Give and Go Prepared Food Corporation is voluntarily recalling select muffins over concerns of food poisoning.
According to a USA Today news report, the muffins that were sold nationwide under various brand names including Uncle Wally’s and store brands including at Walmart, 7-Eleven, and Stop & Shop could have been contaminated with listeria.
Eating contaminated foods can have dangerous side effects, even causing severe illness or death in extreme cases.
Details of the Recall
An alert issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urged consumers who have these products at home to immediately dispose them and not consume them. Walmart brands affected by the recall include Freshness Guaranteed, Marketside and Great Value. Give and Go said it became aware of this issue as part of its “environmental monitoring program” and that it has not received reports so far of illnesses related to this problem.
Consumers with questions about this recall are asked to contact Give and Go at 1-844-366-1171 for more information. The company is asking consumers to make a note of the lot code of the products, which can be found on the label, and to provide that code to company representatives when they contact them with questions or concerns.
Listeriosis is a food-borne illness caused by consuming food that is tainted with the bacterium. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the infection is most likely to affect pregnant women and babies, the elderly (adults older than 65) and people with weakened immune systems. In pregnant women, listeriosis could lead to miscarriages or stillbirths. About 1,600 get listeriosis each year in the U.S. and approximately 260 die each year as a result of this infection.
Listeria could cause common food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhea and fever. However, it could also cause severe illness known as invasive listeriosis when the bacteria spread beyond the gut to other parts of the body. Typically, symptoms of severe illness begin one to four weeks after consuming the contaminated food. Symptoms could also start as late as 10 weeks later.
If you have developed listeriosis as the result of contaminated food, it is important that you get medical attention, treatment, and care as soon as possible. Report your illness to your local health care agency, which tends to track trends in food-borne illnesses. Contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer who can help you secure compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.