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Recall: Bagged Lettuce Listeria Contamination Dangerous for Pregnant Moms

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Bags of lettuce at certain Giant Eagle and Hy-Vee stores may be contaminated with listeria.

Moms-to-be in Iowa, Ohio and Pennsylvania need to checked their fridge for bagged lettuces, as a California company recalls products packaged under the Hy-Vee and Giant Eagle’s Farmers Market brands because of possible listeria contamination.

Listeria can be dangerous for pregnant women.  The American Pregnancy Association says that, “… pregnant women are 20 times more likely to become infected than non-pregnant healthy adults.”   Listeria raises the risk for miscarriage, premature delivery, infection of the newborn and even newborn death.  It can be treated with antibiotics.

River Ranch Fresh Foods, located in California, has just recalled bags of iceberg, romaine and mixed lettuces produced on September 27 with best-by dates of October 14.  (see below for the full list) No illnesses have yet been reported, but a test on the products by the Ohio Department of Agriculture found potential listeria contamination.

Listeria is serious.  At least 23 people have died in the recent cantaloupe contamination. Listeriosis symtoms include mild flu-like symptoms, headaches, muscle aches, fever, nausea, and vomiting.  Be sure to call your doctor if you think you have ingested contaminated items and are suffering symptoms like these.

Here’s the full list of recalled items:

Farmers Market eight-ounce Shredded Iceberg

– Farmers Market seven-ounce Parisian Blend

– Farmers Market nine-ounce Leafy Romaine

– Farmers Market 12-ounce Romaine Garden

– Hy-Vee eight-ounce Shredded Iceberg

– Hy-Vee 12-ounce American Blend

– Hy-Vee 12-ounce Garden Supreme

– Hy-Vee 12-ounce Romaine Garden

 

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