Eat Smart packaged kale salad recalled due to possible Listeria contamination

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      The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced on December 4 that one type of Eat Smart's packaged salad products is being recalled nationally.

      The product is being recalled for potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

      The affected product is the Sweet Kale version of Eat Smart's Salad Shake Ups. The recalled products are in 156 gram containers with a best before date of December 3, 2018 (written as "DEC 03 2018 DE 03 112 319") and UPC number 7 09351 30243 5.

      Canadian Food Inspection Agency

      Anyone with these recalled products should either discard them or return them to the place of purchase.

      Although food that is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not appear or smell spoiled, they can still cause illness. Thus far, there haven't been any reported illnesses linked to this product.

      Those particularly at risk are pregnant women, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems.

      Symptoms, which can manifest within three days after consuming contaminated food, include vomiting, nausea, fever, muscle aches, severe headaches, constipation or neck stiffness.

      In severe cases (which can develop up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria), the infection can spread to the nervous system, causing stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or even death. Infection in pregnant women can lead to premature delivery, infection of a newborn, or stillbirth.

      For more details about the health risks, visit the Health Canada website.