Breakfast sandwiches that were made to be sold at Starbucks were recalled for possible contamination of listeria monocytogenes, the Food and Drug Administration announced late last week.
Progressive Gourmet Inc. of Wilmington, Massachusetts, recalled its 6-ounce packages of Sausage, Egg, and Cheddar Cheese on English Muffin breakfast sandwiches that may have been sold at 250 Starbucks stores in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma on March 3 and March 4, 2016. The sandwiches come in a clear plastic labeled package marked with Best Before: 07-AUG-2016 on the top. They are typically heated at the stores for immediate consumption.
No illnesses have been reported.
As soon as Starbucks was notified, the sandwiches were removed from the 250 stores. No other Starbucks stores were affected, according to the FDA.
Progressive Gourmet is working with the FDA and the Massachusetts Department of Health to identify the source of the contamination.
Most healthy people infected with the listeria organism suffer only short-term symptoms, which include:
- high fever
- severe headache
- abdominal pain and diarrhea
Listeria infection can be fatal in children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems and can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Consumers who have purchased the sandwiches are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For questions, the company can be reached at 1-800-224-7630 (9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday EST).