Green Giant and Trader Joe’s Supplier Issue Vegetables Recall Over Listeria Concerns

Fresh vegetables sold under the Trader Joe’s and Green Giant Fresh brands have recently been recalled over potential listeria contamination concerns.  According to the Food and Drug Administration, some packaged varieties of butternut squash, cauliflower, and zucchini, as well as a butternut squash-based veggie bowl may have been contaminated with listeria.

The recall actually pertains to a supplier called Growers Express, who sources their products to companies like Green Giant Fresh and Trader Joe’s.  Apparently, the products had all originated from a Grower’s Express production facility located in Biddeford, Maine.  Also, the products have a “Best if Used By” date between June 26 and June 29, 2019; and would have been sold not only at Trader Joe’s stores but also other major retailers like Shaws, Big Y, and Stop & Shop. 

Specifically, the recalled products include: 

  • Green Giant Fresh Butternut Squash, Cubed
  • Green Giant Fresh Butternut Squash, Diced
  • Green Giant Fresh Cauliflower “Fried Rice” Blend
  • Green Giant Fresh Cauliflower Sweet Potato
  • Green Giant Fresh Zucchini Noodles
  • Green Giant Ramen Bowl
  • Signature Farms Cauliflower Crumble
  • Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Spirals
  • Trader Joe’s Zucchini Spirals

Listeria, of course, is a microorganism that is known to cause serious—and sometimes fatal—infections, particularly in young children and the elderly. Those with weaker immune systems—by disease or otherwise—are also at a higher risk.  Healthier individuals could suffer short-term symptoms that are a little more mild (non-life threatening) and include high fever, stiffness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, confusion and severe headaches.  In addition, listeria can result in miscarriage or stillbirth among pregnant women. Most people report symptoms of Listeriosis between one and four weeks after infection.

Growers Express president Tom Byrne comments, “The safety of our consumers is our first priority. We self-reported the need for this recall to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and stopped production immediately after being notified of a single positive sample by the Massachusetts Department of Health. 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.”

For more information about the company, the products, and the recall, you can visit www.growersexpress.com/voluntaryrecall.

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