Tag Archives: LISTERIA

FDA Releases Report on Inspection and Environmental Sampling of Ice Cream Production Facilities for Harmful Bacteria

  A large number of pathogen-related recalls of ice cream (16 over the three-year period of 2013, 2014, and 2015) and a deadly outbreak of listeriosis in 2015 that was linked to ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries (reported here), spurred a special assignment by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Specifically, FDA conducted inspections … Continue Reading

United Airlines Faces Multiple Food Safety Whistleblower Lawsuits

United Airlines is facing three whistleblower lawsuits filed by employees who reported food safety concerns at its Newark catering facility.  The suits have been filed by United’s former senior manager of food safety, Marcia Lee; the General Manager of the Newark catering facility, Eliot Mosby; and Newark Food Safety Manager, Gustavo Moya—who allege that, after … Continue Reading

WHO Names South African Listeria Outbreak World’s Largest

According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), South Africa is currently in the middle of the largest listeria outbreak ever seen.  As of this week, the outbreak has sickened almost 1,000, with at least 180 fatalities, and has received extensive press coverage globally (see e.g., here and here).  The cause of the outbreak has been … Continue Reading

Roos Blues

Roos Foods pleads guilty to FD&C Act violation in connection with 2014 Listeria outbreak. Thanks to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), FDA now has the authority to suspend a food facility’s registration where there is a “reasonable probability” (of which the facility is or should be aware) that exposure to food will cause serious adverse … Continue Reading

Ameliorative Agreements

Blue Bell signs agreements with three states to address Listeria contamination. As previously covered on this blog, Blue Bell Creameries has been dealing with the aftermath of a multi-state listeriosis outbreak linked to consumption of its ice cream products.  FDA has published inspectional observations for Blue Bell production facilities, indicating the company’s awareness of food … Continue Reading

Friday Follow-Up

House Agricultural Committee votes to repeal COOL requirements. As covered on this blog earlier this week, the World Trade Organization (WTO) rejected the U.S. appeal of a ruling regarding the propriety of its country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products.  The WTO’s latest action means that its earlier ruling against the COOL requirements … Continue Reading

The Cost of an Outbreak

ConAgra to pay $11.2 million in connection with Salmonella outbreak. In 2006-2007, Peter Pan peanut butter produced by ConAgra Foods, Inc. was recalled in connection with a nationwide Salmonella Tennessee outbreak.  The outbreak resulted in hundreds of infections and hospitalizations across 44 states.  The contamination ultimately was traced to plant and equipment conditions in a … Continue Reading

Blue Bell Blues

FDA issues public update regarding listeriosis outbreak linked to ice cream products. FDA has many tools in its arsenal to prevent and respond to food contamination issues; these include the Agency’s inspection power and various enforcement authorities (e.g., warning letters, mandatory recall orders in class I situations, administrative detention, seizure, suspension of facility registration).  In … Continue Reading

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