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Listeria food poisoning symptoms include fever, headache, and tiredness in mild cases, but severe infections can lead to death. Listeria is commonly linked to ready-to-eat foods but occurs in frozen foods as well. Listeria risk is minimized by pasteurization or thoroughly heating food to 165 degrees.
Listeria monocytogenes are bacteria that cause food poisoning. Listeria food poisoning mostly goes unnoticed but can be serious and lead to death in at-risk people, such as the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. If the bacteria are confined to the gut symptoms can be mild such as fever, headache, tiredness, aches and pain or even go unnoticed. If listeria bacteria get outside the gut and into the rest of the body it can cause invasive listeriosis that can lead to severe problems such as meningitis, blood poisoning or even death can occur. Diagnosed listeriosis has the highest mortality rate (20-30%) of any foodborne pathogen.
Listeria bacteria can be killed by pasteurization or cooking food thoroughly above 165 degrees. Listeria food poisoning is falsely thought of to only be associated with items such as deli meats, hot dogs, soft-serve ice cream, fresh fruits, raw vegetables, and unpasteurized dairy products. In reality, Listeria bacteria are able to live in a wide range of conditions and environments. From both acidic and salty conditions, high and low moisture content, and freezing temperatures. This hardiness allows Listeria to survive for long periods in a variety of food products and at processing plants. Because it can thrive in freezing environments, recent studies cited by the FDA have shown that the bacteria are present in a high percentage of frozen raw beef products.
The CDC has provided guidelines to avoid Listeria food poisoning. General recommendations to avoid food poisoning are:
- cooking raw beef, pork, or poultry thoroughly.
- Ensuring that raw vegetables are thoroughly washed.
- Avoiding Cross-contamination from uncooked meats and ready-to-eat foods.
- Steering clear of unpasteurized dairy products.
- Washing hands, knives, and cutting boards after handling uncooked foods.
Additional recommendations for high risk individuals include staying away from soft cheeses, avoiding deli meats if possible, and thoroughly heating left-over and ready-to-eat foods before eating.
A recent December 2019 recall of White Castle frozen sliders attributed to listeria contamination at the processing plant demonstrates the continued high-risk foodborne illness threat that Listeria monocytogenes presents.
Recent Interesting Reports
February 13, 2021 1:00 PM
“Thin Mints I ate a good portion of a sleeve of Girl Scout thin mints last night, got intense and unrelenting stomach pains, fell asleep on the bathroom floor, woke up with pains still, and then after awhile had diarrhea and the pain mostly went away but persisted a bit
February 11, 2021 5:57 PM
“The FSA announced the recall of Birchwood XXL Pork Mince (12% Fat) by Lidl GB because they may contain pieces of plastic.
FSA advises consumers not to eat the recalled products. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund with or without a receipt.
- Birchwood X... XL Pork Mince (12% Fat). 1kg. Use by 13 February 2021.
The possible presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.
Check the full recall details on the FSA website food.gov.uk
Source: FSA ”
February 16, 2021 4:56 PM
“Baby spring mix produce 2 people . Within hours . Abdominal pain , cramping , nausea and severe diarrhea
Lastnight & all day today ”
February 23, 2021 11:24 PM
“I ordered for pick up tonight and 2 orders of chicken strips had barely cooked chicken. Unfortunately, I ate a bite before I realized because I haven't eaten all day and now I'm vomiting and have the worst stomach cramps. This is disgusting. And now I'm in extreme pain and extremely nauseous since I... ate the chicken.
I had no idea what to do, so I tried to make a Google review and it won't let me rate it as 1 star. I also have video proof that they served me raw chicken. ”
February 17, 2021 5:42 AM
“Frozen mixed berries
Frozen raspberries creative gourmet
My daughter and I have been sick after consuming these berries in a smoothie. ”
February 27, 2021 1:01 AM
“Company name: J&J Distributing
Brand name: Haug, Fresh Tyme & more
Product recalled: Taco products
Reason of the recall: Listeria monocytogenes
FDA Recall date: February 26, 2021
Recall details: J&J Distributing of St. Paul, MN, is recalling multiple products because they have the potential to... be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that 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 infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The recalled products were distributed nationwide in retail stores. The recalled products are the following:
- Haug. Taco Tray 16 oz. UPC: 6-10014-16383-9. Code Date: 3-Mar.
- Haug. Mini 7 Layer Dip Tray 22 oz. UPC: 6-10014-16414-0. Code Date: 3-Mar.
- Haug. Taco Tray 16 oz. UPC: 6-10014-16415-7. Code Date: 3-Mar.
- Haug. Taco Tray 29 oz. UPC: 6-10014-16416-4. Code Date: 3-Mar.
- Fresh Thyme. Taco Dip 10oz. UPC: 8-41330-12368. Code Date: 3-Mar.
- Tastebuds. Layered Fiesta Taco Dip 9 oz. UPC: 0-38232-31611-8. Code Date: 3-Mar.
- Tastebuds. Taco Platter 26 oz. UPC: 0-38232-31683-5. Code Date: 3-Mar.
- Tastebuds. Taco Platter 15.8 oz. UPC: 0-38232-33235-4. Code Date: 3-Mar.
- Tastebuds. Taco Dip 9 oz. UPC: 0-38232-31612-5. Code Date: 3-Mar.
- Earthgrown. Mini Taco Dip. UPC: 6-10014-22341-0. Code Date: 3-Mar.
- Caribou. Turkey Sandwich 9 oz. UPC: 7-98493-17447-5. Code Date: 26-Feb.
- Kwik Trip. Taco Dip 8oz. UPC: 0-38232-36091-3. Code Date: 3-Mar.
- Kwik Trip. Taco Dip 15.8oz. UPC: 0-38232-36090-6. Code Date: 3-Mar.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a utensil used to produce the products.
Consumers who have purchased any of the affected products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 651-221-0560, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm.
Check the full recall details on fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
February 25, 2021 7:55 PM
“I received it last night and quickly after eating it I started feeling kind of ill. I brushed it off at first and figured it was because of the grease. Come the next morning I have severely sick with committing, diarrhea and nausea. ”
February 20, 2021 11:16 PM
“3 hours after eating. Intense stomach pain. And nausea
Great value cheddar & sour cream potato chips, Walmart Supercenter, East Main Street, Plainfield, IN, USA
February 3, 2021 4:27 PM
“I opened the bag of chips at 11pm yesterday. By 9 am today I was having diarrhea then started vomiting while having diarrhea. Stomach has been cramping all day. ”
February 24, 2021 5:14 PM
“I went to eat lunch around 12:00pm around 4:00 I started feeling sick to my stomach and vomiting. I also feel like I maybe running a small fever. ”