May 6, 2019

Warning Letter 575444

VIA UPS

Luconda M. Dager, President
Velvet Ice Cream Company, Inc.
11324 Mount Vernon Road
Utica, OH 43080

Dear Ms. Dager:

The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) inspected your Ready-to-Eat (RTE) ice cream manufacturing facility, located at 11324 Mount Vernon Road, Utica, Ohio from January 23 to

The definitive article on the devastating 2017-2018 Listeria Outbreak linked to Tiger Brand Polony dropped into my inbox by Anthony M. Smith, Nomsa P. Tau, Shannon L. Smouse, Mushal Allam, Arshad Ismail, Ntsieni R. Ramalwa, Bolele Disenyeng, Mimmy Ngomane, and Juno Thomas – Foodborne Pathogens and Disease – http://doi.org/10.1089/fpd.2018.2586

In South Africa, a progressive increase

  • FDA inspectors found Listeria in 19 of the plants (21 percent) and Salmonella in one
  • More than half of the facilities (45) had 39 objectionable and 39 insanitary practices
  • Six facilities were selected for extremely unsanitary practices
  • The findings prompted three voluntary recalls,

According to an FDA Press Release today:

 

“Inspecting food facilities and collecting

The CDC and several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to deli-sliced meats and cheeses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are monitoring the outbreak.

As of April 15, 2019, 8 people infected with the outbreak strain of 

Following the declaration of the Listeria outbreak in December 2017, a multi-sectoral outbreak response was initiated. Findings were shared by the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi at a public media briefing on 4 March 2018 (statement available at www.nicd.ac.za), and are summarized below. In addition, the National Department of Health requested a full recall

Grand Strand Sandwich is recalling Lunch Box Italian Subs, Lunch Box Ham & Swiss Croissants and Lunch Box Ham & Cheese Frozen Wedges due to a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with

Johnston County Hams, a Smithfield, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 89,096 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat deli-loaf ham items were produced from April 3, 2017 to Oct. 2, 2018. The following products

South Africa on Monday declared an official end to the world’s worst recorded listeria outbreak after it killed 216 people and sickened more than 1,000 since early 2017.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said no news cases had been recorded over the past three months.

Health officials announced in March that they had traced the outbreak