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While you were Sleeping – Listeria and E. coli Recalls

I have a cold, so woke up in the middle of the night only to find my inbox filled with recall notices.

Listeria Recall:  In what must be the most recalled product in the last six months, smoked salmon was recalled a few hours ago.  MKG Provisions of Miami, FL is recalling Atlantic Smoked Salmon Batch# 1768 consisting of several brands of products listed below which have 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 product batch # 1768 was distributed during the time period from January 23, 2013 through February 1, 2013 to Gold Kosher of North Miami Beach, FL, Sally Sherman Salads of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Boca Raton Resort & Club, In Boca FL. US Foodservice South Florida, US Foodservice Baltimore, Deer Run of Longwood, FL, L’Chaim of Delray Beach, FL, Prestige Smokehouse of Riviera Beach, FL, and Best Value of Miami, FL. There is a square sticker placed on the bag of each product which reads the lot# 1768.

The recall was the result of an audit by the Florida Department of Agriculture where finished product lab testing contained bacteria.  See Recalled Product List.

E. coli O157:H7 Recall:  Canada has been having its share of E. coli outbreaks and recalls over the last few months too.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canada Safeway Limited are warning the public not to consume The Gourmet Meat Shoppe and The Butcher’s Cut brands of Frozen Beef Burgers described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

Northwest Territories. Canada Safeway Limited, Calgary, Alberta, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

This recall is the result of E. coli O157:H7 product testing by the CFIA related to an ongoing outbreak investigation. The CFIA is currently conducting a food safety investigation at the producing facility to determine if any additional products may be affected.  See Recalled Product List.