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Listeria prompts recall of fresh-cut vegetables in 9 states

A Texas company is recalling 30,000 cases of fresh-cut vegetable products from eight retail chains — including Wal-Mart, QuikTrip and Publix — after a random sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

recalled Country Fresh fresh-cut vegetablesCountry Fresh LLC of Conroe, TX, distributed various combinations of 45 different fresh-cut vegetable products to retailers in nine states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The recalled vegetables have best-by dates between Aug. 7 and Aug. 19, according to the recall notice that was posted Aug. 26 on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

“The company has ceased distribution of the affected product as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Country Fresh continue their investigation as to what caused the problem,” according to the recall notice.

“Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 281-453-3305.”

Eight retailers received the fresh-cut vegetables, which are packaged in clear plastic “clamshell” containers and Styrofoam trays overwrapped with clear plastic film. The retailers are:

  • BI-LO;
  • Fresh Point;
  • Harris Teeter Supermarkets;
  • Publix Supermarkets Inc.;
  • QuikTrip;
  • The Spinx Company;
  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; and
  • Winn Dixie.

No illnesses had been reported in connection with the fresh-cut vegetables as of the posting of the recall notice on the FDA’s website. Listeriosis, the infection caused by the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, can take up to 70 days after exposure before causing symptoms.

The company initiated the recall after a sample collected from a retail store by officials with the  Georgia Department of Agriculture tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Dates for the sample collection and lab tests were not provided in the recall notice on the FDA’s website.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled vegetables and develops symptoms of Listeria infection is urged to see a doctor immediately.

Listeria monocytogenes is a microscopic organism that 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.

Following are the specific fresh-cut vegetables included in the recall:

Description Store Description of Packaging Use by Date Range States Distributed
CFC Celery/Onion Dice 6oz BI-LO Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, GA, AL
CFC Creole Mix 6oz BI-LO Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, GA, AL
CFC Fajita Mix 6oz BI-LO Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, GA, AL
CFC Pico De Gallo 8oz BI-LO Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, GA, AL
CFC Tri-Pepper Dice 6oz BI-LO Clamshell 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, GA, AL
CFC Yellow Onion Dice 6oz BI-LO Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, GA, AL
CF Diced Onion 4/3lb Fresh Point Clamshell 8/11/2016 8/17/2016 FL
Farmers Market  Diced Green Peppers 8oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Farmers Market  Diced Tri-Pepper 6 oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Farmers Market  Diced Yellow Onions 8oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, VA
Fajita Mix 10oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
 Fajita Mix 12oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Green Bean Sauté 10oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, VA
Farmers Market Mirepoix 12oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, VA
Grilling Vegetables 14oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Jal Ched Stuff Mushrooms 7oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, VA
Kabob Kit 23oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Stir Fry Vegetable 10oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/8/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
SW Stuff Mushrooms 7oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, VA
Tri-Color Peppers 12oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Veggie & Fruit Kabob Kit 23oz Harris Teeter Supermarkets Overwrap 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, VA
Kabob Sensations Veggie Kabob 23oz Publix Supermarkets, Inc. Overwrap 8/12/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, FL,GA, AL
Diced Yel Onion Condiment 8oz QuikTrip Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, GA
Diced Yellow Onion 40oz QuikTrip Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, GA
Green Pepper 40oz QuikTrip Clamshell 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, GA
Regular Pico Condiment 10oz QuikTrip Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC, GA
Sliced Green Bell Pepper 4lb QuikTrip Clamshell 8/13/2016 8/19/2016 SC, NC, GA
Diced Onion 16oz The Spinx Company Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC
Pico de Gallo 18oz The Spinx Company Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/15/2016 SC, NC
Diced Yellow Onion 8oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/17/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Marketside Pico de Gallo 10oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/17/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Marketside Spicy Pico de Gallo 10 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/17/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Sliced Bell Peppers 7oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Clamshell 8/7/2016 8/19/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Marketside Fajita Mix 9.5oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Overwrap 8/8/2016 8/19/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Marketside Veggie Kabobs 23oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Overwrap 8/9/2016 8/19/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Portabella Griller 12.5oz Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Overwrap 8/7/2016 8/19/2016 MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, TN, KY, VA, WV, MD
Celery/Onion Dice 6oz Winn Dixie Clamshell 8/9/2016 8/17/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Creole Mix 6oz Winn Dixie Clamshell 8/9/2016 8/19/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Fajita Mix 6oz Winn Dixie Clamshell 8/9/2016 8/19/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Pico De Gallo 8oz Winn Dixie Clamshell 8/8/2016 8/17/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Tri-Pepper Dice 6oz Winn Dixie Clamshell 8/9/2016 8/19/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Yellow Onion Dice 6oz Winn Dixie Clamshell 8/9/2016 8/17/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Mush & Garlic Herb Steak 7.5oz Winn Dixie Overwrap 8/9/2016 8/17/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Stuffed Mushrooms 7oz Winn Dixie Overwrap 8/8/2016 8/17/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Tuscan Stuffed Mushrooms 8oz Winn Dixie Overwrap 8/8/2016 8/17/2016 LA, MS, AL, GA, FL

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