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Frozen Biscuit Products Recalled For Possible Listeria

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A number of grocery stores have pulled frozen biscuits from their shelves after a recall over fears of listeria contamination.

The T. Marzetti Company issued a recall of a number of its frozen biscuit products over concerns that the foods may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to USA Today. A list of the products that were recalled, along with their UPC numbers, is below. All "best by" dates are included in the recall.

No illnesses have been reported.

Stores that have pulled the products from shelves include Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly and Lowes Foods. The products were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Only biscuits were included in the recall from brands such as Southern Home, Shur Fine, Valu Time, Food Lion, Food Club, SE Grocers, Piggly Wiggly, Lowes Foods, Premium Pick, Laura Lyn, among others.

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In a Dec. 29, 2017 statement, the T. Marzetti Company called the voluntary recall a "precautionary measure."

None of the products are ready-to-eat and had baking instructions which would reduce the risk of illness, but the company advised consumers not to eat these products.

It said consumers can destroy the products or return them to the store where they bought them for a full refund.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause the food poisoning condition listeriosis, according to WebMD. Pregnant women, newborns, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems can be especially vulnerable to listeriosis.

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Symptoms include nausea, fever, muscle aches and diarrhea. The infection can also spread to the nervous system, causing loss of balance, convulsions, stiff neck, confusion and headache.

Pregnant women affected by listeriosis may run the risk of miscarriage, premature delivery or stillbirth.

People older than 65 are four times as likely to contract listeriosis because of weaker immune systems and reduced stomach acid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of all listeria infections occur in people who are 65 or older.

In general, healthy adults will not need treatment for listeriosis, and it will go away in a few weeks on its own. For those at risk, however, antibiotics may be needed.

Listeria bacteria can be inside many types of foods, including soft cheeses, raw sprouts, melons, hot dogs and other lunch meats, smoked seafood and unpasteurized milk.

Safe food handling can help prevent listeriosis, such as refrigerating meat and dairy items and not consuming raw or undercooked meat or fish. The CDC also advises eating pasteurized dairy products to avoid listeriosis.

Sources: USA Today, PR Newswire, CDC (2), WebMD / Featured Image: Neil Conway/Flickr / Embedded Images: T. Marzetti Company via PR Newswire, Keren Tan/Flickr

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