Publix recalls bakery cake products

Listeria concern in cake baking products

Author: Lisa McDonald, Assignment Editor, lmcdonald@wkmg.com
Published On: Nov 17 2012 02:56:51 PM EST
LAKELAND, Fla. -

Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for 45 various cake products due to the fact that they may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Publix received notification of the contamination from their supplier, Maplehurst, officials said.

Publix said the following products are on their recall list:

Officials said the product was distributed to Publix stores between Nov. 11, 2012 through Nov. 15, 2012 to select Florida counties, including: Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Flagler, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia.  

Officials said consumption of products containing Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infection 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, officials said.

"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," said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director.

"No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the 7" chocolate layer cake used to make these desserts. Consumers who have purchased the products in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund.

Publix customers with additional questions may call our Customer Care Center at 1-800-242-1227 or visit our website at Publix.com. Customers can also contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366)," Brous said.