Listeria Detection in Soybean Sprouts and Tofu Causes Recall
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A voluntary recall of various soybean sprouts and tofu products has been issued by Manna Organics, Inc. due to a possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, Food Safety News reports.
The contamination was detected after a random test was conducted by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets revealing the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a 16 oz. package of soybean sprouts.
The company is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the contamination. Until the investigation is complete, the company has shut down production.
The tainted products were distributed on or after July 17, 2012 to numerous restaurants, retailers, and distributors in the states of Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.
To date, no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.
Consuming a product contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause a bacterial infection in the body known as Listeriosis, a deadly infection with a 30 percent mortality rate according to Food Safety Watch. Children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with a weak immune system are more susceptible to developing a severe case of Listeriosis.
“Listeria monocytogenes can cause symptoms that include chills, fever, muscle aches, headache, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting,” states Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., EMSL’s Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences. “EMSL Analytical is the nation’s leading food testing laboratory and provides quality testing services for pathogens, such as Listeria monocytogenes, to help avoid food poisoning outbreaks.”
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