“Minimally Processed” Vegetable Products Recalled for Possible Listeria

One of the many products affected under the Mann Produce recall for possible Listeria contamination. Source: US FDA
One of the many products affected under the Mann Produce recall for possible Listeria contamination. Source: US FDA

Originally published October 23; updated October 26, 2017 with additional recalls at end.

On October 19, 2017, Mann Packing of Salinas, California issued a voluntarily recall of minimally processed vegetable products for possible contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Mann Packing issued the recall in response to a single positive result found on one of their products during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Mann Packing is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution. To date, public health officials have not reported any illnesses associated with these products.

The recalled product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled products were distributed throughout the United States and Canada with “best if used by” dates from October 11 to October 20 listed on the front of the packaging. For recalled products distributed at retail and foodservice, product names, UPC codes and “best if used by” dates are available in this Mann’s PDF. Brands affected include Mann, Archer Farms, HEB, Little Salad Bar, Signature Farms, Trader Joe’s Walmart, and more.

Mann Packing is fully cooperating with US and Canadian health officials on this recall. Mann Packing is contacting all affected customers to confirm that the recalled product is removed from store shelves.

Consumers who have purchased any recalled products listed below are urged not to consume them, discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with further questions may contact Mann Packing on their 24-hour consumer line at 1.888.470.2681 or visit veggiesmadeeasy.com/products.

“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,” said Gina Nucci, Director of Corporate Marketing. “This voluntary recall is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers.”

Following the Mann’s recall, additional Listeria-related recalls were issued due to use of Mann’s products by other food companies:

H-E-B Issues a Voluntary Precautionary Recall For Certain Single Serving Soups Sold In The Produce Section

Issued October 20, 2017:  In accordance with Mann Packing of Salinas, California, H-E-B announced that it had issued a voluntary recall for certain H-E-B single-serving soups made with vegetable products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. As part of a larger recall affecting several retailers, Mann Packing recalled affected vegetable products on October 19, which were supplied to H-E-B and used in H-E-B Asian Noodle Soup Cups Beef and Chicken.

There have not been any reports of illness regarding the soups made with product supplied by Mann Packing purchased from H-E-B stores. All product has been removed from H-E-B stores.

H-E-B is asking customers that may have purchased one of these products to return it to their nearest H-E-B store for a full refund.

The recall affects product sold in H-E-B stores in Texas, including the following:

PRODUCT UPC
H-E-B Asian Noodle Cup Beef 26010400000
H-E-B Asian Noodle Cup Chicken 26010100000

Customers who purchased the affected products can return the products to the store for a full refund. Customers with any questions or concerns may contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1.855.432.4438, Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm (Central Standard Time).

Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and Pak N’ Save Stores in Eight States Voluntarily Recall Several Fresh Vegetable Trays and Cups

Issued October 20, 2017:  In cooperation with the Mann Packing recall of minimally processed vegetable products due to possible Listeria monocytogenescontamination, Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and Pak N’ Save stores in eight states are voluntarily recalling certain fresh vegetable trays and cups that include vegetables that are subject to the Mann Packing recall.

This recall impacts only the products in the stores and states listed below. The products have Sell Thru Dates up to and including 10-24-17 (October 24, 2017) and are packaged in clear plastic trays and cups of various sizes. The UPC code and Sell Thru Date can be found on the store scale label.

The following recalled products were sold in Safeway stores in California, Hawaii and Nevada; Pak’N Save stores in California; and Vons stores in Fresno, Clovis and Oakhurst, California.

Product Description UPC Code Printed on Scale Label Size
Cauliflower Chopped 24105000000 8OZ
Veggies w/ Dip 24201200000 8OZ
Premium Vegetable Tray 24210800000 2lb 14OZ
Vegetables Steaming 24214000000 13OZ
Broccoli Carrots Cauliflower with Ranch Dip 330 cal 24218800000 9OZ
Broccoli Carrots & Celery w/ Ranch Dip 320 cal 24218900000 9OZ
Broccoli Carrots Grape Tomatoes & Dip 340 cal 24219000000 10OZ
Broccoli Carrots Snap Peas & Dip 340 cal 24219100000 9OZ
Carrots / Broccoli / Cauliflower 24220800000 14OZ
Broccoli / Cauliflower 24220900000 14OZ
Broccoli Florets 24221000000 14OZ
Cauliflower 24222400000 10OZ
Vegetable Tray w/ Dip 24250100000 2lb 14OZ
Tomatoes Broccoli Cheese & Ranch Dip 530 cal 24288700000 8OZ

The following recalled products were sold in Albertsons and Safeway stores in Colorado, Nebraska, Northwestern New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Product Description UPC Code Printed on Scale Label Size
Veggie Ranch Snack Pack 24191200000 7 OZ
Premium Vegetable Tray 24210800000 46 OZ
Vegetables Steaming 24214000000 29 OZ
Round Vegetable Tray 24222000000 38 OZ
Rectangular Vegetable Tray 24222100000 72 OZ
Sauté Kit 24261300000 20 OZ
Sauté Kit with Sauce 24261400000 10 OZ
Vegetable Medley W/ Tomato Chipotle Butter 24263200000 12 OZ
Vegetable Tray with Dip Grab n Go 24282200000 20 OZ

No illnesses or injuries have been reported in connection with the Mann Packing recall. These products have been recalled out of an abundance of caution.

Customers who purchased the recalled product should discard or return it for a full refund. Customers who have questions about the recall can contact Mann Packing on their 24-hour consumer line at 1.888.470.2681 or visit veggiesmadeeasy.com/products. Customers can also contact Albertsons Companies at 1.877.723.3929.

Whole Foods Market Recalls Salads from 10 Northern California Stores

Issued October 20, 2017:  In response to Mann Packing’s recall, Whole Foods Market announced that it is voluntarily recalling some salads from ten stores in Northern California out of an abundance of caution. Mann Packing issued the recall because the vegetables may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The Whole Foods Market recall includes Veggie Power Blend, Sesame Chicken Power Salad, and Mexican Chicken Power Salad that were sold by the pound on salad bars between September 28, 2017 and October 20, 2017.

The products were sold at the following Whole Foods Market stores:

  • 4315 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA
  • 690 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA
  • 414 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA
  • 3950 24th Street, San Francisco, CA
  • 621 E. Washington Street, Petaluma, CA
  • 450 Rhode Island, San Francisco, CA
  • 340 Third Street, San Rafael, CA
  • 100 Sunset Drive, San Ramon, CA
  • 201 West Napa Street #11, Sonoma, CA
  • 2941 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA

Customers who purchased this product at Whole Foods Market can bring a valid receipt into stores for a full refund. Consumers with additional questions can call 1.844.936.8255 Monday through Friday, 7am-10pm (CST), or Saturday-Sunday, 8am-6pm (CST).

Triple B Corporation (Anchorage, Alaska) Recalls Salad Kits and Stir Fry Mixes

Issued October 21, 2017:  Triple B Corporation of Anchorage, Alaska is voluntarily recalling broccoli florette’s, stir fry kit, vegie trays w/ cauliflower, and a veggie pack combo, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The broccoli used in processing these items has been recalled by our vendor Mann Packing of Salinas, California.

The following recalled products were distributed in state of Alaska through retail store delis.

Item Description Size UPC Codes
Broccoli Crunch Kit 1 x 6 lb. per case 97327 10070 8 Pack Date: 10/20/17. Use by: 10/27/17
Broccoli Florette 1 x 3 lb. per case 45009 00410 9 Use By: 10/27/17
Stir Fry Kit 1 x 11 lb. per case 45009 85749 1 Use By: 10/27/17
Veggie Medley 12 x 16 oz. per case 97327 05006 3 Pack Date: 10/20/17. Use by: 10/29/17
Veggie Pack Combo 12 x 12 oz. per case 45009 35124 1 Pack Date 10/21/17. Use By: 10/30/17
Veggie Platter 4 x 48 oz. per case 97327 07008 5 Pack Date: 10/20/17. Use by: 10/29/17
Veggie Tray w/Dip (12″) 2 x 32 oz. per case 45009 01155 8 Pack Date: 10/21/17. Use by: 10/30/17
Vegie Tray w/ Cauliflower 2 x 32 oz. per case 45009 00633 2 Use By: 10/27/17

At this time there has been no reported illness associated with these products and we have received no complaints regarding our products.

We were informed by our vendor that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s random sampling found a single positive result for Listeria monocytogenes on a Mann Packing Power Blend bagged salad product.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who may have any of the products listed in this recall alert are urged not to consume and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with any questions may contact Michael Ruff, Director of Food Safety for Triple B, at 206.577.9852 Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm (PST).

Triple B Corporation (Seattle, Washington) Recalls Salad Kits and Stir Fry Mixes

Issued October 21, 2017:  Triple B Corporation of Seattle, Washington is voluntarily recalling salad kits and stir fry mixes due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The broccoli used in processing these items has been recalled by our vendor Mann Packing of Salinas, California.

The following recalled salad kits and stir fry mixes were distributed in the states of Oregon and Washington through retail store delis, hospitals, schools and hotels.

Item Description Size UPC Codes
Asparagus Salad Kit 1 x 5 lb. per case 45009 85722 4 Cut On: 10/8/2017
Broccoli Salad Kit 1 x 8 lb. per case 45009 85362 2 Use by Dates: 10/14/2017 to 10/216/2017
Kit, Thai Veggie 1 x 5 lb. per case 45009 85454 4 Use By: 10/4/17 to 10/16/2017
Mix Stir Fry Veg-LG 6 x 20 oz. per case 45009 85517 6 Packed On: 10/6/2017
Salad Kit, Super Slaw CPF 1 x 6 lb. per case 45009 87788 8 Use by Dates: 10/15/2017 to 10/21/2017
Stir Fry (GL) 4 x 10 oz. per case 45009 85367 7 Use by Dates: 10/10/2017 to 10/17/2017
Stir Fry Mix – BULK 1 x 5 lb. per case 45009 85374 5 Cut on Dates: 10/4/2017 to 10/11/2017

At this time there has been no reported illness associated with these products and we have received no complaints regarding our products.

We were informed by our vendor that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s random sampling found a single positive result for Listeria monocytogenes on a Mann Packing Power Blend bagged salad product.

Consumers who may have any of the products listed in this recall alert are urged not to consume and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with any questions may contact Michael Ruff, Director of Food Safety for Triple B, at 206.577.9852 Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm (PST).

Meijer Recalls Meijer Brand Packaged Produce

Issued October 21, 2017:  Meijer is announcing a recall of various packaged Meijer brand produce items due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall affects the following products sold in Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin purchased September 27, 2017 through October 20, 2017. The items will be in plastic containers or foam trays with printed labels with various sizes and weights.

UPC UPC Description
0-0-4548-3 BROCCOLI FLORETS 3 LB
0-0-4566-7 CAULIFLOWER FLORETS 3 LB BAG
0-71651-90035-3 CAULIFLOWER FLORETTS (EDI)
0-71651-90384-2 CAULIFLOWER FLORETTS
0-72668-20001-6 BROCCOLI FLORETS LB
2-13760-00000-9 Markets of Meijer SALAD ROTINI MOZZARELLA MEDLEY
2-17879-00000-4 Markets of Meijer SALAD ROTINI MOZZARELLA MEDLEY
2-19106-00000-9 ASPARAGUS SPEARS
2-19489-00000-9 ASPARAGUS SPEARS WITH GARLIC PARMESAN
2-19744-00000-3 Markets of Meijer SALAD ROTINI MOZZARELLA MEDLEY G&G
2-20185-00000-2 STORE MADE VEGETABLE TRAY
2-20186-00000-1 STORE MADE VEGETABLE TRAY W/DIP
2-20582-00000-1 FIESTA TRAY WITH RED PEPPER HUMMUS
2-20782-00000-9 BRUSSELS SPROUTS SLICES
2-20785-00000-6 ZUCCHINI AND SQUASH COMBO
2-20786-00000-5 ZUCCHINI SQUASH
2-20787-00000-4 MIXED PEPPER BLEND
2-21233-00000-5 CAULIFLOWER FLORETS PLU 4566
2-21234-00000-4 BROCCOLI FLORETS PLU 4548
2-22077-00000-8 VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY LARGE
2-22091-00000-8 VEGETABLE TRAY WITH HUMMUS
2-22097-00000-2 VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY SMALL
2-22098-00000-1 VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY MEDIUM
2-22099-00000-0 VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY LARGE
2-29523-00000-1 PRE-PACKAGED BROCCOLI FLORETS
2-29524-00000-0 PRE-PACKAGED CAULIFLOWER FLORETS
2-29525-00000-9 PRE-PACKAGED CAUL/BROC FLORETS
7-08820-24604-1 CAULI FLORETS 3 LB BAG
7-16519-00356-1 CAULIFLOWER FLORETTS LB
7-16519-01015-6 BROCCOLI FLORETS 3 LB BAG
7-16519-03849-5 CAULIFLOWER FLORETS
7-16519-03871-6 CAULIFLOWER FLORETS
7-19283-76392-1 VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY SMALL
7-19283-76409-6 VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY MEDIUM
7-19283-76412-6 VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY LARGE

Meijer received notice of a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination from Mann Packing, a Meijer supplier based in Salinas, Calif. that sources the Meijer branded produce items. Mann Packing informed Meijer that evidence of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination had been identified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Customers should stop using the product and either dispose of it or return it to the customer service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund. For additional information, please contact Meijer at 1.800.543.3704, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com.

Randalls, Tom Thumb and Albertsons Stores in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas Voluntarily Recall Ready. Chef. Go! Seafood Meal Bags

Issued October 21, 2017:  In cooperation with the Mann Packing recall of minimally processed vegetable products due to possible Listeria monocytogenescontamination, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas only are voluntarily recalling Ready. Chef. Go! seafood meal bags. The bags include vegetables that are subject to the Mann Packing recall.

This recall impacts only the Ready. Chef. Go! products listed below with Sell Thru Dates up to and including 10-22-17 (October 22, 2017). The products are packaged in clear cooking bags and are sold from refrigerated cases in the meat/seafood department or from mobile refrigerated merchandise cases. The UPC code and Sell Thru Date can be found on the store scale label.

Product Name UPC Code beginning with the following numbers
Ready. Chef. Go! Flounder Fillet 231495
Ready. Chef. Go! Halibut Fillet 231694
Ready. Chef. Go! Atlantic Salmon Fillet 231727
Ready. Chef. Go! Haddock Fillet 231864
Ready. Chef. Go! Sea Bass Fillets 232083
Ready. Chef. Go! Mahi Mahi Fillet 232426
Ready. Chef. Go! Ocean Perch Fillet 233009
Ready. Chef. Go! Organic Salmon Fillet 233510
Ready. Chef. Go! 16/20 ct. Shrimp 234361
Ready. Chef. Go! 26/30 ct. Shrimp 234362
Ready. Chef. Go! 41/50 ct. Shrimp 234363
Ready. Chef. Go! 21/25 ct. Gulf Shrimp 234364
Ready. Chef. Go! Snapper Fillet 234429
Ready. Chef. Go! Steelhead Trout Fillet 234702
Ready. Chef. Go! Swordfish Loins 234745
Ready. Chef. Go! Tilapia Fillet 234779
Ready. Chef. Go! Trout Fillet 234929
Ready. Chef. Go! Tuna Loins 235116
Ready. Chef. Go! Kingclip Fillet 239670
Ready. Chef. Go! Catfish Fillet 239970

No illnesses or injuries have been reported in connection with the Mann Packing. The Ready. Chef. Go! seafood meal bags have been recalled out of an abundance of caution.

Customers who purchased the recalled product should discard or return it for a full refund. Customers who have questions about the recall can contact Mann Packing on their 24-hour consumer line at 1.888.470.2681. Customers can also contact Albertsons Companies at 1.877.723.3929 anytime.

Paragon Foods Recalls 1.7 Ounce Bagged Broccoli Florets

Issued October 23, 2017:  Paragon Wholesale Foods Corp., of Warrendale, PA, is recalling several lots of 1.7 ounce Broccoli Florets in response to a nationwide recall by one of its suppliers, Mann Packing (Salinas, CA) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled broccoli florets were distributed to multiple schools in the Greater Pittsburgh and Butler, PA areas between 10/9/2017 and 10/16/2017. These customers have all been contacted directly and the affected products were removed on Thursday, October 19, 2017 when the firm was first notified of the recall by their supplier.

The product comes in a 1/2 cup (1.7 oz), clear plastic bag marked with the “Just Cut” logo on the front with a Best by date of 10/16/17 or 10/23/2017 stamped on the rear. This product was distributed in food service packages only and was not distributed to any retail locations.

Mann Packing, the original supplier of the broccoli florets, conducted a nationwide recall of various cut vegetables due to a report that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s random sampling found a single positive result for Listeria monocytogenes on a Mann Packing Power Blend bagged salad product.

No other products from Paragon Foods are involved at this time, and to date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this problem.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Edd Dwyer, Food Safety Manager at 724.741.9139. Phones will be monitored 7 days per week. Members of the media with questions regarding the recall can contact John McClelland, Chief Operating Officer, at 724.741.9156.

Pacific Coast Fruit Company Recalls Various Prepared Foods Vegetable Products Because of a Possible Health Risk

Issued October 23, 2017:  Pacific Coast Fruit Company in Portland, Oregon is voluntarily recalling multiple types of bagged processed salads based on the potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.

Pacific Coast Fruit utilized a portion of the Mann Packing’s affected products in our retail and food service processed bagged salads. Please see attached list below for specific products entered into commerce, including UPC codes, Pacific Coast Fruit Item Numbers, and Best if Use By Dates or Production Dates.

Pacific Coast recalled products were distributed to selected grocery, restaurant and deli chains in Oregon and Washington.

The recalled retail salads are packed in a 10 oz, 16 oz, 20 oz, 25 oz plastic clamshell style and value-added food service items are packed in 5 lbs – 20 lbs food service salad bags.

There have been NO reported illnesses associated with this recall to date. This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have purchased this product should not consume it and are urged to return it to the place of purchase or destroy the product. Consumer with questions can contact Pacific Coast Fruit at 503-234-6411 between the hours of 8 am-4:30 pm PST Monday to Friday.

Pacific Coast Fruit Recalls Retail Salads

Description Item Number Brand UPC Code Best Used By Dates
Carnival Cauli Florets 6/16 oz 73633 New Seasons Market 10200 24467 10/11/17-10/26/17
Small Veg Tray w/Dressing 10 oz 71675 Pacific Coast Fruit 20728 01713 10/12/17-10/27/17
Vegetable Tray 2/25 oz 71444 Pacific Coast Fruit 20728 71444 10/11/17-10/26/17
Veggie Mix Bag 4/20 oz 72013 Pacific Coast Fruit 20728 01710 10/10/17-10/25/17

Pacific Coast Fruit Value-Added Foodservice Salads Kits

Description Item Number UPC Code Best Used By Dates
Kit Cauliflower Cake FK, 6.6 lbs 73706 20728 73706 10/12/17-10/27/17
Kit Cauliflower Tabouleh 2/4.5 lbs 71886 20728 71886 10/14/17-10/29/17
Kit Roasting Cauli Cakes 8.10 lbs 72894 20728 72894 10/14/17-10/29/17
Kit Winter Citrus Slaw 2/7.15 lbs 71909 20728 71909 10/09/17-10/29/17
Stir Fry 5 lbs 72308 20728 72308 10/11/17-10/26/17

 

** UPDATED: October 26, 2017 to add new recall. **

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Poultry Products

Issued October 25, 2017: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that poultry products produced by Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc., a Portland, Ore. establishment, may be contaminated withListeria monocytogenes. A recall was not requested because it is believed that all products are no longer in commerce and are past their “Best by” dates.

The ready-to-eat (RTE) kale and broccoli slaw salad with chicken items were produced from Oct. 6, 2017 through Oct. 10, 2017. The following product is subject to the public health alert:

  • 8.75-oz. containers with “Kale & Broccoli Slaw Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast (Rib Meat)” with item #20346 and a “Use By” dates of: 10/12/17 through 10/16/17.

The products bear establishment number “P-39928” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Oregon and Washington.

The problem was discovered on Oct. 19, 2017 when the firm received notification from their broccoli supplier that the broccoli products used in the kale broccoli slaw with chicken salads were included in a U.S. Food & Drug Administration recall due to potential contamination with L. monocytogenes. The firm notified FSIS on Oct. 20, 2017. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections can occur in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

 

Ed. Note: The total pounds of vegetables/foods affected by the original and subsequent recalls is not known. Likely thousands of pounds of food will be destroyed because of these recalls.  This is a waste of food, caused by processing-related contamination. In this world where so many go hungry, there has to be a better way! Do you avoid recalls by purchasing food from companies, or local farms, which you feel you can trust? 

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