Pea shoots are being recalled in British Columbia and Alberta due to potential contamination with bacteria.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on April 19 that Golden Pearl Mushrooms is recalling products from its GPM Sweet Pea Shoots brand due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
The affected products include:
- 230 gram packages, with code 10851 and UPC number 6 84469 00008 7;
- 100 gram packages, with code 10851 and UPC number 6 84469 00012 4;
- 455 gram packages, with code 10851 and UPC number 6 84469 00018 6.
Anyone with these products should throw them out or return them to the place of purchase.
Although food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not appear or smell spoiled, they can still cause illness.
Symptoms, which can manifest up to three days after consuming affected food items, can include constipation, vomiting, nausea, fever, cramps, muscle aches, severe headache, neck stiffness, loss of balance, or confusion.
Pregnant women who are infected may experience only mild flu-like symptoms but the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or stillbirth.
Severe cases can lead to death.
Anyone who becomes sick after consuming an affected product should contact their doctor.
The recall was initiated due to CFIA test results. There haven’t been any illnesses reported that are associated with the consumption of these food items.
More information about Listeriosis, or Listeria, can be found at the Health Canada website.