By: Kerry Bazany

Mann Packing, a vegetable supplier in California, has voluntarily recalled products that could have been contaminated with Listeria, according to a company representative. This recall affects pre-packaged produce including Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Meijer, Albertson’s, and Safeway across the United States and Canada.

It is important to note that no illnesses have been reported in conjunction with this recall. The contamination was discovered during a random sampling of packaged produce by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The recall was conducted in order to be precautionary. The supermarket chain Meijer, in response, has recalled broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus that were sold in six states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Additionally, Albertson’s and Safeway recalled similar products in Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Please note that this recall only impacts the products in the stores and in the states listed in the following chart. The products have Sell Through Dates up to and including October 24, 2017. They are packaged in clear plastic trays and cups in different sizes. The UPC code and Sell Through Date can be located on the store scale label.

The following recalled products were sold in Safeway stores in California, Hawaii and Nevada. Pak’N Save stores in California and Vons stores in Fresno, Clovis, and Oakhurst, California.

Product Description UPC Code Printed on Scale Label Size
Cauliflower Chopped 24105000000 8OZ
Veggies w/ Dip 24201200000 8OZ
Premium Vegetable Tray 24210800000 2lb 14OZ
Vegetables Steaming 24214000000 13OZ
Broccoli Carrots Cauliflower with Ranch Dip 330 cal 24218800000 9OZ
Broccoli Carrots & Celery w/ Ranch Dip 320 cal 24218900000 9OZ
Broccoli Carrots Grape Tomatoes & Dip 340 cal 24219000000 10OZ
Broccoli Carrots Snap Peas & Dip 340 cal 24219100000 9OZ
Carrots / Broccoli / Cauliflower 24220800000 14OZ
Broccoli / Cauliflower 24220900000 14OZ
Broccoli Florets 24221000000 14OZ
Cauliflower 24222400000 10OZ
Vegetable Tray w/ Dip 24250100000 2lb 14OZ
Tomatoes Broccoli Cheese & Ranch Dip 530 cal 24288700000 8OZ

 

The following recalled products were sold in Albertsons and Safeway stores in Colorado, Nebraska, Northwestern New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Product Description UPC Code Printed on Scale Label Size
Veggie Ranch Snack Pack 24191200000 7 OZ
Premium Vegetable Tray 24210800000 46 OZ
Vegetables Steaming 24214000000 29 OZ
Round Vegetable Tray 24222000000 38 OZ
Rectangular Vegetable Tray 24222100000 72 OZ
Sauté Kit 24261300000 20 OZ
Sauté Kit with Sauce 24261400000 10 OZ
Vegetable Medley W/ Tomato Chipotle Butter 24263200000 12 OZ
Vegetable Tray with Dip Grab n Go 24282200000 20 OZ

 

Customers who purchased the recalled product should discard or return it for a full refund. Customers who have questions about the recall can contact Mann Packing on their 24-hour consumer line at 888-470-2681 or visit veggiesmadeeasy.com/products. Customers can also contact Albertsons Companies at 1-877-723-3929 anytime.

Why is Listeria of Such Concern?

Listeria can cause serious infection in young children, elderly people, or those with compromised immune systems. Also, pregnant women are especially at risk as the infection can pass directly to the fetus. Symptoms of Listeria include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria monocytogenes can grow at refrigerator temperatures, as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). The longer ready-to-eat refrigerated foods are stored in the refrigerator, the more opportunity Listeria has to grow. Listeria monocytogenes is very hardy because it resists freezing, drying, and heat. Additionally, Listeria is particularly virulent as it can cause meningitis and spontaneous abortion, and has a mortality rate of approximately 30 percent. In fact, 32 percent of 165 culture-confirmed listerios cases could be traced to the consumption of food purchased from store delicatessen counters or from the ingestion of soft cheeses.

Listeria is a common presence in nature, found widely in such places as water, soil, infected animals, human and animal feces, raw and treated sewage, leafy vegetables, effluent from poultry and meat processing facilities, decaying corn and soybeans, improperly fermented silage, and raw (unpasteurized) milk. So why does it seem as if we, as consumers, are noticing more and more reports of foodborne illnesses such as listeriosis? One of the answers may be the globalization of the food supply, and instances of “gaps” in safe food handling procedures from farm to fork. There is also the reality of our industrialization and exposure to technology and media that highlights the incidences of foodborne illnesses and outbreaks. There is also the “evolution” of new pathogens that emanate from previously-identified ones, the increase in international travel and trade, drug-resistant pathogens, and finally, changes in the food production system.

Precaution at Home is Always Key

The basic rules are usually the simplest to follow in terms of avoiding any foodborne illness. Was hands frequently before and during the preparation of food, cook all food thoroughly, and wash raw fruits and vegetables. Additionally, avoid drinking unpasteurized milk and fruit juices as well as untreated surface water. To prevent harmful bacteria from growing in foods, always refrigerate food promptly. Make sure to cook food to its proper temperature as this ensures that harmful bacteria will be destroyed. Also of importance is preventing cross contamination by separating all uncooked food, especially meat and produce.

 

Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm581548.htm

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/23/health/listeria-recall-vegetables/index.html