Kale sold at major grocery stores, including Kroger and Winn-Dixie, is being recalled for fear that it might be contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria.
Baker Farms recalls bags of kale sold under its Baker Farms, Kroger & Southeastern Grocers (SEG Grocers) brands due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to a recall notice issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -United.
Kroger and SEG Grocers, which is the parent company of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, have also issued separate warnings regarding the recalled products.
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The recalled products, sold in one-pound plastic bags, were distributed between August 30 and September 1 in 11 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri , Mississippi, North Carolina, New York State, Ohio, and Virginia.
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To date, there have been no illnesses associated with the recalled products.
However, children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems are most at risk of “serious and sometimes fatal infections,” according to the recall advisory.
During this time, healthy people may still only suffer from short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. It can also lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women, according to the advisory.
Consumers are encouraged to throw the product away or return it for a full refund.