FDA: Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Javiana Potentially Linked to Tailor Cut Produce Fruit Mix, Winter 2019 FDA’s investigation continues. Food service companies and institutions should not serve recalled products

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January 2, 2020
Recommendation
FDA, CDC and state and local partners are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella Javiana. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicate that fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes from Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick, New Jersey, is a potential source of this outbreak.

The firm recalled the fruit mix, called Fruit Luau, as well as cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe and cut pineapple products on December 7. Food service and institutional food operators should not sell or serve the recalled products.

Tailor Cut Produce reports that their products may be found in restaurants, banquet facilities, hotels, schools, long-term care facilities and institutional food service establishments in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Because the recalled products may have been distributed to nursing homes, schools, hospitals and other facilities that cater to vulnerable populations, it is important that these facilities do not sell or serve them. Please consult with your distributor to confirm the source of the fruit mix and cut fruit used in your operation.

Background
As of December 30, 2019, CDC is reporting 96 illnesses confirmed by Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) in CA, CO, CT, DE, IL, MN, NJ, NY, PA, VA, and WA. Illnesses were reported from states where Tailor Cut Produce distributes, including Pennsylvania, New York City, New Jersey, and Delaware. Ill people from other states reported traveling to these states in the week before their illness started. CDC reports only cases confirmed by WGS, and these numbers may differ from the numbers that states are investigating.

FDA’s inspection at Tailor Cut Produce is ongoing. FDA is currently collecting records to support a traceback investigation and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

On this Page
What Products are Recalled?
What is Salmonella?
General Food Safety Tips for Retailers
General Food Safety Tips for Consumers
Previous Updates
Who to Contact
Additional Information
Case Counts
Total Illnesses: 96
Hospitalizations: 27
Deaths: 0
Last illness onset: December 10, 2019
States with Cases: CA, CO, CT, DE (39), IL, MN, NJ (12), NY (4), PA (34), VA, WA

What Products are Recalled?
Tailor Cut Produce of New Jersey, recalled its Fruit Luau mix, which contains cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes, as well as cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe and cut pineapple products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled fruit products were distributed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware between November 15 and December 1, 2019. More recall information can be found on the FDA website. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.

Box of Tailor Cut Produce of New Jersey
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella are a group of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illness and fever called salmonellosis. Most people infected with Salmonella will begin to develop symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness, salmonellosis, usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment.

Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. More severe cases of salmonellosis may include a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases may become fatal.

Children younger than five, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe salmonellosis infections.

General Food Safety Tips for Restaurants and Retailers
Restaurants and retailers should always practice safe food handling and preparation measures. It is recommended that employees wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after handling food.

Regular frequent cleaning and sanitizing of food contact surfaces and utensils used in food preparation may help to minimize the likelihood of cross-contamination.
Wash and sanitize display cases and refrigerators regularly.
Wash and sanitize cutting boards, surfaces, and utensils used to prepare, serve, or store food.
Wash hands with hot water and soap following the cleaning and sanitation process.
General Food Safety Tips for Consumers
People should consult their healthcare provider if they suspect that they have developed symptoms that resemble a Salmonella infection.

Consumers should follow these steps for preventing foodborne illness:

Wash the inside walls and shelves of the refrigerator, cutting boards and countertops, and utensils that may have contacted contaminated foods; then sanitize them with a solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach to one gallon of hot water; dry with a clean cloth or paper towel that has not been previously used.
Wash and sanitize surfaces used to serve or store potentially contaminated products.
Wash hands with warm water and soap following the cleaning and sanitation process.
Consumers can also submit a voluntarily report, a complaint, or adverse event (illness or serious allergic reaction) related to a food product.

Produce items should be rinsed in clean, running water without the use of cleaners or soaps. After washing, dry produce with a clean cloth towel or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present on the surface.

Even if you do not plan to eat the skin, it is still important to wash produce first so dirt and bacteria are not transferred from the surface when peeling or cutting produce.

Scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush.

Previous Updates
December 11, 2019

According to CDC, there are currently 11 illnesses confirmed by Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) in Pennsylvania and Minnesota. The person from Minnesota traveled to New York at the time of infection. CDC reports only cases confirmed by WGS, and these numbers may differ from the numbers that states are investigating but are awaiting WGS confirmation to be included in the outbreak.

FDA has initiated an inspection at Tailor Cut Produce and is currently collecting records to support a traceback investigation. FDA will continue its investigation and provide updates as more information becomes available.

December 09, 2019

FDA and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella Javiana in Pennsylvania. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicate that fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes from Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick, New Jersey, are a potential source of this outbreak. The firm recalled the fruit mix, called Fruit Luau, as well as cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe and cut pineapple products on December 7.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) reports that it is investigating 33 laboratory-confirmed illnesses of Salmonella at four healthcare facilities in southeast Pennsylvania. Salmonella Javiana has been identified among cases at three of four facilities. According to the Pennsylvania DOH the epidemiologic evidence collected thus far indicates that the Fruit Luau fruit mix (which contains cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes) from Tailor Cut Produce is a potential source of the illnesses. The state’s review of invoices shows that a common food eaten by many case patients was this fruit mix.

FDA has activated a team to coordinate its outbreak investigation. On December 6, 2019, the FDA and the Pennsylvania DOH shared the results of the investigation thus far with the firm, and the firm’s leadership stated that they would work with FDA to implement a recall of the products. On December 7, Tailor Cut Produce announced a recall.

FDA will continue its investigation and provide updates as more information becomes available.

December 6, 2019

FDA and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella Javiana in Pennsylvania. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicate that fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes from Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick, New Jersey, are a potential source of this outbreak.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) reports that it is investigating 31 laboratory-confirmed illnesses of Salmonella at four healthcare facilities in southeast Pennsylvania. Salmonella Javiana has been identified among cases at three of four facilities. According to the Pennsylvania DOH the epidemiologic evidence collected thus far indicates that this fruit mix is a potential source of the illnesses. The state’s review of invoices shows that a common food eaten by many case patients was the fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes from Tailor Cut Produce.

FDA has activated a team to coordinate its outbreak investigation. On December 6, 2019, the FDA and the Pennsylvania DOH shared the results of the investigation thus far with the firm, and the firm’s leadership stated that they would work with FDA to implement a recall of this product.

FDA will continue its investigation and provide updates as more information becomes available.

Who to Contact
Consumers who have symptoms should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care.

To report a complaint or adverse event (illness or serious allergic reaction), you can

Call an FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator if you wish to speak directly to a person about your problem.
Complete an electronic Voluntary MedWatch form online.
Complete a paper Voluntary MedWatch form that can be mailed to FDA.
Visit http://www.fda.gov/fcic for additional consumer and industry assistance.

FDA: Dianne’s Fine Desserts Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut Allergen in Product Sienna Turtle Brownie Item Number 8495241115 Lot Code 19198

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https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/diannes-fine-desserts-issues-allergy-alert-undeclared-peanut-allergen-product-sienna-turtle-brownie?utm_campaign=Dianne%27s%20Fine%20Desserts%20Issues%20Allergy%20Alert%20on%20Undeclared%20Peanut%20Allergen&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

Summary
Company Announcement Date:
December 31, 2019
FDA Publish Date:
December 31, 2019
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
May contain undeclared peanuts
Company Name:
Dianne’s Fine Desserts
Brand Name:
Sienna Bakery
Product Description:
Chocolate Turtle Brownie
Company Announcement
Dianne’s Fine Desserts of Newburyport, MA 01950 is recalling twenty six cases of product Sienna Turtle Brownie 8495241115 lot code 19198 , because it may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Sienna Turtle Brownie 8495241115 lot code 19198 was distributed through retail wholesale clubs located in MI, IL, IN.

Sienna Turtle Brownie 8495241115 lot code 19198 can be identified by the name and product image on the tray. Tray size 17.1875×13.125×2, Lot code 19198 can be found on the top and or bottom of tray side panel.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing peanuts was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes.

Consumers who have purchased Sienna Turtle Brownie 8495241115 lot code 19198 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Monday- Friday 9am-5pm EST:

Customer service: 800-435-2253 or at info@diannesfinedesserts.com.

Quality Assurance: 978-463-3824 or at Feedback@diannesfinedesserts.com

Company Contact Information
Consumers:
Customer service
800-435-2253
info@diannesfinedesserts.com

FDA: FiveStar Gourmet Foods Voluntary Recalls Fresh Snack Products Due to Possible Health Risk

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When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA posts the company’s announcement as a public service. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/fivestar-gourmet-foods-voluntary-recalls-fresh-snack-products-due-possible-health-risk?utm_campaign=FiveStar%20Gourmet%20Foods%20Voluntary%20Recalls%20Fresh%20Snack%20Products%20Due%20to%20Possible%20Health%20Risk&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

Summary
Company Announcement Date:
December 31, 2019
FDA Publish Date:
December 31, 2019
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name:
FiveStar Gourmet Foods
Brand Name:
MiniMeal2Go
Product Description:
Protein pack and avocado toast
Company Announcement
FiveStar Gourmet Foods takes issues of food safety seriously and in an abundance of caution is voluntarily recalling two fresh produce snack products, MiniMeal2Go-ProteinPack 8.25oz and MiniMeal2Go- AvocadoToast 6.75oz. due to the notification from Almark Foods of Gainesville, GA that Almark Foods may have supplied single-serve prepackaged Hard Boiled Eggs contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and its association with a current foodborne illness investigation.

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. Although healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The MiniMeal2Go products were distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin in Meijer supermarkets only. Both MiniMeal2Go products come in a 6/8.25-ounce and 6/6.75-ounce clear plastic package marked with specific lots (see chart) with an expiration dates from 12/26/19 through 1/06/20 printed on the film.

No other FiveStar items are involved with this voluntary recall. There are no reported illnesses to date related to the FiveStar Gourmet Foods products.

Consumers who purchased products listed in the chart below from the affected sell by dates or with an unreadable date code are urged not to consume them and to throw the products away. For any questions, consumers may contact FiveStar Gourmet Foods at 877-546-8763 (Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm PST) for the most up-to-date information.

Retailer Brand Item Name Package Weight Item SKU UPC # Lot No States Affected Best By
Meijer MiniMeals2Go Protein Pack 6/8.25oz FG10461 8-
50012-
79311-3 34619,34719,
35019,35119,
35219,35719 Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio,
Wisconsin 12/26/19,12/27/19,
12/30/19,12/31/19,
01/01/20,01/06/20
Meijer MiniMeals2Go Avocado Toast 6/6.75oz FG10463 8-
50012-
79315-1 34619,34719,
35019,35119,
35219,35719 Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio,
Wisconsin 12/26/19,12/27/19,
12/30/19,12/31/19,
01/01/20,01/06/20
About FiveStar Gourmet Foods

With an “appetite for excellence”, a leading innovator within fresh value-added foods, Southern-California based FiveStar Gourmet Foods, the producers of the Simply Fresh brand, have been producing premium, healthy foods for more than two decades. With processing facilities nationwide, FiveStar manufacturers a complete line of retail and foodservice products including convenience salad bowls and snacks featuring fresh produce and proteins under the Simply Fresh Salads®, Simply Fresh MiniMeals2Go® and Simply Fresh 4Kids™ brands using all natural, no artificial ingredients. FiveStar has achieved both organic certification and the highest quality and food safety certification of SQF Level 3. To learn more, go to FiveStarGourmetFoods.comExternal Link Disclaimer

Company Contact Information
Consumers:
FiveStar Gourmet Foods
FiveStar Gourmet Foods
Media:
Tristan Simpson
310-293-2184

FDA: Meijer Recalls Diced Hard Boiled Eggs Due to Potential Health Risks Product Bought at Two Stores in Grand Rapids Affected

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When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA posts the company’s announcement as a public service. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/meijer-recalls-diced-hard-boiled-eggs-due-potential-health-risks-product-bought-two-stores-grand?utm_campaign=Meijer%20Recalls%20Diced%20Hard%20Boiled%20Eggs%20Due%20to%20Potential%20Health%20Risks&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

Summary
Company Announcement Date:
December 31, 2019
FDA Publish Date:
December 31, 2019
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Egg/Egg Product
Foodborne Illness
Reason for Announcement:
Product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name:
Meijer
Brand Name:
None
Product Description:
Hard-boiled eggs
Company Announcement
As part of a multi-state recall due to the potential risk of Listeria monocytogenes, Meijer – in conjunction with Almark Foods – is announcing a voluntary recall of frozen hard-boiled egg products used on two salad bars at two stores in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Meijer is recalling the following products:

UPC – 79379900993 – DICED EGGS FROZEN 5 LB

The multi-state recall involves product potentially sold between Oct. 25, 2019 and Dec. 23, 2019 at two stores in Grand Rapids, Mich. There have been no illnesses reported to date. Store locations are:

The Knapps Corner Meijer at 1997 East Beltline Road in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Rockford Meijer at 2799 10 Mile Road NE in Rockford, Mich.
Almark Foods issued the initial recall, in cooperation with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, out of an abundance of caution to its customers. Meijer used the hard-boiled egg ingredients on its salad bars which originated from Almark Foods.

Consumers who have purchased this product should throw it away or return the product to the nearest Meijer store for a full refund. Consumers with questions regarding this recall should contact Meijer at 800-543-3704, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Consumers with questions or concerns about their health should contact their physician.

Joe Hirschmugl at 616-791-3943 or Joseph.Hirschmugl@Meijer.com

Company Contact Information
Consumers:
Meijer
800-543-3704
Media:
Joe Hirschmugl
616-791-3943, 616-249-6334
joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

Limena, LLC Recalls “Salvadorean String Cheese (Quesillo Cheese)” Because of Possible Health Risk

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Summary
Company Announcement Date:
January 02, 2020
FDA Publish Date:
January 02, 2020
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Cheese/Cheese Product
Reason for Announcement:
Potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name:
Limena, LLC
Brand Name:
Limena, LLC
Product Description:
Salvadorean String Cheese (Quesillo Cheese) semi-soft cheese
Company Announcement
Limena, LLC of Palm Springs, FL. is recalling its 1 lb. (16 ounce) blocks of Salvadorean String Cheese (Quesillo Cheese) semi-soft cheese because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled “Salvadorean String Cheese (Quesillo Cheese)” was distributed to retail stores and through mail orders.

The product has a blue and white label and comes in a 1 lb. (16 oz.), clear plastic vacuum package marked with lot #1041020 on the top. The Expiration date is blank.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in one sample of 1 lb. (16 ounce) blocks of Salvadorean String Cheese (Quesillo Cheese).

The production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the 1 lb. block of Salvadorean String Cheese (Quesillo Cheese) are urged to discard the product. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (561) 541-5206, M-F, 8 am – 6 pm EST.

Company Contact Information
Consumers:
561-541-5206