STATES CHRONICLE – A red flag has been waved through the air, which led to Whole Foods removing some products due to listeria concerns after a few tested samples came back positive. The possibility of contaminated chicken curry and deli pasta salads have raised some alarms. This is an issue that affects seven different states.
A Whole Foods Market in Massachusetts has officially recalled around 234 pounds of their curry chicken salad products. This was after the state’s Department of Public Health informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) about the concerns over listeria found in their samples.
As per reports released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the sampling of several products found in the food chain stores have shown traces of listeria monocytogenes. This can lead to the occurrence of the severe and, sometimes, life-threatening condition. It’s a high risk that has led to all curry chicken and deli pasta salads to be pulled off the shelves.
However, the products were packaged and available in stores between October 18th and October 22nd, with an expiration date of October 23rd. They were included in salad bars, sandwiches, wraps, and in chef’s cases. Consumers should know if they have purchase any of the products from Whole Foods Markets within the last week.
Listeria can cause serious infections, which can potentially be fatal. Symptoms include fever, headaches, muscle aches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and sometimes presents with consequences on the gastrointestinal system. Patients may experience diarrhea. Some, such as older adults, pregnant women and their newborns, along with those with compromised immune system are at high risk of infection.
The products which have been found with risk of causing listeria are Curry Chicken Salad, Curry Chicken Salad CC, PPK Salad Chicken Curry, Curry Chicken Salad Wrap, Single Curry Chicken Salad Wrap, and Curry Chicken Salad Rollup, all of which have been recalled.
If customers still have the products within their homes, they may present to the markets with a receipt, and will receive a full refund. The items affected may be found in several retail stores across multiple states, such as Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, and Rhode Island.
Officials have given out a warning for all their customers, as their products have been shipped from a Massachusetts site found infected with the bacteria.
Furthermore, the U.S. FSIS is prompting anyone who experiences ‘flu-like symptoms’ to report to the hospital within 2 months of consuming curry chicken and deli pasta salads from Whole Foods Market.
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