December 7, 2016

Frozen Vegetables Recalled for Listeria Monocytogenes

In the FDA’s weekly Enforcement Report for the week of December 9, 2015, there were two recalls of frozen vegetables for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. These recalls were not released to the public in the FDA’s usual manner. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported to date.

RecallBoth were distributed by Save-A-Lot Food stores of Missouri. The first is Wylwood Mixed Vegetables Steam Bag in 12 ounce packages. The UPC number is 0 51933 02030 6. The lot number is Best By June 2017 K51804. The second recalled product is Whole Kernel Corn Frozen Fresh in 16 ounce packages. The UPC number is 0 51933 20293 and the lot number is Best By June 2017 K41684,

If you purchased either of those items, do not eat them. Throw them away in a sealed or double bagged container, or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your freezer and/or refrigerator with a mild bleach solution to kill any bacteria. Listeria bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures and is very difficult to eradicate.

If you ate either of these recalled products, monitor yourself for the symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning for the next 70 days, because that’s how long it can take for symptoms to appear. Those symptoms include flu-like illness, fever, headache, stiff neck, diarrhea, and nausea. Pregnant women need to be especially careful about listeriosis. This illness can cause stillbirth, miscarriage, and serious infection in the newborn baby even if the pregnant woman only has a mild illness. If you do get sick, see your doctor and tell her you ate this recalled product.

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