Fresh Vegetable Products Recalled for Listeria Risk

Many national retail brands (including DelMonte, Walmart, Kroger, HEB, and Trader Joe’s) are recalling fresh vegetables products from Mann Packing Co. Inc.  The recall is a response to notifications by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The recalled products have a “Best If Enjoyed By” date of October 11, 2019, to November 16, 2019.  Consumers who believe that they are in possession of any of the products affected by this recall should dispose of the product in an appropriate waste container.

Upwards of hundreds of products are being recalled in the U.S. and Canada.  A complete list of recalled products is here.

Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.  An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die.  The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of Listeriosis

  • Listeriosis can cause different symptoms, depending on the person and the part of the body affected.
    • Pregnant women typically experience only fever and other flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue and muscle aches.  However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
    • People other than pregnant women: Symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches.
  • People with invasive listeriosis usually report symptoms starting 1 to 4 weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria. Some people have reported symptoms starting as late as 70 days after exposure or as early as the same day of exposure.
  • Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics.

Check your refrigerator for this product and stay food-safe.

Authored by: Barb Ingham
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