According to an online news report posted on fox16.com, a California food company has initiated a recall of more than 80 of its beef jerky food products. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that the affected jerky products might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Boyd Specialties, LLC, reported that this recall involves more than 1,60 pounds of jerky shipped to retail stores in California, Alabama, Connecticut, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Texas. The affected jerky food products were sold in fifteen different flavors and under more than twenty other brand names.
Food Safety Inspection Service inspectors discovered possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination after one sample tested positive during a routine follow-up procedure.
Customers who think they have purchased one of the recalled jerky products are urged to throw the jerky in the trash or return the product to the store of purchase for a full refund. The recall affects jerky produced on February 23, 2022, has the establishment number “EST. 40269” within the USDA’s mark of inspection.
The Food Safety Inspection Service inspectors’ website has a complete list of the recalled jerky food products, along with photos of their product labels.
Listeria monocytogenes is a dangerous foodborne bacterium that can cause Listeriosis. Every year an estimated 1,600 people are infected with Listeria monocytogenes, and about 260 people die of the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People who are at a high-risks of severe injury or death include babies, young children, pregnant women, people over the age of 65, and people who have a weakened immune system. Pregnant women are ten times more likely to acquire a Listeria infection, and Hispanic women who are pregnant are 24 times more likely to acquire a Listeria infection. Listeria infections can cause preterm labor, miscarriages, and stillbirths.
According to the FDA and the CDC, symptoms of a Listeria infection include diarrhea, fever, headache, stiff neck, loss of balance, nausea, abdominal pain, convulsions, and confusion. Women who are pregnant may only experience fever and flu-like symptoms, the CDC reports.
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