The United States Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall for a frozen food product sold under Walmart’s Great Value Brand, that contains a potentially deadly Listeria contamination. Consumers who shop at Walmart are strongly encouraged to check their freezers for this product. A packaging photo is included below.
Listeria is a bacterial infection that comes from eating contaminated food. The infection is usually concentrated in the gut, with fever and diarrhea as the most common symptoms. If the infection spreads past the gut, however, symptoms can become more severe and threaten long-term health. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 260 people a year die from Listeria infections, with the most vulnerable being children, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, here are the symptoms related to Listeria infections.
- Pregnant women: Pregnant women typically experience only fever and other flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue and muscle aches. However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
- People other than pregnant women: Symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches.
The frozen food being recalled is Great Value Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries. They are produced for Walmart by Sunrise Growers. The packages involved in the Walmart recall are marked with a Best By Date of 08/10/19 on the back of the bag. The UPC code is 078742126166 and the lot code is FED722211 or FED722212. They may have been available in Walmarts in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Out of an abundance of caution, SunOpta Inc’s subsidiary, Sunrise Growers Inc., has issued a voluntary recall of certain frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
This recall includes certain frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products distributed from Sunrise Grower’s facility in Edwardsville, Kansas on August 10, 2017. The issue was discovered during routine testing by Sunrise Growers. No illnesses related to the consumption of these products have been reported.
Ninety cases of Great Value Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherry products are being recalled. The products are packaged in 32 ounce printed plastic zip top bags and marked with a Best By Date of 08/10/19 on the back of the bag. The UPC code is 078742126166 and the lot code is FED722211 or FED722212.
These recalled products were distributed to a customer distribution center in Louisiana and may have been redistributed to stores in Louisiana and Mississippi. The affected retail customer has been notified of this recall and instructed to remove any recalled product from retail store shelves and inventories.
Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. Consumers seeking information may email [email protected] or call 1-800-854-1988 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. pacific time.
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Here is the packaging to look out for.
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