Recall Review Scenic Fruit Company

Recall Review

June 23, 2023

Scenic Fruit Company Recalls Organic Pineapple Because of Possible Health Risk

Company Announcement

June 22, 2023, Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon is recalling frozen organic pineapple and frozen fruit blends containing organic pineapple as the product 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.

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General Overview

What is Listeria monocytogenes and why is it bad?

Listeria monocytogenes is a Gram-Positive, Rod-Shaped Bacteria. This bacterium has a flagellum (Hair-like structure), which means it is motile (can move independently).

The interesting thing is that Listeria monocytogenes can live in wet, refrigerated conditions and has a tolerance to salt and according to the CDC, responsible for over two hundred deaths per year.

Where is Listeria monocytogenes found in manufacturing facilities?

Typically, Listeria monocytogenes is found in incoming raw materials and ingredients, such as raw / unpasteurized milk, raw meats, and raw vegetables.

Listeria monocytogenes can also be located on food contact surfaces, environmental surfaces, such as, walls, floors, and floor drains.

How can you control and prevent Listeria monocytogenes from becoming a problem in your facility?

  • Proper training that explains what Listeria monocytogenes and other harmful bacteria and viruses are, where they are found, and how to prevent them.
  • Ensure employees follow current GMPs like handwashing, shoe washing (if applicable), and wearing clean uniforms daily.
  • Review of incoming ingredients, testing procedures, and storage practices.
  • Monitor employee traffic flows, particularly from raw ingredient and processing areas to finished product zones.
  • Check your sanitation program to make sure your chemical concentration levels are correct, the CIP systems are functioning properly, and your program includes washing and sanitizing environmental surfaces, like floors (including floor drains), walls, ceilings (if appropriate).

Together we can all do our part to be advocates for prevention and drive out recalls worldwide!

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