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Smoothie kits recalled after company finds Listeria
Feb 11, 2020
Food Safety News – Blendtopia Products LLC is recalling 29,078 cases of frozen Blendtopia brand “Superfood Smoothie Kits” because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
“The company discovered the issue through its quality control processes. The issue is believed to be isolated to a supplied ingredient,” according to the recall notice posted on the website of the Food and Drug Administration
Blendtopia Products reported the smoothies were distributed to retail stores in Michigan.
To determine whether they have any of the recalled products they should look for the following labeling information on 7-ounce packages.
Blendtopia brand, Superfood Smoothie Kits, labeled Best By July 2021, Best By Oct. 2021, and Best By Nov. 2021. Flavors implicated in the recall are:
- “Glow” Superfood Smoothie Kit
- “Detox” Superfood Smoothie Kit
- “Energy” Superfood Smoothie Kit
- “Immunity” Superfood Smoothie Kit
- “Strength” Superfood Smoothie Kit
The company says it hasn’t received any reports of illness associated with the recalled products.
Consumers who purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to their place of purchase or discard them immediately. For any questions, consumers may contact Blendtopia Products LLC at 844-260-8181. [Among chains that stock Blendtopia products are WHOLE FOODS MARKET, WEGMANS, KROGER, and many more. – Ed.]
“Listeriosis can cause gastroenteritis—mainly diarrhea—accompanied by a fever. Other symptoms may include vomiting, joint pain, headache, and body pain. This form of listeriosis has a much shorter incubation period, with symptoms typically occurring within 24 hours after a person ingests a high number of the bacteria. The illness is usually mild and goes away on its own. The diarrhea can last up to 5 days.” – U.S. Food and Drug Administration
About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections.
Anyone who has eaten any recalled product and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.
Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled product should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.
Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.
Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications.
Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.
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