Concern Over Listeria Leads to Nationwide Recall of Party Platters
Minnesota-based J&J Distributing has issued a recall for many of its products such as their party platters which included sandwiches and taco dips because of a potential listeria contamination. According to an alert from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the possible contamination was discovered after the company found Listeria monocytogenes on a utensil used in production during routine testing.
The contaminated products include items under the Haug brand as well as Fresh Thyme, Tastebuds, Earthgrown, Caribou and Kwik Trop. Anyone who may have bought these products is urged to discard them or return them for a full refund. No illnesses have been reported as a result of these potentially contaminated products. The recalled products were distributed nationwide in retail stores. Anyone with questions is asked to contact the company at 651-221-0560.
Last month, El Abuelito Cheese Inc. also recalled some of their products due to listeria contamination. The cheeses were reportedly made or packed at the same facility as their originally contaminated queso fresco.
Dangers of Listeria
Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1,600 people get listeriosis every year and about 260 die from these infections. It is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, older adults or those with compromised immune systems.
Although healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, headache, muscle stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria could cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The CDC estimates that Listeria is the “third leading cause of death from foodborne illness or food poisoning.”
If You Have Been Affected
If you suspect you have been sickened by something you ate, it is important that you get medical attention right away and get diagnostic tests to determine the pathogen and what likely made you sick. If you have any of the product in your home, isolate it so no one else consumes it, and have it tested in an independent lab for the presence of pathogens. Report your illness to the local health care agency, which tracks these illnesses.
Contact an experienced California food poisoning lawyer who can help you seek and obtain compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress.