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Recall: Bagged Kale Because of Listeria Contamination

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Sept. 17, 2021 -- Baker Farms has recalled 1-pound bags of kale under the brand names Baker Farms, SEG Grocers, and Kroger due to listeria contamination, according to the FDA.

The clear plastic bags have “BEST BY 09-18-2021 107020-21832” on the packaging and were sold in retail stores between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, mostly in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Kroger said in a news release that all affected bags of kale were removed from stores on Thursday, but some could still be in customers’ refrigerators. Only Kroger stores in Columbus and Toledo, OH; Knoxville, TN; eastern West Virginia; and Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina are impacted.

Listeria is a bacteria that can be found in dust, soil, animal feces, and other substances.

If you eat something carrying the bacteria, it could lead to listeria infection, one of the main causes of food poisoning.

Symptoms of listeria infection can include nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

On Sept. 15, a customer notified Baker Farms that one of its bags of kale tested positive for listeria contamination.

No illnesses have been reported.

Listeria infection usually doesn’t lead to serious illness if you’re healthy, though you may feel sick for a day or two.

But the infection can be particularly severe for the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, and possibly life-threatening for pregnant women and their babies.

Listeria spreads easily on kitchen surfaces and can also live inside your refrigerator.

It’s important to throw away any products that could be contaminated and wipe down all surfaces that touched the product with soap and hot water, according to the CDC.

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Sources

CDC: “Cleaning Your Refrigerator Because of a Food Recall.”

News release, FDA.

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