Boardman Giant Eagle warns of possible listeria exposure

Prepared food purchased at the store over the weekend may have been contaminated

Giant Eagle

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – A customer of the Giant Eagle on U.S. 224 in Boardman reported receiving a call from the store that food purchased there may be contaminated with listeria bacteria.

The person reached out to WYTV Tuesday with concerns that other customers weren’t being notified. That customer purchased fried rice at the store and was told that it may have been contaminated.

Listeria contamination could cause a serious infection, and the disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Symptoms can include a headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches.

A Giant Eagle spokesperson confirmed that fried rice sold in the prepared foods department is part of a national recall announced by supplier Garland Ventures Limited. The recall includes products purchased in store since May 2, 2016.

The company said the following products sold in the prepared foods department and in the hot bar/hot service case are affected:

  • Pepper steak with fried rice, PLU: 86289
  • Sweet and sour chicken with fried rice, PLU: 96799
  • Market District Asian fried rice, PLU: 67530
  • Pick 5 Asian rice, PLU: 45509
  • Vegetable rice kit, PLU: 87130
  • General Tso chicken fried rice, PLU: 37527
  • Fried rice 1.5 pound, PLU: 85917, 85918

The company said at this time, there are no confirmed cases of illness among Giant Eagle customers. The spokesman said Giant Eagle has been reaching out to customers with Giant Eagle cards, whose phone numbers are on file, to warn them of the exposure.

Customers who have purchased the affected product should not consume it and may safely dispose of it. Customers may also bring their receipt to their local Giant Eagle where they will receive a refund. They are encouraged to call Giant Eagle Customer Care at 1-800-553-2324 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with any questions.

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