Listeria Prompts Heluva Good to Recall Cheese Products

HP Hood is recalling select Heluva Good branded 8-ounce plastic cup containers of Cold Pack Cheese Food because they may contain <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), just announced. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the product and codes listed below.

• 8-ounce plastic cup containers of Heluva Good Port Wine Cold Pack Cheese Food: UPC 73570 55503;
Sell by date between 11/15/2010 through 12/15/2010.

• 8-ounce plastic cup containers of Heluva Good Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese Food; UPC 73570 55501; Sell by date between 11/15/2010 through 12/15/2010

The recalled Heluva Good products were distributed in stores in the following states: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island.

According to the FDA, the recall has been implemented as a precaution and is the result of a sampling done by the state of Wisconsin—from the facility that co-packs products under the Heluva Good brand—which revealed that some finished products contained the bacteria.

The FDA is advising consumers who have purchased these products to return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Heluva Good Consumer Affairs can be reached toll-free at 1-800-242-2423.

Listeriosis, the infection caused by the Listeria pathogen, 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, reported the LATimes.

Listeria monocytogenes infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500. Contamination occurs in meat and poultry as well as vegetables tainted via soil or fertilizer, noted the LATimes. 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, reported the LATimes previously.

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