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Packaged Muffins Sold at 7-Eleven, Walmart, and More Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

There’s a major muffin recall that affects products sold under multiple brand names at 7-Eleven, Walmart, Stop & Shop, and other stores. Give and Go, the company behind the voluntary recall, says the muffins may be contaminated with listeria.

The recall affects 26 packaged muffin products in several varieties, including blueberry, chocolate chip, banana nut, double chocolate, according to an alert on the Food and Drug Administration website. It also includes mini muffins in corn, blueberry streusel, strawberry streusel, and chocolate-chip flavors. The products were sold under brand names including Uncle Wally’s, The Worthy Crumb, Stop & Shop, 7-Eleven Selects, Freshness Guaranteed, Great Value, and Marketside. (For a full list of specific products affected by the recall check the FDA alert here.)

Give and Go initiated the muffin recall through the company’s “environmental monitoring program,” the alert says. There haven’t been any cases of illness related to the baked goods yet, but the company is recalling the products out of an abundance of caution.

If ingested, listeria bacteria can cause a foodborne illness called listeriosis. For otherwise healthy people, the infection is relatively mild and typically includes symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills, and muscle aches, the Mayo Clinic says. Those symptoms usually resolve on their own and don’t require special medical treatment.

But certain groups of people—including pregnant people, newborns, people with weakened immune systems, and older adults—are at a higher risk for a severe form of listeriosis. This type of listeriosis, called invasive listeriosis, occurs when the bacteria make it out of the gut and into other parts of the body, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains. If this happens, it can cause flu-like symptoms in pregnant people while others may also experience headaches, stiff neck, confusion, and a loss of balance, the CDC says. In pregnant people, listeria can also lead to birth complications, such as premature birth and miscarriage. 

Anyone who has purchased the recalled muffins should not eat them, the FDA alert says, and should instead dispose of them.

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