October 15, 2018

Goya Adobo Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Goya de Puerto Rico is recalling Adobo with Cumin Seasoning and Adobo with Pepper Seasoning because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the problem.

Six hundred and sixty one cases of these products were distributed in Puerto Rico through retail stores.¬†Goya Adobo with Cumin Seasoning is packaged in 28 ounce plastic jars with a green cap with the mark “Best by Date 10/18/22.” Goya Adobo with Pepper Seasoning is packaged in 28 ounce plastic jars with a red cap with the mark “Best by Date 10/23/22.”

If you purchased these products, do not eat them, even if you intend to cook with them. Heat does kill Listeria bacteria, but cross-contamination can occur. Throw them away in a sealed or double bagged package and place the package in a secure garbage can. You can also take the seasonings back to the store where you bought them for a full refund.

Clean out your pantry or shelves or wherever you stored these items with a solution of one tablespoon liquid chlorine bleach to one gallon of warm water. Listeria bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures. Once the bacteria is established, it can be difficult to eradicate. Then rinse the surfaces you’ve cleaned and dry them. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching these products and after cleaning.

If you ate either of these seasoning products, watch yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. That’s how long it can take for this illness to develop. Symptoms include fever, stiff neck, headache, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to this illness, since it can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature labor, even though the woman is only mildly sick. If you do feel sick, see your doctor and tell her you ate this recalled product.


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