Bean Burgers Recalled For Salmonella

Earth Fare of Fletcher, North Carolina, just issued a recall of its frozen Earth Fare Spicy Bean Burger over concerns of potential contamination with the dangerous <"">Salmonella pathogen.

The Earth Fare Spicy Bean Burger recall involves items with UPC code 8-78602-00518 and lot codes #05311 and #06711. No other Earth Fare Veggie Burger products were affected in this recall. The recalled burgers were distributed and sold only in the Earth Fare located in Akron, Ohio.

Salmonella is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

The recalled Earth Fare Veggie Burgers are sold in 10-ounce boxes with lot code #05311 and #06711 and displaying UPC code 8-78602-00518 and the words “Earth Fare Natural Spicy Bean Burger.”

There have been no reported incidents by consumers, to date; however, it can take some time for the effects of foodborne pathogenic contamination to manifest symptoms.

This recall of Earth Fare Natural Spicy Bean Burgers was the result of a routine sampling program conducted by the FDA, which revealed that the finished product contained the bacteria. Earth Fare has removed all affected lot codes from all store shelves as FDA and the company continue the investigation into the cause of the problem.

If consumers have purchased product with the indicated UPC code and lot codes, they are urged to return the product to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling 1.828.281.4800, extension 180, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 5 p.m.

Salmonella leads to some 1.2 million cases of Salmonellosis annually, with victims generally under the age of five and costs—in direct medical costs—of about $365 million annually, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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