Onions and cantaloupes latest cause of worry

Los Angeles Times

Gill’s Onions, based in Oxnard, Calif., has issued voluntary recalls of diced and slivered onions because of a possible risk of listeriosis, the company has reported on its website.

The large recall, triggered when the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes were detected at a processing plant, has stores across the country (including Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market) pulling “tons of ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook foods” off their shelves, WebMD reported.

Separately, a North Carolina grower has recalled cantaloupes, also citing worries about listeria contamination.

Elderly people, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems are most at risk of serious illness from listeria infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches and diarrhea, as well as miscarriage. There are about 1,600 cases each year in the U.S.

See this link for onion and cantaloupe recall information from the Food and Drug Administration: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.

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