Fresh Obessions mushrooms recalled for Listeria

September 3, 2008 in Food Companies, Manufacturing and Trends, Food Safety, Nutrition Topics in the News

Fresh Obessions mushrooms recalled for Listeria

An Ontario-based mushroom grower is recalling one of its products, saying it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released a statement this Wednesday saying Fresh Obsessions brand Ready to Serve pre-sliced white mushrooms are being pulled from store shelves in Ontario.

The mushrooms are sold in 8-ounce packages, bear the lot code R12398, and are produced at Ravine Mushroom Farms Inc. of Woodbridge, Ont.

No illnesses have been reported from people who ate the mushrooms - the CFIA recall is a precautionary measure.

The statement did not indicate any connection between the mushroom recall and the nation-wide listeriosis outbreak. The outbreak has been linked to meat produced at a Maple Leaf Foods plant in Toronto.

Listeria is more likely to cause death than other bacteria that cause food poisoning - particularly in high-risk individuals like the elderly, children, and pregnant women. Symptoms of listeriosis include vomiting, nausea, cramps, diarhhea, severe headaches or muscle aches, and fever.

To help prevent listeriosis and other food-borne illnesses, wash and disinfect your refrigerator on a regulary basis. The more often the fridge is cleaned, the less chance there will be for Listeria to be transferred between contaminated surfaces and foods.

Click here for more tips on how to protect yourself from listeriosis.

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