This summer, the FDA issued a warning for Little Hatch’s products as they were linked to severe health concerns. In late May, the parent company Interstate Food products voluntarily recalled Little Hatch’s Jalapeno Cream Cheese. Another recall notice was given almost a week later for queso, and in mid-June, internal testing confirmed that the salsa would need to be also recalled.
Late June saw a public health alert issued by the FDA for all Little Hatch products. Stores are still in the process of removing these products for purchase, but the FDA is urging consumers not to buy anything. The products were most commonly sold at Natural Grocers, Denver’s Lucky Mart, and Whole Foods throughout Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
Once investigated by the FDA, there were found traces of Listeria monocytogenes – 23 of the 149 tested samples contained the bacteria. Listeriosis is the infection that occurs due to this bacteria and can lead to flu-like symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the bacteria can cause more severe symptoms in pregnant women, newborns, and senior populations. Listeriosis accounts for 260 deaths in the United States each year.
The FDA says if you purchased any Little Hatch products since May of 2021, to throw them away immediately. Clean your refrigerator, cutting boards, countertops, utensils, and any other products and surfaces that could have been contaminated. Clean with chlorine bleach and hot water (one tablespoon bleach for one gallon of water). If you have consumed these products, contact your primary care physician right away.
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