Food recalls prompt alert from West Michigan health officials
David Moore August 22, 2013 | WGVU
first recall was cantaloupe distributed by Heeren Brothers Produce, the second
was fresh cilantro, sold at Meijer stores in recent weeks.
Kent County Health Department Marketing and
Communications Manager Lisa LaPlante says both may be tainted with Listeria.
She says symptoms like fever, muscle aches,
headache and intestinal upsets may mimic flu-like illnesses. Other warning
signs include confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.
LaPlante says they’re working to sensitize
people who may have eaten the suspect food “getting in touch with physicians
to let them know as well, so if they do have somebody who comes in with these
symptoms that this is one of the questions they need to ask” LaPlante said.
is found in so many different foods.People create fruit salads during the summer.So there’s a possibility that somebody may
have eaten something and not even recall it weeks later.” She said.
risk group is the elderly or very young, those with chronic health issues or
weakened immune systems…and pregnant and nursing mothers.
Laplante says the illness is treatable with antibiotics---but it can
take up to ten weeks for symptoms to show up.
Kent county administrative health officer adam
london says there’ve been no reports of illness from either food.
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