WALKER, Mich. -- The Michigan-based grocery chain, Meijer is recalling more than 30 packaged vegetable products and party trays due to a possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, according to multiple reports.
The items affected (which can be viewed here) were supplied by Mann Packing based in Salinas, Calif. and were sold in Meijer stores (as well as several Trader Joe locations) between Sept. 27 through Oct. 20.
Meijer stores were reportedly affected in a half-dozen states, including Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.
"The items will be in plastic containers or foam trays with printed labels with various sizes and weights," according to a news release from the retailer. "Meijer received notice of a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination from Mann Packing, a Meijer supplier based in Salinas, Calif. that sources the Meijer branded produce items."
Customers that purchased the items have been advised to dispose of them or return to the customer service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund.
Listeria is a harmful bacterium that can cause fatal food poisoning and can be most harmful to those with weakened immune systems, including pregnant women and their newborns, as well as adults over the age of 65.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1,600 people develop ailments from the bacteria each year resulting in about 260 deaths.
Listeria Food Poisoning Symptoms and Diagnosis
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of diarrhea and fever are most common.
Your doctor may conduct diagnostic tests such as a blood test, stool culture, or examination for parasites to identify the cause of your ailment and confirm the diagnosis.
If the organism is found in these samples, your doctor will likely contact your local health department to determine if the food poisoning is linked to similar cases.
How to Protect Yourself From Listeria Food Poisoning
- Clean: Wash your hands and food-preparation surfaces often. Rinse fruits and vegetables under running water prior to preparation.
- Separate: Don’t cross- contaminate. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs separate from other food, utensils, and preparation surfaces.
- Cook: Cook food to the proper temperature. To ensure foods are at a safe internal temperature, use a food thermometer to be accurate.
- 145°F for whole beef, veal, and lamb, and fresh pork and ham (allowing the meat to cool for 3 minutes before carving or consuming), and for fish.
- 160°F for ground beef, veal, pork and lamb, and for egg dishes.
- 165°F for all poultry, including ground chicken and ground turkey, and stuffing, leftovers, and casseroles.
- Chill: Keep your refrigerator below 40˚F and refrigerate leftovers and recently purchased items promptly. Germs can grow on many foods within two hours unless refrigerated (in the summer this time reduces to one hour).
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