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Publix issues recall of nearly four dozen cake, bakery products

Publix Super Markets pulled nearly four dozen kinds of cakes and bakery desserts from many of its stores on Friday because of a possible bacterial contamination.

The Lakeland-based grocer issued a voluntary recall for 45 products after receiving a notification from its supplier, Maplehurst Bakeries, that they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products, many of them chocolate items including the Chocolate Ganache Cake, were distributed to Publix stores across Florida between Sunday and Thursday and were removed by Friday.

"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 one has been reported ill from the products, said Publix spokeswoman Shannon Patten.

The bacteria can cause serious infections in young children, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms can include fever, headache, stiffness, nausea and diarrhea.

Customers who purchased the items may return them to their local store for a refund. For more information, call the Publix Customer Care Center at (800) 242-1227.