Packaged fresh vegetables sold under the Green Giant and Trader Joe's brands are being recalled because they may be contaminated with the bacteria that causes listeria, a disease that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.
The products under recall include packaged varieties of butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and a butternut squash-based veggie bowl, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement. The vegetables were packaged at a Growers Express production facility in Biddeford, Maine and sold under several brand names including Green Giant, Trader Joe's and Signature Farms, the FDA statement said.
The recall doesn't impact Green Giant canned or frozen food, it said.
The FDA is urging consumers to throw away the food and not to consume it. Consumers can also call the toll-free number on each package of food to request a refund or if they have questions, the FDA said.
Growers Express said it stopped production after the Massachusetts Department of Health notified it about a positive sample. The FDA said there are no reported illnesses.
"We are deep sanitizing the entire facility and our line equipment, as well as conducting continued testing on top of our usual battery of sanitation and quality and safety tests before resuming production,"said Tom Byrne, president of Growers Express, in the statement.
The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can lead to serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms in healthy people may include high fever, nausea and diarrhea, and listeria infections can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
Below are the recalled products by retailer. Most products are labeled with a "Best If Used By" date of June 26 – June 29, 2019, the statement said.
Big Y Foods
Ruby Robinson (PFG)
Stop & Shop