The 1-pound bags of green beans, marketed under the “Hippie Organics” label, were sold at Aldi, Lidl, and Whole Foods. The affected clear plastic bags have the lot number “313-626” on the back on a small white label.
“No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem,” the recall notice says. “The problem has been found to be isolated to the identified lot and the company has taken corrective actions to prevent a recurrence.”
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing found Listeria monocytogenes in lot No. 313-626. The bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, older adults, and others with weak immune systems.
In healthy people, listeria infection can cause short-term symptoms such as a high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, belly pain, and diarrhea. But infections among pregnant women can potentially cause miscarriages and stillbirths, according to the recall notice.
Listeria contamination can sometimes be found in packaged vegetables, according to United Press International. Earlier this year, the CDC investigated an outbreak that involved packaged Dole-brand salads, which were linked to two deaths and 17 illnesses.
The recalled “Hippie Organics 1lbs French Beans” were distributed in Aldi (Florida), Lidl (Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Caroline, Virginia) and Whole Foods (Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland).
If you bought the green beans, you can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund, according to the recall notice. Consumers with questions can also contact Alpine Fresh at 866-827-3362.