A food company from Arizona has retracted one of its products of fear of Listeria contamination. The product in question is a type of salad that contains seeds which may have been tracked down to source from SunOpta.
Papa John’s Salads and Produce had discovered that its Oriental Salad contains seeds from Listeria contaminated lots. The company supplies fruits and vegetables for US market.
The salads had been recalled from the stores where they had been delivered, and the supplier is now working together with local grocers to remove the salads. The states involved are Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, New Mexico, Idaho, California, and Arizona.
The American Administration for Food and Drug (FDA) pointed out that stores could still have the salad on their shelves are Safeway, Albertsons, Food 4 Less and Bashas’. Consumers are advised to avoid the product and to alert the authorities if found.
A public announcement concerning this issue had been published on both the company’s and the FDA’s websites, giving away all details needed to identify the products involved.
FDA published a list with the data displayed on the specific lots. Purchasers should check the UPC number and the expiration date marked on the wrapping and match them with the FDA list.
In case a product originated from the contaminated lot is found, it should be discarded or returned to the store from where it was purchased so as to receive a refund.
Earlier this year, SunOpta had to recall its sunflower kernel production from the market as it had been discovered that February and April’s lots had been infected with Listeria. Meanwhile, the company had ceased production and is working on correcting the matter.
Listeria monocytogenes is a type of organism that can create severe infections in people with a weak immune system such as children or seniors. Symptoms consist of fever, headache, nausea or diarrhea. The bacteria are particularly dangerous for pregnant women as they can provoke miscarriages.
The Listeria contamination had been detected early, and the producer took all necessary measures to stop transmission to consumers. Up until now, no cases of illness have been reported from the population.
SunOpta is a company specialized in bioproducts and has a global infrastructure of supply.
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