Organic Cashews sold in the northeastern U.S. have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination, according to Food Safety News. The brand’s cashew supplier notified it that the cashews could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, or Listeria.
Samples of a different product manufactured on the same machine as the cashews tested positive for the bacteria, however, none of the cashews’ samples tested positive. Yet, Hampton Farms is recalling fewer than 225 units of its Ava’s brand Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted “out of an abundance of caution” for its customers.
The cashews were sold in 8-ounce containers marked with Best By date 4/28/18 and Lot 11817-L2. They also include the UPC 8-10111-01035-1. The items subject to the recall were distributed in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Although no adverse reactions have been reported, those who have purchased any of the units should not consume them. Customers should return the units to the place of purchase for a full refund or discard them immediately. If any of the recalled items were consumed, the customer should watch for symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. Symptoms can include severe headache, high fever, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies Listeria as “a harmful germ that can hide in many foods.” People who consume foods contaminated with Listeria can suffer a serious infection, listeriosis, which is most likely to affect pregnant women and adults ages 65 or older who have weakened immune systems. The infections can affect the bloodstream (causing sepsis) or brain (causing meningitis or encephalitis). Although the infection is mild for pregnant women, it can be severe for a fetus or newborn baby and can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
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