Food recalls are no joke, and we think it's everyone's right to know when food's no-good. That said, we try to let you know when coffee contains ingredients similar to Viagra. When chicken isn't safe, we're here to tell you. This latest recall has to do with vegetables, and it's a doozy. Here's the latest on this massive vegetable recall. Mann Packing, based in Salinas, California, is under the microscope for a recent, unintentional release of Listeria monocytogenes.
In the United States, impacted stores include: H-E-B, Archer Farms, Little Salad Bar, Mann, Mann's Culinary Cuts, Mann's Family Favorites, Mann's Snacking Favorites, Signature Farms, Cross Valley Farms, Walmart, Sysco Natural, and Trader Joe's. The list of recalled vegetable products is absolutely massive, and you can check the UPC codes of the recalled foods here.
Don't lose your cool though, diehard Trader Joe's fan. The only recalled product on the TJ's list is the 10-ounce bag of Kohlrabi Salad Blend. Other items impacted across Mann's other brands include veggie trays, salad blends, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and more. Gina Nucci, Director of Corporate Marketing at Mann Packing, explained in a statement following the recall:
"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. This voluntary recall is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers."
Customers who are concerned about the recall can contact Mann Packing's 24-hour customer line at 888-470-2681. You can also visit here to learn more. If you have purchased these products, you can return them to the location purchased.
A single positive result for Listeria monocytogenes was found during random sampling. This random sampling was conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Listeria monocytogenes can lead to extreme illness and, at times, death, which is likely the reason so many products are being voluntarily recalled.
The "best if used by" dates on the products will be between October 11 and October 20. If you're a frequent buyer of any of the above named brands, you'll definitely want to check the list out. Looking at your best by date, though, may help you out a bit. Though an unfortunate circumstance for any company, identifying food-borne bacteria is actually a good thing. We're glad we're in-the-know, and happy to put you there, too.