What Is Listeria? Contamination Concerns Prompt Mass Vegetable Recall

This is the first of seven sheets of products involved in the current Mann's recall. See bottom of story for the full product list. Images courtesy of Mann's

According to the FDA's announcement Thursday, Mann Packing issued the recall because of a "single positive result" found in a product during random sampling in Canada.

The foods were voluntarily recalled over concerns about the possibility of listeria contamination. There haven't been any reported cases of people falling ill from consuming any contaminated product, but it's better to be safe than sorry, of course.

People with invasive listeriosis usually report symptoms starting 1 to 4 weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria; some people have reported symptoms starting as late as 70 days after exposure or as early as the same day of exposure.

The products were sold as store brands at several major national retailers, including Walmart, Trader Joe's, Target, Meijer, Safeway, and Whole Foods.

The products were distributed with the "best if used by" dates of October 11-20, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration report.

Among the biggest retail recalls, stemming from Mann Packing's, is Meijer's.

Trader Joe's: 10-ounce bags of kohlrabi salad blend are being recalled. The Grand Rapids, Mich. -based chain announced on Saturday that it is recalling 39 fresh vegetable products, such as vegetable trays, broccoli florets, asparagus spears and shareable autumn harvest salad.

Nine vegetable products at Walmart are being recalled including bags of broccoli, cauliflower and vegetable medleys.

Consumers who have purchased any recalled products are urged not to consume them, and to discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. "This voluntary recall is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers". Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, according to the FDA.

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