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Listeria Recall: US Food Safety Agency Flags Jen’s Breakfast Burritos Over Potential Contamination

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United States: Listeria infection-related danger has been looming across the United States since the US Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) recalled a range of burritos due to fears that they may contain the bacterium.

According to the health authority, 144 pounds of ready-to-eat burrito products which are made by Jen’s Breakfast Burritos LLC of Auburn, Washington may result in Listeriosis infection.

Several reports have mentioned that the products that were found affected were sent to “to-go” locations. As per the official details shared by the health authority, each product is covered in white packaging featuring the product name in either yellow or red font. The individual items are wrapped in yellow wax paper and prominently display the establishment number “EST. 1826” within the USDA mark of inspection.

Statement by FSIS!

Through the recall notice, which was issued on March 10 (Sunday), the federal food authority mentioned that the presence of the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes was discovered during the routine testing of the products. The FSIS also explained that the bacterium can cause serious and fatal infections among humans.

Following the detection of the bacteria, the FSIS advised the consumer of the product not to consume the product and to either throw it away or return it to the manufacturer. In addition to this, the agency also asked the public to check their freezers to see if they have kept any product of the company.

How can the infection be explained?

The health experts have explained that the Listeria infection can result in life-threatening illnesses. The major concern can be reported among the individuals who have weakened immune systems, such as children, elderly people and people with compromised immune systems.

In addition to this, health experts have also outlined that if a pregnant woman gets infected with the disease, it could lead to miscarriages, stillbirths as well as premature delivery, according to Newsweek.

Emphasizing on the common signs and symptoms of the infection, the FSIS mentioned that a person can experience symptoms after around two months of eating the contaminated food item. The illness can range between moderate to severe, as per the health authorities. The symptoms of the infection listed down by the authority were fever, muscle aches, tiredness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

In addition to this, it was highlighted that in severe cases, an individual can also witness issues like headache, stiff neck, loss of balance, confusion, and convulsions.

Further, the FSIS advised everyone that “anyone in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food,” as Newsweek reported.

According to official data shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, around 1,600 people get infected with listeriosis, out of which 260 die because of the infection.

What does Jen’s Breakfast Burritos have to say about the recent situation?

According to news daily Newsweek, an anonymous spokesperson for Jen’s Breakfast Burritos stated, “Our company contends that the sampling was mishandled by the USDA. By his own admission, the inspector did not wear gloves while handling the sample. The lot was still held by the company, in our control. It could have been resampled using the proper sampling procedures as stated by USDA protocols.”

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He further added, “The USDA was informed that this product is consumed within one week of production. Ten days later, it was determined that there ‘may have been’ a risk. The USDA still initiated a recall for that product. As a precaution, we voluntarily initiated our recall procedures.”

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