December 5, 2012 — Veggie Patch is recalling two types of meatless “veggie burgers” due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that has been linked to life-threatening food poisoning. The company is recalling “The Ultimate Meatless Burger” and “Falafel” after routine testing discovered Listeria in the products. No illnesses have been reported to date.
The following products are part of the recall:
- The Ultimate Meatless Burger: The product was sold in 9-ounce trays with a sell-by date of January 12, 2013, and UPC code of 6-10129-00211-5. The products were sold beginning on November 21, 2012, at the following grocery stores: A&P, Big Y, Food Town, Giant, Roche Bros, and Stop & Shop. They were sold in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia, and in Canadian Costco in Saint-Bruno and Brampton.
- Falafel: The product was sold in 9-ounce trays with a use-by date of January 15, 2013 and a UPC code of 6-10129-06619-3. These products were sold beginning on November 21, 2012, throughout the United States in the following stores: Gristedes, Harris Teeter, Market Basket, and ShopRite.
Although outbreaks of Listeria food poisoning are rare, they are more deadly — especially if the infection spreads to a person’s central nervous system. Infection with the bacteria is especially dangerous for pregnant women, who may suffer miscarriage or stillbirth of their child.
Symptoms of Listeria food poisoning typically appear within 12 days of ingesting contaminated food. The symptoms may include:
- Stiff neck
- Muscle aches
- Loss of balance
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