Starbucks Items Recalled Over Listeria

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Two items on the Starbucks menu are voluntarily being recalled by their suppliers over concerns that they are contaminated with bacteria or allergens. The sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich and the fruit and cheese box are both being recalled because of allergens that are not listed on the boxes. These items were sold in three different states at 250 locations.

The listeria, which is associated with the potentially tainted breakfast sandwiches, was found on a surface at the manufacturer’s facility, though the sandwiches themselves have not yet tested positive for the bacteria, according to Starbucks. Thus far, there have been no reported infections, and the recall is being done voluntarily on the manufacturer’s part. Sandwiches from that facility were sent to Arksansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, and they were only sold between March 3rd and 4th, with a stamped expiration date of August 7th, 2016.

“This recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution,” reiterated Starbucks’ spokesperson. “As soon as we were made aware of a potential supplier issue with a specific lot of sausage, egg, and cheddar breakfast sandwiches, we removed the impacted product from the select Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas area stores that carried it.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that listeria can cause high fever, stiffness, severe headaches, diarrhea, and abdominal pain in healthy people. But for people with compromised immune systems like the sick, the young, and the elderly, listeria contraction can be fatal. It can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages in pregnant women.

The “Cheese and Fruit Bistro Boxes” are also being recalled because of potential allergens not included in the list of ingredients. The boxes, which came from Gretchen’s Shoebox Express, may have contained cashews, which could cause a life-threatening reaction to people who are allergic to them.

The boxes being recalled have “enjoy by” dates through March 4th, 2016.

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