The danger of Listeria continues in the United States after the National Frozen Food Corp. issued a voluntary recall of frozen mixed vegetables and peas.
Listeria is a disease that might be hidden in everything that it’s frozen. This bacteria is unusual because it is one of the few that can survive to below freezing temperatures. Most types of bacteria usually die at low temperatures.
However, Listeria monocytogenes just stop multiplying. Experts underline that putting frozen fruits and veggies in the microwaves is not safe because this process provides an uneven heating. Therefore, only some parts of the frozen food will be heated enough, and the bacteria will not be destroyed.
Furthermore, using frozen fruits in smoothies is also risky. Our best bet would be to cook them properly because this will destroy all the Listeria monocytogenes. The frozen peas and mixed veggies packaged by Sprout, Market Pantry, Live Smart, Great Value, First Street and Bountiful Harvest between September 2nd, 2015 and June 2nd, 2016 were all recalled.
Furthermore, potential Listeria contamination was detected in the pesto pasta salad with arugula from the Green Cuisine, supplied by National Frozen Food as well. Unfortunately, the recalled product was sold in Arizona Whole Foods Market, Nevada and Southern California areas between June 15th and 16th.
Listeria is a disease that usually affects people with weak immune systems, pregnant women, children and elderly. This illness has various symptoms including diarrhea, nausea, muscle aches, and fever.
Plus, the infection can spread into the nervous system or the gastrointestinal tract. Worse, some of these infections can be life-threatening. Until now, no case has been reported regarding the consumption of the recalled mixed vegetable and peas.
Experts advise people to make an appointment to their doctors if they experience any symptoms. Listeria can be easily treated if it’s detected early. Antibiotics are the primary method of treatment.
The Food and Drug Administration prompts people to take active measures of precaution in order to avoid consuming any of the recalled products.
In addition to this, consumers can contact the National Frozen Food Corp. for a full refund and return of the recalled veggies. Plus, they can also discard the products. Hopefully, the threat of Listeria will fade away if food companies will double their efforts to prevent any future problems.
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