An Atlanta wholesale company is recalling Cut Napa Kimchi products distributed in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The production of the company’s Kimchi has been halted while the FDA investigates the source of the problem. Consumers in possession of the recalled product are urged to discard it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
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What’s the problem?
August 17, 2011 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Atlanta Oriental Food Wholesale Company of Atlanta, GA, is currently recalling one and five gallon buckets of Cut Napa Kimchi because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The product in question was distributed to Buford Highway Farmers Market in Doraville, Georgia, as well to various companies in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. The problem was discovered after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of the bacteria in one gallon containers of Cut Napa Kimchi. Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to discard them immediately and contact a doctor if symptoms of food poisoning appear.
Listeria Food Poisoning (Listeriosis)
Listeriosis is a rare but potentially lethal type of food poisoning that has a high mortality rate of approximately 25 percent. The bacteria that causes listeriosis, Listeria monocytogenes, is surprisingly hardy and is able to survive and multiply in temperatures as low as a refrigerator and as high as a person’s internal body temperature. Symptoms of listeriosis can appear anywhere from three to 70 days after ingestion, and may include:
- muscle aches
- stiff neck
- loss of balance
Children, the elderly, and those with otherwise compromised immune systems are at particular risk of developing complications from listeria food poisoning. The ability of the infection to develop into meningitis after spreading into the nervous system makes listeriosis particularly dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Unfortunately, even with prompt treatment, a good percentage of listeria food poisoning cases will prove fatal.
Despite the fact that outbreaks of listeriosis are relatively rare in the United States, listeria food poisoning remains a prominent public health threat. It has been estimated that upwards of 2,500 cases of listeriosis – 500 of which will result in death – occur each and every year in the US. Pregnant women are some 20 times more likely to contract the disease than the general public, a statistic made even more frightening by the fact that the infection has been known to travel into the fetus through the umbilical cord.
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