Lancaster Foods is recalling a limited quantity of three brands Robinson Fresh, Lancaster, and Giant brand Kale, Spinach and Collard Green products because of a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Though the recalled products are beyond their “Best If Used By Date,” it is important for consumers who have eaten the recalled product to monitor themselves. It can take from a few days to up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.
The recalled products were produced at the company’s Jessup, MD, facility.
The recall was initiated after notification that a random sample of a single bag of Chopped Kale Greens product with a “BEST IF USED BY May 1 2023” date collected by the New York Agriculture and Markets Food Safety Division tested positive for the Listeria pathogen.
These products were distributed through retailers and distributors in the states of Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
As of the posting of this recall, no related illnesses have been reported to date.
Retailers and distributors have been instructed to ensure the recalled products are removed from all inventories. Consumers who might still have the recalled products in their refrigerators should discard the items and they should not be consumed.
About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalled product and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about possible Listeria exposure.
Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.
Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.
Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.
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