A Listeria recall includes taco dips and trays sold under the brand names Fresh Thyme, Kwik Trip, Haug and Earthgrown and wraps, sandwiches and salads sold under the brand names Caribou and Tastebuds at stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin. These products were made by J&J Distributing of St. Paul, MN. Consumers who have purchased them should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage and stillbirth.
A third-party lab discovered the problem through testing of environmental swabs taken from the facility where the products were made. At the time of the recall, the company stated that it was unaware of any illnesses reported in connection with the products, according to the recall information.
Some of the recalled products recalled were posted on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS), others were posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) website.
Below is a summary of the J&J Distributing recall posted on the FDA website.
Below is a summary of the J&J Distributing recall posted on the USDA website.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection
Symptoms of a Listeria infection, called listeriosis, include severe headache, fever, muscle aches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Sometimes these symptoms are preceded by nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.
Usually, these symptoms develop within two weeks of exposure but sometimes they can take as long as two months to develop. In addition to pregnant women, people over 65 and people with compromised immune systems are at high risk of contracting listeriosis and suffering severe infections.
Consumers who have eaten these products and develop these symptoms should see a doctor right away and mention exposure to Listeria.