Trader Joe's Recalling Granola for Listeria Contamination
Trader Joe’s is recalling its Grainless Granola because the products may be contaminated with listeria. According to a KCRA news report, the affected batch has a “best by” date code ranging from March 28, 2018 to April 10, 2018 and was sold in several states including California. So far no illnesses have been reported. All affected items have been pulled from store shelves. Those who bought the granola are advised not to eat it. They are asked to return it to any Trader Joe’s location for a complete refund. Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact Trader Joe’s customer service at 626-599-3817.
What is Listeria?
Listeria is a type of bacteria that can cause serious or even fatal infections particularly in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 260 fatalities and 1,600 illnesses occur each year due to listeria infections in the United States. Pregnant women are also at risk as listeria infections cause miscarriages and stillbirths. Some of the most common symptoms of a listeria infection include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
What Steps Can You Take?
If you have one of these products at home, it would be in your best interest to return it to the store for a refund or contact the customer service department at Trader Joe’s for more information. If this or any other contaminated food product has made you ill, be sure to get prompt medical attention, treatment and care. Isolate the product that sickened you so it could be tested for the presence of pathogens. Save the product if possible so it can be tested in a laboratory for the presence of pathogens.
Contact your local health care agency to report your illness. This might give you an idea of whether there have been other similar reports of illness caused by the same product. Health agencies track these types of outbreaks. Contact an experienced California food poisoning lawyer who will help protect your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for damages and losses.
Affected victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.