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Two major salad maker makers are recalling dozens of products over fears they may be contaminated with the bacteria responsible for listeria.

Fresh Express, based in Morrow, Ga., is recalling three versions of its ready-made chopped salad batch after regulators discovered contamination during routine testing. Affected products include the Caesar Chopped Kit, Chopped Kit Chipotle Cheddar, and the Publix-branded Makoto Honey Ginger Salad Kit.

None of these products will remain in stores, as all recalled items have passed their “sell by” date. But officials warn that the salad kits could remain in people’s refrigerators.

Revolution Farms in Caledonia, Michigan, also issued a recall of all of its products last week after a similar regulatory test revealed a listeria contamination.

The bacterial infection is relatively harmless to most Americans but poses a risk to pregnant women and their unborn babies.

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The Fresh Express recall was made for a 'limited quantity of three types of already expired product' out of an abundance of caution due to possible listeria contamination.

Revolution Farms has recalled more than a dozen salad kits as well as 10 bulk products over concerns they contained listeria.

Affected Fresh Express products were sold in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The recalled Revolution Farms products were sold in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.

What is listeriosis?

Where does it come from?

  • Listeriosis is caused by infection with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes
  • Listeria is ubiquitous in the environment
  • It is a type of bacteria that infects humans and warm-blooded animals through contaminated food
  • They are found in dirty water, irrigation water, soil and fertilizers
  • soft cheeses such as Camembert; Cold chicken and cold cuts. raw seafood and cold seafood such as smoked salmon; Ice cream, fresh fruits, and packaged vegetables can also carry listeria
  • Infection can also occur through contact with animals, pests, inadequate cleaning of contaminated fruit, and unclean hands

Who are most at risk of severe disease?

  • Pregnant women, infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk

What are the symptoms?

  • Listeria begins with flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, and sometimes diarrhea
  • The time from consuming the bacteria to showing signs of disease often ranges from 8 to 90 days
  • Some people end up in the hospital dehydrated

And how can it be avoided?

  • Don’t buy bruised or damaged fruit, wash it before eating and refrigerate it within two hours of cutting
  • Avoid foods that are past their “best before” or “use by” date.
  • Cook foods well
  • Reheat the food until it is hot
  • Refrigerate leftovers immediately and use within 24 hours, or freeze
  • Ready-to-eat food should never be stored in the refrigerator for a long time because Listeria is one of the few pathogens that can grow in the refrigerator.

Detecting cases of dangerous pathogens in circulating products is the responsibility of the Food and Drug Administration.

Earlier this year, the agency announced sweeping recalls of more than 400 pre-made food items in stores across the country that were feared to be contaminated with listeria.

Leading up to the Fresh Express recall, a sample of the salad kit collected by the Georgia Department of Agriculture returned evidence of the Listeria pathogen on March 31.

Revolution Farms announced its voluntary recall April 5 after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found evidence of the pathogen in a random sample test of a 5-ounce package of Revoloso Farms Green Sweet Crisp. Retail with Best by April 2, 2023.

The company then noted that the recalled product may have played a role in the multi-state outbreak of listeriosis, the infection caused by the Listeria bacteria, and expanded the voluntary recall to include more products across a wide variety of grocery stores.

Listeriosis usually occurs after a person has eaten contaminated foods, the most common of which are sausages, deli meats, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, especially watermelon, and unpasteurized dairy products.

The pathogen is unique among other agents that cause foodborne illness in that it thrives at lower temperatures, such as inside a refrigerator, and can multiply to dangerous levels during storage.

Anyone can get listeriosis, but the infection is more serious in the elderly, people with compromised or weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and developing fetuses.

Symptoms of infection usually include those that are somewhat similar to the flu – chills, fever, aches, nausea, and vomiting.

But in these specific groups, the infection can be fatal. For example, listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and death in newborns without timely treatment.

Even with proper antibiotic treatment, this disease has a high mortality rate up to 30 percent.

More than 90 percent of people with listeriosis are hospitalized, often in intensive care units.

In the United States, an estimated 1,600 people are infected with listeria each year, and about 260 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No illnesses associated with the recalled products have been reported to date.

But the CDC offline investigation Listeria outbreak based on patient samples collected since July 2018.

As of February 15, 2023, the CDC has reported that 11 people have been infected with the strain of the outbreak.

This total is likely to be an undercount, as some people recover without medical care and are not tested for listeria.

The recall began when we learned that a random sample test of one salad batch dated March 31, 2023 collected by the Georgia Department of Agriculture yielded a positive result for the pathogen Listeria.

The recall began when we learned that a random sample test of one salad batch dated March 31, 2023 collected by the Georgia Department of Agriculture yielded a positive result for the pathogen Listeria.

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