Trader Joe’s and Green Giant Veggies Recalled Due to Listeria
Zucchini and butternut squash spirals are being recalled at Trader Joe’s stores in 29 states due to possible Listeria contamination. Several fresh Green Giant veggie products are also being recalled from smaller grocery chains across the country.
If you’ve got veggies from Green Giant or Trader Joe’s in your fridge, make sure you check the packaging before you serve them for dinner. Recently, Growers Express announced a voluntary recall of some of its fresh vegetables, including zucchini noodles, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The good news is that the recall doesn’t include any canned or frozen products, only fresh veggies, so most of the products included in the recall have “best by” dates in late June (meaning you might’ve already tossed them).
The products announced as part of the recall include packaged butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini, and butternut squash-based veggie bowl. Here’s a list of some of the grocery stores and products included in the recall:
- 5-oz. packages of Butternut Squash Spirals with the item stock keeping unit (SKU) number BCN105106, the UPC number 623391, the lot number 190614-403565, and a “best by” date of June 28, 2019. Recalled packages were sold in Alabama, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
- 5-oz. packages of Zucchini Spirals with the item SKU MSC104106, the UPC number 634908, the lot number 190617-403814, and a “best by” date of June 27, 2019. Recalled packages were sold in stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
- 1 lb. packages of Green Giant Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles “Fried Rice Blend,” with the item SKU MXC101101, the UPC number 605806000744, the lot number 190612-403101, and a “best by” date of June 28, 2019. The recalled products were sold in stores in South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
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- 5-oz. packages of Green Giant Fresh Zucchini Noodles, with the item SKU MSC104102 and the UPC number 605806000881. Lot number 190614-403567 has a “best by” date of June 26, 2019, while lot number 190617-403954 is also included and has a “best by” date of June 29, 2019. The recalled products were sold at stores in New York and Maryland.
Quite a few single-state recalls are also on the list, including Shaws stores in Massachusetts, C&S grocery stores in Maine, and Bozzutos stores in Connecticut. Other products announced in the recall include Green Giant Peeled Butternut Squash, Green Giant Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles, and Green Giant Ramen Bowls. You can see a full list of products and stores included in the recall on the FDA’s website.
The FDA is urging consumers to check their fridges for the recalled products, and to throw them away or return them to the store for a refund. Luckily, no illnesses have been reported in connection to the recall.
Symptoms of Listeria infection include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, and the infection can be fatal in young children, the elderly, and others with compromised immune systems. It can also take up to 70 days after eating contaminated food for symptoms of Listeria infection to appear. If you’re concerned that you may have eaten food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, contact your doctor or healthcare provider.