Let me tell you what I hate. Amongst the other trillion Ericka peeves,  this is another one. Why can’t they get this information to me sooner? Now yes,  I’m on a strict diet. Not by choice,  by force. I’ve been sick for a while with a stomach thing and allergy thing,  and vertigo thing. So I’ve had to cut COFFEE,  ALCOHOL, CARBONATED BEVERAGES (which I rarely drink) and an entire slew of juice to avoid acid at all costs. 

Well naturally because I’m a pizza addict I’ve had to cut this too. Thankfully I hadn’t been eating pizza during this time or I’d likely die from paranoia that I’m going to die. 

So the scoop

More than 21,000 pounds of frozen pizzas are being recalled due to possible listeria contamination, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday.

RBR Meat Company Inc. recalled its Marketside supreme frozen pizza, which may have been “adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes,” according to FSIS. The pizzas were sold at select Walmart stores in a 50.6-oz. box containing single shrink-wrapped 16-inch pizzas labeled as “Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza,” with lot code 20547.

During routine sampling, FSIS discovered the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. “There are no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from consumption of the pizzas at this time,” according to the recall announcement.

https://d-19530067333899752045.ampproject.net/1489777197505/frame.htmlThis recall is a Class I recall, which means it is “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death,” according to the USDA.

FSIS urges consumers who have bought the product to not eat it. They advise throwing away the pizzas or returning them to the place of purchase.

The pizzas were shipped to Walmart distribution centers in California, Nevada, Utah and Washington.

Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating contaminated food and can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women and older people. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and sometimes diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 1,600 cases are reported in the United States every year, with 260 resulting in death, according to the CDC.

Last week federal health officials announced an unrelated recall of soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery due to a listeria outbreak responsible for six cases of illness including two deaths.

Last month Sargento Foods announced its own recall of several cheeses due to potential listeria contamination, which prompted the company to cut ties with one of its suppliers.

This is so scary to me.  Like it’s a terrible way to die. What if My last meal was a Walmart pizza?😭😭😭😭😢😢😢😢😷😷 my eulogy would say,  She died eating what she loved. Lol 

But that’s not fair. If I’m gonna die from eating pizza,  I want an experience. I want that New York style. With tons of greasy cheese and meat oozing from the sides!!  I want to feel my arteries clogging with hot goodness. 

I’m trying not to get afraid of eating out and when I do,  I try to order simple things that I THINK can’t get contaminated easily. I admit,  I have no idea what I’m doing. But I think I’m helping. 

The idea that we don’t know what we’re getting when we go out to eat or order in is festering.  I’ve read that people are bashing Walmart,  but honestly those pizzas are delicious. I’ve eaten quite a bit of it in the last 60 days, which could explain why I was sick. Lol But seriously,  I really was sick and my diet was terrible. Tons of pizza and then I got the flu,  which came the Orange juice. I drank so much juice trying to get better. It was GOOD!!!!! I haven’t had pizza in over a month. Now I’m in a state of hoping this is gone and never comes back. My only consolation was that everybody around me was sick too!  So if you don’t know about Listeria,  here ya go. I am confused though about the guy who died from Listeria years ago. He died after eating a cantaloupe. How did that happen? It was reported that he didn’t clean the Skin of the melon. But really? As a kid I’m surprised any of us survived. I’ve never done that. Washing the skin first? Who knew? 

Listeria

ListeriaListeria is the name of a bacteria found in soil and water and some animals, including poultry and cattle. It can be present in raw milk and foods made from raw milk. It can also live in food processing plants and contaminate a variety of processed meats. 

Listeria is unlike many other germs because it can grow even in the cold temperature of the refrigerator. Listeria is killed by cooking and pasteurization.

 

Sources
  • Ready-to-eat deli meats and hot dogs
  • Refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads
  • Unpasteurized (raw) milk and dairy products
  • Soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk, such as queso fresco, Feta, Brie, Camembert
  • Refrigerated smoked seafood
  • Raw sprouts
Incubation Period 3-70 days
Symptoms Fever, stiff neck, confusion, weakness, vomiting, sometimes preceded by diarrhea
Duration of Illness Days to weeks
Who’s at Risk?
  • Older adults
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Organ transplant patients who are receiving drugs to prevent the body from rejecting the organ
  • People with certain diseases, such as:
    • HIV/AIDS or other autoimmune diseases
    • Cancer
    • End-stage renal disease
    • Liver disease
    • Alcoholism
    • Diabetes
What Do I Do? If you are very ill with fever or stiff neck, consult your doctor immediately. Antibiotics given promptly can cure the infection and, in pregnant women, can prevent infection of the fetus.
How Do I Prevent It?
  • Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk, and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.
  • Wash hands, knives, countertops, and cutting boards after handling and preparing uncooked foods.
  • Rinse raw produce thoroughly under running tap water before eating.
  • Keep uncooked meats, poultry, and seafood separate from vegetables, fruits, cooked foods, and ready-to-eat foods.
  • Thoroughly cook raw food from animal sources, such as meat, poultry, or seafood to a safe internal temperature.
  • Wash hands, knives, countertops, and cutting boards after handling and preparing uncooked foods.
  • Consume perishable and ready-to-eat foods as soon as possible.
  • Persons in higher risk groups should heat hot dogs, cold cuts, and deli meats before eating them.