In recent weeks, the Federal Health Risk Protection Committee (Cofepris) has warned Mexicans about a group of US ice cream brands Soft service anytime, anywhere contaminated with bacteria Listeria.
According to reports by federal entities, the company Royal Kosher Ice Cream has voluntarily withdrawn some flavors from its 8-ounce (approximately 237-milliliter) packaging in the U.S., despite these may have been distributed in the countryso he asked not to eat them.
Flavors where the presence of this bacteria was detected were:
- Chocolate Vanilla.
- Razzle n’dazzle peanut butter (or peanut butter).
- Vanilla caramel.
- Parve Vanilla Chocolate.
- Strawberry Mango Sorbet (Strawberry Mango Sorbet).
- Lite Natural Peanut Butter (Natural Lightened Peanut Butter).
If you see any of these products for sale in Mexico, it is recommended to report them directly to Cofepris to have them removed from the market.If you ingest any of these products, it is best to see a doctor to avoid listeria infection.
What is listeriosis?
Listeria, also known as listeriosis, is a Diet-Infected contaminated food with bacteria Listeriaalthough this is uncommon, according to World Health Organization.
according to CDC (CDC its English abbreviation), estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis every yearabout 260 of whom died from the disease, so a large proportion of those who contract it are at risk.
Among the diseases spread by contaminated food, the bacteria that cause listeriosis Can survive and reproduce at low temperaturesso not only products of animal origin can contain it, but also frozen products (e.g. ice cream).
In fact, bacteria Listeria It is widely distributed in nature and can be found in soil, water, vegetation and some animal feces. As such, it has the potential to contaminate food irrigated with water or the soil in which it is found. Listeria monocytogenes.
Types and symptoms of listeriosis
Symptoms of eating food contaminated with bacteria Listeria monocytogenes They may appear hours or even 2 to 3 days after ingestion. In the most severe cases, it is said to take anywhere from 3 days to 3 months.
There are two types of listeriosis: Enteric or noninvasive, also known as febrile gastroenteritis due to Listeria, and invasive. Symptoms of each disease vary by type, according to information from the agency. WHO.
Symptoms of non-invasive listeriosis
Generally, the disease has a short incubation period and the main symptoms are:
- Muscle pain.
Symptoms of invasive listeriosis
Unlike the previous one, this type of Listeria is usually parenteral incubation It can be more dangerous, even with a 20% to 30% mortality rate.
- flu-like symptoms, such as muscle pain and fatigue
- stiff neck
- lost balance
- epileptic seizure
In more severe cases, invasive Listeria may trigger other types of infections in patients, such as sepsis and meningitis. Therefore, it is very important to see a doctor promptly when symptoms of this infection appear.
Risk Factors for Listeria
certain Risk factors that may make a person more susceptible to listeria infection, in addition to eating food contaminated with this bacteria. People most at risk of getting listeriosis include:
- Pregnant women and their newborns
- Adults 65 or older
- People with weakened immune systems due to disease (cancer, HIV/AIDS, or diabetes) or other causes.