Blue Bell Pleads Guilty in 2015 Ice Cream Listeria Outbreak

The ice cream company pleaded guilty and agreed to pay more than $19 million in fines and settlements related to the 2015 episode, federal prosecutors said Friday.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Food Contamination and Poisoning Listeriosis Recalls and Bans of Products Shutdowns (Institutional) Kruse, Paul (1954- ) Blue Bell Creameries LP Food and Drug Administration Brenham (Tex) Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts Factories and Manuf Source Type: news

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Seven people in five states have been infected with the listeria strain, resulting in several hospitalizations and one death.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Food Contamination and Poisoning Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Food and Drug Administration Georgia Almark Foods Listeria Monocytogenes Listeriosis Eggs Source Type: news
Murat Bağcıoğlu1,2†, Martina Fricker1†‡, Sophia Johler2 and Monika Ehling-Schulz1* 1Functional Microbiology, Institute of Microbiology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, Austria 2Institute for Food Safety and Hygiene, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland The Bacillus cereus group comprises genetical closely related species with variable toxigenic characteristics. However, detection and differentiation of the B. cereus group species in routine diagnostics can be difficult, expensive and laborious since current species desi...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Conclusion Starter cultures are an important tool that contributes to ensure the safety of fermented meat products. Indeed, the microorganisms that constitute starter cultures may inhibit or reduce the growth of spoilage and/or pathogenic populations through mechanisms, such as production of certain metabolites or competitive exclusion. Thus, the use of starter cultures may reduce the need for chemical additives, such as nitrites and nitrates. Furthermore, the lower residual levels of nitrates and nitrites detected in fermented meat products inoculated with starter cultures are due to the ability of starters to metabolize...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Publication date: February 2019Source: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, Volume 26, Issue 2Author(s): Nasser A. Al-Shabib, Fohad Mabood Husain, Rais Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Shavez Khan, Mohammad Zubair Alam, Firoz Ahmad Ansari, Sameen Laeeq, Mohammad Zubair, Syed Ali Shahzad, Javed Masood Khan, Ali Alsalme, Iqbal AhmadAbstractFoodborne pathogens are one of the major cause of food-related diseases and food poisoning. Bacterial biofilms and quorum sensing (QS) mechanism of cell–cell communication have also been found to be associated with several outbreaks of foodborne diseases and are great threat to food safety. The...
Source: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 17 April 2018 Source:Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences Author(s): Nasser A. Al-Shabib, Fohad Mabood Husain, Rais Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Shavez Khan, Mohammad Zubair Alam, Firoz Ahmad Ansari, Sameen Laeeq, Mohammad Zubair, Syed Ali Shahzad, Javed Masood Khan, Ali Alsalme, Iqbal Ahmad Foodborne pathogens are one of the major cause of food-related diseases and food poisoning. Bacterial biofilms and quorum sensing (QS) mechanism of cell-cell communication have also been found to associated with several outbreaks of foodborne diseases and are great threat to food safety. Therefore, In the pr...
Source: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
It took officials 12 months to identify the source of the outbreak, which has led to nearly 200 deaths in South Africa.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Listeriosis Food Contamination and Poisoning Meat Recalls and Bans of Products Listeria Monocytogenes World Health Organization Johannesburg (South Africa) Source Type: news
[Bhekisisa] Two companies -- Enterprise and Rainbow Foods -- have been implicated in the world's biggest listeria outbreak.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
There have been almost 750 cases of listeriosis in South Africa so far, and the source of the food poisoning infection remains unknown
Source: New Scientist - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research
Jo Robertson was recently inside the home of a dead man she’d never met. There were messages on the answerphone, so she pressed play and a male American voice cheerfully said, “Hi, how are you?” The next message was the same voice, asking if the man was OK because he hadn’t called him back. A third message said, “What’s going on? Please get back to me”. Finally, the friend’s fourth message said, “Something must have happened. If anyone is listening to this please contact me.” Jo wasn’t trespassing. She was in the dead man’s home because she’s an ...
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Conclusion This laboratory study principally demonstrates that salad leaf juice – released from salad leaves when they are damaged or broken – supports the growth of salmonella bacteria, even at fridge temperature. If leaves are contaminated with salmonella, this isn't removed by washing in water. The results don't show that all packaged salad leaves are contaminated with gut bacteria like salmonella. What they do show is that if the bags have been contaminated with gut bacteria, these bacteria will replicate, even in the fridge, and there's little you can do to remove them. The best thing to do is to throw t...
Source: NHS News Feed - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Source Type: news
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