Listeria monocytogenes Lawyer

Inspired Organics, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of Organic Sunflower Butter due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. 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.

The product was distributed exclusively by Lipari Foods. LLC in Warren, Michigan to food service and retail stores throughout Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada.

The affected product can be identified by:

Brand Product Lipari Item # Size Best By Date Lot # UPC
Inspired Organics Organic Sunflower Butter 967064 16oz 10/2019 099 863669742526

This was brought to our attention by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) after product testing returned positive test results for potential for Listeria monocytogenes. We are working closely with the manufacturer, MDARD, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to understand the cause of the situation and ensure that all affected product has been pulled from commerce. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Lipari Foods began shipping the product on April 17, 2018.

Lipari Foods, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of Premo Brand turkey and cheese wedge sandwiches produced and packaged by sister company JLM due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenesListeria 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.

The products were produced on August 8, 2018 and distributed to food service and retail stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Brand Product Lipari Product # Weight Enjoy By Date Lot # UPC
Premo Brand Turkey & Cheese Wedge 915516 5 OZ 08/31/2018 08201808 612510002018

Products were distributed under the following brand names: Premo Brand. The affected products can be identified by:

This was brought to our attention by JLM after additional environmental testing initiated by the Food and Drug Administration following a previous recall returned positive test results for potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. JLM employs a rigorous quality and testing program; however, despite the quality of their programs, they are initiating this recall out of an abundance of caution. We are working closely with JLM and the FDA to understand the cause of the situation and ensure that all affected product has been pulled from commerce.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Lipari Foods began shipping the product on August 9, 2018.

A.        Sources, Characteristics, and Identification

Listeria is the common name for the pathogenic or disease-causing bacterium known as Listeria monocytogenes.  It is a foodborne bacterium that, when ingested, causes an infection known as listeriosis.[1]  Approximately 2,500 illnesses and 500 deaths are attributed to listeriosis in the United States annually.[2]

Listeria is ubiquitous in the environment, and can be isolated from wild and domestic animals, birds, insects, soil, wastewater, and vegetation.  The bacterium easily comes into contact with farm animals, as it has been found to be present in grazing areas, stale water, and poorly prepared animal feed.  In addition to being present in the environment, Listeria can live in the intestines of humans, animals, and birds for long periods of time without causing infection.  Because Listeria is present in nearly every environment—including in some food processing facilities—numerous opportunities for contamination exist during the food production process.[3]

Listeria prevention—particularly in food processing facilities—is both a necessary and obvious concern.  To this end, food processing facilities must follow sanitary procedures designed to prevent Listeria contamination; the failure to do so is careless in the face of such a pervasive threat to food safety.

Healthcare providers frequently overlook Listeria as a possible cause of illness due to its unusual growth capabilities.  First, laboratories sometimes have a difficult time growing Listeria.  When it is grown, Listeria can be confused with other less harmful contaminants and disregarded.  Second, while most bacteria grow poorly when temperatures fall below 40°F, Listeria survives at temperatures from below freezing to body temperature, and grows best at the 0°F to 50°F range, which includes the temperature range used for freezing and refrigeration.

Due to its unusual growth capabilities, Listeria may be transferred in common ready-to-eat foods that have been kept properly refrigerated.  Thus, Listeria presents many challenges because of its ability to grow in diverse environments.  These host factors, along with the amount of bacteria ingested and the virulence of the strain, determine the risk of disease.

B.        Who is most susceptible to Listeria monocytogenes infection?

Several segments of the population, including pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, are particularly at risk for listeriosis.  The body’s defense against Listeria and other intracellular pathogens is called “cell-mediated immunity” because it depends on the body’s cells (as opposed to antibodies), especially lymphocytes called “T-cells.”  Therefore, it is not surprising that individuals whose cell-mediated immunity is suppressed are more susceptible to the devastating effects of listeriosis.

Pregnant women naturally have a depressed cell-mediated immune system; many think that this occurs so that the mother’s immune system will not reject the fetus.  In addition, the systems of fetuses and newborns are very immature; they are extremely susceptible to intracellular pathogens.  Other adults, especially transplant recipients[4] and lymphoma patients, are given necessary therapies with the specific intent of depressing immune T-cells, and these individuals become especially susceptible to Listeria as well.  The elderly and certain debilitated patients are at increased risk for listeriosis.

C.        Symptoms of Listeriosis

It is believed that the ingestion of fewer than 1,000 Listeria bacteria can cause human illness.  The incubation period—i.e., the time between ingestion of bacteria and the onset of symptoms—for Listeria infection ranges from 3 to 70 days, and averages 21 days.[5]

A person with listeriosis usually experiences fever, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea.  Five days to three weeks after ingestion, Listeria bacteria can invade all body areas, including the central nervous system, heart, and eyes.[6]  If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, loss of balance, confusion, reduced alertness (obtundation), and convulsions can occur.  With brain involvement, listeriosis sometimes mimics a stroke.

Listeria remains an important threat to public health, especially among those most susceptible to this disease.  With an increasing immunocompromised population, the risk multiplies.  The fact that Listeria is a disease easily transmitted from mother to fetus through the placenta is worrisome to an expectant mother, especially since pregnant women themselves rarely show outward signs of the devastating infection.  Even with prompt treatment, some infections result in death.  This is particularly likely in the elderly and in persons with other serious medical problems. Continue Reading Everything Anyone Needs To Know About Listeria

Oasis Brands, Inc. of Miami, FL is recalling select lots of various Lacteos Santa Martha products with Best by dates of 07/01/14 through 12/31/14, because the products has 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.

The recalled products were distributed in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina from April 1st thought October 14, 2014 to distributors and retail stores. The products can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) sticker on the label of the plastic bag of 07/01/14 through 12/31/14.

  • Queso Seco Centroamericano (Dry White Cheese) 1Lb UPC 876593 001874
  • Queso Seco Olanchano (Dry Cheese) 1Lb UPC 635349 000840
  • Queso Seco Hondureno (Dry Cheese) 12oz UPC 876593 001690
  • Quesito Casero (Fresh Curd) 12oz UPC 635349 000406
  • My Queso (Latin Flavor Cheese) 1Lb UPC 635349 000406
  • Queso Cuzcatlan (Salvadorean Flavor Cheese) 1Lb UPC 635349 000406
  • Queso para Freir (Cheese for Frying) 12oz UPC 635349 000758
  • Queso Fresco (Fresh Cheese) 12oz UPC 635349 000703
  • Cuajada en Hoja Queso Casero Hecho a Mano (Fresh Curd) 12oz UPC 635349 000895
  • Crema Centroamericana (Soft Blend Dairy Spread) 1Lb UPC 876593 001898
  • Mantequilla Hondurena (Honduran Style Cream) 1Lb UPC 635349 000772
  • Crema Nica (Grade A Cultured Cream) 1Lb UPC 635349 000468
  • HonduCrema Olanchana (Olanchana Style Soft Blend Dairy Spread) 1Lb UPC 635349 000598
  • Crema Guatemalteca (Guatemalan Style Cream) 1Lb UPC 635349 000819
  • Crema GuateLinda (Guatemalan Style Cream) 1Lb UPC 635349 000390
  • Crema Cuzcatlan (Salvadorean Style Cream) 1Lb UPC 635349 000444

The recall is the result of routine sampling by The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Inspectors and subsequent FDA environmental samples that revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The company ceased production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.