By Brenda Goodman
WebMD Health News
Tailgating this weekend? Check your cooler for Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread.
If you have a 7-ounce container with a sell-by date of April 30, 2017, it may be contaminated with Listeria bacteria.
In healthy adults, Listeria infections usually cause short-term misery like a high fever, bad headache, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The infection can be more serious and even life-threatening, though, for young children, the elderly, and anyone with a weakened immune system. A listeria infection can cause a miscarriage or stillbirth in pregnant women.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture discovered the contamination during random testing.
If you’ve got part of the bad batch, the company says you should return it to the store where you bought it for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-532-0409 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.