Company recalls yeast because of potential Salmonella contamination

Company recalls yeast because of potential Salmonella contamination

by Sue Jones
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Mitsubishi International Food Ingredients Inc. is recalling a yeast extract because of potential contamination.

The Food and Drug Administration reported today that the Dublin, OH, company has recalled 15-kilogram — 33-pound —  bags of “Yeast Extract Ajirex” packed in boxes because of potential contamination with Salmonella.

There is concern that the product may be in the stream of commerce or in homes or businesses because of the long shelf life, which extends into August this year.

The company reports that the recalled yeast was distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas.

One customer, GFS, has reported using the yeast in products, but the FDA notice did not report what products.

The recalled yeast can be identified by the following label information: Batch/Lot: AR21B13401 Product Number: 6225796 205 01M Expiration Date: Aug 2, 2022.

About Salmonella infections
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients require hospitalization.

Older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

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