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Deadly soap and cheese contaminated with Listeria recalls in US

Frequent and thorough hand washing has become an important public health measure in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. But if you use the recalled soap, you can only worsen your situation. Four popular soaps sold at retail stores like Walmart have been recalled due to potential contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, which can cause fatal infections in some people. The publication told about the recall in more detail. BestLifeOnline.

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Scent Theory voluntarily recalled 636 bottles of its popular soap due to possible contamination with Burkholderia cepacia bacteria. The products impacted by the recall were released on February 416 in an 11-ounce volume. This is a hand soap with lemon citrus, vanilla coconut, eucalyptus mint and fresh lavender.

If you are concerned that you may have potentially contaminated soap in your home, check for these UPC codes:

  • UPC 8-40038-20963-7
  • UPC 8-40038-20964-4
  • UPC 8-40038-20965-1
  • UPC 8-40038-20966-8

Although neither the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall notice nor the Scent Theory website provides specific guidance on what to do with recalled products. Therefore, it is best to throw them away.

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Prolonged use of this soap can cause serious health problems for those exposed to Burkholderia cepacia. Although, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it does not pose much of a risk to healthy people. But those with weakened immune systems can still develop serious respiratory infections as a result of its exposure.

The risk is highest among patients with cystic fibrosis who are likely to develop a fatal infection due to exposure to Burkholderia cepacia.

However, it's not just direct exposure to contaminated soap that can endanger your health. The CDC notes that Burkholderia cepacia infection can be spread from person to person. An outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia at a Mississippi hospital in 1988 infected 245 patients and killed nine.

Listeriosis outbreak

The FDA is investigating an outbreak of listeriosis in several states related to cheese products produced by the New Jersey company, writes patch.

Cheese products from El Abuelito Cheese, Inc., a Paterson company, have been recalled and production halted after laboratory tests confirmed the product was the source of the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak.

This happened when Connecticut health officials began to investigate whether the hospitalization of a state resident was related to food contamination.

Cases of listeriosis have also been reported in Maryland, New York, and Virginia, according to the FDA. In total, ten cases of the disease and nine hospitalizations were recorded.

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El Abuelito is one of three companies the FDA has linked to the outbreak, the other two being the brands Rio Grande and Rio Lindo.

On February 19, El Abuelito officially recalled all products with an expiration date of March 28, 2021. The company will inspect its facilities.

The FDA advises consumers, restaurants and retailers to avoid eating, serving, and selling El Abuelito cheese. They also recommend refraining from Rio Grande and Rio Lindo cheeses.

“The FDA recommends that anyone who has bought or received any El Abuelito cheese or recalled products take extra vigilance when cleaning and disinfecting any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with these products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Listeria monocytogenes is able to survive in low temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces, ”the organization said.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that causes serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women, and other people with weakened immune systems. Although healthy people may only have short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, infection with listeriosis can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and fetal infection in pregnant women.

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