Listeria Contamination Outbreak! Is Your Food Safe?

Friday, August 3rd, 2012 by from Buzzworthy Bulletins

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Just when I thought my anxieties couldn’t handle any additional worry, I read that “tons of ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook foods have been recalled because of listeria contamination at a California onion plant.”

“Major brands, such as Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, Whole Foods, and Publix,” are included in this recall.

I buy my groceries at Publix!

The FDA’s site has a list of all products to be concerned about – I’ve actually eaten one of these listed things (a Publix deli sandwich!!) recently – as well as which locations are affected.

Someone with a listeria infection may feel feverish, have muscle aches and diarrhea, and become nauseous, at first. Sometimes it takes up to two months before symptoms will occur.  If you are pregnant, you will probably only experience mild signs, but “the consequences for the baby, however, may be devastating.”

Check out the list of contaminated products. If you’ve eaten something on that list, or someone in your family has, keep watch for possible symptoms.

Fortunately, my state wasn’t listed as one of the contaminated Publix deli sites; however, I’m still on the verge of a mini panic attack. (Breathe in, breathe out. Repeat.) My daughter was recently sick (vomiting and diarrhea), and this article reminds me of how little I know about the foods I buy – both fresh and pre-packaged –  at grocery stores. I’ve always focused on buying healthy foods; but I haven’t focused on where those healthy foods have previously been. I wash the ones I’m supposed to wash before eating, but is that enough? Do you know where your fruit is coming from? Do you know how they processed that frozen pizza before it was packaged? Exactly what chemicals are you feeding yourself and your children?

Have you or any family members eaten something on this recall list? How aware are you of the foods you purchase?

What do you think? Listeria Contamination Outbreak! Is Your Food Safe?

Kim ShannonEditor

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. Avatar of Kristen Kristen says:

    Oh my gosh! I was just in the ER last Thursday with Food Poisoning from a "Ready to Eat" meal, thank you soo much for this!

  2. Avatar of Nicole Nicole says:

    I don’t use prepackaged foods so 90% of what ends up on these lists don’t apply to me. Not even the stuff from the counter.

  3. Avatar of ErinF ErinF says:

    Yikes, that’s frightening. Onions? I’d never have considered onions a risk for listeria. I’ll have to check this list before shopping for pre-packaged veggies and salad mixes.

  4. Avatar of Mom2two12 Mom2two12 says:

    Thankfully nothing on the list we have had.

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