Photo courtesy Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Pea shoots recalled over listeria concerns

Golden Pearl Mushrooms Ltd. has recalled its pea shoots in Alberta and British Columbia after listeria was found in the product.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency triggered the recall after conducting tests that discovered the bacteria. The agency urged the public to throw out or return any of the following products they may have purchased.

“Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick,” the recall said. “Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.”

While pregnant women usually only experience mild symptoms, listeria can cause premature birth and even stillbirth, the CFIA added. People can die from the affliction in the most severe cases.

The CFIA said there have been no reported illnesses associated with eating the recalled pea shoots.