Monday, September 24, 2007

Contaminated Tofu Recall

Soy Deli Tofu produced by Quong Hop & Co. of South San Francisco, Calif., has been recalled due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause serious or fatal infections such as meningitis (infection of the lining of the spinal cord) or encephalitis (infection of the brain membrane) as well as intrauterine infections in pregnant women which may lead to stillbirths or miscarriages in the 2nd or 3rd trimester.

The symptoms usually begin with influenza-like symptoms including persistent fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The incubation time to serious forms of listeriosis is unknown but may range from a few days to three weeks. The symptoms may be more severe in children, the elderly and those with immunosuppression. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the products according to the company.

The packages which have been recalled are coded Dec. 17, 2007 and Sept. 23, 2007: the 30-ounce Soy Deli nigari tofu, the 12-ounce Soy Deli water packed tofu and the 16-ounce Quong Hop water packed tofu.