News Roundup: Listeria Outbreak

In the past week, several food manufactures have recalled their products due to a Listeria outbreak. The recall has affected about half a dozen companies and includes the death of three patients at a Wichita, Kansas hospital. 

This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts discussing the most recent Listeria outbreak.

Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Blue Bell Creameries Ice Cream Products. CDC. “Listeriosis is a life-threatening infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium (germ) Listeria monocytogenes. People at high risk for listeriosis include pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems.”

Amy's Kitchen Recall: What to Know About Spinach Listeria Outbreak.  ABC News. “Listeria is a bacterium that lives in animals' digestive tracts but can cause an illness called listeriosis when consumed by humans. This happens when fruit and vegetable crops are contaminated by animal waste. That can happen because of tainted irrigation or wash water, or because animals got into the field.”

What a Massive Spinach Recall Teaches Us About Food SafetyTime. “While some preventative measures—like basic hygiene for everyone who touches the produce—are relatively simple to achieve, identifying sources of contamination in the field is more difficult, Gombas explains. “By the time you get a positive detection, you’re days away from when the contamination event occurred,” he says.”

Sabra Dipping Company Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Select SKUs of Its Classic Hummus.  FDA. “Sabra Dipping Co., LLC announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This measure is limited to five SKUs of Classic Hummus sold nationwide.  To date, no other Sabra product is affected by this recall.”


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