Response to Listeria monocytogenes outbreak in frozen vegetables from Hungary

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Last year, it was announced that frozen corn was the likely source of a widespread Listeria monocytogenes outbreak […]

Report: Listeria is deadliest foodborne pathogen, according to European data

A new report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Food Safety Authority analyzes 2017 data from the 28 members of the European Union as well as nine other European countries.

The most fatal foodborne pathogens, the report found, were:

Listeria, with 255 deaths Salmonella, with 156 deaths Campylobacter, with […]

A year in review: 2018’s foodborne illness outbreaks

While the official numbers aren’t in yet, the trend of 2018’s foodborne illness outbreak situation seems to be “more isn’t always a bad thing.”

Over the course of the year, food safety experts have pointed out that, at first glance, the number of outbreaks seems to be increasing. But the truth is, something else is […]

Listeria Right Now™ AOAC-certified for additional surfaces

Neogen’s one-hour Listeria Right Now™ environmental pathogen detection system has been certified by the AOAC for use with samples on three additional surfaces.

Listeria Right Now achieved its original AOAC approval (license number #081802) in August for use with samples obtained from stainless steel and sealed concrete surfaces. The test kit has now also been […]

Science: Research opens windows for Listeria antibiotic treatment

Listeriosis, or infection with the foodborne pathogen Listeria, affects nearly 1,600 people each year in the U.S. alone. Most cases pass after a few days either without treatment or with an antibiotic like ampicillin. However, a recent discovery may have opened up a powerful antibiotic as a treatment option, possibly changing the way we handle […]

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, […]

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, […]

Individually quick freezing and Listeria: What’s happening

Recalls of individually quick frozen foods (IQF) have been widespread recently throughout the U.S. and Canada after Listeria was found in a food production facility during a random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Over 24 IQF products shipped throughout the U.S. and Canada were recalled, including broccoli, cauliflower, stir fry medleys, and vegetable […]

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 […]