General Mills has recalled 60,000 bags of Cascadian Farm frozen green beans upon being notified of a listeria contamination.
The voluntary recall has been announced on Friday, as a precaution after quality control officers identified the listeria bacteria in a vegetable package produced in June by Cascadian Farm.
This is the second time in three months that General Mills has had to ensure customer safety by taking off the shelves products pertaining to the organic food brand.
Back in August, 60,000 bags of 10-ounce frozen beans were also recalled, after being tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The products had been produced in March, and their “Better if Used By” dates were April 10, 2016 and April 11, 2016.
The batches involved in the new listeria contamination include 16-ounce packages of Cascadian Farm green beans, with an expiration date of June 29, 2017.
The products had been distributed to stores all over the country, and now authorities urge customers not to consume these dangerous food items.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ingesting Listeria-tainted food results in listeriosis, a disease that’s both rare and perilous. The ideal breeding ground for the bacteria consists in refrigerated environments.
Storing products that have been contaminated with Listeria can actually spread the germs throughout the entire fridge, heightening the risk of disease. The bacteria can also been found in deli foods such as hot dogs, cooked meats, smoked seafood or store-prepared salads.
Initial symptoms usually occur a few days or weeks after consuming the contaminated products. They include: fever, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues.
If the infection reaches the nervous system, common signs range from headaches and confusion to loss of balance and convulsions. It is worth noting that pregnant women may only display symptoms similar to those of a mild flu, making thus harder to pinpoint the condition.
Although normally the disease can be cured with medical treatment, it can be particularly virulent for infants, seniors and people with compromised immune systems or chronic illnesses.
In addition, expectant mothers can suffer miscarriage, premature delivery, stillbirth, and there is also the risk that their newborn babies will be severely ill.
Moreover, infections with listeria can become so excruciating that they may require immediate hospitalization, and they can even result in the patient’s death.
So far, according to company representatives, no illnesses have been reported as a result of this current contamination.
Nevertheless, customers who have already bought the products are advised to return them to their retailer for a replacement or a refund. Moreover, retailers should dispose of these hazardous food items immediately.
Those who wish to obtain further information related to the recall can contact Cascadian Farm Consumer Relations at 1-800-624-4123.
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