Listeria in Frozen Food

Yet Another Recall for Listeria in Frozen Food

There is yet another voluntary recall out there having to do with frozen food and possible Listeria contamination, as Inventure Foods, Inc. has announced the voluntary recall of varieties of its line of “Fresh Frozen” vegetables, as well as its “Jamba at Home” line of smoothie kits.

The recall follows a number of recalls involving ice cream over the last months or so, and it was issued after testing revealed the existence of Listeria monocytogenes at the company’s plant in Jefferson, Georgia facility.

According to the recall notice, the Fresh Frozen vegetable products subject to the recall are widely distributed to retail outlets, including supermarkets and mass merchandisers, as well as food service and restaurant accounts throughout 24 states, including Texas.

The Jamba At Home smoothies kits that are being recalled are distributed mostly east of the Mississippi River to retail outlets such as supermarkets and mass merchandise stores. The company has carefully specified that only these specific Jamba-branded smoothie kits are involved in the recall and that no other Jamba-branded products are affected at all.

The company points out that they have decided to “err on the side of utmost caution” with this recall, as there are no known illnesses yet associated with the consumption of either their Fresh Frozen vegetables or Jamba At Home smoothies products.

The organism Listeria monocytogenes often propagates in cool and wet environments, which may explain why it seems to be increasingly prevalent in frozen foods lately. It is difficult to eradicate, even via thorough cleaning and sanitizing. Listeria can lead to serious infections in some people, especially very small children, frail and elderly people and especially pregnant women, who are at greater risk of miscarriage and stillbirth after being infected by Listeria, and who can sometimes pass it on to their newborn baby, for whom it is up to 50 percent fatal. Other people can suffer such symptoms as fever, severe headaches, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea, as well.

Recently, there have been a spate of frozen food recalls, mostly ice cream. The largest, of course is the recall issued by Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell, but last week Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams pulled its product from shelves and shops and issued a recall because Listeria was found in its product as well.

In this case, Inventure Foods is asking that any consumer who has purchased any of the recalled products, stop eating it and return the package to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

If you or a loved one has consumed any food product and have become sick as a result, the first thing to do is seek medical help immediately. If the diagnosis is Listeria contamination or any other foodborne illness, please contact the Texas Food Poisoning Injury Lawyer at Hill Law Firm immediately, so that we can investigate the situation and protect your rights.

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