A new Consumer Reports test of 284 samples of fresh greens—such as lettuce, spinach, and kale—found six samples tainted with Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly bacteria. The samples were purchased at several grocery store chains including Acme, Costco, Hannaford, and Whole Foods.

Two of these samples were packaged, prewashed greens—a spinach and an organic spinach-spring

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