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Published on : Oct 27, 2015

Whole Foods has recalled its products over concerns regarding listeria for the 2nd time in a month. The company is going through a rough phase since last year. Prior to this, the enterprise got exposed for overcharging consumers and was accused of mislabeling of products by New York City officials.

Recently, the company received a lashing on social media as it tried to sell its customers Asparagus water - a bottle of water that contained only 3 asparagus spears - for a sum of US$6. As of now, the company has recalled the classic deli pasta salad over the concerns relating to contamination from listeria. Earlier this month, it had to recall curry chicken salad over the same issue.

Hitherto, no case of contamination from listeria by the consumption of company’s products has been reported. However, this move to recall products is being seen as a precautionary measure taken by Whole Foods, whose one of the product samples tested positive for Listeria when they were undergoing routine inspection.

The items sold in the duration of Oct. 18, 2015, to Oct. 22, 2015, having a ‘sell by’ date of Oct 23, 2015, are being recalled in seven of its regional markets, namely Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that listeriosis is a serious infection, caused by eating food that is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This infection mostly affects old people, newborns, pregnant women, and people with weaker immune systems.

High fever, diarrhea, muscle aches, and nausea are several symptoms of listeriosis. Around 260 people die and 1,600 fall seriously ill every with listeriosis. Whole Foods has appealed to customers to discard these products if bought, and bring the receipt of purchase to the store for a 100% refund