July 25, 2012  Gills Onions has extended an earlier voluntary recall on diced, slivered and whole peeled onions and diced onion/celery mix with use-by-dates on or before August 3, 2012.  The FDA recently conducted investigations in the Gills Onion Facility where they identified Listeria.  The recalled products were shipped to retailers in Canada, and the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and

July 24, 2012 Sartori Inspirations, manufacturer of the Ciolo and Piccolo line of artisanal pesto, dips, tapenades and spreads, initiated a recall on items containing onions from Gills Onions, which may be contaminated by Listeria.  The items potentially affected are sold at Whole Food Markets located in CO, TX, CT, WA, and MD.  Items containing Gills Onion recall were recalled when the company was notified by the FDA that a randomly selected diced onion tested positive for Listeria

According to a press release issued on May 18, River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC of Salinas, California is initiating a voluntary recall of retail and foodservice bagged salads. The packaged vegetables were found to have the potential of being contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes following a series of routine, random marketplace tests conducted by the Food & Drug Administration.

Food poisoning traced to New York’s Putnam County Buddhist temple celebrating Mother’s Day struck at least 150 people last Sunday, including 20 visitors from New York’s Chinatown on a trip to Woodbury Common. Eric Gross, spokesman for the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, said the incident started at a Buddhist Day Garden Party at the Chuang-yen Temple in the town of Kent, where at least 700 people attended.

Have you noticed the increased amount of reported foodborne illness outbreaks lately? The CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Americans are exposed to a foodborne illness each year. Symptoms from bacteria such as Campylobacter, Salmonella and E. Coli can last up to two days and include fever, diarrhea and abdominal craps. Severe complications may lead to life threatening infections, profuse bleeding, kidney failure and even death.