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Frozen Cherry Products Recalled For Listeria

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A company has issued a recall of its frozen cherry product after discovering it may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Sunrise Growers Inc., a subsidiary to SunOpta Inc., has recalled one of its frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products, the Food Poison Journal reported. The recall came shortly after the company learned the product may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and, at times, fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Relatively healthy people can also suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The organism can also put pregnant women at risk of miscarriages and stillbirths.

The shipment of frozen organic dark sweet pitted cherry products was reportedly distributed from Sunrise Grower’s facility in Edwardsville, Kansas, on Aug. 10. The company noticed the problem during routine testing. No illnesses related to the consumption of the cherry products have been reported at this time.

A total of 90 cases of Great Value Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherry products have been recalled. They are packaged in 32-ounce printed plastic zip-top bags marked with a Best By Date of 08/10/19 on the back of the bag.

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The UPC code for the contaminated product is 078742126166 and the lot code is FED722211 or FED722212. They were distributed to a customer distribution center in Louisiana and may have also been distributed to stores in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Retail customers have been notified of the recall, and have been instructed to remove any recalled product from their retail store shelves and inventories.

Food safety law firm Marler Clark is the country's leading law firm in representing victims of Listeria outbreaks. They have represented thousands of victims who were diagnosed with Listeria and other foodborne illness outbreaks. They have reportedly recovered more than $600 million in reparations for their clients.

Marler Clark is the only law firm in the U.S. with a practice that focuses exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Their attorneys have litigated Listeria cases involving outbreaks traced to several different types of food, such as cheese, cantaloupe, milk and celery. They also offer a free case evaluation for people who have become ill with a Listeria infection or any other foodborne illness.

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Sunrise Growers Inc. isn't the only company that has had to issue a recall this year due to Listeria.

On March 10, Vulto Creamery recalled all lots of its raw milk cheeses after eight people were infected with Listeria from four states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. All eight people were hospitalized, and one person died. Another illness was reported in a newborn.

Sources: Food Poison Journal, CDC / Featured Image: Pixnio / Embedded Images: James Palinsad/Flickr, Pixnio

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