NEW YORK – Thousands of consumers fell ill and a handful have died due to a listeria outbreak linked to apples, specifically those grown by Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, Calif. Now, in addition to the apples, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has linked listeria to several other products like cheese, spinach and kale.
In Washington state, the Department of Health said an outbreak of listeria originating from a Yakima cheese maker killed one person and made two others severely ill.
The deadly bacteria was reported to be found in Queseria Bendita cheeses and sour cream. The company has stopped producing the cheeses and has recalled the products including Queso Fresco, Panela and Requeson cheeses.
Inventure Foods, Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz. also issued a recall due to listeria fears. Its RADER FARMS Fresh Start Smoothie Blend, Fresh Start Sunrise Refresh Fusion and Fresh Start Daily Power Fusion have all been recalled due to health risks. The products are commonly sold at Costco.
Although the recalled blends themselves did not test positive for listeria, the FDA reports the deadly bacterium was detected on spinach and kale ingredients, which are supplied by an outside party but used in the smoothie blends.
According to the FDA, listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly adults or others with weakened immune systems while healthy adults may experience a temporary high fever, headache, nausea and abdominal pain.