Vidalia bulbs sold in Publix stores have been recalled over Listeria concerns

MIAMI – Vidalia onions sold at Publix Stores have been recalled over possible Listeria contamination.

The recalled onions were sold in stores from June 22-24 under the Little Bear brand. The bags had a sticker with the code “4159”.

You are urged to return these to the point of sale for a refund.

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a listeria outbreak had been linked to Florida.

They said most sufferers in this outbreak live in or traveled to Florida about a month before they became ill.

The CDC said one person died and 22 required hospitalization.

The person who died was from Illinois, and a pregnant woman lost her fetus, the CDC said.

Here’s a look at listeriosis, a serious infection commonly caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

Typically, listeriosis affects older adults, pregnant women, infants, and adults with compromised immune systems.

Pregnant women are about 10 times more likely to develop listeriosis. Pregnant Hispanic women are 24 times more likely to get listeriosis than other people.

symptoms and treatment
Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, and sometimes diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems. Other symptoms include headaches, confusion and convulsions.

Almost everyone diagnosed with listeriosis has an infection that has spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract.

Infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth or infection of the newborn.

Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics.

General recommendations:
Cook the meat thoroughly.
Thoroughly clean raw fruits and vegetables before consumption.
Keep raw meat and poultry separate from vegetables and cooked foods.
Don’t drink unpasteurized milk or eat foods that contain unpasteurized milk.
Wash hands, utensils, and countertops after handling uncooked food.

Recommendations for people at high risk:
Don’t eat hot dogs, cold cuts, other cured meats, or fermented or dried sausages unless they’re properly cooked.
Do not eat chilled spreads and pies.
Don’t eat soft cheese unless it’s labeled as made from pasteurized milk.
Don’t eat chilled smoked seafood unless it’s in a cooked dish or canned.

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