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Trader Joe's Recalls Grainless Granola Over Possibility Of Listeria Contamination

17 June 2017, 7:28 am EDT By Steve Bowman Tech Times
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Trader Joe's issued a recall for a batch of its Grainless Granola, which the company sold in 23 American states. The recall was issued after a possible listeria contamination scare.  ( Joe Raedle | Getty Images )

Trader Joe's issued a voluntary recall for a batch of its Grainless Granola after fears of listeria contamination.

The company sold the affected batch of Grainless Granola in 23 American states, which include California. Although no illness or listeria cases were reported after consumption of the tainted product, Trader Joe's is recalling Grainless Granola as a precautionary measure.

Trader Joe's Recalls Grainless Granola

All Grainless Granola products from the company with best by date codes from 032818 to 041018 could be potentially tainted with the listeria monocytogenes and should not be consumed.

"If you purchased any of the Grainless Granola with the specified date codes, please do not eat it. We urge you to discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe's for a full refund," the company stated in the recall notice.

The company removed all "potentially affected products" from store shelves and destroyed it to ensure that listeria spread is averted. Trader Joe's also apologized for the inconvenience caused to consumers.

What Is Listeria?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists listeria as a "serious disease" caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Each year, roughly 1,600 Americans are infected with the disease and approximately 260 do not survive the infection.

The CDC notes that pregnant mothers are most likely to get infected, followed by newborns and people over 65 years.

Symptoms of the disease include fever and diarrhea, similar to other food-borne diseases. However, if the symptoms are limited to just these, then the disease's diagnosis becomes difficult. However, in cases where the infection spreads beyond the gut, it can be diagnosed.

A listeria infection in pregnant women can cause severe complications such as premature delivery or a life-threatening infection to the newborn. In some cases, the listeria infection can also cause miscarriage or stillbirth in a pregnant woman.

Apart from pregnant women, listeria infection which spreads beyond the stomach can cause stiff neck, headaches, convulsions, and loss of balance in addition to muscle cramps and fever.

A simple blood test for the listeria monocytogenes bacteria can help diagnose the disease. Treatment includes prescription of antibiotics to the infected individual.

If people notice any of these symptoms after consumption of Trader Joe's Grainless Granola, they should contact their physician immediately to get checked for the infection. For further questions regarding the recall, one can call Trader Joe's customer relations at (626) 599-3817 from Monday to Friday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PT.

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