A recall initiated by Pero Family Farms Co. LLC of possible Listeria contamination of certain butternut squash ingredients has resulted in multiple recalls. Publix Super Markets Inc. is recalling select Publix “Steam In Bag” products prepared in-store containing a specific butternut squash ingredient provided by Pero Family Farms Co..

Two Pero products are recalled:

  • Butternut Squash Cubed Tray expiration dates from 01/15/2021 to 01/20/2021; and
  • Butternut Squash Veggie Spirals Tray, expiration dates from 01/15/2021 to 01/20/2021.

Publix Super Markets Inc. is recalling the products listed below:

Product Name GTIN Sold between
Publix Steam In Bag
Green Bean Butternut Squash
002-24887-00000 01/03/2021-01/14/2021
Publix Steam In Bag Season Butternut Medley 002-25399-00000 01/03/2021-01/14/2021
Publix Steam In Bag Butternut Brussel Pecan 002-25677-00000 01/03/2021-01/14/2021
Recalled Product

Publix says it has removed the impacted product from all store shelves. According to Publix, to date, there have been no reported cases of illness. 

Consumers who have purchased the products in question may return them  to their local store for a full refund.

About Listeria infections

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalled products and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.

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