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Recall: Fresh Vegetables for Listeria Risk

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This story was updated on July 17, 2019, with an additional recall.

July 2, 2019 -- Packaged butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini, and a butternut squash-based veggie bowl sold under the brands of Trader Joe’s, Green Giant, and Signature Farms have been recalled due to potential listeria contamination.

The fresh vegetable products originated from a Growers Express production facility in Biddeford, ME, and were distributed across the United States. Most were sold in stores in Connecticut, Maine, and Pennsylvania. No frozen or canned products are affected.

Most of the affected products are labeled with a “Best If Used By” Date of June 26-June 29, 2019.

On July 15, Growers Express  expanded the recall to include fresh brussels sprouts, fresh cauliflower florets and fresh green beans. Most of the affected products are labeled with a “Best If Used By” Date between June 25–July 11, 2019.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems, the FDA says. Healthy people may have short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. It can alsocause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Tom Byrne, president of Growers Express, says in a statement that the company self-reported the problem to the FDA and “stopped production immediately after being notified of a single positive sample by the Massachusetts Department of Health. We are deep sanitizing the entire facility and our line equipment, as well as conducting continued testing on top of our usual battery of sanitation and quality and safety tests before resuming production.”

People who purchased any of the recalled products are urged not to eat them and to throw the products away.

See Growers Express for a full list of stores, states, and products affected.

WebMD Health News Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on July 02, 2019

Sources

FDA.gov: “Growers Express Issues Voluntary Recall of Multiple Fresh Vegetable Products Due to Potential Contamination of Listeria monocytogenes”

FDA.gov: “Growers Express Expands Voluntary Recall of Select Fresh Vegetable Products Due to Potential Contamination of Listeria monocytogenes

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