The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued a public warning for consumers to avoid consuming frozen food brands, including Hungry Man, Save-A-Lot and Aunt Jemima due to a potential Listeria contamination.
Pinnacle Foods of New Jersey supplied the products to grocery stores across the country, including Maryland. The products include 25 types of foods, such as chicken-and-waffle meals, French toast, waffles and pancakes.
Pinnacle officials recalled the products on Tuesday and said no illness associated with the contaminated products has been reported.
Listeria is a bacterium that can be found in water and soil. According to state health officials, the bacteria can live on frozen food for several years. Listeriosis is an infection that can cause mild to severe symptoms, depending on the part of the body and the person affected.
Pregnant women normally only experience flu-like symptoms, including muscle aches and fatigue, along with fever, but infections during a pregnancy can lead to stillbirth, premature delivery, miscarriage and life-threatening infection of the neonate.
Stiff neck, headache, loss of balance, confusion, muscle aches, convulsions and fever are common symptoms among people other than pregnant women.
Older adults, pregnant women, newborns and people with autoimmune disorders and weakened immune systems are at the highest risk of severe complications.
Health official are calling on consumers to check their freezers for the recalled products.