Check your freezer, everyone.
The FDA recently announced
that over 40 companies are recalling their frozen vegetable products out of concern that they may be contaminated with the Listeria virus. The recall affects grocery stores all over the country, including Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Costco.
To determine whether the food in your house has been affected, please refer to this chart
. There you’ll learn how to check each bag for the lot number in order to figure whether it was implicated in the recall. The recall includes many organic and non-organic frozen food products, all of which have a sell by date between April 26th, 2016 and April 26th, 2018.
This is a recall to be taken seriously. So far, eight people have fallen ill, two of which have died.
Though not as common as E. coli or salmonella, listeria is much more dangerous. In fact, a fifth of all people who contract listeriosis (when the bacteria enters the bloodstream) dies. It particularly affects those who weakened immune systems including babies, the elderly, and pregnant women.
If you think you have already eating the contaminated items and start experiencing flu-like symptoms, you should head to your doctor and let them know.