DHMH Working with FDA to Trace Recalled Products Due to Listeria Contamination

 BALTIMORE (November 8, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and Maryland local health departments are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to trace and recall products potentially contaminated with the Listeria bacteria. Listeria are bacteria that can be found in dust, soil, water, sewage, and in the environment. Listeria can multiply in refrigerated food that is contaminated.

Reser’s Fine Foods and Garden-Fresh Foods, Inc. are recalling refrigerated ready-to-eat products because these products may be contaminated with Listeria. The recall has been recently expanded this week to include more products. The recalled refrigerated ready-to-eat products were distributed to Canada and nationwide, including to Maryland.

The products are sold in supermarkets and delis under the Reser’s and Garden-Fresh brand names, but consumers should also be aware that many products may be sold or served under a different label in grocery and retail stores, restaurants and institutions. Products affected by this recall are listed at the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Recalls/default.htm

To date, no Listeria illnesses have been conclusively linked to any of the products recently recalled for Listeria contamination, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DHMH will continue to monitor and investigate.

Listeriosis is a life-threatening invasive infection caused by eating Listeria –contaminated food. The disease primarily affects pregnant women and their newborns, older adults, and persons with immune systems weakened by cancer, cancer treatments, or other serious conditions (like diabetes, kidney failure, liver disease, and HIV/AIDS).

A person with listeriosis generally has fever and muscle aches and can have a bloodstream infection or meningitis. Other symptoms include diarrhea, headache, nervous system involvement and pregnancy complications. Although people can sometimes develop listeriosis up to 2 months after eating contaminated food, symptoms usually start within several days, often with diarrhea. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Anyone suspecting listeriosis should contact their healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased recalled product may take it back to the store for a refund or discard it in a way where no one else can eat it.

More information about Listeria can be found at the DHMH website http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/IDEHASharedDocuments/LISTERIOSIS.pdf. 

 
###


Stay connected: www.twitter.com/MarylandDHMH or www.facebook.com/MarylandDHMH


 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

Effective January 2, 2019, the WCHD Vital Records Department will be open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Read more ...

Local Health Improvement Coalitions (LHICs) equip local jurisdictions to determine their public health priorities and address specific public health concerns. The Worcester County Local Health Improvement Coalition seeks a broad membership from the community to assist the local health department and its partners in determining local health priorities and the Community Health Improvement Plan. 

Click the image below for a full schedule of upcoming LHIC meetings:

Read more ...

Salisbury, MD- What do you picture when you think of “heart health?” We asked women across the Lower Eastern Shore to tell their stories about how heart health has affected their families and themselves, as well as the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We are sharing those accounts across social media and screening the videos at the 2019 Go Red event in February.

Read more ...

Homeless Outreach Team provides resources and services to area homeless

Ocean City, MD- Launched earlier this year, the Worcester County Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) provides support services to homeless individuals within the county. Stemming from Worcester County’s Homeless Committee, through the Local Management Board, the HOT team is a partnership between the Worcester County Health Department, Local Behavioral Health Authority, Department of Social Services, Ocean City Police Department, Diakonia, Ocean City Crisis Coalition, and Atlantic General Hospital. Launched earlier this year, the Worcester County Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) provides support services to homeless individuals within the county. Stemming from Worcester County’s Homeless Committee, through the Local Management Board, the HOT team is a partnership between the Worcester County Health Department, Local Behavioral Health Authority, Department of Social Services, Ocean City Police Department, Diakonia, Ocean City Crisis Coalition, and Atlantic General Hospital.

Read more ...

Join us for our monthly support group meetings: guest speakers, share new ideas, talk to others about managing diabetes.#DiabetesSupport

See the flyer below for more information.

Read more ...
 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program