Listeriosis is a food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacterium.

Listeriosis usually consists of the sudden onset of fever, chills, severe headache, vomiting, and other influenza-type symptoms. Those infected with this bacterium may develop gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea, which could last for one to four days.

Signs and symptoms may start within hours after eating the contaminated food, or they may begin days or possibly even weeks later. Sickness caused by food poisoning generally lasts from one to ten days.

Fruits and vegetables can become contaminated from the soil or from manure used as fertilizer.

You can prevent Listeriosis by practicing safe food handling, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The following are some helpful hints:

  • Shop safely. Bag raw meat, poultry, or fish separately from other food items.
  • Prepare foods safely by washing your hands before and after handling food. Wash fresh fruits and vegetables by rinsing them well with running water.
  • Store foods safely. Cook, refrigerate, or freeze meat, poultry, eggs, fish, and ready-to-eat foods within two hours. Always clean up any spills in your refrigerator, especially juices from hot dogs, raw meat, or poultry because listeria can grow in the refrigerator.
  • Cook foods safely. Use a clean meat thermometer to determine whether foods are cooked to a safe temperature.
  • Serve foods safely. Keep cooked hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
  • Follow labels on food packaging to reduce your chance of becoming ill with food poisoning.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

Pacific Organic Produce is recalling mangoes sent to stores in New Jersey, Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas.

Consumers who purchased any mangoes between April 14 and May 2 are advised to throw the mangoes away. Affected unsafe products have the Price Look Up codes of 94051 and 94959. The number is found on the mango’s sticker.

According to Food Safety News,  a single sample from the Pacific Organic Produce Mangoes tested by the Food and Drug Administration turned up positive for listeria monocytogenes. The recall was being done as a precautionary measure. No reports of illness have been received.

If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, seek medical attention:

  • Frequent episodes of vomiting that interferes with your ability to keep liquids down
  • Vomiting blood
  • Severe diarrhea for more than three days
  • Blood in your bowel movement
  • Extreme pain or severe abdominal cramping
  • An oral temperature higher than 101.5F
  • Signs of dehydration, such as excessive thirst or dry mouth, dizziness, severe weakness
  • Difficultly speaking
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Double vision
  • Muscle weakness that progresses downward

The company has contacted its dealers to be sure that all recalled products are removed from store shelves immediately.

The majority of people with listeria infections spontaneously clear the infection in about seven days. However, those patients at increased risk, especially pregnant women, usually require immediate IV antibiotic treatment to prevent or halt the development of more severe disease.

As a consumer, if you have any questions, contact Pacific Organic Produce at 415-673-5555.

If you have gotten sick after eating one of these mangoes, it is wise for you to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who will discuss your legal rights and options with you to determine if you have a product liability case.