Several Food Products Recalled This Week
This week witnessed recall of many food products by different companies owing to possible bacterial contamination.
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed seven cases and three likely cases of E. coli infection linked with raw clover sprouts. People in Idaho and Washington have been infected and hospitalized.
The CDC carried out preliminary investigation and indicated that the raw clover sprouts are produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC of Idaho. The state departments in Washington and Idaho have asked people not to eat raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts.
A voluntary recall has also come from Lansal Inc. for hummus and dip products worth around 14,860 pounds. The recall has been made about possible bacterial contamination. Meanwhile, Sherman Produce is also recalling bulk and packaged walnuts sold to retailers in Missouri and Illinois.
The companies that have recalled the products have asked customers to either go through them or return them for a full refund. This week only, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products have been recalled as they could be contaminated with a strain of E. coli.
E. coli is a large group of bacteria. Mostly they are harmless, but there are some that can cause chronic illness. Strain involved in the sprout-linked outbreak is Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121.
The infection can make a person suffer severe diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain, said the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. Generally, people recover within seven days, but there can be people who suffer from severe complications.
In the case of hummus and dips, the Texas Department of Health identified potential for Listeria contamination. Symptoms of a Listeria infection can range from fever, muscle aches, stiff neck, loss of balance and convulsions.