Meijer recalls vegetable products for listeria risk

Published: Oct. 22, 2017 at 5:43 PM

Ray Downs

Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The Meijer retail store chain announced Saturday a recall of packaged vegetables in six states due to a potential listeria contamination, which can cause deadly infections in pregnant women, newborns and seniors.

The company released a list of vegetable products affected by the recall -- which includes cauliflower, broccoli and asparagus -- purchased from Sept. 27-Oct. 20 at Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

In a press release, Meijer said the potential contamination came from Mann Packing, a Meijer supplier based in Salinas, Calif., and was identified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

"No illnesses have been reported to date," the company said. "Customers should stop using the product and either dispose of it or return it to the customer service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1,600 people each year are contaminated with listeria -- and about 260 die from it.

Saurday's recall was Meijer's second this year involving listeria. In February, it recalled two of its cheese products for listeria.

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