If you purchased fresh cut vegetables sold by Country Fresh LLC, you need to check the dates on the package. The company recalled the product recently due to the possibility that the vegetables are contaminated with listeria.
Country Fresh also sells these vegetable packages under specific store brand names, so check here for a complete list of the recall. Stores that sell these products in Alabama include Walmart, BI-LO and Winn Dixie. The use-by dates of the products in the recall are August 7 - August 19.
What is listeria?
Listeria is a bacterium that can contaminate food items. It causes listeriosis, which is an infection that can be very dangerous, especially to infants, women who are pregnant, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the symptoms of listeriosis include:
- Muscle pain or neck stiffness
- Stomach and intestinal problems
If you or a family member experiences these symptoms, you should see a doctor to determine the problem. If it is listeriosis, you will need treatment as soon as possible. While treatment is often successful, listeriosis can cause death if untreated, or if the person affected is elderly or has additional medical issues.
You may seek legal help if you get sick
Food companies are responsible for keeping their products safe for consumers. When issues such as listeria, salmonella, botulism or E. coli occur, people may seek compensation from the negligent food producer.