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Precut Vegetables & Listeria Outbreak

September 11, 2016

 

A total of 9 states to date has had Country Fresh's  Listeria infused fresh cut vegetables delivered and being sold in their local supermarkets.  The product are being sold in either a clear plastic container  or in Styrofoam trays overwrapped with clear plastic.  Listeria is a type of bacterium that infects humans and other warm blooded animals through contaminated food.   The reported states affected are  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.  Nearly 30,000 cases of various precut vegetables have been recalled after being tested positive in a Georgia grocery store - the vegetables tested included  sliced onions, mushrooms, and peppers.

 

Thankfully, to date, it has been reported that there are no cases in connection with Listeria having affected anyone, however this is false excitement. Listeria by nature has an incubation period of up to 70 days! The recall date on the precut vegetables are those with the best-by-dates between Aug 7 and Aug 19th. What this means is, anyone that has consumed these vegetables during or before this time period will not show any signs well into the month of December 2016!

 

So, how does listeria get into vegetables? "Listeria is found naturally in soil and water, and animals can carry the bacteria without appearing sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Raw vegetables can become contaminated with Listeria either through contact with soil or with animal manure that is used as fertilizer, according to the Mayo Clinic"  (Rettner 2016)

 

The retailers affected are:

  • BI-LO;

  • Fresh Point;

  • Harris Teeter Supermarkets;

  • Publix Supermarkets Inc.;

  • QuikTrip;

  • The Spinx Company;

  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; and

  • Winn Dixie.

You can find the full list of the recalled items here.

 

For those affected by consumption of these products, Country Fresh is asking consumers to return the products to the stores for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 281-453-3305, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT.

 

Also, if you have consumed these products you can begin natural treatment before the incubation period is over. You can read on natural remedies for food poisoning here.

 

 

 

Country Fresh Recalls Product Because Of Possible Health Risk. (n.d.). Retrieved September 11, 2016, from http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm518335.htm

 

Listeria prompts recall of fresh-cut vegetables in 9 states | Food Safety News. (2016, August 27). Retrieved September 11, 2016, from http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2016/08/listeria-      prompts-recall-of-fresh-cut-vegetables-in-9-states/#.V9WslfkrKCg

 

Rettner, R. (2016, August 29). How Does Listeria Get into Veggies? Retrieved September 11, 2016, from  http://www.livescience.com/55922-precut-vegetables-recall-listeria.html

 

 

 

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