Many of us are still learning to trust food companies again, after the big Chipotle E.coli scare of 2015. Last fall, the fast casual dining spot suffered an outbreak that infected 55 people in 11 states, and hospitalized 21. In February 2016, the CDC has finally cleared the burrito chain, but the public is still a bit wary. Unfortunately, now food poisoning isn’t just limited to our lunch breaks — it’s messing with our morning routines too. Starbucks, a breakfast mecca for many, is the latest spot to be affected.
A food supplier has recalled pre-packaged sausage, egg and cheddar cheese on English muffin breakfast sandwiches from Starbucks stores in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma, due to some concern that the products may contain traces of Listeria. Noooooooooooo! The Seattle-based coffee chain has removed the sandwiches from all 250 stores that “potentially received it,” the FDA wrote in an online statement. If people have already bought the sandwiches in the affected states, they can return them at the coffee shop where they made the purchase.
What exactly is listeria? According to the CDC, this bacteria can cause Listeriosis, which is a rather serious infection that primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems. Foods commonly identified as sources of Listeria infection include improperly pasteurized milk, cheeses, ice cream, raw vegetables, fermented raw-meat sausages as well as raw and cooked poultry. Symptoms usually include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal issues. Most people with Listeriosis have an “invasive” infection, in which the bacteria spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract, but symptoms can vary. Headaches, stiff necks, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions are also common. Yikes!
Seriously, let’s just hope nothing happens to the coffee!
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