HealthWashington Recalls Breakfast Burritos Due to Listeria Contamination

Washington Recalls Breakfast Burritos Due to Listeria Contamination

The Importance of Food Safety: Recall of Breakfast Burritos

Jen’s Breakfast Burritos, LLC in Auburn, WA, has issued a recall for approximately 144 pounds of ready-to-eat breakfast burrito products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, as reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS).

The issue came to light following routine product testing conducted by FSIS, which revealed possible contamination of the products with Listeria monocytogenes. There is a concern that some of these products may already be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers.

The affected RTE breakfast burrito items were manufactured on February 29, 2024. The specific recalled products include individual wax paper packages containing “Smoked Bacon Breakfast Burrito” (lot code 060-1), “Ham Breakfast Burrito” (lot code 060-2), and “Seasoned Pork Breakfast Burrito” (lot code 060-3), all with a sticker on the back of the package indicating the respective lot code.

These products bear establishment number “EST. 1826” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were distributed to “to-go” kiosk locations in Washington. To view the product labels for reference, click here.

As of the time of this recall announcement, there have not been any confirmed reports of adverse reactions linked to the consumption of these products. However, individuals who have consumed the recalled items and are experiencing symptoms potentially related to Listeria infection are advised to seek medical attention promptly.

Consumers who have purchased these breakfast burritos are advised against consuming them. It is recommended to either dispose of the products or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

Understanding Listeria infections: While food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not exhibit any signs of spoilage, it can lead to severe and even life-threatening infections. Those who have consumed the recalled products and are displaying symptoms of Listeria infection should inform their healthcare providers about potential exposure to Listeria.

Furthermore, individuals who have ingested the affected items should remain vigilant for symptoms over the next several weeks, as it can take up to 70 days for signs of listeriosis to manifest after exposure to Listeria. Symptoms of Listeria infection may include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Diagnosis of Listeria infections requires specific laboratory tests, as the symptoms can mimic other illnesses.

Certain groups, such as pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and individuals with weakened immune systems, are at a higher risk of facing severe complications from Listeria infections. Pregnant women, in particular, are susceptible to adverse outcomes, including premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or stillbirth, even if their own symptoms are mild.

In conclusion, prioritizing food safety is crucial in preventing incidents like this breakfast burrito recall. It is essential for both consumers and food producers to remain vigilant and proactive in ensuring the safety of the food supply chain. To stay updated on food safety news and alerts, sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News.

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