Listeria risk prompts Meijer to recall
produce in six U.S. states
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[October 23, 2017]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retailer Meijer
Inc said it was recalling packaged vegetables in six U.S. states because
of possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which
can cause fatal food poisoning in young children, pregnant women and
elderly or frail people.
Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said there were no illnesses
reported as of Sunday.
The recall affects 35 products and includes vegetables such as broccoli,
cauliflower and asparagus as well as party trays sold in Meijer-branded
plastic or foam packaging in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky
and Wisconsin between Sept. 27 and Oct. 20, the company said on
In February, Meijer recalled its Meijer-branded Colby and Colby Jack
cheese sold through its deli counters because of potential contamination
with Listeria monocytogenes.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1,600
people develop a serious form of infection known as listeriosis each
year, and 260 die from the disease, making it the third most deadly form
of food poisoning in the United States.
"The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their
newborns, adults aged 65 or older and people with weakened immune
systems," the CDC said on its website. Symptoms include fever and
diarrhea and can start the same day of exposure or as much as 70 days
(Reporting by Alwyn Scott; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Peter Cooney)
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