Quaker Oats has a long history of providing healthy food in the market, but now the company has issued a voluntary recall on two of their products over fears of listeria contamination.
A Fortune report said one of Quaker’s suppliers of sunflower kernels had issued a recall of its products after they found that some of its seeds may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
It prompted Quaker to recall their own products linked to the contaminated sunflower kernels.
No reports of poisoning have surfaced, but Quaker said that they’re still pushing through with the recall “in an abundance of caution to protect public health.”
From the Fortune report:
“The recall applies to 6.1-ounce boxes of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Chocolate Nut Medley with UPC code 30000 32241 and best before dates of 10/16/2016 and 10/17/2016 as well as 6.1-ounce boxes of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Yogurt, Fruit & Nut with UPC code 30000 32243 and best before dates of 10/10/2016 and 10/11/2016.”
Quaker also said that they are now investigating the issue with the Food and Drug Administration.
What is the effect of Listeria?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, and affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems.
People with listeriosis exhibit fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhoea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. But symptoms usually vary with each person.
For pregnant women: typically experience fever and other non-specific symptoms, such as fatigue and aches. However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn
For people other than pregnant women: Symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches.
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