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Listeria Scare Prompts Nationwide Recall of Veggies

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Mann Packing of Salinas, California, has issued a voluntary recall of minimally processed vegetable products sold in stores across the U.S. and Canada due to a possible listeria contamination. The recall comes from what the company calls an “abundance of caution” after a single positive result was found during a random sampling conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The affected products have “best if used by” dates from October 11 to October 20 listed on the front of the packaging and were sold across the U.S. and Canada at stores including Alberton’s, Safeway, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Meijer and Whole Foods. Brands include: Compliments, Mann, Western Family, Archer Farms, HEB, Signature Farms, Little Salad Bar, Trader Joe’s and Walmart.

Although, public health officials have not reported any illnesses related to these products and the recall comes from an “abundance of caution,” it should not be taken lightly especially if you are pregnant or have a newborn.

Listeria is a serious and sometimes fatal infection that is usually caused by eating food that has been contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. It is most likely to affect pregnant women, newborns, elderly people or anyone with a weakened immune system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 1,600 people a year get listeriosis and it results in approximately 260 deaths a year.

Healthy individuals may only suffer from short-term symptoms that can include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, but the consequences for pregnant women and newborns can be devastating. Listeria can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and preterm labor in pregnant women, and can spread from a pregnant woman to her developing fetus. In newborns, the infection can lead to serious illness or even death.

“As an owner of this company and a mom, providing safe and healthy foods to our consumers and their families is always our top priority,” said Gina Nucci, director of corporate marketing for Mann Packing. “This voluntary recall is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers.”

You can find a full list of all recalled products and UPC codes on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

If you have any of the recalled items, do not eat them. Throw them away or return them to wherever you purchased them from for a full refund. If you have any questions, you can contact Mann Packing via their 24-hour consumer line at 888-470-2681.

Be careful, stay healthy and share this information to help keep others safe.

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