Listeria Contaminated Cheese Found In Megamart, Manassas, VA

In a press release dated February 15, 2014, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced that Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium capable of causing a serious and sometimes fatal infection, was isolated from a sample of Cuajada en Terron (Fresh Cheese Curd). The sample was collected at the Megamart located at 8328 Shopper’s Square, Manassas, VA 20111. The Listeria contaminated cheese was sold in clear, unlabeled plastic bags and was held in the store’s retail cheese display cooler. The cheese packaging did not include product lot or date coding information. Consumers were cautioned not to eat this product and to discard any remaining cheese.

About Listeria and Listeriosis: Listeria can cause a serious and life-threatening infection known as listeriosis. Older adults, the very young, individuals with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women are at greatest risk for developing infection. If a pregnant woman experiences listeriosis, bacteria may cross the placenta causing a miscarriage, premature delivery, still birth, or an infection in the new born. Although less common, individuals not belonging to one of these high risk groups can contract listeriosis as well.

Initial symptoms of Listeria infection may include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions. Pregnant women may experience only mild flu-like symptoms.

Listeriosis can develop for up to two months after eating a Listeria contaminated food. If you experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating a Listeria contaminated food you should seek medical care, and remember to let your health care professional know that you have eaten a food known to be contaminated with Listeria. This is especially important for those individuals in a high risk group, although anyone concerned about a Listeria illness should contact a healthcare provider.

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