With Listeria outbreaks being reported across the United States linked to Deli Meat , Cheeses and Mushrooms, it is a good idea to remember how deadly this pathogen is.

Listeria is a bacterium that causes a serious infection called listeriosis. Around 300 deaths in the United States are caused by Listeria infection each year, according

One mystery Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak has sickened 254.

And, FDA (and state health departments and the CDC), I still am not sure why you closed the investigation with nearly 400 sick (100 hospitalized) into the Investigation of “Adverse Event Reports: French Lentil & Leek Crumbles (June 2022)” linked to Daily Harvest other than to say

Mary Kay Billman

Mrs. Billman ate ice cream at the 3350 Bahia Vista in Sarasota, Florida location on January 2022, and died of a Listeria infection on January 29, 2022.  She left a husband, children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Billman fell ill on or around January 27, 2022, with symptoms consistent with Listeria. Mrs. Billman was

Congress passed the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938 in reaction to growing public safety demands.  The primary goal of the Act was to protect the health and safety of the public by preventing deleterious, adulterated or misbranded articles from entering interstate commerce.  Under section 402(a)(4) of the Act, a food product is

Listeria monocytogenes is a deadly bacteria that hospitalizes over 95% of those with confirmed cultures and kills at least 25%. The most vulnerable are women who are pregnant, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. The incubation period (between ingestion and symptom onset) is 3 to 70 days.

Why a company that knows it

The good thing about both practicing food law for a long time and having a foodborne epidemiologist on staff is that we have the history of these outbreaks at our fingertips.

YearState/MultistateAgentIllHospitalizedDiedBrand
2021-2022MultistateListeria monocytogenes23221Big Olaf Creamery
2014WashingtonListeria monocytogenes220

Key Facts:

States impacted: Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey

23 sick

22 hospitalized

1 death and 1 fetal loss

The Florida Department of Health, CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several other states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are collecting different types of data 

This is a crime.

We are now beyond four years from the date that the NICD announced the association between Tiger Brands’ polony products and the outbreak, and the work done by all parties has only generated more evidence that the NICD’s and Tiger Brands’ conclusions are accurate. There is no evidence to the contrary.