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A Sad Day For Foodies, White Castle Recalls Frozen Burgers Over Listeria Concerns

In first week of December, White Castle announced the voluntary recall in Columbus, for the expected presence of Listeria monocytogenes. After facing safety issues that might endanger the consumer they requested a recall of a limited number of frozen 6 pack cheeseburgers, frozen 6 pack jalapeno cheeseburgers, frozen 6 pack hamburgers, and 16 packs hamburgers, 16 pack cheeseburgers. Listeria monocytogenes causes fatal infections in children and immunocompromised people. Listeria infections can be potentially dangerous as they cause meningitis and stillbirths.

Here is a link to FDA’s press release. 

White Castle, an American regional hamburger restaurant chain fears listeria and initiates a voluntary recall that will encounter products already in the market with best before ranging from 04 Aug 2020 to 17 Aug 2020. All products with these dates are now being removed. Products with other dates are not included in the voluntary recall.

White Castle ensures the safety and quality of its products by standard quality assurance tests. A third party tested a sample of its frozen sliders as regular quality assurance tests for a manufacturing facility and surprisingly it showed a presence of listeria monocytogenes. All the shipments of products to consumers are canceled. Following the safety rules and protocols, all the affected products must be destroyed.

Listeria Monocytogenes is a pathogenic bacteria cause foodborne bacterial illness in immunocompromised people and can be very harmful to pregnant ladies. Improperly processed food and unpasteurized milk products are the most common reason for listeriosis. Symptoms include headaches, muscle aches, flu-like conditions, fever, nausea, and vomiting. In worst cases, if the infection spreads, it can affect the nervous system and can cause convulsions, stiff neck and disorientation.

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It can be asymptomatic, for confirmation, a blood test is suggested. If you have eaten contaminated food and don’t have symptoms, discuss it with your health care provider and confirm whether you have been infected with listeriosis.

Listeria hits 1,600 Americans each year, killing around 260, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Fortunately, there have been no reports of any illness associated with these products to date.

An announcement was made on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) site and products are listed on their website. News is being spread to aware people who may have purchased products with listed dates to dispose of these products and can demand refund or exchange for their products.

Since the first alarm, White Castle has taken measures and maintained strict control of all the products produced at the facility. They are taking the required actions at the facility, doing intensive sanitation with the guidelines of experts and international standards. Moreover, implementing strict testing to assure food safety.

Their vice president Jamie Richardson satisfied its customer by mentioning that the voluntary recall is precautionary and it is for customer’s safety and the right thing to do.

FDA has published the announcement and uploaded the listed product images and relevant code dates. Check the ones in your freezer; they may be a part of this recall.

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Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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