The FDA Issued A Massive Kale Recall Spanning 11 States

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Kroger has announced a recall on one of its kale products that could affect other products as well. The announcement came on Thursday, September 16, from Baker Farms. Their 16-ounce bags of kale are being recalled, as well as one-pound bags of kale with the brand names Baker Farms, SEG Grocers, and Kroger.

The potential for a listeria contamination caused the recall, specifically Listeria monocytogenes. This organism can cause serious infections that sometimes lead to death in young children, elderly individuals, and those with weakened immune systems.

The recall came when the company was notified by a customer that the kale tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The kale was distributed between August 30 and September 1 in clear plastic bags. It went to the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, and Virginia. This notice is an update that removes Louisiana from the recall and adds Ohio and Kansas.

So far, no illnesses have been reported, but symptoms can include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. An infection from Listeria monocytogenes can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women, according to the notice.

Head to the Food and Drug Administration website for the product and UPC codes. If you purchased a product that could be affected, dispose of it or return it to the store. If you have questions, contact Richard G. Baker at richard@bakerfamilyproduce.com or (229) 769-3113 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST.

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