Have a cake you’re already saving for the holidays? If so, and it’s from the Tampa Palms or any of the other New Tampa Publix supermakets, it potentially could be one of numerous products the grocery chain has recalled due to the suspicion of infection by a bacteria that could cause health problems.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on November 15 that Publix was voluntarily recalling 45 different bakery products — most are variations of a 7” layer cake — that could have been infected with a bacterium known as Listeria monocytogenes, and were on the shelves from November 11-15. The bacteria can cause serious health issues for the elderly, as well as for children, those already suffering from immune system deficiencies and especially pregnant women, who could experience miscarriages and stillbirths, if infected.
“While the product is no longer available on store shelves, we have issued a voluntary recall because of our commitment to food safety and to advise our customers who may still have this product at home,” says Publix media and communications director Maria Brous. “No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the seven-inch chocolate layer cake used to make these desserts.”
The recall was issued for 21 counties across the state, including Hillsborough and Pasco. Customers who purchased any of the products can get a full refund by returning the product to the store at which it was purchased.
For more information, please call the Publix Customer Care Center at (800) 242-1227, or visit Publix.com. A link to the full list of the recalled products is available at NTNeighborhoodNews.com.