This Salad Kit Is Being Recalled Across Ontario Due To Listeria Concerns

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Salad Kit Recall Issued In Ontario Due To Listeria Concerns
Toronto Associate Editor

A sesame chopped salad kit recall was just issued citing possible Listeria contamination.

On Tuesday, August 24, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced that Curation Foods is recalling all Eat Smart brand Asian Sesame Chopped Salad Kits from grocery stores and marketplaces.

According to the agency, salad kits with an August 24, 2021, best-before date are affected. No illnesses have been reported in association with this particular product thus far.

A pathogenic bacterium, "Listeria monocytogenes" is known to compromise the human immune system and cause serious infections, such as meningitis and sepsis. "Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick," the CFIA wrote in the announcement. "Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness."

Infants, pregnant people, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant individuals may experience mild flu-like symptoms, but the CFIA says a Listeria infection, also known as Listeriosis, could lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

The Government of Canada's pathogen safety data sheet reports that Listeriosis in humans, though rare, is often severe, and death rates can soar as high as 50%.

Recalled products should be either thrown out or returned to the store they were purchased from.

Alex Arsenych
Toronto Associate Editor