Moms-to-be, listen up: Over 100,000 cases of refrigerated ready-to-eat Reser's Fine Foods products have been recalled due to a possible listeria contamination. The packages contain foods such as: pasta, cole slaw, potato salad and ice cream.
Listeria can cause listeriosis infection, and it may take up to four weeks for symptoms to show. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, headaches, stiff neck, confusion and loss of balance and convulsions. If you’re pregnant, listeria is especially dangerous to you. Listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and even be fatal for a mom-to-be. If you’re experiencing symptoms, see your doctor immediately. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.
A detailed list of all the Reser's products included in the recall can be found on the FDA website. However, a quick way to tell if you've purchased the recalled items is by checking the use-by-date or the best by date, both are followed with the identifier code 20. The Reser's products have been recalled in both the US and Canada, sold in both retail and food service locations. So far, no incidences of illness have been reported.
Not sure about soft cheeses and listeria during pregnancy? It’s less about the cheese and more about the process used to make the cheese. Before chowing down, be sure to check the ingredients list and make sure the cheese is made from pasteurized milk. Unpasteurized cheese can contain disease-spreading organisms that put you (and baby) at a heightened risk for illnesses. These types of unpasteurized cheeses also carry the listeria monocytogenes, which are deadly bacterium that are way more likely to affect pregnant women. The pasteurization process is what helps to kill these nasty bacteria (along with other bad organisms). Cheese varieties like Brie, feta and goat cheese are more likely to be pasteurized in the U.S., but it’s important to always double check the ingredients just to be sure.
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