Amy’s Kitchen, a company that produces organic vegetarian and vegan foods, has issued a recall for about 74,000 cases of frozen food items because they could contain listeria-tainted spinach.
According to a news report in The Washington Post, so far, the company is not aware of any illnesses linked to these products.
But, they have contacted U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials and are recalling specific lots of their frozen foods containing the possibly tainted spinach including lasagna, brown rice and pasta meals.
An organic spinach supplier notified Amy’s Kitchen that the Northern California-based company could have received spinach tainted with listeria.
The items included in this recall have been distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Amy’s Kitchen has already contacted retailers about the problem.
Consumers who have purchased these products can return them for a full refund.
The Danger of Listeria
Listeria outbreaks can be extremely dangerous. The elderly, newborns and pregnant women are particularly at risk of becoming sick after exposure to this type of bacteria.
Symptoms of listeria infection include fever, muscle aches, nausea and sometimes diarrhea. In pregnant women, listeria could lead to miscarriages or stillbirths.
Listeria is found in the soil and certain animals. It can also survive cold temperatures unlike other types of bacteria.
Earlier this year, a listeria outbreak involving prepackaged caramel apples killed three people and sickened 29 others.
Blue Bell Ice Cream expanded its recall this week after an ice cream cup in a Kansas hospital tested positive for the bacteria.
The company is recalling 3-ounce ice cream cups with certain codes. Three deaths have been linked to Blue Bell products.
Protecting Consumers’ Rights
Food producers have a responsibility to manufacture products that are safe for consumers.
Victims of food poisoning can seek compensation in such cases for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, diagnostic costs, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
If you have suffered an illness or hospitalization as a result of a food-borne illness, isolate and preserve the product so it can be tested in a lab for pathogens.
Contact your local health care agency to report the issue.
Schedule a consultation with an experienced California personal injury attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries, damages and losses.