By Miriam Raftery
October 25, 2017 (San Diego) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a massive recall of processed vegetable products due to possible Listeria contamination. The products were packaged by Mann Packing of Salinas, California and sold through multiple brands at major retailers in the U.S. and Canada including Trader Joe’s and Walmart.
Recalled products sold in the U.S. include the brands Archer Farms, HEB, Little Salad Bar, Mann, Mann Culinary Cuts, Mann’s Family Favorites, Mann’s Snacking Favorites, Signature Farms, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Cross Family Farms. Products included salads, slaws, bowls, vegetable medleys, and individual vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and more. View the complete 25-page list of recalled products here: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm581389.htm.
All had “best if used by” dates from October 11 to October 20th on the front of the packages. Consumers should discard the recalled products or return them to retailers for a full refund.
Although no illnesses have yet been tied to the recall, Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weak immune systems. Healthy people may have only short-term symptoms such as high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. But Listeria is most dangerous in pregnant women, since it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
Consumers with questions can call a 24-hour consumer hotline at 888-470-2681.
Gina Nucci, director of corporate marketing for Mann’s, says providing safe and healthy foods is the company’s top priority, adding, “This voluntary recall is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our customers.”