On May 12, 2017, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital (PVCH) was notified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) that a recall had been issued by Pinnacle Foods Inc. of some Aunt Jemima frozen breakfast foods including pancakes, waffles, and French toast slices, because they are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This recall was initiated after Listeria monocytogenes was found in the production environment. All affected distributors, retail, and food service customers are being notified. It was determined on May 9, 2017, that PVCH had served this brand of French toast in its cafeteria. The purpose of this letter is to inform PVCH patients and visitors that if you consumed this product at the PVCH facility on May 9, 2017, and if you develop any symptoms of listeriosis within 70 days of that date, please promptly notify your physician.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. To date, no illnesses have been linked to this recall. Please visit https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm557098.htm for a complete list of recalled products and product codes. All “best buy” dates for these products have been recalled. Contact PVCH if you have any questions about the recall.