Company recalls edamame due to listeria concerns

Advanced Fresh Concepts (AFC) of California is recalling its Edamame (soybeans) because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Healthy people may only experience short-term symptoms like a high fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

It also can be fatal to the elderly, those with chronic medical conditions and people with weakened immune systems. Pregnant women in particular can suffer "miscarriage, premature delivery, serious infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth" as a result of infection.

The contamination was discovered during a random quality testing. The edamame is sold in 8-ounce refrigerated packs titled "Edamame - Soybeans in Pods".

No one has fallen ill, but the product has been recalled from stores, cafeterias and corporate dining centers in 33 states.

The FDA said the product should no longer be available for purchase because all affected retailers have been notified.

Customers who purchased the recalled product should not consume it, but return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The products were sold in numerous states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, and NY. Double check that your edamame is not within the recall-then snack on, my edamame-loving friends.

  • Joanne Flowers