Publix issues voluntary recall of salad over listeria concerns

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LAKELAND, Fla. (WKRN) – Publix has issued a voluntary recall of one of its salads over listeria concerns.

The company is asking the public not to eat their Wheatberry Salad, which is packaged in plastic containers and sold in the Publix Delis.

The salad was available in Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

According to Publix’s website, the sunflower kernels used in the dish were involved in a larger nationwide recall due to Listeria monocytogenes.

The bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

While healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Publix’s Media and Community Relations Director, Maria Brous, issued the following statement about the voluntary recall:

While the product is no longer available on store shelves, we have issued a voluntary recall because of our commitment to food safety and to advise our customers who may still have this product at home. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the Wheatberry Salad. Consumers who have purchased the products in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Customer Care Center at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting our website at http://www.publix.com.”

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