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Edamame Recall Should Not Have a Significant Effect on CNY Restaurants

Edamame is being pulled off CNY grocery shelves because of listeria fears. (c) 2017 Biko Skalla


By Biko Skalla SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – A national brand of edamame is being pulled off central New York grocery store shelves because of fears it has been contaminated by potentially fatal listeria bacteria.

Advanced Fresh Concepts announced the recall after random testing of their edamame showed a potential listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Listeria can be deadly for young children, frail or older adults,  pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But for the majority of people listeria can cause short term symptoms like a headache, stomach pain, a fever, stiffness, nausea, and diarrhea.

When it comes to eating edamame at one of your local Japanese restaurants, Waz Niein, the owner and chef of Aloha Japanese Bento Express in Syracuse, said there should be no concern for listeria because of regular county health inspections that ensure all food is safe to serve.

“Inspection is very good for employer, employee, and then customer. They make sure for us, for us, make something wrong, no more business for us.”

Niein also said that he trusts Japanese restaurant chefs to take good care of edamame, whereas he is not as sure about American companies like Advanced Fresh Concepts to properly handle traditional Japanese food.

“Edamame is a Japanese traditional food, they know how to take care of it… I have a confidence I know how to control. But American companies have to learn.”

Elias Preciado, a Junior at Syracuse University, said he is not worried about eating edamame at local Japanese restaurants either.

“Spinach gets like recalled like once a year and people still eat it, so I think it’d be the same.”

It looks like Niein and Preciado are right to be confident in local edamame, as according to the FDA, no illnesses have been reported so far.