Frozen broccoli containing potentially dangerous bacteria
Frozen broccoli containing potentially dangerous bacteria “Listeria monocytogenes”, has been found at Stop & Shop’s store on Ellington Road in South Windsor, and the chain is recalling the product.
State food inspectors found the listeria-tainted, 16-ounce “Private Brands Frozen Broccoli Broccoli Cuts” during a routine test of sample products at the store and the supermarket chain issued the recall on Monday.
The product code for this broccoli is “UPC 068826700926” and the packages’ use-by code is “BEST BY MAR 15 2020.”
Customers who purchased the broccoli packages can return them for a full refund, according to Stop & Shop. Details on this recall and other product recalls by the chain can be found at: https://stopandshop.com/recalls.
Stop & Shop issued a voluntary recall on the frozen broccoli based on the results of tests done by the state Department of Consumer Protection. The state agency sent out a news release about the recall Wednesday afternoon.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1,600 people in the U.S. are sickened by listeriosis each year, and about 260 victims die of the infection. The listeria bacterium can cause fever and diarrhea, and other symptoms may include headaches, stiff necks, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.
Infections in pregnant women can cause other flu-like symptoms, including fatigue and muscle aches, and can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn, according to the CDC.
Listeria can be treated with antibiotics.
A spokesperson for the state Department of Consumer Protection said agency officials “did believe [the product recall] was important” but thought an immediate public notice wasn’t necessary because Stop & Shop had issued its own recall.
”Often times, when businesses announce their voluntary recalls, the information is picked up quickly,” DCP spokesperson Lora Rae Anderson said in an email. “However, we had not seen large coverage of the issue, so we decided to issue an additional announcement today because we wanted to make sure consumers had the information they needed to identify this product.”
According to Anderson, the DCP has authority to order a recall of tainted food. “Our first steps are always to ask a company to issue a voluntary recall and get all the affected items off the shelf,” Anderson said.
“Companies issuing recalls, voluntary or mandatory, are supposed to inform the public, but there isn’t a specific requirement to issue a press release,” said Anderson.
In the news release issued at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull praised her staff’s work on the broccoli recall.
Consumers who want to file a complaint in connection with the broccoli recall can email the agency at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source : courant.com