Possible Listeria Threat Noted by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been made aware of a possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. The agency is working with the Oregon Potato company involving bulk shipments of onions that may be contaminated with Listeria. The Pasco, Washington company deals only with bulk quantities for hotels, restaurants, wholesalers, and, therefore, the FDA has not posted a recall.

“Oregon Potato notified its customers directly of the recall because they only sell products in bulk and the customers would not be able to recognize OPC products at the retail level, “an FDA spokeswoman said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces a recall of bulk onions sold by the Hillsboro Salad facility regarding a possible Listeria threat. Retailers issuing a recall of frozen vegetables are: Giant Foods, Wegmans, Martins, Tops, Stop and Shop, Food Lion, and Dillons.

Pictsweet, a family owned and operated for generations company has recalled several items due to one of its suppliers suspecting a Listeria contamination, reports the Food Safety News.

The FDA announced an onion recall from the manufacturer Hillsboro salad facility citing possible Listeria contamination. Refrigeration and freezing do not kill Listeria.

Symptoms of Listeria can include: vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches severe headache, and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly, and those individuals with compromised immune systems are at risk.

No illnesses have been reported and federal officials in the United States and Canada caution consumers and foodservice operations to discard or return any unused portions of recalled salad or frozen vegetables to the place of purchase, according to Food Safety News.

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