The U.S. Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) released its most recent summary of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States. The reports found that 818 foodborne outbreaks were reported in the US in 2013, which is consistent with the 800-850 outbreaks reported in past years.

When we purchase a bag of “pre-washed” lettuce, we expect it to be pre-washed and have no trace of parasites. However, a recent report has been released stating that nearly 400 people have been sickened due to packaged salad mixes. What’s even more alarming is the fact that state and federal officials are refusing to identify the brand or producer of the prepackaged salad mix that is being blamed for these illnesses. The cyclospora outbreak has sickened nearly 400 people in 15 states.

According to the FDA on June 3, Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company LLC of Trumansburg, NY is recalling 12 wheels of GOUDA cheese manufactured on December 20, 2012. he results of U.S. Food and Drug Administration product sampling revealed the presence of GOUDA Cheese contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes Type 1.

Cantaloupes contaminated with salmonella and Listeria have been reported over the past few months and years. Cantaloupes seem more likely than any other fruits and vegetables to carry pathogens. If you believe that you or a member of your family have been sickened due to contaminated produce, please contact us immediately.

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 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 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.

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

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