Nam & Son of MD of Jessup, MD, has expanded a recall of one-pound bags of soybean sprouts, with the sell-by date of Dec. 21, 2023, because testing has shown contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The product was distributed to retail stores in Maryland on Dec. 14, 2023, according to the company’s recall notice posted by the FDA on Feb. 1, 2024.

The affected product is packaged in 1-pound plastic bags labeled under the Nam & Son of MD DBA Sam Sung S & M Food and have a “Sell By” date of Dec. 21, 2023.

No illness has been reported to date in relation to the product. However, it can take up to 70 days after exposure for symptoms of Listeria infection to develop.

The recall was initiated after a random sample was collected and analyzed by the state of Maryland, which resulted in confirmation of presence Listeria Monocytogenes in the product. The company has actively started investigating the root cause of the problem. 

All retail stores who have this “Sell By” date on the packaging should remove this product from their shelves. Consumers should not consume the products and should discard this product or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers should contact their health provider with any illness concerns. Consumers with questions about the warning may contact Nam & Son at 443-896-6738.

Link to First Recall

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 products 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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