Wylwood frozen broccoli cuts (Save-A-Lot exclusive brand) were recalled after the vegetable tested positive for Listeria contamination.
The company pulled over 1,800 case of the green veggie from 11 states: Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The company issued a voluntary recall in hopes that no one would be affected by the contamination. At this time, no complaints have been reported.
The initial report of the Listeria outbreak came after Ohio official had noticed the frozen broccoli failed the bacteria test. They immediately decided to recall and cease operations from the manufacturer to prevent further contamination.
CNN reported stated that Wylwood hoped that the voluntary recall will eradicate anyone from being affected by the bacteria. The company runs tests on all the vegetables that leave their facility, and they discovered the frozen broccoli tested positive for high levels of listeria. They acted quickly in hopes that no one would purchase the tainted vegetables.
Food Poisoning Resources stated that the Listeria infection caused severe and often fatal infections in children, elderly and those with compromised immune systems. The disease often starts with as mild fever and chills, a headache, vomiting, and body aches similar to influenza. More often than not, diarrhea accompanies nausea with a severe risk of dehydration. Nausea and diarrhea typically last anywhere from one to four days, and can occur up to 12 times (or more if severe) a day.
“Most healthy adults and children who consume contaminated food experience only mild to moderate symptoms. The infection is usually self-limited, since, in healthy hosts, exposure to Listeriastimulates the production of tumour necrosis factor and other cytokines, which activate monocytes and macrophages to eradicate the organism. Few people with normal immune function go on to have more severe, life-threatening forms of listeriosis, characterized by septic shock, meningitis and encephalitis.”
Pregnant women and very young children (and newborns) are particularly susceptible to the disease. If affected, they usually experience severe symptoms and become quite ill. Expectant mothers also have the added risk that the Listeria infection can cause miscarriage and stillborn birth. The prevention of the disease is why most doctors recommend that pregnant women avoid eating uncooked deli meats and hot dogs. It’s easy to see why preventing an outbreak was so important.
“Ready-to-eat meats, such as hot dogs, have already been subjected to a pathogen-killing step when the meat is cooked at the factory, so contamination is typically the result of in-plant contamination after that step. Improved sanitation in many plants has reduced the incidence of infection by half since 1986, but the risk persists, as illustrated by a large hot dog-associated outbreak that occurred in 1999. Additional heat treatment or irradiation of meat after it is packaged would eliminate Listeria that might be present at that point.”
For that reason, the manufacturer the Wylwood frozen broccoli took the contamination very seriously and made the difficult decision to issues a voluntary recall for the frozen broccoli. Alimentos Congelados, S.A., the Central American company who manufactures the frozen broccoli, has stop production and advises anyone that has a bag in their freezer to throw it away immediately.
“The company has ceased distribution of frozen broccoli cuts, and is fully cooperating with regulatory agencies.”
The recalled Wylwood was packaged in a 16 oz bag, with the UPC 5193300110, and the bag code is A25335P or A15335P. If you would like a refund or any questions about the recall, please call 1-800-888-4646.
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