Listeria is found in soil and water. Vegetables can become contaminated from the soil or from manure used as fertilizer.
Animals can carry the bacteria without appearing ill and can contaminate foods such as meats and dairy products. The bacteria has been found in a variety of raw foods, such as uncooked meats and vegetables, as well as in processed foods contaminated after processing, such as cheese and cold cuts at the deli counter. Foods made from unpasteurized milk may contain the bacteria as well.
A person with a Listeria infection has a fever, muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. If the infection spreads to the nervous system, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur.
If you or a loved one has contracted Listeria, please contact our personal injury attorneys today.
May 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an order expanding a recall of sunflower seeds. The popular products were shipped to more than 24 states, including New York.
The kernels were produced at Minnesota-based SunOpta factories between February 1, 2016, and April 21, 2016. The products include:
- Planters Sunflower Kernels
- Dakota’s Best Biggy’s Roasted and Salted Kernels
A related recall also warns of listeria contamination in sunflower kernels sold in Wegmans and Tops grocery stores between March 11, 2016, and May 21, 2016. First Source of Tonawanda, NY issued a recall for the following products that were also produced at SunOpta factories:
- 15 LBS Alpine Valley Fitness Mix with lot code BD 161021
- 15 LBS Alpine Valley Yogurt Fruit/Nut Mix with lot code BD 161261
- Alpine Tub “Roasted & Salted Sunflower Kernels” 10.25oz with Best By 03-24-17
- Alpine Tub “Roasted & Unsalted Sunflower Kernels” 10.25oz with Best By 3-23-17, 3-30-17, 5-3-17
- Wegman’s square tub “Fitness Mix” 20oz with Best By 12-24-16
- Wegman’s square tub “Sunshine Cranberry Delight” 20oz with Best By 12/15/16, 1-7-17, 2-9-17
- Wegmans Fitness Mix, scale label UPC begins with 279301
- Wegmans Yogurt Fruit & Nut Mix, scale label UPC begins with 279375
- Wegmans Cranberry Sunshine, scale label UPC begins with 279022
- Wegmans Roasted Sunflower Seeds with Salt, scale label UPC begins with 279973 (available in bulk and on Trail Mix Bar)
- Wegmans Roasted Sunflower Seeds, no Salt, scale label UPC begins with 279629 (available in bulk and on Trail Mix Bar)
- 15 LBS Alpine Valley Sunshine Cranberry Delight with Lot Code BD 161021 and BD 161261
- Flave Fitness Mix 8oz with Best By 4-20-17 and 05-02-17
- Flave Tropical Trail Mix 8oz with Best By 4-20-17
- Flave Oriental Mix 6oz with Best By 3-10-17 and 4-21-17
- Flave Sunflower Seeds 7.5oz with Best By 4-20-17
- Gonzo 2 Go “Sunshine Cranberry Delight” 4.5oz with Best By 2-10-17
- Gonzo 2 Go “Fitness Mix” 5oz with Best By 1-7-17
- Stewarts Sunshine Cranberry Delite 5oz with Best By 1-18-17
- Tops square tub “Roasted & Unsalted Sunflower Kernels” 10.25 with Best By 3-30-17, 5-3-17
- Tops square tub “Roasted & Salted Sunflower Kernels” 10.25 with Best By 1-28-17
According to the FDA, consumers who purchased any of the recalled items should immediately dispose of them or return them to the store for a refund.
Listeria can cause serious infections and symptoms include high fever, stiffness, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and a severe headache.
If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms and believe they are related to listeria-tainted sunflower seeds, contact a lawyer at Cellino & Barnes today for a free consultation.
CDC confirms 13 dead in listeria cantaloupe outbreak
Cantaloupe grown in the Rocky Ford region of Colorado by Jensen Farms of Holly., Colo., have been linked to a growing and deadly listeria outbreak.
Federal officials stated on Tuesday (Sept. 28, 2011) that at least 13 people are dead and 72 sick in an outbreak of listeria food poisoning. The food poisoning has been tied to contaminated cantaloupes.
Salad mix at Giant, Wegmans recalled
A Massachusetts firm has recalled some Nature’s Promise and Wegmans brand salad mixes (among several other brands) due to potential Listeria contamination.
The Associated Press reports that Rhode Island health officials reported that one package of “Northeast” spring mix salad tested positive for Listeria.
Affected bags will have either of the “traceback” code numbers 45693 and 45703 printed on the upper right-hand corner of their bags. The “best if used by” date will be no later than January 15, 2011, for either traceback code, according to the FDA.
Nature’s Promise lettuces and premade salads were sold in clamshells. The Wegmans greens were packaged in 5 oz., 10 oz. and 11 oz. sizes.