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Growers Express Expands Voluntary Recall of Select Fresh Vegetable Products Due to Potential Contamination of Listeria monocytogenes

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Growers Express Expands Voluntary Recall of Select Fresh Vegetable Products Due to Potential Contamination of Listeria monocytogenes

Summary

Company Announcement Date:
July 15, 2019
FDA Publish Date:
July 15, 2019
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Recall Reason Description
Due to Potential Contamination of Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name:
Growers Express
Brand Name:
Brand Name(s)
Due to Potential Contamination of Listeria monocytogenes
Product Description:
Product Description
Fresh vegetable products

Company Announcement

Growers Express takes issues of food safety seriously and in an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting consumers is expanding the list of select fresh vegetable products affected by a voluntary recall that was issued on July 1, 2019. After further testing of an additional product lot from the suspected source of the recall, a single retail sample was found to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The company has expanded the list of recalled products to include certain specific fresh Brussels sprouts, fresh cauliflower florets and fresh green beans products with the “best by” or “pack dates” identified in the chart below.

The products originated from a Growers Express production facility in Biddeford, Maine and were distributed to the states of Massachusetts and Maine. Growers Express is no longer sourcing vegetables from the suspected cause of the contamination. There are no reported illnesses to date.
Listeria is an 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 short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

No other Growers Express products are impacted or part of this expansion. This recall does notaffect or include any Green Giant® canned or frozen vegetable products.

Consumers who purchased any of the products listed below from the affected “best by” or “pack dates” or with an unreadable date code are urged not to consume them and to throw the products away.

Retailer/Distributor Brand/Label Description Item Name Package Weight Item SKU UPC Lot No. States Affected Best By/Pack Date
Big Y Green Giant Fresh Brussels Sprouts 2 lb BSC100103 605806028076 190628-405839 MA Pack Date
6/28/2019
Native Maine Growers Express Cauliflower Florets 3 lb CAC102102 Foodservice 190627-405616 ME Best By
7/11/2019
Ruby Robinson (PFG) Peak Green Beans 5 lb BGC101105 Foodservice 190625-405265 ME Pack Date
6/25/2019
Cauliflower Florets 3 lb CAC102105 Foodservice 190628-405842 ME Pack Date
6/28/2019

Customers also have been notified to remove any remaining products from shelves and inventory. Please refer to the toll-free number listed on each package with any questions or requests for refund. Visit www.GrowersExpress.com/voluntaryrecall for the most up-to-date information.

Initial Press Release


Company Contact Information

Media:
Megan McCarl
231-670-5340
mmccarl@lambert.com