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Recall Issued For Frozen Peas

| by Simone Stover

A recall has been issued for a brand of frozen peas, with the company in question citing possible health issues related to their consumption.

Lakeside Foods, Inc. issued a voluntary recall on April 11 for packages of 16-ounce Season's Choice Brand Frozen Peas, which they pack for the company Aldi, Inc. According to the release on their website, 1,568 packages have been recalled across seven different states. The states in question include Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, and Wisconsin.

The press release also contained the particular label codes of the recalled products. 

The recall was issued after the peas were tested at the retail level by the State of Florida. During the investigation, the product tested positive for a type of germ called Listeria monocytogenes. 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Listeria monocytogenes can cause an infection called listeriosis. The symptoms of listeriosis can include fever and diarrhea. The invasive form of listeriosis can cause the following symptoms: headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, conclusions, fever, and muscle aches.

Symptoms of invasive listeriosis usually manifest between one to four weeks after coming into contact with the germ. 

Pregnant women should be particularly cautious of developing listeriosis. When contracted during pregnancy, listeriosis can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery, or infections in newborns. 

In addition to pregnant women, adults 65 years of age and older and people with weakened immunity are at a higher risk for developing listeriosis. People who are not included in these groups who develop a Listeria infection rarely become seriously ill. 

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Within the United States, approximately 1,600 people get sick from Listeria every year, and 260 of those individuals die. 

Experts generally feel that individuals who think they may have eaten a food contaminated with Listeria but are not experiencing any symptoms do not need any treatment or tests. Individuals who are at a high risk for developing listeriosis (pregnant women, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems) should seek medical care if they experience any symptoms after eating a possibly contaminated food. 

Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics.

The release issued by Lakeside Foods also stated that other company products have not been affected and that all of the packages that could possibly contain the germ have been removed from stores. Distribution of the product has also been halted. 

Those who have purchased any of the affected packages of peas are asked to discard them immediately. They can also return them to the place of purchase in order to receive a full refund. 

Customers with questions are asked to contact Lakeside Foods, Inc. at 1-800-466-3834 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Sources: Lakeside Foods, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2, 3, 4) / Photo credit: Kari Soderholm/Flickr

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