Potentially Fatal Contamination Leads to Nationally-Distributed Food Recall

November 16, 2017Nov 16, 2017

Yorgo Foods Inc. of Manchester, New Hampshire has issued a recall of some of its products, including all Greek-style foods, due to a concern that they have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The bacteria can cause the infection listeriosis. Also included in the recall were a few Trader Joe’s products.

Yorgo’s issued a statement that was published by the FDA regarding the recall on November 15, providing a list of the contaminated foods. The press release also included pictures of the products. 


According to the Centers for Disease Control, listeriosis can cause a headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions. The danger is more severe for pregnant women. The disease could pass through the placenta and infect the baby. 


If that happened, the result could be a miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or a life-threatening infection of the newborn, according to the CDC. The infection is also especially deadly for the very young or for the elderly, or for those persons with weakened immune systems.

So far, there have been no reports of the disease in connection with the products of which Yorgo has issued a recall, according to Patch.com. However, because the products were distributed nationwide, there is concern that more Americans could be exposed to the bacteria. 


The contamination was discovered during a routine FDA inspection. A sample of Yorgo’s Original Tahini Sauce first gave evidence of the bacteria. Consumers who would like to contact the company may call 603-624-5830 or visit their website yorgofoods.com

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