By David Perlmutt, Charlotte Observer
Harris Teeter issued an alert Monday that the maker of Simply Potatoes products is voluntarily recalling two of its refrigerated products after a Minnesota agriculture department laboratory found traces of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in a sampling.
The voluntarily recall was issued for 20-ounce bags of Southwest Style Hash Browns, UPC# 20169-22236 that were to be used by March 29 to April 3; and 20-ounce bags of Homestyle Slices, UPC# 20169-22237, and were to be used within the same timeframe.
As a precaution, Harris Teeter has pulled the items from its store shelves until further notice.
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The bacteria can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious disease marked by fever, muscle aches, stiff neck and nausea or diarrhea. For a period of five days to three weeks after injesting the bacteria, Listeria can access all body areas, including the central nervous system, heart and eyes. Anyone experiencing these problems should seek medical attention. Infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at greater risk.
There are no reports of illnesses stemming from the refrigerated potatoes, produced by Northern Star Co., Minnesota officials said.
In a statement, Northern Star officials said that consumers can return the products to the store where they bought them for a full refund or replacement. The company set up a hotline at 1-800-228-8105.