Edamame recalled over listeria concerns

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WASHINGTON — An edamame product has been recalled in 33 states because of fears it might be contaminated with potentially fatal listeria bacteria.

Advanced Fresh Concepts issued the voluntary recall after random quality testing found potential listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Listeria monocytogenes causes symptoms that might include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms appear a few days or up to a few weeks after eating the contaminated food. Healthy people made sick by the bacteria often suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

In pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor and serious illness or death in newborns.

Among the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions such as cancer and weakened immune systems, listeriosis can be fatal.

Anyone who experiences symptoms should seek medical care.

The product is no longer for sale. As of Thursday, no illnesses had been reported.

The recall affects packages branded “Edamame — Soybeans in Pods,” dated between 01/03/2017 and 03/17/2017 with the UPC code 0-23012-00261-9.

The edamame was sold at sushi counters in grocery stores, cafeterias and corporate dining centers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Retailers have been notified and the affected product should no longer be on sale.

The CDC said there are an estimated 1,600 cases of listeria a year, about 260 of them fatal.

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