Dozens of vegetable products are being pulled from grocery store shelves across the country after California-based Mann Packing announced it was recalling several of its products due to concerns that the vegetables had been contaminated with listeria, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
Mann Packaging’s recall spurred a chain of recalls from other companies who carry or use Mann Packaging’s produce products. Meijer, a Midwestern chain similar to Walmart, recalled nearly 20 different store-brand produce items from its stores in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
Randalls, Thom Thumb and Albertson’s stores in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas also yanked products under the “Ready. Chef Go!” brand of seafood meals in cooking bags because they contained produce from Mann Packaging. Triple B Corp. recalled seven CP Fresh products distributed to schools, hotels, hospitals and retail delis, as well as eight Alaska Carrot brand products sold in retail stores in Alaska.
Whole Foods recalled Veggie Power Blend, Sesame Chicken Power Salad and Mexican Chicken Power Salad products sold by the pound at 10 stores in Northern California. Safeway recalled products in Hawaii and Nevada, and Safeway and Albertson’s recalled several products in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming. Pak’N Save and Vons pulled vegetable packages in stores in California.
Other retailers that recalled produce products that were handled by Mann Packaging include Paragon Foods, which delivered broccoli florets to schools in Greater Pittsburg and Butler, Pennsylvania; Pacific Coast Fruit Company, which distributed the products to grocery stores and deli chains in Oregon and Washington; and King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming.
Listeria illnesses are generally short-term in otherwise healthy people and include symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Anyone who has eaten these vegetable products and become ill should seek medical attention, and file a report with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.