Garland Ventures LTD of Garland, TX, has issued a voluntary recall of their Five Cheese Stuffed Shells due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. 1095 cases of the effected Five Cheese Stuffed Shells trays were distributed nationwide in various supermarkets and are marked lot #F080SS/F090SS. The Five Cheese Stuffed Shells product were sold in 10.76 oz quantities in an aluminum foil container with a clear lid, containing shells with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and parsley. Traces of Listeria monocytogenes were found during routing food safety testing, causing Garland Ventures LTD to issue a voluntary recall. Customers who have purchased the effected Five Cheese Stuffed Shells product are urged to not consume it; all product should be disposed of or returned to place of purchase for a full refund. Bob Cocat of Garland Ventures LTD can be contacted by consumers regarding any questions at 972-795-5313. No illnesses have been reported as of date due to the product.
According to the CDC, listeriosis is the infection caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that infects food and water. Symptoms of listeriosis typically begin 1-4 weeks after ingestion of listeria, though symptoms can began as early as one day and as late as 70 days after consumption. In healthy people, listeriosis symptoms typically resolve without treatment in a few weeks; however, in those immuno-compromised, such as young children, older adults, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems, a formal diagnosis and antibiotic treatment may be needed. In people other than pregnant women, symptoms include flu-like symptoms, loss of balance, confusion, convulsions, and a stiff neck. Pregnant women are the highest risk group of listeriosis because the infection can be severe for the fetus if not treated, leading to miscarriage or severe infection. Symptoms of listeriosis in pregnant women often present as flu-like symptoms, such as muscle aches, headache, and a fever. If you believe you are suffering from listeriosis, contact your physician immediately.