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Published: Friday, November 08, 2019 @ 10:58 PM
WASHINGTON — A public health alert for ready-to-eat entrees that may contain possible listeria has been issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, agency officials said Friday night.
Mann Packing Co., of Salinas, Calif., whose parent organization is Del Monte Fresh Produce Co., triggered the recall of a series of its vegetable products, which contain FDA-regulated ingredients.
Some of the products have been sold at Kroger stores, Trader Joe’s and some affected items include the popular nourish bowls.
The FSIS is issuing the alert out of the utmost of caution to ensure that consumers are aware these products should not be consumed, agency officials said in a prepared statement. The following products have been identified as containing products involved in the FDA recall:
The FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators. If you have these products, you are urged not to consume them. They should be thrown away or returned to place of purchase.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.
Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Persons outside these risk groups are affected.
Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections can occur in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems.
Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.