Update: This article was written on August 19th has been updated on September 5th to reflect the current status of the product recall. The threat of Salmonella and Listeria is now considered to be over. However, this article will be updated if more relevant information becomes available.
Many people who consumed the products in multiple states (including Texas) were panicking over the possibility of catching either of the two diseases. The reason? The affected products are widely consumed by many people across the lone star state of Texas.
After learning about the problem from its co-manufacturer, Best Harvest Bakeries, through their environmental monitoring program, Hostess Brands have said they are recalling the affected goods out of an abundance of caution.
The recall affected Hostess® Soft White Hamburger and Soft White Hot Dog Buns, which were sent to wholesalers, convenience shops, and other retail outlets across Texas and other parts of the country.
What You Need To Know About Listeria.
It can be deadly to babies, elderly people, and anyone with a weak immune system. So, it's not a surprise that the products were recalled with extreme urgency. After all, they were purchased by a wide spectrum of people, and the company wants to minimize any potential risk to the general public.
According to the CDC, Listeria is the third greatest cause of mortality in the United States due to foodborne disease or food poisoning. Each year, around 1,600 individuals are infected with Listeria, with about 260 of them dying.
It's important to talk to your primary health provider if you develop a fever, muscular pains, nausea, or diarrhea. This is also applicable to any sickness caused by consuming a potentially contaminated product, such as unpasteurized milk-based meals or improperly cooked hot dogs or deli meats.
What You Need To Know About Salmonella.
According to the CDC, symptoms typically include:
- Diarrhea (that can be bloody)
- Stomach cramps
According to Mayo Clinic, "Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. Salmonella bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines and are shed through feces. Humans become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food. Typically, people with salmonella infection have no symptoms. Others develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within eight to 72 hours."
If you suspect you have salmonella from any type of contaminated food, try to drink plenty of fluids to replenish the fluid lost via diarrhea. If you have severe diarrhea or have been ill for more than a week, you might need to be admitted to the hospital.
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This article is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered health advice. Therefore, please consult a doctor before making any significant medical decisions.
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