Dec 12, 2017 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

‘Edamame’ Listeria Fears Results To Nationwide Recall

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All Edamame dated from January 3 through March 17 was recalled nationwide because of listeria contamination. Advanced Fresh Concepts which is based in California has to get back their product packaged in 8-ounce refrigerated packs.

According to Miami Herald, consumers should return their own purchase of the said product in place of a refund. The particular batch code of the product to be recalled is 0-23012-00261-9 with its full name "Edamame, Soybeans In Pods".

Edamame is considered as a snack and sometimes as an appetizer in Japanese Restaurants. According to Medical News Today, it is a young soybean that has been harvested before the beans start to mature and turn harder. The young soybean product is naturally gluten-free, low-calorie, cholesterol-free, and is a great source of protein, iron, and calcium.

Consuming fruits and vegetables has been associated with a reduced risk of lifestyle-related conditions. Edamame is a plant food has been suggested to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Soybean products contain isoflavones which have been linked to the reduced risk of osteoporosis. While the calcium and magnesium in the soy help to lessen premenstrual syndrome, regulation of blood sugar and prevention of migraine headaches.

Publix announced to recall the edamame product on Friday. This action is to protect the health of the consumers against "Listeria monocytogenes". Listeria can cause an infection called listeriosis that causes a variety of symptoms depending on the person and the part of the body affected.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that Listeria, which is found in the said particular batch of the edamame product, can cause fever and diarrhea similar to other foodborne diseases. The infection is usually treated with antibiotics and the diagnosis is through bacteria culture. Furthermore, the infection is somewhat lethal to pregnant mothers as it may cause miscarriage especially when it is invasive, meaning it has spread throughout the blood.

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