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Meijer Inc. has announced a recall of packaged vegetables in six U.S. states due to potential contamination of listeria monocytogens bacteria. This can cause serious and even fatal infections in young children, pregnant women, frail or elderly people and those with weakened immune systems.
Meijer received notice of a possible contamination from Mann Packing– a Meijer supplier based in Salinas, California — which sources the Meijer branded produce items, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (USDA.) As of Sunday, Meijer, which is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said no illnesses have been reported.
This recall affects 35 vegetable products, including cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, and party trays sold in Meijer-branded plastic or foam packing in the following states: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. Affected vegetables were sold between Sept. 27 and Oct. 20. For a full list of products included in this recall, check this chart from the FDA.
Signs of listeriosis
According to the FDA, healthy individuals infected with listeria monocytogens bacteria may suffer short-term symptoms — like high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1,600 people develop listeriosis each year and 260 die from it — making it the third most deadly form of food poisoning in the nation.
What you should do
If you purchased an affected product, you should stop using it and either throw it away, or return it to the customer service desk at any Meijer location for a full refund. Contact Meijer at 800-543-3704 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) for more information.
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