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With more companies posting recalls for freshcut vegetables daily — including products sold to schools — the impact of Mann Packing’s Oct. 19 produce recall continues to ripple through the North American food chain.

At least nine retailers and three produce companies initiated U.S. recalls in recent days because their products were made with freshcut…

Mann Packing of Salinas, CA, is voluntarily recalling freshcut vegetable products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Mann Packing issued this recall in response to a positive result found during random test by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). To date, public health officials have not reported any illnesses associated with these products.

Neither U.S. nor Canadian officials had posted it as of Thursday night, but a news release from Mann Packing Co. Inc. recalled almost 150 freshcut vegetable products nationwide in both countries because of a positive test showing Listeria contamination.

The recall includes a wide variety of “minimally processed vegetable products” packaged under several brands, including…

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-produce-farmers-market-colorful-background-image-fresh-image43206845Fresh produce is the cause of most foodborne illnesses in the U.S., reports the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). In a study of outbreaks that occurred between 2004 and 2013, the consumer advocacy group found that fresh produce, such as cilantro, cucumbers, cantaloupes and peppers, caused 629 outbreaks and almost 20,000 illnesses.…