“The reason for the precautionary recall of the batch is that STEC bacteria (Shigatoxin-forming E.Coli) were found in the analysis of a sample,” says the notification, which the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) published on its portal “lebensmittelwarnung.de”. As a precautionary measure, the product in question has been taken off the market.
The GARTENFRISCH Jung GmbH recalls the article “Gut&Günstig Salatmischung Blattsalat Mix” in the 150 gram package. According to a press release, only products with a best-before date (MHD) of 05.10.2020 are affected.
GARTENFRISCH Jung GmbH from Jagsthausen (Baden-Württemberg) has started a recall for the article “Gut&Günstig Salatmischung Blattsalat Mix”. Health-endangering E. coli bacteria have been detected in the lettuce, which was sold at Edeka, among others.
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According to the information, the article with the best before date 05.10.2020 was mainly offered at Marktkauf and Edeka in the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.
Customers who have purchased the relevant product can return it to their stores for a refund of the purchase price without presenting the receipt.
According to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the damaging effect of shigatoxin-forming E. coli (STEC), also known as verotoxin-forming E. coli (VTEC), is based on the fact that they produce toxins that are effective in the human gut, the shigatoxins (Stx). The best known STEC representatives are enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC).
Offered at Marktkauf and Edeka
An infection with EHEC can proceed without symptoms, with the pathogen being excreted over one to three weeks, rarely over a longer period of time, explains the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) on its website. During this time, other people can also be infected if hygiene is inadequate.
Especially infants, toddlers, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems can develop more severe courses of disease with bloody diarrhea and painful abdominal cramps.
If symptoms occur, nausea, vomiting and mild, watery diarrhea usually occur after an incubation period of about two to ten days (on average three to four days).
According to the LGL, five to ten percent of those affected, especially preschool children, develop “a severe clinical picture following the intestinal symptoms (about one week after the onset of diarrhea)”. (ad)
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