 cases were reported for the 10-week period prior to the recall (average 24.9 cases/week).
  • Prior to 2017, an average of 60 to 80 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases per year (approximately 1 per week), were reported in South Africa. In July 2017, an increase in laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis was reported to National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) which was followed by investigations into the reported increase. On 05 December 2017, the listeriosis outbreak was declared by the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi. The source of the outbreak was identified as ready-to-eat processed meat products manufactured at Enterprise Foods’ Polokwane production facility. A recall of affected products was initiated on 04 March 2018.

  • 1 034 cases have been reported from 01 January 2017 to 16 May 2018. The number of new cases reported each week has decreased since the implicated products were recalled on 04 March 2018 (Figure 1). Neonates ≤28 days of age are the most affected age group, followed by adults aged 15 – 49 years of age (Figure 2). Most cases have been reported from Gauteng Province (59%, 606/1 034), followed by Western Cape (13%, 130/1 034) and KwaZulu-Natal (7%, 75/1 034) provinces (Table 1).

  • All clinical isolates received at NICD are undergoing whole genome sequencing (WGS). A total of 543 clinical isolates have undergone WGS to date (Figure 1); 92% (499/541) belong to the sequence type 6 (ST6) outbreak strain, and the remainder belong to thirteen different sequence types.
  • Listeriosis outbreak situation report draft _21May2018_final

Frozen broccoli contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria has been found at Stop & Shop’s store on Ellington Road in South Windsor, and the chain is recalling the product. State food inspectors found the listeria-tainted, 16-ounce “Private Brands Frozen Broccoli Cuts” during a routine test of sample products at the store and the supermarket chain issued the recall on Monday. The product code for this broccoli is “UPC 068826700926” and the packages’ use-by code is “BEST BY MAR 15 2020.” Stop & Shop issued a voluntary recall on the frozen broccoli based on the results of tests done by the state Department of Consumer Protection.

Giant Food Stores, with locations across Maryland, said Wednesday it is voluntarily recalling frozen broccoli under its own label because it may have been contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Private Brand Frozen Broccoli Cuts (16 oz.) with a sell-by date of March 15, 2020 and UPC code 68826700926 are being recalled by the grocery chain after a supplier notified the company of the possible contamination. Giant/Martin’s has removed all affected product from its shelves and urges customers to return the product to their local store for a full refund, according to a news release. While there have been no reports of illnesses to date, the frozen vegetable product is being recalled as a precautionary measure after a product sampled by the state of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria Monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. It’s also particularly dangerous to pregnant women, as it can cause miscarriages and still births. Healthy people usually only suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Anyone who has these symptoms are urged to seek medical attention.

Hickory Harvest Foods is recalling snack packs of nuts and dried fruits from grocers, convenience stores and truck stops in more than 30 states after company testing found Listeria monocytogenes contamination in a production plant.

The recall notice from the Akron, OH, company said no confirmed illnesses have been reported in connection with the fruit and nut products. The recalled products are sold under several brands. Hickory Harvest distributed the products to Liberty Snacks, Heinens, Pilot Flying J, Travel Centers, Diamond Gasoline, and Petro locations.

The specific products subject to this recall are:

•9-ounce Hickory Harvest Island Fruit Mix in plastic resealable bags with the UPC number 0-36232-06052-9 and lot number/best-by date of 032019;  

•9-ounce Heinens Organic Nut Mix in plastic deli tubs with the UPC number  0-36232-01871-1 and lot number/best-by date of 031919; 

•1.3-ounce Liberty Snacks Raw Almonds in plastic tube bag with the UPC number 8-04879-17157-7 and lot number/best-by date of 031919;  

•1.6-ounce Liberty Snacks Almond Raisin Mix in plastic tube bag with the UPC number 8-04879-17158-4 and lot number/best-by date of 032019;  

•1-ounce Liberty Snacks Natural Pistachios in plastic tube bag with the UPC number 8-04879-17158-4 and a lot number/best-by date of 032019; and  

•1.2-ounce Liberty Snacks Honey Cashews in plastic tube bag with the UPC number 8-04879-17154-4 and lot number/best-by date of 032119.  

Hickory Harvest distributed the recalled productsin the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, NC, ND, NE, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WY.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors about the possible exposure to the pathogen. Symptoms can include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Also, anyone who has eaten the recalled products should monitor themselves during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure for symptoms to develop.

Listeria monocytogenes is a microscopic organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and fetal infection in pregnant women.

Hickory Harvest Foods of Akron, Ohio is voluntarily recalling specific lots due to the potential exposure to Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes,an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and fetal infection in pregnant women. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

Items include:

9 oz. Island Fruit Mix in a plastic resealable bag
9 oz. Organic Nut Mix in our plastic deli tubs
1.3 oz. Raw Almonds in plastic tube nut bag
1.6 oz. Almond Raisin Mix in plastic tube nut bag
1 oz. Natural Pistachios in plastic tube nut bag
1.2 oz. Honey Cashews in plastic tube nut bag

There have been no reported consumer illnesses to date in association with this product. This recall was initiated after Hickory Harvest staff performed routine in house environmental testing, the presence of Listeria monocytogenes on a piece of production equipment.

These items were sold at Liberty Snacks, Heinens, Pilot Flying J, Travel Centers, Diamond Gasoline, and Petro locations in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, NC, ND, NE, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WY.

No other Hickory Harvest Foods products are impacted by this voluntary recall.

The following products are included in this product recall:

Item UPC
Item Description
Lot Numbers
0-36232-06052-9
Hickory Harvest: Island Fruit Mix
032019
0-36232-01871-1
Heinens: Organic Nut Mix
031919
8-04879-17157-7
Liberty Snacks: Raw Almonds
031919
8-04879-17158-4
Liberty Snacks: Almond Raisin Mix
032019
8-04879-17158-4
Liberty Snacks: Natural Pistachios
032019
8-04879-17154-4
Liberty Snacks: Honey Cashews
032119

Hickory Harvest Foods:
Island Fruit Mix

The lot number is the best if purchased by date 03/20/19, located on the back of the bag. Consumers that have any of these bags, please dispose of your product.

Heinens:
Organic Nut Mix

The lot number is the best if purchased by date 03/19/19, located on the bottom of the tub.
Consumers that have any of these bags, please dispose of your product.

Liberty Snacks:
Raw Almonds

The lot number is the Best By: 03/19/19, located on the front of the bag.
Consumers that have any of these bags, please dispose of your product.

Liberty Snacks:
Almond Raisin Mix

The lot number is the Best By: 03/20/19, located on the front of the bag.
Consumers that have any of these bags, please dispose of your product.

Liberty Snacks:
Natural Pistachios

The lot number is the Best By: 03/20/19, located on the front of the bag.
Consumers that have any of these bags, please dispose of your product.

Liberty Snacks:
Honey Cashews

The lot number is the Best By: 03/21/19, located on the front of the bag.
Consumers that have any of these bags, please dispose of your product.

According to press reports, the listeriosis epidemic is under control now that meat products from Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken have been recalled, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told Parliament on Tuesday. “Since the recall, we have had fewer than five cases a week in the past five weeks compared to 40 a week before the recall,” Motsoaledi said during his R205bn Budget Vote in Parliament.

According to the NICD report released today, 1,033 laboratory confirmed cases (728 ill, 204 dead) have been reported from 01 January 2017 to 10 May 2018. The number of reported cases has decreased since the implicated products were recalled on 04 March 2018.

Neonates ≤28 days of age are the most affected age group, followed by adults aged 15 – 49 years of age.

Most cases have been reported from Gauteng Province (59%, 605/1 033), followed by Western Cape (13%, 130/1 033) and KwaZulu-Natal (7%, 75/1 033) provinces.

The findings of the NICD are in summary:

  • 92% of clinical isolates taken from case-patients belong to listeria sequence type 6 (ST6) and are genetically similar confirming that a single strain of listeria is responsible for the outbreak
  • 86% of patients interviewed reported eating polony in the month before falling ill with listeriosis
  • The isolates taken from patients and from the Enterprise Foods’ Polokwane production facility (the post-cooking area and final production clips and casing) are 99.99% similar, linking the L. monocytogenes ST6 strains
  • 7 samples of ready-to-eat processed meat products taken at the Enterprise Factory in Polokwane on February 15, 2018 tested positive for the ST6 outbreak strain. The samples were taken by the NICD accompanied by two WHO food safety experts.

According to the NICD, these findings are irrefutable evidence that:

  • Enterprise Foods and by extension Tiger Brands Limited are the source of the listeria outbreak.
  • The ST6 strain of Listeria responsible for the outbreak was not just found in the environment of the Enterprise Foods Polokwane operations as some commentators suggest, but also on the final product. NICD Press Statement.

To Tiger Brands’ credit, it has been transparent with its test results.  Its transparency support of the NICD findings is hopeful for its customers that suffered as a result of the Listeria-tainted product.  Tiger Brands should be commended for its willingness to provide the results in a public forum.

Here is the Tiger Brands’ announcement in full:

Results of Independent Tests carried out in respect of the presence of Listeria monocytogenes ST6 type (“LST6”) Shareholders are referred to the SENS announcement issued by the Company on 5 March 2018, relating to an order issued by the National Consumer Commission for the Company to conduct a recall of certain identified Enterprise products. In that announcement, it was stated that in a batch of one of its products tested by the Company on 14 February 2018, the presence of the ST6 strain could not be confirmed and that the relevant samples had been sent to an external laboratory for the identification of the strain. The test results were received on 15 March 2018, but these had proved inconclusive and, as a result, the samples were sent for further re-testing.

The purpose of this announcement is to update shareholders on the results of the independent laboratory re-testing which was carried out in respect of the presence of LST6 in the above samples which were manufactured at the Enterprise Polokwane processing facility. On 24 April 2018, Tiger Brands received confirmation of the presence of LST6 in these samples. As reported previously, we have been actively engaging with the Department of Health and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases on our findings and will continue to collaborate with them on the actions taken to date to actively address our findings.

The Enterprise facilities in Polokwane, Pretoria and Germiston still remain closed while remedial work continues. An arrangement has been concluded between Pork Packers (which is based in Clayville) and our pig suppliers to contract slaughter on their behalf with effect from 2 May 2018.

“Now it is time to take care of the victims and to work with government, the industry and the public to see that an outbreak like this never, ever occurs again,” said, US Food Safety Attorney, William Marler, who is acting as a consultant to the South Africa Listeria Class Action.

National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), updated the outbreak of Listeria on 3 May 2018.

As of 24 April 2018, a total of 1,024 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases have been reported to NICD since 01 January 2017. Since the recall 7 weeks ago, a total of 55 cases have been reported, whereas for the 7 weeks prior to the recall, 169 cases were reported. All cases that have been identified after the recall are being fully investigated.

Prior to 2017, an average of 60 to 80 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases per year (approximately 1 per week), were reported in South Africa. In July 2017, an increase in laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis was reported to National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) which was followed by investigations into the reported increase. On 05 December 2017, the listeriosis outbreak was declared by the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi.

The source of the outbreak was identified as ready-to-eat processed meat products manufactured at Enterprise Foods’ Polokwane production facility. A recall of affected products was initiated on 04 March 2018.

1,024 cases have been reported from 01 January 2017 to 24 April 2018. The number of reported cases has decreased since the implicated products were recalled on 04 March 2018.  Neonates ≤28 days of age are the most affected age group, followed by adults aged 15 – 49 years of age. Most cases have been reported from Gauteng Province (59%,601/1 024), followed by Western Cape (13%, 128/1 024) and KwaZulu-Natal (7%, 73/1 024) provinces.  There are 200 reported deaths.

Whole-genome sequencing analysis has been performed on 521 clinical isolates to date. Of these, 85% (443/521) were identified as sequence type (ST) 6. The remaining isolates (15%, 83/521) represented 19 sequence types including, ST1, ST54, ST876, ST2, ST5, ST204, ST219. ST224, ST71, ST101, ST121, ST155, ST3, ST403, ST515, ST7, ST8 and ST88.

Whole genome sequencing has been performed on 595 food and environmental isolates. Of these, 13% (79/595) were identified as ST6. The remaining isolates (87%, 516/595) represented 26 sequence types, including ST20, ST1, ST121, ST5. ST321, ST9, ST155, ST2, ST3, ST87, ST120, ST378, ST101, ST108, ST2288, ST31, ST7, ST11, ST122, ST14, ST37, ST4, ST54, ST76 and ST88.

The Full Report: http://www.nicd.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Listeriosis-outbreak-situation-report-draft-_27April-2018_fordistribution.pdf