The Californian company says it voluntarily made the decision after receiving some concerning news from one of their organic spinach suppliers. The supplier warned Amy’s Kitchen that it may have delivered some products potentially infected with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
The bacteria is known to cause potentially fatal infections in people with deficient immune systems, as also so leading to complications in pregnant women. The most vulnerable are young children or frail, old people. In their particular cases, eating food tainted by Listeria can be deadly. Pregnant women should also avoid getting in contact with contaminated products, as it may cause them to miscarry or have a stillbirth.
Even healthy people can experience lesser symptoms, like diarrhea, headache, stiffness, nausea and fever. The infection is usually contacted by people by eating food contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention warns that the bacteria, commonly found in water and soil, becomes very dangerous once it reaches food production facilities, as it can survive for several years in processed food.
It has to be noted that, at least according to Amy’s Kitchen, the decision to recall their products did not come as a reaction to any reports of human infection. The suspicious products had been distributed to many stores across the United States and Canada.
The Food and Drug Administration has been notified about the food processing company’s recall. According to an FDA spokesman, the California based company described its decision as an “abundance of caution.”
Amy’s Kitchen has sent notifications to all distributors and retailers possibly implied, and posted a chart online specifying all the potentially contaminated products. The recall would not affect consumers in any significant manner, as the food company has advised its partners to offer a free of charge exchange of products or even a full refund.
The chart includes quite a large number of spinach-based or other vegetarian products. Several variations of vegetable lasagna (such as Tofu Vegetable Lasagna or Garden Vegetable Lasagna), spinach pizza and a large array of organic gluten-free products (like canned Gluten Free Tofu Scramble Breakfast or Gluten Free Dairy Free Veg Lasagna) have all been put on the list. They have also published a telephone number where concerned customers can get more information about the potential risk.
Alarmed by Amy’s Kitchen’s recall of products, some of its partners have begun issuing nationwide notices to their stores. In a separate announcement made on Monday, supermarket chain Wegmans recalled approximately 12,540 packages of organic food they sell, concerned about a possible listeria outbreak.
Wegmans’ decision may have come after receiving a warning from other spinach suppliers, possibly even the same that initially warned Amy’s. According to recent media reports, Wegmans supplier Twin City Foods has no partnership with the California company, suggesting that the bacteria may be present in more than one location.
What is certain is that since the two announcements were first made, more than 90,000 cases were sent back to their manufacturers.
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