Vegetables Recalled Due To Listeria

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Mann Packing is recalling vegetable products sold at stores such as Walmart and Trader Joe's due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes.

The Salinas, California, company issued the recall across the U.S. and Canada after a single test in a random sampling proved positive for the bacteria, reports WHAS.

"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 Director of Corporate Marketing Gina Nucci in an FDA press release. "This voluntary recall is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers."

Potentially contaminated food items range from broccoli to hummus. The FDA's Oct. 19 press release offers a full list of the affected products.

Mann implores customers to throw away or return vegetable items with "best if used by" dates ranging from Oct. 11 through Oct. 20.

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While the bacteria can cause a serious infection, nobody has been reported ill so far after handling or consuming the products.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, listeria is of particular concern to pregnant women, newborns, older adults and people with weakened immune systems. Contamination can cause serious issues for these individuals.

"Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women" the FDA explains.

People often experience a variety of symptoms between one week and a month after contact. Those suffering fatigue, fever, muscle aches, and more are advised to see a doctor.

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Customers with further questions may call Mann Packing on their 24-hour consumer line at 888-470-2681 or visit veggiesmadeeasy.com/products.

However, Mann Packing is not the only company worrying about listeria.

On Oct. 20, Pennsylvania's Fresh Foods Manufacturing Co. recalled 701 pounds of "heat-treated, not fully cooked, not shelf stable chicken products" packaged from Oct. 10-16, reports the USDA.

A supplier raised the alarm on Oct. 19, prompting the recall.

The potentially dangerous food items were shipped to retail locations in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.      

Customers can call Customer Care at 1-800-553-2324 if they have questions.            

News of the listeria concerns upset a slew of users on the internet.

"This is getting ridiculous!" commented one person under the "Today" show's Facebook post warning others about the germ. "It seems like this is happening WAY too much Nowadays."

"I still don’t understand why every food item (batch) isn’t checked prior to releasing it to the public???" added another.

Sources: WHAS via 9News, USDA Press Release (2), CDC, USDA , Today/Facebook / Featured Image: liz west/Flickr / Embedded Images: Jasper Greek Golangco via Wikimedia Commons, mym via Wikimedia Commons

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