Chang Farm of Whatley, MA is recalling 12 oz Nature’s Wonder Mung Bean Sprouts, with a sell-by date of Dec. 13, 2023, because of the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall was initiated after a random sample was collected and analyzed by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), which resulted in confirmation of Listeria monocytogenes in the product. Further analysis of the sample by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the same.

The product has been distributed to retail stores and wholesalers throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Maryland.

Recalled product:

  • The affected product is packaged in 12 oz plastic bags (retail), (the code for the product is 12/13 present in the back inside the white box) labeled under the Chang Farm Brand as Nature’s Wonder Premium Bean Sprouts and have a “Sell By” date of Dec. 13, 2023.

As of the posting of this recall, no illnesses have been reported to date.

All retail stores and wholesalers who have this lot should remove this product from their shelves. Consumers should not consume the products and should discard this product or return them to the place of purchase 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 of the 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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