Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), which is based in Minneapolis, Minn has announced that it is recalling an unspecified amount of the frozen not-ready-to-eat and ready-to-eat meat and poultry products as a result of abuse of temperature during transport. The company says this may have led to growth of spoilage pathogens or organisms in the U.S. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the Department of Agriculture has announced.
The temperature in which the products were left in temperatures as high as 60°F for more than five hours, may lead to growth of the proliferation Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus.
The products that have been recalled were sold between March 23, 2018 and March 27, 2018. The products were distributed to one of Target retail store situated in Hawaii at1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Ste 2401, Honolulu, HI 96814.
The company discovered the problem on March 27, 2018 when it got temperature reports of the cargo from the carrier. The company has removed all the inventories of the affected products from its warehouses and destroyed them. In a notice to FSIS, Target said the that the products have been destroyed in shipping containers after they were exposed to temperature abuse.
Bacillus cereus is a bacterium which is found in several types of food and can survive for long at room temperature. This bacterium produces an emetic toxins which causes vomiting and nausea just 30 minutes after taking. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria found in the noses and the skin of health and people. This bacterium produces several types of toxins which are known for food poisoning.
E.coli is known to cause diarrhea and vomiting. The diarrhea is often bloody. Some of the illness may persist for long and can be severe if not countered early enough. The illness id always detected by carrying out stool test. People with this illness should be treated with a lot of rehydration among other supportive care. Antibiotic treatment is not recommended for this illness. Recovery period may just be a week. Severe infections are however very rare.