You might want to double-check your packed veggies before making dinner tonight. Mann Packing, a leading vegetable supplier in California, recently announced that they've recalled several products that might have been contaminated with a harmful bacteria known as listeria.
Supermarkets across the United States and Canada will be affected by this recall including, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Meijer, and Walmart. "Mann Packing is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution," the company said in a statement, adding that the contamination risk was picked up by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency after they decided to stop by for a random sampling.
Thankfully, no illnesses have been reported so far. But the company recommends disposing of or returning any items that were listed as "best if used by" October 11 to October 20. (Eaten something from a food recall? Here's what to do.)
As of right now, Meijer has recalled several dozen products, including broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus, that were sold in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. A full list of recalled products is available on the Food and Drug Administration's website.
Every year, about 1,600 people become infected with listeria. Of those, 260 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Healthy people exposed to listeria might experience a fever and/or diarrhea. But people who are at high risk, like the elderly, pregnant women, and newborns, might also experience headaches, muscle aches, stiff neck, confusion, and convulsions.
It's also important to note that pregnant women are 10 times more likely to become infected, the CDC says—the big risk being that listeria can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and premature labor.
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you should notify your doctor immediately and let this serve as a reminder to always wash your produce.