There has been reports of listeria contaminations sourced from one of the largest suppliers of fresh vegetables in the country, Mann Packaging of Salinas, California. Companies in the U.S. who were forced to issue dozens of food recalls include Meijer, Whole Foods Market, and Albertsons. Listeria monocytogenes is bacteria that causes weakened immune systems or fatal infections in young children and frail adults.
On Saturday, Meijer announced that they are recalling 39 fresh vegetable produce which include broccoli florets, asparagus spears, vegetable trays, and harvest salad. These goods were sold in stores in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky that was purchased from September 27 through October 20. Mann Packaging recalled about 100 products sold at retailers which include Walmart and Trader Joe’s throughout the U.S. and Canada.
“Mann Packing is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution,” according to a US and Food and Drug Administration statement. So far, no illnesses linked to the company’s vegetables have been reported.
"As an owner of this company and a mom, providing safe and healthy foods to our consumers and their families is always our top priority," Gina Nucci, director of corporate marketing for Mann's Packing, said in a written statement Thursday. "This voluntary recall is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers."