According to a FDA notice on November 30, VEGGIE PATCH® is voluntarily recalling two of its products—The Ultimate Meatless Burger and Falafel, due to a risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and occasionally fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.

According to a report issued by CNNMoney on November 8, Nestle is recalled more than 200,000 canisters of its chocolate drink mix Nesquik due to possible salmonella contamination. People infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

According to a press release issued on October 3, Krasnyi Oktyabr located at 60 20th Street, Brooklyn NY 11232 is recalling their Beer Set Dried Rudd product. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors discovered the food safety issue during a routine inspection, and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel confirmed the fish had not been properly eviscerated prior to processing.

According to a press release issued on September 26, Forever Cheese Inc. is notifying consumers of an expanded recall of all Marte brand Ricotta Salata Frescolina cheese, originally announced on September 14 due to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

According to a press release issued on September 22, Trader Joe’s is voluntarily recalling its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because of potential contamination with Salmonella. At this time, no confirmed illnesses directly linked to this product have been reported. This recall has been set in place because Trader Joe’s wants to ensure the health and safety of their customers, crew, and quality of their products.

According to a press release issued on September 17, Peterson Company is recalling their Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand cheese that came from its supplier Forever Cheese of Long Island City, NY. Forever Cheese recalled this product due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

According to a press release issued on September 12, Whole Foods Market announced that it is recalling its ricotta salata sold in 21 states and Washington, D.C. that came from the supplier Forever Cheese Inc. of Long Island City, NY.  Forever Cheese recalled this product because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, E. coli outbreaks are on the rise. Though there are only a handful of confirmed cases each year in Dutchess Country, former student Caitlin Holt’s lawsuit against Wappingers Central School District after a 2010 outbreak brings light to potential dangers within the U.S. food system. 18-year-old Holt was hospitalized for kidney damage, and is suing her former school district for medical costs and alleged pain and suffering.

According to a press release issued on August 22, Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc. of Owensville, Indiana, is voluntarily recalling all of its cantaloupes from the 2012 growing season that may remain in the marketplace. There is concern that the cantaloupes may be contaminated with Salmonella. People infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

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