We literally JUST got over the whole Chipotle E.coli
situation, so you can imagine how freaked out we were after learning that a
similar thing is now happening at Starbucks. The coffee chain removed its sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches from its shelves due to concerns about potential listeria contamination.
The sandwich, which is made by the Wilmington, Massachusetts–based company Progressive Gourmet Inc., has been voluntarily recalled from 250 Starbucks stores in Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. The listeria apparently was detected on a contact surface in the production facility, but the sandwiches themselves did not test positive with the harmful bacteria. However, a Starbucks spokesperson told NBC News on Monday that the company is working closely with the FDA to monitor the situation and that as soon as they were made aware of the issue, they decided to pull the sandwich from shelves.
Another food recall is upsetting, but before you freak out, we did a little research to keep you up to date with exactly what's happening. Yes, it's a big deal, but after reading this, we guarantee you'll be less panicked:
It's just the breakfast sandwiches: According to reports, the listeria was only detected on a contact surface within Progressive Gourmet's production facility. The issue was specifically with sausage, egg, and cheddar sandwiches. No other products were affected.
Starbucks is being proactive: The sandwiches themselves have not actually tested positive for listeria, but because they had contact with the contaminated surface, Starbucks decided to take action.
Other states don't
have to worry: The potentially contaminated sandwiches were only sent to
Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, so if you don't live in any of those three states, you probably have nothing to worry about at all.
The date: The tainted sandwiches came in a six-ounce, clear plastic package and were marked "Best Before: 07-AUG-2016."
You can return it: If you already bought the sandwich in affected states, you can return it at the Starbucks location where you purchased it.
There have been no reports of illness so far: Symptoms of listeria can include fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. But according to Starbucks there have been no illnesses reported to date. Thank goodness.