March 8, 2016 — Starbucks has recalled sausage, egg and cheddar breakfast sandwiches from 250 stores in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma due to possible Listeria contamination.
The products were pulled off store shelves after Starbucks was notified of a positive Listeria test by Progressive Gourmet, a Massachusetts-based company that makes the sandwiches.
Contamination was discovered on a surface that comes in contact inside the production facility during routine testing by the company. No illnesses have been reported and the recall is being issued “out of an abundance of caution.”
A spokeswoman for Starbucks told USA Today that the “product itself has not tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.”
The breakfast sandwiches were sold on March 3 and March 4, 2016. They come in a 6-oz clear plastic package marked with “Best Before” date of 07-AUG-2016. No other production dates are affected by the recall. The sandwiches may have been heated prior to consumption.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal food poisoning, especially for young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. According to the FDA:
“Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”
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