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The Price Chopper and Market 32 supermarket chains have announced a sushi recall because of the potential for Listeria contamination.
The products (click on image to enlarge) are made with tuna and sold in the prepared food cases of the stores’ deli departments. They were produced by AFC Sushi.
“To date, affected sushi has only been found at the Price Chopper stores in Edwardsville, PA (180 Westside Mall), and in Rotterdam, NY (1879 Altamont Avenue),” the company said in a statement. “As a precaution, the sushi made with tuna manufactured by AFC Sushi has been recalled from all of the chain’s stores.”
The two chains are owned by the Golub Corporation of Schenectady, NY. There are 134 locations, most in New York state.
Sushi recall: What is Listeria?
Listeria – also called Listeria monocytogenes or L. monocytogenes – produces Listeriosis, a serious illness most commonly contracted by eating contaminated food. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1,600 Americans are infected with Listeria annually, and 260 victims die.
People most susceptible to serious complications from Listeriosis are pregnant women, babies, senior citizens, and people with compromised immune systems.
Expectant mothers need to be particularly vigilant, because Listeria can spread to the baby. If that happen, miscarriage, stillbirth, or infection of the baby can occur. The CDC reports that 20 percent of affected pregnancies result in loss of the fetus, and 3 percent result in stillbirth.
Like many other foodborne diseases, Listeria grows in the digestive system but can spread through the bloodstream and affect major organs and the central nervous system, including the brain. The incubation period is anywhere from 3 days to 2 months.
If Listeria spreads to the nervous system, bacterial meningitis can occur, and hospitalization is required. Bacterial meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms can include:
- a stiff neck
- light sensitivity.