Listeria is no joking matter. With news of recalls due to the bacteria continually being released, it's normal to worry about the food you buy for you and your family. Luckily, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does a great job when it comes to keeping up to date with foods most likely to be contaminated with Listeria.
In case you're not sure what Listeria is, besides from being a disgusting sounding word, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Listeria is a serious infection caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Symptoms include things like head ache, muscle stiffness, fever and loss of balance. However, in pregnant women and children, the consequences are far more serious and can lead to still birth or even death in certain cases, according to Healthy Children.org.
While that sentence alone is enough to send most people into a panic, if you're up to date on the most recently recalled foods, you have nothing to worry about. If any of these next nine foods (the most recent recalls by the FDA) have found their way into your pantry, simply throw them out. If you're genuinely worried or you or your child has exhibited any of the above symptoms after consuming a recalled product, be sure to see your doctor immediately. But thanks to this list, and the preventative measures taken by the FDA, your mind can rest at ease.
1HEB Ready Fresh Go Red Sliced Apples
According to the FDA, Fresh from Texas, out of San Antonia, Texas is voluntarily recalling their line of Ready Fresh Go sliced red apples because of a potential contamination.
2WYLWOOD Fresh Frozen Broccoli Cuts
Alimentos Congelados, S.A. (Pinula) has recently recalled 1,800 cases of fresh frozen broccoli cuts. No illnesses have be reported connected to the product, but the company voluntarily recalled it based on the potential.
3Sally Sherman Fresh Chicken Salad Products
In February, Sally Sherman Foods out of Mount Vernon NY, recalled 3,004 pounds of various products that were thought to be contaminated. Among them were the Spa Chicken Salad, Chicken Salad All White Meat, and Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad.
4Starbucks' Sausage Egg And Cheese Muffin
In early March, Progressive Gourmet Inc. recalled their sausage egg and cheese biscuits— which they provide to Starbucks. Specifically stores in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma with packages dated "Best Before: 07-AUG-2016".
5Maytag Blue Cheese
Maytag has voluntarily recalled their blue cheese with the product label UPC 0085408900104 or UPC 0021806200000. This recall affects 17 stores in Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa and can be found at Maytag Dairy Farms, HyVee stores, Whole Foods and Schnuck Markets.
6Loki Fish Company Smoked Salmon
Loki Fish Company has recalled their smoked salmon after reports of contamination in their Seattle warehouse.
One particular Bi-Lo store in Glennville, Georgia has recalled their cantaloupe products due to potential contamination.
8Mitica Pecorino Aged Cheese
Forever Cheese Inc. out of Long Island, New York has recalled their Mitica brand Pecorino Aged Cheese in certain stores in the states of California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, Vermont, Virginia, Florida, and Connecticut.
9Dole Fresh Vegetable Salads
Earlier in January, Dole recalled a variety of of their fresh salads. You can visit the Food Safety News website for a full listing of the products and states affected.