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Gourmet Mac and Cheese Recalled Over Listeria Contamination Concerns

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Consumers should avoid eating Culinary Circle brand Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese, which has the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a form of foodborne bacteria and leading cause of potentially life-threatening food poisoning.

Supervalu Inc., the Minneapolis-based grocery store chain and manufacturer of the food products, and the Food and Drug Administration just announced the voluntary recall. Routine sampling of the products detected the possibility of contamination, but so far, no illnesses have been reported as a result of eating contaminated macaroni and cheese.

Listeria food poisoning can result in serious and fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Most healthy people who are infected with the bacteria develop only short-term symptoms, including fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, Listeria infection can result in miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Recently, suspected listeria contamination has prompted the recalls of Peregrina-brand soft cheeses and Strubs smoked salmon.

The recalled Culinary Circle macaroni and cheese was sold in 38.-oz packages bearing the UPC# 41130 38704. The products were found in the frozen food aisle at Supervalu-owned stores, including Acme, Albertsons, biggs, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw’s/Star Market, Shop ‘n Save, and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy. The macaroni and cheese packages were available in all states where the stores operate, the FDA said.

Customers who have purchased the recalled macaroni and cheese should not eat it and can bring it back to their local Supervalu-owned grocery store for a full refund or exchange, the FDA said.



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