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
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
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.”
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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