NEWS ARCHIVES
January 3, 2008: Source of Listeria Contamination Found in Milk Product

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has found the same genetic fingerprint in a sample of coffee-flavored milk manufactured by Whittier Farms of Sutton...

Continued Below...

 
If you or a family member has suffered from food poisoning,
and you have a question about your legal rights,you can request a free case evaluation from our firm by clicking on Free Case Evaluation.
in a bottle of milk taken from the refrigerator of one of the food poisoning victims, and in blood taken from all four individuals who became ill with listeriosis.

“The pattern is very unique,” said Dr. Alfred DeMaria, Massachusetts’ director of communicable disease control. “It means there's an outbreak here. There's no question there's an outbreak. And it implies that the dairy is the common source.”

According to experts, the discovery of identical genetic profiles of Listeria found to have sickened several individuals is extremely rare. But it does point to the dairy as the source of the listeriosis outbreak.

Listeria contamination of Whittier Farms milk apparently has resulted in the death of two elderly men and has sickened two others. The four cases had been reported to the state health department beginning in June.

According to the health department, a 75-year-old man died in June, and a 78-year-old man died in October. In November, an 87-year-old man contracted listeriosis, and a 34-year-old, pregnant woman suffered a miscarriage resulting from ingestion of milk contaminated with Listeria.

It is not known how the milk became contaminated, but the state continues to investigate, focusing especially on the packaging process, according to the health department.

To learn more about this Listeria food poisoning outbreak, please see “Listeria Contaminated Milk Causes Two Deaths.”

For more information about Listeria and listeriosis, please About Listeria and Listeria Symptoms and Complications.

The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the country. If you believe that you are the victim of listeriosis, please contact us at our toll free number 1-877-934-6274, or click on Free Case Evaluation. To learn more about our law firm please see Food Poisoning Lawyer.

In the news

April 11, 2013: 24 Individuals Sickened With E.coli From Frozen Food Products
Over the past two weeks, Rich Products from Buffalo, NY has issued two recalls.  The First was precautionary, but the second came after there were 24 individuals sickened from 15 states. 

March 21, 2013: High Protein Chocolate Bars May Be Contaminated with Salmonella
On March 18th, Pro-Amino International Inc., of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada issued a recall of their ProtiDiet High Protein Chocolate Dream Bars due to a threat of salmonella contamination.

February 7, 2013: GoldCoast Recalls Blue Crab Spread Due To Listeria Contamination
On February 6th GoldCoast Salads, based in Naples, Florida placed a recall of their Blue Crab Spread because of testing positive for the bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes. 

January 31, 2013: Back To Back Recalls From Whole Foods Infected Salmon
On January 29th, Whole Foods Market placed their second recall in less than a week on Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon due to a contamination from Listeria monocytogenes.   

View News Archives