Willoughby: State lab says Listeria found in convenience store sandwich

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REYNOLDSBURG -- A state lab says a dangerous foodborne bacterium was found in a submarine sandwich at a Willoughby convenience store.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture Consumer Analytical Laboratory confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the sub at the Vine Street Circle K.

"The Ohio Department of Agriculture, through its regulatory authority, is entrusted with the foremost responsibility of safeguarding the health of Ohio's food supply, consumers, environment, animals and plants," ODA Director Robert Boggs said. "This confirmation is another example of the extent to which the department's daily efforts protect consumers from food-borne illnesses."

A sample of an American Submarine sandwich was taken by an ODA food safety inspector Aug. 18 from the Circle K store in Lake County. The sandwich provider for Circle K stores, Landshire, Inc., of Bellville, Ill., has requested all stores immediately remove the product from their shelves."

As a part of ODA's efforts to safeguard Ohio's food supply, routine food samples are taken from retail food establishments, distribution warehouses and other locations throughout the state and are brought back to the department's laboratories. Department scientists conduct tests to detect foodborne bacteria such as Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli 0157:H7, and Salmonella.

The Listeria monocytogenes found in the food sample is a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.


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