Giant Eagle, a grocery store chain based in Pennsylvania is recalling frozen hash browns because there is a chance they may be contaminated with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria. Giant Eagle operates 222 supermarkets and 154 fuel and convenience stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.
This recall involves Giant Eagle and Food Club brand frozen loose hash browns. According to the recall notice, the independent and unrelated manufacturer of the hash browns has been informed of the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in products made in the same facility as the recalled items.
Upon receiving this information, Giant Eagle immediately performed a voluntary market recall of all potentially affected products and engaged an independent laboratory to test samples of these products. Giant Eagle has confirmed that some of the recalled products have tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause listeriosis which is a potentially serious infection.
The products affected by this recall are:
Giant Eagle Country Style Hash Browns (UPC 300341086)
Giant Eagle Western Style Hash Browns (UPC 3003401076)
Giant Eagle Southern Hash Browns (UPC 3003401075)
Giant Eagle Diced Hash Browns (UPC 300341087)
Giant Eagle Shredded Hash Browns (UPC 300341088)
Food Club Shredded Hash Browns (UPC 3680006530).
Customers who have previously purchased the affected product should dispose of it or return it to their local Giant Eagle where they will receive the double your money back guarantee upheld for all Giant Eagle brand products.
Listeriosis is dangerous and can often be deadly, causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In pregnant women, Listeriosis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth of a baby suffering from the infection.
Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected, with about one-third of all Listeriosis cases occurring during pregnancy. Listeriosis can kill fetuses, prompt premature births, and can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns and neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.
Listeria monocytogenes infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500.
There have been no reported cases of customer illness due to consumption of these items, and no other Giant Eagle products are affected.