Bacterial Contamination Taints Popular Frozen Food Product; Sparks Fear Among Consumers

June 21, 2019

It seems as though we have one of these every day: a massive food recall due to contamination. This time, it’s a popular organic frozen vegetable that many people use on a regular basis.

Authorities are warning consumers to stop using Woodstock brand Organic Frozen Grilled Red Peppers due to possible contamination with the Listeria bacterium.

The peppers, which had been distributed to retailers all across the nation, have been recalled “after a state’s health department found the presence of listeria during routine testing.

“The company, UNFI, said the recall affects 10-ounce packages of Woodstock frozen Organic Grilled Red Peppers, and that no adverse reactions have been reported.”

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, “The product comes in a 10-ounce plastic package marked with UPC code 4256301714, lot #60B, and an expiration date of April 2020 stamped on the back of the package and was distributed nationally to retail stores.”

The possible infection was discovered during routine testing.

“The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) revealed the presence of Listeria Monocytogenes in the lot number identified above.

“The production of the product has been suspended while RIDOH and UNFI continue to investigate.”

The good news is that no illnesses have been reported so far, but consumers are cautioned to be on the lookout for symptoms.

Listeria Monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

“Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

If you think you may have been exposed to Listeria, please see your doctor for treatment.

If you find any of the product under recall in your freezer, the FDA recommends that you either destroy it or return it to the place of purchase.

For further information, contact with any questions.

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