Starbucks recall causes Listeria concerns

Starbucks recall causes Listeria concerns

TEXAS (KWES) - Some West Texans are worried about the bacterial infection listeria. That happened after Starbucks recalled one of their breakfast sandwich.

250 Starbucks locations recalled their sausage egg and cheddar breakfast sandwich. Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Experts said Listeria is a deadly disease that can be found in anyone from newborns to adults.

Medical Center Infection Prevention Coordinator, James Willheln said, "Listeria is bacterial infection. We most commonly see it in food that hasn't been prepared correctly, hasn't been stored correctly, or washed correctly before it's prepared."

A spokesperson for Starbucks said the recall was specifically for this breakfast sandwich and does not affect other breakfast items on their menu.

"I don't think people should panic. That's the worst thing you can do in any situation, is panic. Think through it. If there is a problem that arises, most companies are going to use due diligence, they're going to go through and they're going to test. They're going to tell you if they find problems with other products," said Willheln.

Experts said common symptoms for listeria include fever, muscle aches and even diarrhea.

Starbucks said one of their food suppliers detected listeria on a food contact surface in their facility but the breakfast sandwich itself was not tested positive for listeria. Starbucks also said no other products were affected because of this issue and the recall was made out to be cautious.

Willheln  said, "Prevention is going to be the best route to go and that starts with some pretty basic hygienic processes. Make sure that you are washing your hands, your utensils are clean, your work space is clean and follow basic guidelines on food prep."

The CDC said rinsing produce, separating uncooked meats from vegetables, using clean utensils and thoroughly cooking foods will help you stay safe from listeria.

A spokesperson for Starbucks said, "Offering high quality products to our customers is a top priority for Starbucks. Customers with questions may contact Starbucks's Customer Relations at 1-800-782-7282, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will respond quickly and with great care to customer complaints and help to ensure the best customer experience."

Starbucks said at this time they do not have a list of the affected Starbucks locations to share.

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