If you picked up some vegetables in the past few weeks or so, then you should double check to see if your purchases ended up in this massive recall. Mann Packing in Salinas has issued a recall for vegetables sold in the United States and Canada, mostly from Walmart, Safeway/Albertsons and Trader Joe's grocery stores, reports KRON 4. The recall is over listeria outbreak concerns, as a random sampling of some of Mann Packing's products tested positive for the bacteria. There haven't been any reported cases of people falling ill from consuming any contaminated product, but it's better to be safe than sorry, of course.
One way to tell if your purchase is part of the recall is to check the "best by" date. Affected products have a best by date that reads anywhere between October 11th and 20th. If you suspect that your product may be contaminated, you can check the Food and Drug Administration's full report, which has brand names, descriptions, and UPC codes. The Chron also created a helpful, condensed list of the recalled products:
Walmart store brand Broccoli Florets; Broccoli Cauliflower Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Stir Fry Medley; Cauliflower Florets; Cauliflower; Super Blend and Vegetable Medley.
Trader Joe's store brand Kohlrabi Salad Blend.
Aldi store brand Little Salad Bar Broccoli Florets and Broccoli Slaw.
Safeway and Albertson's store brand, Signature Farms, Meat & Cheese Tray; Broccoli Cauliflower Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Broccoli Stir Fry; Broccoli Florets; Veggie Tray with Ranch Dip; Vegetable Medley; and Veggie & Hummus Tray.
H-E-B store brand Broccoli Carrots; Broccoli Cauliflower; Broccoli Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad; Veggie Toss Kit; Caulibit Mushroom Sauce; Caulibits Chopped Cauliflower; Cauliflower Florets; Fiesta Salad; Power Slaw; Stir Fry Medley; and Vegetable Medley.
Archer Farms Broccoli Florets; Broccoli Cauliflower Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Broccoli Medley; Cauliflower Florets; Brussels Sprouts; and Shaved Brussels Sprouts.
Cross Valley Farms restaurant food service bags of Shaved Brussels Sprouts; Cauliflower Florets; Spiral Cut Kohlrabi; and Superfood Slaw.
Sysco Natural restaurant food service bags of Broccoli Cole Slaw.
If you have any of the above products, then the FDA advises that you either discard it immediately or return it to its point of purchase for a full refund. Mann Packing also says that if you have any other questions, you can reach out to them at 1-888-470-2681 or visit veggiesmadeeasy.com/products.
According to the CDC, listeria has a variety of symptoms associated with it, though it can often cause fever or diarrhea like many other foodborne illnesses. Pregnant women, older folks, and people with weakened immune systems are especially at risk for further infection if exposed to listeria or listeriosis.