Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp. (AFC) is now recalling several lots of edamame (soybeans) upon learning they might be infected with Listeria monocytogenes. The FDA reports that the company learned of the possible contamination during random testing performed under its Quality Assurance Program.
The recalled edamame, identified on the packaging as “Edamame – Soybeans in Pods,” is dated between 01/03/2017 and 03/17/2017 with UPC code 0-23012-00261-9. The products were refrigerated and sold at designated sushi counters within grocery stores, cafeterias and corporate dining centers in the following states: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WY.
Listeria monocytogenes are a common cause for recalls among food manufacturers with very good reason. The populations most at risk for infection are older adults and seniors, pregnant women, organ transplant patients on anti-rejection drugs, and people with weakened immune systems or other health problems, such as HIV/AIDS and other autoimmune diseases, cancer, end-stage renal disease, liver disease, alcoholism, and diabetes. The most severe infections have a mortality rate between 15-30 percent.
Consumers are urged to ensure they have not purchased the recalled edamame, and, if so, to immediately return it to the place of purchase to receive a full refund. AFC has notified all retail locations that sold the recalled product.
For more information on the edamame recall or to report an illness, contact AFC at 866-467-8744 during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.