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Listeria Concerns Prompt Recall of California Ice-cream Products
Posted on:Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A California company, Helados La Tapatia Inc, is willingly recalling all their fruit bars/cups, popsicles, bolis and all ice cream products due to a possibility of contamination from Listeria monocytogenes. They are working closely with the regulatory officials to coordinate the recall.

All these products were distributed to retail stores in Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Guam, Canada and California. The company’s products retail under these brand names: Icesations and Helados La Tapatia. The recall was prompted by the detection of the bacteria by the FDA during a routine inspection. It was detected on some of the food processing equipment used at the plant.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that leads to an infection known as listeriosis. It can survive whether there is oxygen or not and can easily grow and reproduce while inside a host. Around 20 to 30 percent of all infections may result in the death of the patient.  It is responsible for a possible 260 deaths and 1600 illnesses annually in the United States, making it the leading cause of death among food borne pathogens.

 It can affect anyone but the effect is worse in the elderly, those with weak immune systems and young children. Those with healthy immune systems are likely to experience short term symptoms like nausea, high fever, abdominal pain, severe headache, diarrhea and stiffness.

It could also affect pregnant women by causing miscarriages or stillbirths. The effect could also be that the bacterium is spread to the baby during birth. This could cause meningitis in the newborn baby.  Apart from such documented contaminated dairy products, pregnant women are advised to refrain from eating soft cheeses like feta, Brie, queso blanco fresco and Camembert since they may permit the growth of listeria monocytogenes.

Symptoms may appear as soon as 12 hours after consumption and the sooner they are handled the better for the individual. Anyone who does get sick should see a doctor because listeriosis is a dangerous infection. No illnesses had been reported to the FDA by March 20, 2014.

Consumers should always be careful about what they eat since contamination can occur at any time. All recall notices should be responded to as required and all consumers should refrain from consumption of recalled products as they may cause serious illness.

It may seem easier to handle a little diarrhea and vomiting at home but it is always safer to go to hospital especially if it is a case of food poisoning. Dehydration occurs fast when both vomiting and diarrhea are present.    


About Adamant Valves.

Founded in 2002, Adamant Valves, as a global sanitary valves manufacturer and valves supplier, has grown to become one of the leading valves manufacturers for high precision stainless steel sanitary valves, pumps and pipe fittings. Adamant Valves uses advanced numerical control machine tools, processing and testing facilities to ensure that our products will meet your expectations for reliable performance and quality. 


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