United States: recall of romaine lettuce due to risk …

United States: recall of romaine lettuce due to risk …

In the United States Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recommends that consumers avoid romaine lettuce with Fresh Express Sweet Hearts for food safety reasons.
A product sample taken as part of routine sampling in December and tested by MDARD tested positive for Listeria monocytogenica. To date, no disease related to this product has been reported in Michigan.

The product is packaged in a 9 oz clear plastic bag. with a green and red label with white letters. Expiration date and batch code “DEC 08 Z324B05A 16:04 07; US Product” are listed in the upper right corner on the front of the package. Any consumer who has purchased this product is advised not to consume it and dispose of it immediately.

Listeriosis Reminders:

Bacterium Listeria monocytogenica, found in food, soil, plants, wastewater, and other places in nature. It is resistant to cold and can breed even at low temperatures (+2°C to 4°C).

People can get listeriosis by eating meat, fish, dairy products, plants, or vegetables that are contaminated with the bacteria. Eating contaminated food can cause some high-risk groups (pregnant women and their fetuses or newborns, people over 65, and people with weakened immune systems) to develop a serious illness called listeriosis.

After incubation from a few days to 2 months (which makes it difficult to find the source of infection), the disease usually ends with a more or less high fever, accompanied by headaches, sometimes digestive disorders (nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.). Neurological complications (meningitis, encephalitis) can occur and be life-threatening.
In the specific case of listeriosis in pregnant women, the infection may go unnoticed or reduce it to a flu-like episode. However, the consequences can be severe for the unborn child: abortion, premature birth, septicemic forms with respiratory failure in the first days after birth.

In general, precautions to prevent listeriosis in pregnant women, immunocompromised patients, and the elderly are as follows:

a) Foods to avoid:

  • avoid eating soft cheeses made from raw milk;
  • remove the rind from cheeses before eating;
  • avoid consumption of cheese sold grated;
  • avoid eating smoked fish;
  • avoid eating raw sprouted seeds (soybeans, alfalfa, etc.);
  • avoid eating cooked meat products in their pure form; for example: pates, rolls, products in jelly, boiled ham;
  • when buying, give preference to packaged foods and consume them quickly;
  • avoid eating raw meat products in their pure form, cook them before eating, for example: lard, bacon, raw ham;
  • avoid eating food bought in the catering department;
  • avoid consumption of raw shellfish, surimi, tarama.

b) Hygiene rules to be observed:

  • carefully cook raw animal products (meat, fish); especially minced meat should be fried;
  • wash raw vegetables and aromatic herbs thoroughly;
  • keep raw foods (meat, vegetables, etc.) separate from cooked or ready-to-eat foods;
  • after contact with raw food, wash your hands and clean kitchen utensils that have come into contact with this food;
  • frequently wash and then disinfect the refrigerator with bleach;
  • Leftover food and cooked meals should be thoroughly reheated before immediate consumption.

Source : Food safety news.

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