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CDC reports: Listeria Outbreak linked to deli meats

The CDC reported that ten people were infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes in three states (Florida, Massachusetts, and New York). All 10 ill people were hospitalized. One death has been reported from Florida. Epidemiological data suggest that deli meat is a likely source of this outbreak. In interviews with 9 ill people, all reported eating Italian-style meats, such as salami, mortadella, and prosciutto. They reported purchasing prepackaged deli meats and meats sliced at deli counters at various locations. The specific type of meat has not been identified yet. WGS showed that bacteria isolated from ill people were closely related genetically. @


Former Blue Bell Creameries CEO is charged in connection with alleged Listeria contamination cover-up

A Texas grand jury charged Paul Kruse, Blue Bell Creameries’ who served as the company’s CEO and president from 2004 to 2017, with wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with an alleged cover-up of the company’s 2015 Listeria outbreak, the Department of Justice announced. According to the indictment, Texas state officials notified Blue Bell in February 2015 that two ice cream products from the company’s Brenham, TX, factory tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Kruse allegedly directed employees to remove potentially contaminated products from store freezers without notifying retailers or consumers of the real reason. Kruse instructed employees to tell customers who asked about the removed items that there was an “unspecified issue with a manufacturing machine,” the indictment alleges. The ice cream was linked to 10 Listeria cases in four states and resulted in three deaths in Kansas.  In May, the company pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for distributing adulterated food products and agreed to pay $19.3 million in fines for shipping contaminated ice cream during the 2015 Listeria outbreak. The company closed its facilities in April 2015 to clean and update the facilities and has taken significant steps to enhance sanitation processes @

Former Blue Bell Creameries CEO faces charges in connection with alleged listeria contamination coverup

A Texas grand jury charged Paul Kruse, Blue Bell Creameries’ former CEO and president, was charged with wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with an alleged cover-up of the company’s 2015 listeria outbreak, the Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.


Coronavirus Disease among Workers in Food Processing, Food Manufacturing, and Agriculture Workplaces

A study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases by the CDC found that among 742 food and agriculture work locations surveyed in 30 states, 8,978 workers had confirmed COVID-19, and 55 workers died. The ethnical mix shows that 36.5% of workers are Hispanic or Latino, 52.6% are non-Hispanic White, 5.9% are non-Hispanic Black, 3.5% are non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander, and 1.5% are of other non-Hispanic race or ethnicity groups. Among workers with COVID-19 for whom race or ethnicity data were reported, 72.8% were Hispanic or Latino, 6.3% were non-Hispanic Black, and 4.1% were non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander. The data suggest that Hispanic or Latino, non-Hispanic Black, and non-Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander workers in these workplaces might be disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Testing in meat and poultry processing facilities showed widespread COVID-19 outbreaks and identified high proportions of asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections.  @

We describe coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among US food manufacturing and agriculture workers and provide updated information on meat and poultry pr…

Warning letter to The Lennox, International, animal food manufacturer after Salmonella recall

The Lenox facility’s FDA inspection was a compliance follow-up inspection to assess corrections made since the Class I recall of pig ear pet treats due to Salmonella traced back to the company. The nationwide outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Cerro, Derby, London, Infantis, Newport, Rissen, and I 4,[5],12:i:-, which resulted in 154 illnesses, including 35 hospitalizations, in 34 States. The inspection found that the company did not have a written food safety plan, did not take measures to assure hygienic practices by employees, did not clean animal food contact surfaces of equipment as necessary, and did not use cleaning and sanitizing agents that are safe and adequate. FDA noted that sampling and testing is not on its own a good indicator of contamination within a product lot. @