Whole Foods Recalls 70 Food Items Due to Listeria Contamination
Whole Foods has issued a food safety recall for 70 different product including more than 20 salad bar items and 28 hot bar dishes due to possible listeria contamination. According to a news report, among the potentially contaminated items are General Tso’s chicken, green veggie pesto pizza and a variety of prepackaged salmon dinners.
Details of the Recall
The affected products were sold between Oct. 10-Nov. 4. If you happened to order any of the recalled items, you can get a full refund at your local Whole Foods as long as you’ve remembered to keep the receipt. So far, there have been no reports of illnesses that have been linked to these products.
These concerns arise after Mann Packing Company announced last week that they would recall more than 100 vegetable products over concerns that they may be contaminated with listeria. The company was notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency about the possible contamination, which could result in potentially serious or even fatal infections.
It has been a turbulent few weeks for the food industry. Over the last few weeks, 12 tons of pepperoni were recalled for listeria contamination. Also, Nestle recalled several batches of its cookie dough for rubber contamination while 130,000 pounds of beef were recalled for plastic contamination. Taco Bell recalled its ground beef that could have been contaminated with metal shavings.
If You Have Been Affected
Listeria is a type of bacterium that can have extremely devastating effects on children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Some of the common symptoms of a listeria infection include headaches, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain and muscle weakness. In pregnant women, listeriosis could even result in stillbirths or miscarriages.
If you believe you may have contracted a listeria infection, please be sure to get the necessary diagnostic tests and prompt medical care and attention. Preserve all receipts for food purchases. If you have any of the recalled food leftover, isolate it so that no one else consumes it, and preserve it carefully so it can be tested in a lab for the presence of bacteria.
Contact a California food poisoning lawyer who can help ensure that the negligent food producers, retailers and other parties who may be involved. Victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress.