GoMacro, a Viola, Wisconsin company, has issued a recall for MacroBars and Thrive Bars due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall was initiated after the company that supplies GoMacro with almonds informed them that the nuts might be contaminated, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Listeriosis is an infection that is caused by the Listeria monocytogenes bacterium. People usually become infected after they have eaten food that is contaminated with the bacterium. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1,600 people are infected with listeriosis every year, of which an estimated 260 die.
Healthy people may only suffer short-term symptoms such as a severe headache, high fever, abdominal pain, nausea, stiffness, and diarrhea. However, in young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those who have compromised immune systems, the infection can be serious and in some cases fatal.
To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products. However, out of an abundance of caution, GoMacro is recalling the following lots of MacroBars and Thrive Bars.
Consumers who have purchased these items are encouraged not to consume them. Instead, the product(s) should be returned to the original place of purchase for a full refund. Those who have additional questions should contact GoMacro’s Director of Operations, Tony Saarem. He can be reached by calling 608-627-2310 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday CST.
By Trixie Dillwood
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