Possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination is the reason for a massive recall of caeser salads (spelt Ceaser on the labels) across Canada. The Provinces effected are B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
Stores carrying the recalled salads in the western Provinces are Nester Market and Buy-Low Foods. From Saskatchewan onward to Ontario, the stores also recalling the contaminated products are St. Martins Family Foods and Safeway.
Included specifically in the recall are Fresh ‘n Delicious Ceaser Salads and Fresh ‘n Delicious Chicken Ceaser Salads with a FEB28/14 or earlier expiration dates. Signiture Cafe Chicken Caeser Salads with a MR01 expiry or earlier. Nester’s Own Ceaser Salads and Nester’s Own Chicken Ceaser Salads, again, with a FEB28/14 or previous expiration date.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency warns any of these purchased products should not be eaten but instead thrown out or returned to the store you bought it from for a refund.
If anyone has already eaten any of the caeser/ceaser salad products described that were recalled for listeria contamination, that person needs to check daily for any warning signs of illness. It could take as quickly as two days to arise after eating the harmful foods in question or it could take up to a full 70 days before any symptoms appear. It is this reason why it is necessary to continue to monitor for any signals of listeriosis.
Listeria infections symptoms include nausea, fever, muscle aches and diarrhea. If you have a listeria infection and it spreads to the nervous system symptoms may combine headaches and stiff neck, loss of balance, changes in alertness, confusion and convulsions.
Women who are pregnant are most probable to have only mild flu like symptoms. The baby is much more vulnerable and the results of infection could be disastrous. The newborn may contract life-threatening infection within days of birth. It may also result with the baby dying inside the womb. Newborn symptoms of infection, which can also be slight, include irritability, vomiting, fever and none to little interest in feeding.
Treatment for listeria infections depend on the harshness of the symptoms. People with mild signs do not require any treatment. Those with more severe symptoms can be treated with antibiotics. Pregnant women with immediate antibiotic treatment may discourage the infection from harming the baby. When newborns contract a listeria infection it is most likely a combination of antibiotics that will be prescribed.
The most comman ways of picking up listeria infection is by consuming inappropriately processed unpasteurized milk products or deli meats. Listeria bacteria can live up to freezing temperatures. To help prevent listeria infection keep things clean, scrub raw vegetables and cook food thoroughly.
No reported illnesses have been linked to this recall. Listeria contaminated foods, like the recalled caeser and chicken caeser salads (spelt Ceaser on the labels) may not have a bad odour or even look spoiled but can onset symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. If there is any question of a product, return it to the store purchased or simply throw it out. More recalls may be added as the Federal agency conducts an ongoing investigation.
By Derik L. Bradshaw