Outbreak alert: Listeria in frozen vegetables in Australia and New Zealand

First it happened in Europe, and then in the land down under.

Like the United Kingdom did last month, Australia and New Zealand have recalled a wide amount of frozen vegetable products due to concerns of Listeria contamination — specifically Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall involves the same supplier as the overseas recall, […]

Outbreak alert: Listeria in the United Kingdom, parasites in the United States

Foodborne illness outbreaks — and the resulting food product recalls — have garnered no small amount of attention in the news in recent weeks. Here are two of the bigger ones.

Listeria in frozen vegetables

A major supermarket supplier in the United Kingdom has recalled 43 frozen vegetable products due to the risk of Listeria […]

Listeria: What food processors need to know

Listeria is a genus of bacteria commonly found in soil and water that has the potential to be found in food processing plants. Contamination with Listeria is one of the biggest food safety concerns that food producers and processors face. When consumed, the pathogenic strain of the bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes, causes listeriosis, a potentially serious […]

Largest recorded Listeria outbreak attributed to ready-to-eat meat

After months of investigation, the likely cause of the world’s largest-ever recorded Listeria outbreak has been narrowed down: ready-to-eat processed meat.

The South African outbreak has been ongoing since early 2017, with nearly 1,000 reported cases of listeriosis — 183 resulting in the deaths of infected persons, 79 of which were just babies.

This week, […]

Listeria in Polish salmon likely from environmental contamination

A listeriosis outbreak from contaminated salmon earlier this year has been identified as a probable case of environmental contamination, according to experts.

The implicated salmon was processed in Poland and sold primarily in Denmark, and Listeria monocytogenes from the same isolate as the Danish outbreak was later found at a French retailer. Genetically linked isolates […]

Listeria sickens more than 550, leaves 36 dead in South Africa

A major outbreak of listeriosis has sickened more than 550 people in South Africa, with a reported 36 deaths due to the illness.

The large outbreak is highly unusual for the country. In a typical year, South Africa records just 60–80 cases of listeriosis. Authorities are currently investigating the source of this outbreak, which has […]

Recent recall results in frozen food fears

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The frozen food section has been hit once again with a large recall of more than 350 frozen fruits and vegetables including green beans, broccoli, peas and blueberries sold under 42 brands at several different grocers in the U.S and Canada. Announced last week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

Politicians prove pasteurization is a pretty good idea

State health officials in West Virginia are investigating an illness outbreak that could be linked to drinking raw milk. This comes just days after a bill allowing West Virginians to drink raw milk was passed, and some of the lawmakers responsible for getting the bill passed, drank raw milk in celebration and later became ill.

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Science: Use therMOMeter to keep dad safe on Sunday

With Father’s Day around the corner, many will see charcoal smoke wafting through their neighborhoods as families come together around the grill in celebration of dad. However, grilling outdoors doesn’t mean food safety rules stay inside, Carla Haley-Hadley, Miller County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said in a recent […]

Study: Listeria thrives in retail delis

Your favorite deli sandwich may come with an unexpected side, according to a new study that took thousands of samples at retail delis around the U.S and found some of the highest rates of the foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes ever recorded.

In healthy individuals, eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may lead to common food […]