The listeria bacteria can cause a severe type of food poisoning known as listeriosis. This infection can be life-threatening for newborns, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems. The bacteria is most commonly found on uncooked vegetables, deli meats, soft cheeses, and other foods.
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Listeria Recalls 2017
- November 2017 — Frozen Corn
- October 2017 — Mann’s Nourish Bowls and Fresh Vegetables
- June 2017 — Ava’s Organic Roasted Cashews & Peanuts
- June 2017 — Hummus with Roasted Pine Nuts
- May 5, 2017 — Aunt Jemima & Hungry Man Frozen Breakfast Foods
- March 31, 2017 — Menu Del Sol Bean & Cheese Burritos
- March 7, 2017 — Vulto Creamery and Whole Foods
- February 10, 2017 — Deutsch Kase Haus Cheese
Listeria Recalls 2016
- November 19, 2016 — Sabra Hummus
- October 2016 — Blue Bell Cookie Dough Ice Cream
- July 2016 — Bar-S Hot Dogs and Corndogs
- June 20, 20216 — National Frozen Food Corp.
- June 2, 2016 — Nature Valley Granola Bars
- June 2, 2016 — Clif Bars
- April 23, 2016 — Frozen vegetables (Peas, Corn)
- March 8, 2016 — Starbucks breakfast sandwiches
- January 29, 2016 — Dole salads
Listeria Recalls 2015
- October 8, 2015 — Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese
- September 22, 2015 — Picnic Gourmet Yogurt Cheese Spreads
- September 18, 2015 — Karoun Dairies Soft Cheese
- June 5, 2015 — Santa Barbara Smokehouse Smoked Salmon
- May 11, 2015 — Raw Mung Bean and Soybean Sprouts
- August 29, 2015 — Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta Salad
- August 27, 2015 — Public Supermarket “Today’s Harvest” Frozen Vegetables
- April 24, 2015 — Jamba “At Home” Smoothie and “Fresh Frozen” Vegetables
- April 23, 2015 — Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
- April 22, 2015 — Blue Bell Ice Cream (all products)
- April 9, 2015 — Sabra Hummus
- April 8, 2015 — Blue Bell Ice Cream (expanded recall)
- March 27, 2015 — Target “Simply Balanced” Frozen Spinach
- March 24, 2015 — Blue Bell Ice Cream Cups (single-serving)
- March 23, 2015 — Amy’s Kitchen and Wegman’s Food Frozen Spinach
- January 28, 2015 — Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream
- January 22, 2015 — Queseria Bendita Hispanic-style soft cheese (all products)
- January 20, 2015 — Costco / Walmart Rader Farms Frozen Smoothie Mix
- January 19, 2015 — Queseria Bendita Cheese
- January 13, 2015 — Santa Barbara Smokehouse Cold Smoked Salmon
Caramel Apple Outbreak
In December 2014, the CDC reported 29 illnesses in 10 states, including 5 deaths, linked to pre-packaged caramel apples. The FDA also issued a warning against eating certain commercially-produced caramel apples during the outbreak. Soon afterward, the family of a woman who died filed a lawsuit against Safeway Inc.
Listeria Food Poisoning
The Listeria bacteria causes an illness called listeriosis. This type of food poisoning is usually not severe for healthy adults, and may never even show symptoms. However, it can be life-threatening for unborn babies of pregnant women, infants, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems.
Listeriosis is particularly dangerous for pregnant women. Even if the mother’s illness is mild, it can be deadly for her unborn baby. The listeria bacteria passes through the placenta, and can cause premature birth, miscarriage, or stillbirth. Sometimes babies are born with a listeria infection and die shortly after birth.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are 1,600 cases of listeriosis every year, and 260 deaths.
What is Listeria?
Listeria is actually a group of seven different species of bacteria, of which three can cause listeriosis in humans. The Listeria monocytogenes is responsible for most cases of listeriosis in humans. These bacterias are widespread in nature, found in soil, water, decomposing plant material, and in the intestines of animals and humans (in sewage or manure fertilizer).
Foods typically become contaminated with listeria when they come in contact with soil, water, feces, or manure fertilizer that has been contaminated with the listeria bacteria. Cooking foods to the proper internal temperature can kill listeria, however, refrigeration and freezing do not. Unlike most other bacteria, listeria can grow inside the refrigerator, and even survive in the freezer.
Undercooked or unprocessed foods are most likely to be contaminated with listeria. These foods include unprocessed deli meats, unpasteurized dairy products, soft cheeses, raw vegetables that are contaminated with manure fertilizer or soil, or hot dogs that have not been cooked thoroughly. However, the listeria bacteria can also be found on other types of foods.
Symptoms of Listeria Food Poisoning
If you have consumed a food product that was recalled due to listeria contamination, you should be aware of the symptoms of listeriosis. Symptoms may begin a few days after ingestion of the bacteria, or up to two months afterward. The biggest risk is that the infection will spread in the body, causing a deadly blood infection or inflammation of the brain and/or spinal cord (meningitis).
Contact your doctor if you believe listeria is causing you to suffer from the following symptoms:
- Muscle aches
When the listeria bacteria spreads to the central nervous system, it can cause far more serious complications. If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms due to listeriosis, seek immediate emergency medical attention:
- Severe headache
- Stiff neck
- Confusion of changes in alertness
- Loss of balance
- Sensitivity to light
How to Reduce the Risk of Listeria Infection
There CDC offers these recommendations for reducing your risk of listeriosis:
- Cook raw food products from animals to the proper internal temperature before eating it
- Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them
- Do not allow uncooked meats to touch ready-to-eat foods
- Do not consume raw (unpasteurized) milk or dairy products
- After handling or preparing uncooked meat or vegetables, thoroughly wash your hands, knives, utensils, and cutting boards to prevent cross-contamination
- Consume perishable food products before their expiration date
- Do not eat hot dogs or deli meats that have not been cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit
- Promptly clean up spills in the refrigerator, especially spills of meat juices or hot dog juices
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