Tips to Recognize Listeria Symptoms and Avoid the Bacteria
The Food and Drug Administration has
issued a recall of over 20,000 pounds of chicken, ham and beef products due to
possible contamination with Listeria.
The products come from Reser's Fine Foods
in Topeka, Kansas and are mainly packaged deli salads.
The recall covers most of the
eastern part of the country and, so far, there have been no reported illnesses from
If you think you may have consumed
some of the recalled product it is important to be able to recognize any
possible symptoms of Listeria.
Kansas State University Food Safety Specialist
Karen Blakeslee said symptoms usually don't start until three to seven days
after eating contaminated food.
Typically, symptoms consist of fever
and muscle aches. They could progress to stiff neck, vomiting, diarrhea and confusion.
Blakeslee waned that loss of balance is another unique symptom and if this is experienced
she recommends seeing a doctor.
Listeria can be treated by a doctor.
To avoid contracting Listeria heat
up hot foods, like hot dogs and meats, to 160 degrees and always keep cold food
Listeria can grow in refrigerators
so be sure to clean up any spills and clean the interior regularly.