Thousands of Products Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
Missa Bay LLC, a company owned by Ready Pac Foods, Inc. out of Swedesboro, New Jersey, recently participated in a voluntary recall of hundreds of thousands of units of fruit, vegetable and sandwich products. The food contains diced or sliced apples that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recall was initiated after a routine inspection found Listeria on some Missa Bay food production equipment. No illnesses have yet been reported as a result of eating the possibly contaminated food.
The fruit, vegetable and sandwich products include 293,488 cases as well as 296,224 individual units of food products. The products in question were distributed throughout 38 states including Georgia.
Listeria contamination can cause serious illness in some people. Older adults, pregnant women, newborns and people with compromised immune systems are the most at risk for suffering serious affects as a result of eating Listeria-contaminated products. If a pregnant mother is exposed to Listeria, she can experience a miscarriage, stillborn child, premature birth, or give birth to a baby who is suffering from a life-threatening infection.
Some people, specifically the elderly or those with compromised immune systems, can also develop septicemia or meningitis. Septicemia is a whole-body blood poisoning while meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord. Both can be deadly, and require serious medical intervention.
In most people, however, the symptoms of Listeria infection are far less severe. Many people experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and muscle aches. Sometimes headache, stiff neck, confusion or convulsions are experienced as well.
Food manufacturers have a responsibility to produce clean and safe food. I am always glad to see a company performing frequent checks on equipment and recalling products that may not be safe to eat. While Listeria is not as common as some other food borne illnesses, it has dangerous and deadly consequences for pregnant mothers and their unborn children.
Dozens of different types of Ready Pac Foods products were involved in the recall. For a complete list, including UPC codes and use-by dates, you can visit readypac.com. If you have eaten some of the recalled food and you think you are experiencing symptoms of Listeria poisoning, you should seek medical help right away, especially if you are pregnant.