After caramel apples generated concerns among consumers, now Amy’s Kitchen and Wegmans products are suspected of listeria contamination.
On Monday March 24 the two companies announced separately that some of their frozen food products containing spinach have possibly been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria is a serious illness as it can cause dangerous infections, especially in older adults, pregnant women, newborn children and people with weakened immune systems. People with listeriosis can manifest symptoms such as fever, muscle aches possibly followed by diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disorders. For pregnant women infected with listeria the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or premature delivery is high.
According to the CDC, approximately 1600 people in the U.S. are infected each year. Out of those, 260 people lose the battle against listeria.
California-based company, Amy’s Kitchen announced a voluntary recall in regards to 19 different frozen food products that contain organic spinach. The recall was decided “out of an abundance of caution” after a supplier informed the company of the possibility of the spinach being contaminated with listeria.
The products possibly containing traces of listeria include various types of vegetable lasagna, tofu scramble, brown rice and vegetables, pasta shells, spinach pizza, and enchiladas. The complete list of products together with lot numbers included in the recall can be found on the FDA website.
Amy’s Kitchen products can be found in such supermarkets as Whole Foods, Safeway and Fresh Direct.
Up until now, there are no reports of illnesses due to the company’s spinach products. Amy’s Kitchen representatives advised consumers not to eat them. Instead, they could return the products to the store they bought them from for an exchange or refund.
Another company to have announced possible listeria contamination of products containing organic spinach was Wegmans Food Markets that holds 85 stores in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.
According to the FDA, the recalled products are the 12-ounce packages of Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good About Just Picked Frozen Spinach that have the following dates marked:
BEST USED BY JAN 26 2017 50265
BEST USED BY FEB 02 2017 50335
The frozen spinach products were sold between Jan. 27 and March 21. Wegmans representatives have also announced that the products can be taken back to the where they have been bought from in order to receive a full refund.
Image Source: CBS News