Listeria monocytogenes contamination has been found at a facility that manufactures vegetable products, including Trader Joe’s- branded zucchini and butternut squash spirals distributed in Wisconsin. Other brands such as Green Giant are also implicated, although the Green Giant product does not appear to have been distributed in Wisconsin.
The recalled product is manufactured by California-based Growers Express and involves only fresh product, not frozen or canned products. Growers Express own brand is included in the recall, as well as Food Lion and Stop & Shop. The implicated fresh produce products were distributed from a Growers Express production facility in Biddleford, ME. No illnesses had been confirmed in relation to the potentially contaminated fresh produce products. A listing of affected products is here.
Consumers are urged to check their homes for the recalled product products and not to consume the affected items. Consumers with questions can call the company 800-number printed on each package for further information.
Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. People usually become ill with listeriosis after eating contaminated food. The disease primarily affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is usually a mild illness for pregnant women, but it causes severe disease in the fetus or newborn baby. Some people with Listeria infections, most commonly adults 65 years and older and people with weakened immune systems, develop severe infections of the bloodstream (causing sepsis) or brain (causing meningitis or encephalitis). Listeria infections can sometimes affect other parts of the body, including bones, joints, and sites in the chest and abdomen.