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Possible Listeria Outbreak in Potato Salad in Illinois

Posted on in Food Poisoning

The Garden Fresh Steakhouse Potato Salad that is sold at Jewel-Osco stores in Illinois has been recalled for possible listeria contamination in the Chicago area. Although there have not been any reported illnesses, the possibly contaminated potato salad was sold between May 30 and June 9 of this year.

After being notified by Garden Fresh of the possible outbreak, Jewel stores removed and destroyed any possibly contaminated products. Garden Fresh health officials identified the possible presence of Listeria through internal testing as part of the company's robust testing protocols. No other Garden Fresh brand products or potato salads sold at Jewel stores were part of this recall.

Health officials have urged any person that purchased Garden Fresh Potato Salad between the May 30 to June 9 time frame to dispose of it immediately and return to the local Jewel store for a refund.

What is Listeria?

Listeria is a serious bacteria that can cause infection. People usually become infected by eating food that is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. However, Listeria can also grow in a refrigerator if food is not stored at an appropriate temperature.

Symptoms of Listeria

Those that become exposed to Listeria monocytogenes usually experience symptoms such as:

High fever
Severe headache
Body stiffness
Nausea
Abdominal pain
Diarrhea

Pregnant women that are infected with Listeria may experience miscarriage and stillbirth.

The groups that are most at risk of being exposed to Listeria infections include:

Pregnant women
Children
Seniors
Those with weakened immune systems

How is Listeria Diagnosed and Treated?

Healthcare professionals may test potential infected persons for Listeria through blood tests or spinal fluid tests. Pregnant women may also be tested for Listeria through assessing their amniotic fluid or the placenta.

How to Reduce the Risk of Exposure to Listeria

Because Listeria is a serious, harmful bacteria, it is important to take precautions to reduce your risk of infection by practicing safe food preparation techniques such as:

Rinse raw produce thoroughly under tap water
Scrub firm produce
Make sure produce is dry after rinsing
Separate uncooked meats and poultry from other food products
Wash hands before and after handling uncooked foods
Clean utensils, cutting boards, and other cooking supplies
Sanitize countertops and other food preparation areas
Cook meats and poultry thoroughly before consumption
Store foods at appropriate temperatures

What Steps to Take if You Have Been Infected with Listeria

The symptoms of a Listeria infection occur quickly so it is important that you seek immediate legal assistance if you become exposed. Contact our team at Newland & Newland, LLP to discuss your legal options today. You may also schedule your free consultation via email.

We are able to make home and hospital visits upon request.

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