Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, and short-term symptoms like a high fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, and diarrhea in healthy people. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women, and the FDA says in a new recall notice that muffins sold at grocery stores nationwide may contain it.
Over 25 different types of muffins from Give and Go Prepared Foods (USA) Corp. are part of the recall, including, blueberry, chocolate, banana nut, Oreo, triple chocolate, and more. They were sold in retail stores like Stop & Shop, 7-Eleven, Walmart, and others. The recall notice makes no mention of when the muffins were sold, but about half of them have a “Best When Used By Date” around late August or early September 2021. The others have a Lot Code that starts with “G”.
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Give and Go Prepared Foods says the issue was discovered as part of the company’s environmental monitoring program, but it doesn’t specify exactly what that is.
“To date, we have received no reports of illness related to this issue and are taking this action out of an abundance of caution,” the notice says. “Consumers who have these products should immediately dispose of the products and not eat them. Consumers should make a note of the lot code of the products, which is found on the label, and provide it if they contact us.”
For a full list of the muffins and their UPC codes, visit the FDA’s website.
This isn’t the only recall to be issued recently. Here are a few more you need to know to keep you and your family safe:
Almost 10 people became ill in June after eating leafy greens from BrightFarms because they were contaminated with Salmonella, according to the FDA. The subsequent recall includes nine different varieties of salad that were sold at grocery stores like Jewel-Osco, Mariano’s Fresh Markets, Strack Van Till, and select Walmart locations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
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Tyson first recalled 8.5 million pounds of frozen chicken products in early July but expanded it to include almost 500,000 more pounds just a few days later because it all could contain traces of Listeria. These items reportedly have caused three illnesses and one death.
The products were distributed to grocery stores, hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, and even Department of Defense locations.
The recall announcement published by the FDA for these chicken sandwiches suggests it is tied to the Tyson recall—”The chicken used in this product is subject to a national recall issued by Tyson Foods Inc., Dexter, MO.”
They were sold at Circle K stores in Southern California and Phoenix, Ariz. Here are more of the details:
Retail customers who purchased the 5.9 oz. Chicken Salad Sandwich at Circle K stores between 6/1/21 – 7/5/21 are asked to dispose of the product or return it to Circle K for a full refund. Additionally, consumers should also look for a “best buy” date of 6/7/21 through 7/9/21. This product is packaged with Circle K branding and contains the UPC code: 815138013996.
These small Trader Joe’s treats were recalled recently because they “May contain traces of peanuts.” About 6.1 million Americans are allergic to this type of nut, and the recall was issued after there were reports of allergic reactions.
“If you purchased any Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups (2-Pack) with the affected date codes (APR 05 2022, APR 06 2022, or APR 07 2022) and have a peanut allergy, please do not eat it,” Trader Joe’s says in the recall notice. “We urge you to discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund.”
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