Savannah Food Company Inc. is recalling cornbread dressing and bread stuffing made with frozen diced eggs from Almark Foods of Gainesville, GA. The products were distributed through wholesale distributors to restaurants, delis, cafeterias, and foodservice establishments in Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Arkansas.
“This recall is taking place due to supplier notification that Almark Foods supplied certain lots of frozen diced egg products which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and its association with a Listeria monocytogenes foodborne illness outbreak investigation,” according to the Savannah Mood Co. recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.
The Almark egg facility has been confirmed to be contaminated with the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes that public health officials have found in patients involved in a multi-state outbreak. One person has died.
Products subject to the Savannah Food recall are:
|39015||Savannah Classics||7 lb. Special Cornbread Dressing|
|38016||Savannah Classics||7 lb. Classic Cornbread Dressing|
|38025||Savannah Classics||4.5 lb. Bread Stuffing|
|39012||Morrison’s||7 lb. Cornbread Dressing|
|39010||Morrison’s||4 lb. Cornbread Dressing|
|38017||Piccadilly||2 lb. Cornbread Dressing|
The company hadn’t received any reports of illness associated with the implicated products as of the posting of the recall notice.
Consumers who purchased any of the recalled products are urged to discard them or return them to their place of purchase. For any questions, consumers may contact Savannah Food Company at 731-925-1155.
About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalled product and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.
Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled product should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.
Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.
Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.
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