Food Safety

11/20/19
O157:H7 E coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

As I'm sure a number of you are aware, the FDA and CDC have announced another outbreak investigation of illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 with a suspected link to romaine lettuce. On November 19, 2019, Maryland Department of Health announced the initial details of the investigation based on confirmed illnesses in that state. On November 20, 2019, the FDA and CDC released more information about the investigation, identifying 17 cases of illness reported in 8 states with the last onset date of November 8, 2019. The investigation is ongoing, and we will continue to monitor and provide appropriate updates when new information is available. Please direct any questions to Dr. Karl Kolb, GreenLeaf Science Advisor, karl@highsierragroup.com.

https://www.fda.gov/food/sampling-protect-food-supply/microbiological-su...

https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigat...

https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/fda-investigated-mu...

11/2/19
Greenleaf has been notified that as of October 30th, 2019, Sobeys Inc. and Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., is recalling its Compliments brand Sweet Kale Blend from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, (see attached letter). At this time, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.
Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Compliments Sweet Kale Blend 255 g 0 68820 13305 6 BEST BEFORE: 19 OCT 28, 19 OCT 31, 19 NOV 01, 19 NOV 02, 19 NOV 03

Also, we have not been informed of any other products that could be affected by this possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. However, within the attachment provided by Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., there is a link to another recall on 1 November 2019 also of a similar origin by Sobeys Inc., which recalls the following products:

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Compliments Sweet Kale Blend 255 g 0 68820 13305 6 All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019
Compliments Vegetable Platter with a Ranch Dip 680 g 0 55742 53490 0 All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019
Compliments Broccolini 170 g 0 68820 13307 0 All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019
Compliments Cauliettes – Chopped Cauliflower 397 g 0 68820 13254 7 All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019
Compliments Power Green Blend 284 g 0 68820 13304 9 All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019
Compliments Green Beans 340 g 0 68820 10625 8 All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019

GreenLeaf advises its customers to place all these products on hold until definitive guidance is received from these vendors. Over the next three days Sobeys Inc. and Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. have stated they will be reviewing the above information and will advise the industry of how to proceed.
GreenLeaf takes these recalls and contamination events very seriously. GreenLeaf will remain vigilant over the weekend and provide you with updates as they are received.
Please contact Dr. Karl Kolb, Chief Science Officer, GreenLeaf at 1.702.523.2068 for further information.