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School sends warning after food recall

Jacksonville Journal-Courier - 10/24/2017

Oct. 24--BARRY -- School officials are reaching out to parents and students after food offered during a taste testing was recalled days later because of potential Listeria contamination.

No sicknesses have been reported. Listeriosis can result in a serious infection and causes about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths each year in the United State. Pregnant women, newborns, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk.

Western School District administrators sent a letter to parents last week after a broccoli slaw that was served Oct. 16- 17 was recalled days later.

Superintendent Jessica Funk said the slaw it wasn't clear how many people ate the slaw. It was served at schools in Barry and Kinderhook.

"Everyone in the district is invited to take a part in the taste-testing," Funk said. "Anyone could have eaten it."

Funk said the district has been having taste-testings while getting a sense of foods students and staff members would like to see on the menu next year.

According to the letter, the slaw was "an optional choice and was not served with the regular breakfast or lunch-time meal."

Kohls, Western's food distributor, announced the recall Thursday and Funk said the district immediately began disposing of the slaw.

The Pike County Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were notified of the exposure.

"Western takes the health and safety of every child seriously and has taken every precaution to dispose of the contaminated product and to ensure that it will not be used at Western in the future," the school said in its letter.

Symptoms can take several days to a month to appear and can include fever, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, confusion and convulsions.

Samantha McDaniel-Ogletree can be reached at 217-245-6121, ext. 1233, or Twitter @JCNews_samantha.



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