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If you’ve got some Aunt Jemima frozen French toast, waffles, or pancakes in your freezer, pay attention, since your frozen breakfast is getting recalled.
After discovering the nasty food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes in a production plant, Aunt Jemima issued a precautionary recall for a host of its frozen breakfast items that the FDA followed up on with its own recall notice. While no illnesses have been reported yet, the recall ensures that any products that do have the bacteria in them are returned and properly disposed of before anyone does get sick from Listeria.
Typically, Listeria results in high fevers, severe headaches, nausea, muscle stiffness, and diarrhea. But at its worst, it can be fatal to young children, elderly or sick individuals, and can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
Make sure to check the recall notices to see if any products you purchased are affected. If so, you can return them to the point of purchase for a full refund.
UPDATE: It appears that following the events of the recall, Aunt Jemima brand owner Pinnacle Foods has decided to “exit certain low-margin and non-strategic Aunt Jemima® frozen breakfast products sold to retail and foodservice customers.” Pinnacle Foods CEO Mark Clouse said that the recall “accelerated” the exit, they had been planning to discontinue the products already. While the specifics were not revealed, sixteen total products of frozen French toast, pancakes, and waffles will be discontinued, along with frozen products sold to “food service customers” like Hungry Man.