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    October 6, 2021 - It is possible to get food poisoning from cheese. Raw cheese soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk can contain harmful bacteria, including E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella. Pasteurized cheese food poisoning can occur as well, mainly from contamination during processing or distribution.

    Product: Cheese

    The FDA is currently investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes. As of October 06, 2021, a total of 20 people infected with Listeria monocytogenes have been reported. No specific product has been linked to this investigation as of today. This investigation is ongoing.

    According to CDC, Listeriosis... See More is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, and Listeria outbreaks are often linked to dairy products and produce.

    This illness is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems. Other people can be infected with Listeria, but they rarely become seriously ill.

    Some CDC recommendations to prevent Listeriosis:

    - Do not eat raw or lightly cooked sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts).
    - Don’t let juice from hot dog and lunch meat packages get on other foods, utensils, and food preparation surfaces. For people at higher risk avoid eating hot dogs, lunch meats, cold cuts, other deli meats, or fermented or dry sausages unless they are heated to an internal temperature of 165°F or until steaming hot just before serving. Wash hands after handling hot dogs, lunch meats, and deli meats
    - Only consume pasteurized milk and milk products, including soft cheese, ice cream, and yogurt. Look for the word “pasteurized” on the label. If in doubt, don’t buy it!
    - Eat cut melon right away or refrigerate it. Throw away cut melons left at room temperature for more than 4 hours.

    In case you are experiencing listeria monocytogenes symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance.

    For more details, check the FDA outbreak investigations site: fda.gov

    Source: FDA & CDC
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    UPDATE August 11, 2021

    As of August 11, 2021, a total of 28 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 8 states (AZ, CT, IL, IN, MI, MN, NV and NY). 11 people were hospitalized and no deaths were reported. Recall... See More for frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken products by Serenade Foods linked to this outbreak was issued by FSIS on August 9, 2021. The investigation is ongoing.

    June 2, 2021

    The CDC and the USDA-FSIS are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteriditis infections linked to raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products. As of June 2, 2021, a total of 17 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 6 states (AZ, IL, IN, MI, MN, and NY), 8 people were hospitalized and no deaths were reported.

    According to the FSIS, the products may be labeled "chicken cordon bleu", chicken with “broccoli and cheese”, or "chicken Kiev", and while they may appear to be ready-to-eat they are in fact raw and need to be fully cooked before consumption. They issued a public health alert to remind consumers about the proper handling and cooking of raw poultry products.

    Both CDC and FSIS, advise consumers to read carefully the labels on raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products., always cook poultry products to an internal temperature of 165°F, and never eat raw or undercooked poultry.

    In case you are experiencing salmonella symptoms like diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance.

    To read more about the CDC Outbreak investigation check: cdc.gov

    Check the full FSIS Public Health alert notice here: fsis.usda.gov

    Source: CDC and FSIS
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    The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating an ongoing multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses.

    As part of this outbreak investigation, the Connecticut Department of Public Health collected product samples of El Abuelito-brand Hispanic-style fresh and... See More soft cheeses from a store where a sick person bought cheeses. Sample analysis showed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in samples of El Abuelito Queso Fresco sold in 10 oz packages, marked as Lot A027 with an expiration date of 02/26/2021. Samples are currently undergoing Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) analysis to determine if the Listeria monocytogenes found in these samples is a match to the outbreak strain. At this time, there is not enough evidence to determine if this outbreak is linked to El Abuelito Queso Fresco.

    FDA advises consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, sell, or serve El Abuelito Queso Fresco cheese until more information is known. FDA and state partners are working with the firm to recall the affected lot and to determine if additional products should be recalled. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

    As of February 17, 2021, there are reports of seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and Virginia. Six of the seven ill people are Hispanic. Of the four people interviewed, three reported eating at least one type of Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses, and all three reported eating queso fresco.

    You can check the FDA announcement here fda.gov

    Source: FDA
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    A multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections potentially linked to Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses is currently being investigated by the FDA, CDC, and state & local health agencies. Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses are currently the leading hypotheses for the cause of the Listeria infections.

    As... See More of now, there are reports of seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and Virginia. Six of the seven ill people are Hispanic. Of the four people interviewed, three reported eating at least one type of Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses, and all three reported eating queso fresco.

    For more information and to read the announcement click here: fda.gov
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    The CDC, along with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and state and local partners, is investigating an ongoing multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to deli meats.

    As of October 22, 2020, a total of 10 people infected with the outbreak... See More strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from Florida, Massachusetts, and New York. All 10 ill people were hospitalized. One death has been reported from Florida. 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.

    A specific type of deli meat and common supplier have not yet been identified. Listeria bacteria can spread easily to other foods and surfaces. The bacteria in a contaminated deli product may spread to other deli meats and cheeses in shared display cases or equipment at deli counters. A traceback investigation is ongoing to determine if there is a specific type of deli meat or a common supplier linked to illness.

    More information -

    To read the CDC Announcement: cdc.gov

    Source: CDC
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