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SCHENECTADY -- Mushrooms were pulled from a cafeteria salad bar at St. Clare's Hospital as part of recall for possible contamination with listeria, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. There have been no reports of illnesses locally or in the six other states where the mushrooms were distributed and sold.
"We just want to get the word out at this point," said Joanne Cocozzoli, an assistant director with Schenectady County Public Health Services, who's working with St. Clare's Hospital officials.
The warning is addressed especially to those who face a higher risk for developing symptoms from listeria, including pregnant women, young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms can include high fever, severe headache, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Infection from the organism Listeria monocytogenes can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
The voluntary 10,000-case recall by Monterey Mushrooms of Watsonville, Calif., involves fresh sliced white and baby bella mushrooms.
The recall was initiated on Sept. 6 and the company believes the source of potential contamination has been identified and corrected effective Sept. 5, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Samples of the St. Clare's mushrooms were sent to a lab for testing, but conclusive results are not available, according to hospital officials