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Green Giant veggies, along with some store brands, recalled over listeria fears

[GROWERS EXPRESS]
By Gary Dinges gdinges@gatehousemedia.com
Posted: Jul. 2, 2019 4:51 pm Updated: Jul. 2, 2019 4:55 pm

A number of vegetables produced by Growers Express and sold under the Green Giant brand name, as well a handful of generic store brands, are being recalled due to listeria fears.

One sample so far has tested positive for listeria, according to Real Simple, which cites data from the Massachusetts Department of Health.

Listeria monocytogenes, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can cause severe illness and even death in some cases, particularly among newborns, pregnant women, older adults and people with weakened immune systems.

The recall covers fresh — not canned or frozen — butternut squash, cauliflower, sweet potato and zucchini, plus rice bowls and ramen bowls, Real Simple says.

The items were sold either under the Green Giant name, or under the Growers Express, Signature Farms and Trader Joe's store brands, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Retailers that sold the affected produce include Big Y Foods, Bozzutos, C&S, Food Lion, Four Seasons, Native Maine, Procacci, Ruby Robinson, Shaws, Stop & Shop and Trader Joe's.

Growers Express issued a written statement that said, in part, that the company "takes issues of food safety seriously and is issuing a voluntary recall of select fresh vegetable products in an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting its customers and end consumers."

Consumers can throw out the affected produce or return it to the store where it was purchased for a refund.

Get more details on the recall here.

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