On May 11, Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. issued a recall for more than 47 million pounds of meat and poultry products after it was alerted that the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This recall is connected to the huge CRF Frozen Foods recall, which has led to the recall of more than 300 products. The recalled meat was shipped nationwide, as well as to Mexico and Canada. A full list of recalled products can be found here. Products affected by the recall can be identified by the establishment numbers “EST. 21225,” “EST. 9281,” “EST. 1623A” or “EST. 18356”.
Infections caused by Listeria monocytogenes can be very serious. A Listeria infection may begin to produce symptoms in as few as 3 days. However, Listeria bacteria can lay dormant for a long time, meaning that symptoms of an infection may not appear for up to 70 days. Listeria monocytogenes infections usually produce symptoms including stiff neck, fever, diarrhea, nausea, headaches, and muscle aches. Children, pregnant women, the elderly, those with suppressed immune systems, and those with HIV/AIDS may be at an increased risk of contracting a serious illness. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Listeria poisoning, contact a medical professional.