May 16, 2017 05:33 AM EDT
Green Chile Food Company-branded burritos were recalled voluntarily due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Green Chile burritos are widely sold in convenience stores, vending machines, and retail locations. The company is particularly pointing those burritos manufactured between March 8 and May 10.
The Green Chile burritos found positive of listeria contamination carry the item codes between 17067 and 17130. These codes correspond to 14 product brands that were distributed nationwide. However, the recall does not cover all of the "variants" of Green Chile burritos nor those who were sold through bulk products, Outbreak News Today clarified.
Green Chile Company stressed that they haven't received any complaints nor monitored anyone who got hospitalized due to listeria contamination yet. However, it is safer to recall the products after the Department of Food Safety and Inspection Service, together with the Food and Drug Administration tested them positive instead of risking the Listeria monocytogenes. Green Chile Company has ceased distribution of the affected product for the meantime as well.
Green Chile Company appealed to those who purchased their products take precautionary measures and not consume them. It is advisable to simply dispose of those listeria-contaminated products. Should the consumers require a refund, they can contact the Green Chile Company at (800) 695-0843 or http://burritorecall.com/.
Listeria monocytogenes-contaminated food can result to a condition called listeriosis. It affects the elderly, pregnant women, newborns, and those with weakened immune system. In most cases, people outside of these age groups are less likely to get an infection.
The symptoms of listeriosis vary, the worst being an invasive type of infection that targets beyond the gastrointestinal tracts. Listeriosis patients may suffer from fever, headache, muscle ache, loss of balance, confusion, and convulsions. The flu-like symptoms are particularly risky for pregnant women who might suffer an increased risks of miscarriage, premature delivery, and stillbirths.
Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics. The infection period is also unusually long, resulting in symptoms within two months after consumption of contaminated food. It is also vital that the patients should tell the doctors if they suspect that they have eaten contaminated food.
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