For several years now, the FDA, USDA and other health and safety organizations work together to detect and disclose foods contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. This type of bacteria can cause listeriosis, a severe infection that compromises the overall human health.
What You Need To Know
Listeriosis is a food-borne, serious infection, but it is treatable. You can get it by eating foods contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. This infection usually affects pregnant women and their newborn babies, elderly over the age of 65, and people with a weakened immune system due to kidney failure, diabetes, liver disease, cancer, or cancer treatments.
People who have listeriosis usually have muscle aches and fever, and sometimes nausea, diarrhea or some other gastrointestinal problems. Nonetheless, the symptoms can differ from one person to another, depending on age and the severity of the infection.
Elderly and people with weak immune system demonstrate symptoms such as muscle aches, fever, headaches, stiff neck, general confusion, seizures, dizziness, and balance problems.
Pregnant women usually have a fever, and sometimes headaches and chills. What you should keep in mind is that during pregnancy, listeriosis can cause some serious consequences, like intrauterine death, miscarriage, premature birth, or a potentially fatal infection of the baby.
It’s rare for healthy people to develop invasive listeriosis. But, if you have been under a large exposure of the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, you can end up with fever and diarrhea.
How To Prevent Listeria Contamination
Of course, the first logical thing to do is not to eat the already recalled products due to Listeria monocytogenes.
If you find some of the recalled products in your home, you should do the following:
- Close the products in concern in a sealed plastic bag, and throw them away in the garbage. This will prevent animals and people from eating it.
- Wash the area of the refrigerator and any other area where you have stored the recalled products. Use hot water and washing detergent.
- After the cleaning, wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap.
What To Do If You Already Ate The Recalled Foods
According to most health experts, if you have already eaten the recalled products and have no symptoms, then testing and treatment are not necessary. However, we recommend you to see your doctor, to make sure that you don’t demonstrate any symptoms of poisoning.
If you develop symptoms of Listeria poisoning after eating potentially contaminated foods, then you should definitely ask for medical help. Usually, the symptoms begin within several days, but the listeriosis outbreak can come in 2 months after ingesting the contaminated food.
Listeria Recall Foods
Here we show you a list of Listeria recall foods from December 2017 and January 2018.
13 Dec 2017 – Sliced Salmon produced by Springfield Smoked Fish
19 Dec 2017 – Apple Ridge from Jack Brown Produce, Inc.
20 Dec 2017 – Packaged products with apple slices manufactured by Meijer
21 Dec 2017 – Smoked fish products from Springfield Smoked Fish
22 Dec 2017 – Smoked salmon from Nodine’s Smokehouse, Inc.
22 Dec 2017 – Packaged products with apple slices manufactured by Fresh Pak Inc.
29 Dec 2017 – Biscuits multiple brands produced by the T. Marzetti Company
05 Jan 2018 – Top’s, Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars produced by the Fieldbrook Foods Corporation
09 Jan 2018 – Orange cream and chocolate vanilla cream bars produced by the Fieldbrook Foods Corporation
11 Jan 2018 – Marry B’s Biscuits manufactured by the Hom/Ade Foods, Inc
11 Jan 2018 – Sundae Shoppe Raspberry Cream Bars produced by the Fieldbrook Foods Corporation
19 Jan 2018 – Dog food manufactured by the Just Food For Dogs
24 Jan 2018 – Frozen green beans and mixed vegetables, manufactured by the National Frozen Foods Corporation
24 Jan 2018 – Beef meatball products from Rich Products Corporation