After throwing away your onions, get ready to toss your citruses, too. Supermarket chain Wegmans is recalling a number of products due to a potential contamination with Listeria
Monocytogenes, tiny microorganisms that can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections.
According to a press release issued by the FDA, the items on the recall list are a 4-pound bag of Valencia oranges, 2-pound bag of lemons, bulk lemons, a variety of in-store produced seafood, and any restaurant food items that contain fresh lemon.
The chain operates 103 locations across seven states. The contaminated products were sold at the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Brooklyn and Harrison, NY locations between July 31 and Aug. 7.
The origin of the outbreak was traced to a piece of equipment in one of Wegmans’ packing facilities. Luckily, no cases of illness have been reported from this contamination.
Listeriosis, the illness caused by Listeria germs, is characterized by nausea, high fever, stomach upset, and diarrhea. It primarily affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
The news comes shortly after a recent massive recall of red onions contaminated with salmonella, which had been sold in grocery stores like Walmart and Trader Joe’s across the country.
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