Listeria in the news again

Two major food companies are voluntarily recalling products that contain spinach that may have been contaminated with Listeria prior to reaching their facilities. The products are not definitely known to be contaminated and so far no illnesses have been linked to eating the products . Still, with even a suspicion, a recall is the safest action. Full details about the involved products  and how to return them are here at the FDA website.

via Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Amy’s Kitchen Recalls Various Products Because of Possible Health Risk.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm439439.htm

My post on March 16, 2015  talks about  symptoms and treatment of Listeriosis and another food recall

 

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Words in the news- Listeriosis, a foodborne infection

FDA Investigates Listeria monocytogenes in Ice Cream Products from Blue Bell Creameries

http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm438104.htm

You’ve probably by now seen or heard about this in the news. Although few people have been affected, at least 3 deaths have been connected to this infection. Listeria is a rare but virulent bacteria that can cause classic “food poisoning”, that is diarrhea, fever, chills, muscle aches. Most healthy people can recover uneventfully but some are more susceptible to serious illness- elderly, small children, immune suppressed individuals. This Topic Overview from WebMD gives details on how the condition is recognized, treated and prevented.

via Listeriosis-Topic Overview.