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Celery Recall at SanGar: Listeriosis Risk

The FDA recalled celery from the San Antonio SanGar plant when it tested positive for listeriosis. Testing at the plant was part of an investigation after 10 reported cases of listeriosis, 5 of which resulted in the deaths of the infected persons. The reported cases were coming from Bexar, Travis and Hidalgo counties.

On the heels of egg recalls, milk recalls, deli meat and alfalfa recalls, how can you protect yourself from yet another food-related recall?

What is listeriosis?

Listeriosis is a bacterial infection caused by the bacteria listeria monocytogenes, and it occurs primarily in infants, elderly and immunocompromised persons. Risks from listeriosis include septicemia (infection of the blood), meningitis and premature delivery and neonatal infection in pregnant women.

You can avoid listeriosis by cooking meats and seafood, always washing raw vegetables thoroughly, reheating leftovers thoroughly and avoiding unpasteurized cheeses like brie and camembert. Also, check out our tips on enjoying those foods during pregnancy when you’re at a higher risk for listeriosis.

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