Listeria contamination prompts packaged vegetable recall

WASHINGTON — Check the dates on your packaged veggies. A California company has recalled many of its vegetable products due to a possible listeria contamination.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency found a single positive result of listerai monocytogenes in a sample of Mann Packing’s products during a random sampling, according to an Oct. 19 news release from the Food and Drug Administration.

Mann Packing vegetable products sold at Trader Joe’s and Wal-Mart throughout the U.S. and Canada with “best if used by” dates ranging from Oct. 11 to Oct. 20 are affected by the voluntary recall.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the products, according to the FDA.

The organism found in the sampling can cause serious infections in young children, the elderly and others with weak immune systems. Listeria infection can also cause fevers, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Pregnant women infected with listeria can experience miscarriages and stillbirths.

Anyone who has purchased any of the recalled products are encouraged to discard them or return them where they were purchased for a full refund.

A full list off all the recalled products can be found on the FDA’s website.

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