Giant food stores, following a recall by Veggie Patch, announced it removed from sale packages of ultimate meatless burgers due to possible contamination by listeria monocytogenes.
The following product is included in this recall: Veggie Patch Ultimate Meatless Burger, UPC 61012900211, 9 oz., sell by date of Jan. 12, 2013.
Giant has received no reports of illnesses to date. Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to Giant for a full refund.
Listeria is a common organism found in nature. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.
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For more information on the recall, call Veggie Patch at 1-888-698-3444 or Giant at 1-888-814-4268, or visit the website www.giantfoodstores .com.