Listeria concerns spark biscuit recall in Virginia, 11 other states

VIRGINIA BEACH — A voluntary recall of a variety of biscuit products hit 12 states this week, including Virginia.

The T. Marzetti Company is recalling numerous brands of biscuits, out of concern for potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall was enacted in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Full List of Products Included in the Recall:

According to the FDA, the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

According to the T. Marzetti company, these products are “not ready-to-eat items and (have) baking instructions which, if followed, will reduce consumer risk, there remains some risk that the mishandling of this product prior to or without adequate baking may cause illness.”

According to the FDA, no illnesses have been reported related to this issue.

According to a release from the T. Marzetti Company, affected product should be destroyed or may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact 1-866-837-2758 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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