FDA Finds Listeria Bacteria in Sushi, Salad and Spring Roll Products

Fuji Food Products Inc. recalled its ready-to-eat sushi, salad and spring roll products due to listeria infection

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According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Fuji Food Products has recalled ready-to-eat sushi, salad and spring roll products in the East Coast and Upper Midwest.

That’s because the health agency has found the products contaminated with pathogenic bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled products range from November 20 to December 24. If the products have a date mentioned before November 20, it may not be recalled. However, that does not mean you can still go and eat the product.

The FDA inspected the products in the company’s facility in Brockton, Massachusetts, where the products were contaminated with the Listeria bacteria.

This is not the first time ready-to-eat products have been recalled for Listeria contamination. For instance, there has been a sausage fest recall, man o’ Mann veggie recall, and of course, the chicken bleep recall earlier this year.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.”

It is estimated that more than 1,600 people are infected by listeriosis each year, with more than 260 deaths. Listeria is most likely to affect older men, pregnant women, newborns, and people with a weak immune system.

The common signs and symptoms of listeriosis include fever, fatigue, myalgia (muscle aches), headache, and neck stiffness. In serious cases, one may experience confusion, convulsions, and loss of balance.

People infected by listeria usually experience symptoms within 1 to 4 weeks of the bacterial invasion through contaminated food. There have been cases in which people have reported symptoms of listeria 70 days after bacterial exposure. If you have eaten any ready-to-eat sushi, salad or spring roll products and experience any symptoms mentioned above, please see your PCP.