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November 4, 2013 at 9:21 PM
Because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, Reser’s Fine Foods has expanded it’s recall of its chicken, ham and beef products from its Topeka, Kansas, facility to include all products produced in Topeka between Sept. 5 and Oct. 25. Previously the date range for recalled products was Sept. 5 to Oct. 9.
The recalled products were distributed across the United States and in Canada. They carry a Use-By Date date or a Best By Date (see list) and include the plant-identifier code of 20. People who purchased the products can either return them to the store for a refund or throw them away.
Reser’s says there have been no reports of people becoming ill from their products. But Listeria infection can be serious. In some people — the elderly, those with compromised immune systems and young children — it can cause severe, even fatal, illness. The organism can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths. In other people, the symptoms are less severe and short-term: fever, headache, stiffness and nausea or diarrhea.
A full list of products being recalled is here. For more information, consumers may call Reser’s consumer hotline at: 888-257-7913 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) or visit the website of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at www.fda.com.
September 24, 2013 at 3:27 PM
Whole Foods Market is advising shoppers who bought prepackaged, organic kale at its Roosevelt Square store in Seattle to discard the product because of a possible listeria contamination.
The prepackaged kale was sold in rectangular plastic containers with a Whole Foods Market label at the store located at 1026 NE 64th Street. The advisory is issued for kale with packed-on dates of Sept. 15 through Sept. 20.
A routine test of the kale conducted by the state Department of Agriculture came up positive for listeria contamination, said Public Health – Seattle & King County spokesman James Apa. Because the product is chopped and packaged at the store, samples of the kale before and after packaging and preparation surfaces are being tested to help determine where the product became contaminated, he said.
“When you buy a zucchini or tomato, no other processing is done at the store, so the likelihood that some kind of contaminant was introduced at the store is a lot lower,” said Apa. “Once results come back, then we hope to have a better understanding of what the sources of contamination could be.”
Apa said it can take days to get official results back but sometimes preliminary information can indicate possible contamination sooner.
Symptoms of listeria-bacterium poisoning include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Infections in young children or people with weak immune systems can sometimes be fatal. It can also cause miscarriages or stillbirths in pregnant women.
No one has reported illnesses related to the possible contamination, but the store has pulled the product from its shelves. Those who purchased the product can return it to the store for a refund.
July 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM
NEW YORK — Whole Foods Market Inc. is recalling Crave Brothers Les Freres cheese in response to an outbreak of a bacterial infection that has sickened people in several states and killed at least one.
It is unclear whether any of those sickened were in Washington state, but the cheese was sold in at least some Whole Foods stores in Washington.
Whole Foods says the cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. It was sold in 30 states and Washington D.C., under names including Les Freres and Crave Brothers Les Freres. The company is posting signs in its stores to inform customers about the recall.
Whole Foods said customers should throw the cheese away and bring in their receipts for a full refund.
Public-health officials in Illinois say one resident became sick after eating contaminated cheese in May. Minnesota officials say one elderly person in the state died and another was hospitalized after illnesses linked to the cheese.
Listeria can lead to severe illness for women who are pregnant or people who have weakened immune systems.
December 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The Associated Press
Ocean Beauty Seafoods has announced a precautionary recall of two cold-smoked salmon products because of possible Listeria contamination. The products were distributed in 12 states, including Washington.
The products are the 3-ounce Nathan’s Brand Cold Smoked Atlantic Salmon and the 4-ounce Lascco Cold Smoked Nova Atlantic Salmon. The products were distributed to retailers and distribution centers in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York.
The Lascco salmon has a universal product code, or UPC, of 0 72840 01751 7. The Nathan’s salmon has a UPC of 0 73030 80368 2. The products are vacuum-packed in a plastic pouch on a foil board. The pack code 285 is printed on the back panel.
No illnesses have been reported. Listeria can lead to severe illness for women who are pregnant or people who have a weakened immune system.
Ocean Beauty says internal testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria in samples of the specific packages noted above.
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