Meijer Inc, located in Grand Rapids in the State of Michigan, recalled wrapped vegetables in 6 American states due to the possibility of contamination caused by the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. This bacterium may result in fatal food poisoning. During February they had to recall their trademark Meijer Colby as well as Colby Jack Cheese which were sold via their deli-counters also due to probable Listeria contamination. The recent recall is affecting 35 products, including vegetables like cauliflower, asparagus and broccoli. It also affects party trays which are wrapped in the Meijer labeled foam or plastic packaging. On Saturday the company stated that the products were recalled in the period of 27 September to 20 October from Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Kentucky.
Estimated infections and vulnerable groups
Vulnerable groups include pregnant women, young children as well as ailing or older people. However, Meijer declared that no illnesses were reported since Sunday. Disease Control & Prevention centres in the United States determined that 1,600 individuals develop a dangerous infection called listeriosis annually, whilst 260 people die from the disorder. This disease is categorized third of the United States’ most life threatening kind of food poisoning. Symptoms, which include diarrhea and fever, can be experienced on the day of exposure or even up to 70 days afterwards.