It seems these days, we have more and more recalls on food. At least in this country we know about them. In third world countries you just get sick and the company goes on producing contaminated food.
Two Companies and Food involved:
If you bought fruit from Trader Joe’s, Cosco, Kroger, Food 4 Less, or Walmart, you should read this warning.
The company who is recalling the fruit is Wawona Packing Company, located in Cutler, CA. The dates on the fruit in question are June 1 through July 12th. You either need to throw the product away or take it back to the store where you bought it from.
Same goes for the baked goods from the Wegmans chain that has fruit in it that comes from Wawona Packing Company, based in Cutler, CA.
What is Listeria monocytogenes? One form of food poisoning.
Listeria is a bacterium that can be found in soil, water, unpasteurized milk, produce contaminated with Listeria in it.
Symptoms: fever, headache, muscle stiffness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. These symptoms and their severity depend on the immune system of the individual.
Severity of Symptoms: Complications of Listeria.
The symptoms may be mild or deadly in the case of young children and the elderly, whose immune function may be compromised. If you are pregnant, it can cause a miscarriage or stillborn death. In can be deadly in cancer and HIV patients whose immune function is already compromised.
Listeria can also travel through the spinal cord to the brain and meninges causing meningoencephalitis. Basically this is an brain inflammation which will put you in the hospital and can kill you.
So if you even think you have some of this contaminated fruit, throw it away. Do not take chances.
If you feel you may have Listeria symptoms, go to Urgent care for treatment. Penicillin is the drug usually given as treatment. If you are allergic to Penicillin, make sure you alert the doctor to that.
To learn more about the recall, customers may contact the packing company at www.wawonapacking.com. A link exists as well for information concerning the products being recalled: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Safety/Recalls/UCM405955.pdf
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