Sometimes, we report on food recalls associated with products sold by major companies that are popular among many Washington consumers.
One of the latest and most concerning recalls to have been launched recently comes from Wal-Mart. According to the reports, around 21,220 pounds of frozen pizza has been recalled by the supplier. This recall impacts 11 states and unfortunately, Washington is included.
The products being recalled are 6,700 pizzas sold under Wal-Mart’s Marketside brand. These items have been possibly contaminated with listeria, making the items hazardous to consumers, especially the elderly, children, and pregnant women.
Impacted units include the Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reports that the items may have been adulterated with listeria monocytogenes.
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The items were produced on Feb. 23 and the lot code on the recalled products is 20547. Since this is a Class I recall, consumers are advised that the issue is serious and that because of the ramifications, they should not ignore these concerns.
Listeria contamination is serious because it may lead to major consequences for children, the elderly, and pregnant women. In many cases, pregnant women may suffer stillbirths and other complications if infected. People with weakened immune systems may also be exposed to serious risks.
Whenever you learn of a recall involving a food item that you consume regularly, remember that some contaminated products may cause serious and potentially deadly health issues. Companies that fail to launch recalls promptly run the risk of being held liable for illnesses and other more serious cases. For that reason, companies should never ignore the problem if they identify a contamination right away.
In the past, company executives have been held liable in cases of death linked to food items that had been contaminated. In these cases, these executives knew about the risk but continued to sell contaminated products. That’s why it’s important to hold these corporations accountable for their actions.
If you’re concerned about your safety, you may learn more about it by following this link.