Attention Hawaii Residents: Warabeya U.S.A., of Honolulu is now recalling a variety of convenience meals sold at retail stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumption of food contaminated with listeria can cause listeriosis, a rare but deadly foodborne illness responsible for hundreds of deaths each year around the country. This is a Class I recall, meaning there is a reasonable probability that the consumption of this product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Free Warabeya U.S.A. Convenience Meal Recall Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has become severely sickened after consuming a 7-ELEVEN convenience meal included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
July 7, 2011 – Today, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Warabeya U.S.A., Inc., a Honolulu establishment, is currently recalling more than 1,500 pounds of convenience meals sold at retail stores throughout Hawaii that may have been cross-contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The following products, which were produced on June 28, 2011, are included in the recall:
- 10.3-ounce packages of 7-ELEVEN FRIED CHICKEN BENTO
- 11-ounce packages of 7-ELEVEN TERIYAKI CHICKEN BENTO
- 10-ounce packages of 7-ELEVEN BREAKFAST SCRAMBLE BOWL
- 17.75-ounce packages of 7-ELEVEN BIG BENTO
- 7.25-ounce packages of 7-ELEVEN LITTLE SMOKIES SNACK PACK
Each of these products includes a ‘best eaten by date and time’ of ’06/30/11 11:30 AM,’ as well as an ‘EST. 12444’ or ‘P-12444’ inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The issue was discovered by a routine test conducted by the FSIS, and may have occurred as the result of cross-contamination through contact with a food scale pan. To date, there have been no illnesses reported in connection with this recall. Consumers are advised to discard any products affected by this recall and contact a physician immediately if symptoms of food poisoning appear.
Listeria Food Poisoning (Listeriosis)
According to PubMed Health, listeriosis is a rare but serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Pregnant women, developing fetuses, newborn babies and adults with weakened immune systems are at an increased risk for developing listeriosis. Infection in early pregnancy typically leads to miscarriage, while infections later in pregnancy may lead to stillbirth or death of the infant a short time after birth. Sadly, approximately fifty percent of infants infected at or near term will die. Signs and symptoms of listeriosis in infants may include:
- loss of appetite
- respiratory distress
- skin rash
- increased pressure inside the skull (due to meningitis) possibly causing suture separation
For most cases of listeriosis in adults, antibiotic therapy is usually satisfactory in bringing the infection under control. When infection occurs during pregnancy, antibiotics given promptly to the expecting mother can often prevent infection to the newborn. Babies with listeriosis may be treated with the same antibiotics as adults, although a combination antibiotic approach is often used until doctors are certain of the diagnosis. Sadly, even with prompt treatment, some listeriosis infections may ultimately result in death.
Click here to read more from Schmidt & Clark, LLP about recent listeria food poisoning outbreaks. To learn more about Listeria monocytogenes, please visit the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Bad Bug Book.
Do I have a Warabeya U.S.A. Convenience Meal Recall Lawsuit?
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