Vegetable Mix Recalled by Hy-Vee Due to Potential Listeria Contamination
Hy-Vee, Inc., of West Des Moines, Iowa, has announced a voluntary recall for two Short Cuts vegetable mix products due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall was initiated after traces of Listeria bacteria were found during routine food safety testing at the Short Cuts production facility. The recall is limited to two products: Hy-Vee Short Cuts Pot Roast Mix – UPC Code 0272083305352, and Hy-Vee Short Cuts Grill/Oven Ready Veggie Mix – UPC Code 0272104105992. The products have “Best By” date of December 3, 2020, and were distributed in the following states: IL, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, and WI.
Consumers are advised to not consume the product; rather dispose of it immediately or return it to their store of purchase for a refund. As of date, no illnesses have been reported due to the contaminated vegetable mix products. Consumers can contact Hy-Vee Customer Care at (800) 772-4098 24/7 regarding any questions over the recall.
National Listeria Lawyer Ron Simon warns against the dangers of a Listeria infection in pregnant women, stating that, “ Listeriosis can be a severe infection for those with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly, children, those with autoimmune disorders, and pregnant women, who are at the upmost risk. Pregnant women are 10 times more likely to be infected with listeriosis than anyone else and the infection often results in a severe infection in the fetus and even the loss of the fetus.”
According to the CDC, Listeria monocytogenes is the food borne illness causing bacteria that causes the infection listeriosis. In pregnant women, listeriosis often presents as flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, muscle aches, and fatigue. In those that are not pregnant women, listeriosis symptoms include confusion, a stiff neck, loss of balance, fever, muscle aches, and a headache. Symptoms of listeriosis typically develop 1 to 4 weeks after consumption, though cases have presented symptoms as early as one day and as late as 70 days after exposure. If you believe you are suffering from listeriosis, contact your physician immediately for the best course of treatment.