According to the latest press-release from the FDA, one of the widely known food chains in the United States, Veggie Patch, issued a voluntary recall of two of its products ‘The Ultimate Meatless Burger’ and “Falafel” for safety concerns. According to the company, the recall was made due to a risk of contamination of these food items with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and people with compromised immune system.

Some of the problems that the organism is associated with are:

  • High fever
  • Severe Headaches
  • Stiffness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Miscarriages and stillbirths in women of child bearing age

No report of any adverse effect has yet been observed but still the recall was made as a precautionary measure. The issue was discovered by the company in its routine testing of its products.

The

Ultimate Meatless Burger

potentially affected was available for sale as of November 21, 2012, in the following states: NY, IL, MD, IN, WI, CT, PA, FL VA, NJ and DE. Falafel potentially affected, was available for sale as of November 21, 2012, nationwide.

The UPC codes of the affected products are:

  • 9-ounce trays of refrigerated, fully cooked, VEGGIE PATCH, The Ultimate Meatless Burger with a Use-By date, Jan/12/2013; UPC code 6-10129-00211-5 (which can be found on back of package)
  • 9-ounce trays of refrigerated, fully cooked, VEGGIE PATCH, Falafel with a Use-By date, Jan/15/2013; UPC code 6-10129-06619-3 (which can be found on back of package)

Facts related to Listeria monocytogenes infection

  • Listeriosis is a disease caused by a gram-positive bacterium named Listeria that usually penetrate human cells and replicate inside it.
  • Definitive diagnosis of the infection is done when Listeria bacteria are isolated from the patient’s blood, cerebrospinal fluid, or other body fluid.
  • When symptoms are present, they usually consist of muscle aches, fever, nausea, or diarrhea. Some people may develop more severe symptoms such as meningitis, mental changes, brain abscesses, or death.
  • People get exposed to these bacteria if they ingest contaminated food or fluid. Foods that are not cooked or fluids that are not treated or pasteurized are the frequent sources of infection.
  • Pregnant females can transmit Listeria organisms to their fetus or to their newborn.

About Veggie patch:

Veggie Patch is one of the widely known names in the food industry across the United States. The company is engaged in production of a wide variety of inspired vegetable creations that are delicious, healthy and convenient. The company is also considered and recognized for offering nutrition with taste. Veggie Patch products offer a delicious alternative to plain vegetables in a form that kids and families alike can enjoy.