The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled breakfast sandwiches from 250 Starbucks store due to a potential listeria concern, CNBC reports. The stores involved are located in Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.
The recall involves pre-packaged sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches, with a “Best Before Dates” of August 7, 2016 printed at top of the package. The recalled sandwiches were produced by Progressive Gourmet, Inc. of Massachusetts.
Listeria is a form of meningitis. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths occur annually in the United States”.
It was during routine testing that the Listeria monocytogenes presence was discovered due to “contact surface within the facility.” The elderly, children, and those with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible. Symptoms include high fever, severe headaches, nausea and stiffness. Additional symptoms are increased sensitivity to light and altered mental state (confusion).
To date, there have been no listeria cases reported and a full refund is available to customers when returned to the place of purchase.