Over 100 salad items have been recalled after a sample was found to be contaminated with listeria germs.
According to a statement made by the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, Fresh Express is recalling some salad products due to listeria contamination (FDA). More than 100 distinct goods are affected by the recall, which was formally notified by the corporation on Monday. They are distributed across 19 states in the Northeast and Midwest of the United States, as well as two provinces in Canada. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that they were looking into the epidemic as well as another listeria case linked to Dole salad products.
The FDA statement outlines all of the goods that are impacted, but in general, “All Use-By Dates of fresh salad items with product codes Z324 through Z350 are included in the recall. Below the Use-By date on the top of the container are product numbers “as stated in the press release The contamination hasn’t affected any other Fresh Express goods.
A single container of Fresh Express 9 oz. Sweet Hearts salad mix tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes during a random sample test, prompting the recall. Fresh Express paused all production at its Streamwood, Illinois plant, where the possibly contaminated were made, after the bacterium was discovered, and began a “full sanitary evaluation.” The business has also contacted merchants to request that the impacted items be removed from shop shelves and that any future shipments to stores be halted.
It’s a significant deal when items are infected with Listeria monocytogenes: According to the CDC, eating listeria-contaminated foods can cause a dangerous sickness called listeriosis in certain people. Listeriosis can produce a variety of short-term, minor symptoms in otherwise healthy people, including:
- Headache that is severe
- Pain in the abdomen
According to the FDA, listeriosis can cause more serious sickness or even death in small children, the elderly, and others with compromised immune systems. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women are 10 times more likely than the general population to contract listeriosis. While the disease is typically minor, it has the potential to result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature delivery.
If you’ve consumed any of the impacted Fresh Express products and are suffering any of the symptoms of listeriosis, the FDA recommends that you contact your doctor very away. Even if you don’t feel sick right away, the CDC warns that symptoms might appear two months after you eat the possibly infected food. If you experience symptoms and are pregnant, over 65, or have a weaker immune system, you should get medical attention very once.
If you have any Fresh Express items in your refrigerator, the FDA suggests that you check them against the FDA’s entire list of recalled products. If your product is part of the recall, you should throw it away right away and contact the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center for a refund