According to the FDA, Allison’s Gourmet Kitchens and Wegmans Supermarkets are among the latest U.S. brands to recall potentially contaminated foods. For a full list of Allison’s Gourmet Kitchen recalled products, and the states affected, click here. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm290198.htm?source=govdelivery For a full list of Wegmans recalled products, and the stores affected, click here. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm290212.htm?source=govdelivery How to Avoid Listeria Poisoning Awareness is still the best way to prevent food poisoning, so here’s a quick guide to Listeria facts. What is Listeria? Listeria monocytogenes is one of the most virulent pathogens in our food supply today, and the leading cause of death among foodborne contaminants. Listeria is found in a surprising variety of foods, from raw fruits and vegetables, to cooked meat and pasteurized dairy. While pasteurization and sufficient cooking kill Listeria, contamination can still occur before packaging. Is Listeria dangerous? The disease caused by Listeria monocytogenes, Listeriosis, is rare but serious. Affecting primarily pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems, in its overt form, the disease’s mortality rate is greater than 20%. To put it in perspective, Salmonella has a mortality rate of less than 1%. See a doctor right away if you think you may have been exposed to Listeria. What are the symptoms of Listeria poisoning? Listeria poisoning can cause sepsis and meningitis, and miscarriages or stillbirths among pregnant women. High fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea are all symptoms of Listeria infection. Pregnancy and Listeria To be on the safe side, expectant mothers are urged to avoid foods that can carry an elevated risk of Listeria contamination. Foods to avoid during pregnancy include soft cheeses like Feta, Brie andCamembert, raw milk cheeses, sushi, hot dogs, and deli meat. If you suspect that you or a loved one have been sickened by tainted food contact us for a free case appraisal.