Update: Consumer Reports Investigation Uncovers Listeria in Leafy Greens Sold at Whole Foods, Costco
July 29, 2019 – Consumer Reports found listeria in leafy greens sold at several major grocers including Whole Foods, Costco, Hannaford, and Acme stores in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Of 284 samples, at least 6 were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes; 4 in bunches or loose heads and 2 in prewashed, prepackaged salad mixes, the investigation revealed. Consumer Reports noted that its sample size wasn’t big enough to draw any definitive conclusions regarding the safety of stores or brand names identified by the report.
Veggie Recall List
July 2, 2019 – Salinas Firm Recalls Veggies Sold Under Green Giant, Trader Joe’s Names for Listeria Contamination. Growers Express, a Salinas, California-based company, is recalling butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini, and select veggie bowls for potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Affected products were sold under the brand names Green Giant, Trader Joe’s, and Signature Select.
The recalled veggies were produced at a facility owned by Growers Express in Biddeford, Maine, according to a recall letter issued on Monday. FDA said the action was initiated after one sample from the Massachusetts Department of Health came back positive for listeria.
Most of the recalled products are labeled with “Best if Used By” dates of between June 26 and June 29, FDA said. No other Green Giant canned or frozen vegetables are affected, according to the letter.
“The safety of our consumers is our first priority,” said Tom Byrne, president of Growers Express. “We are deep sanitizing the entire facility and our line equipment, as well as conducting continued testing on top of our usual battery of sanitation and quality and safety tests before resuming production.”
December 19, 2018 – Wegmans recalls the following products over potential E. coli contamination:
- Wegmans Cauliflower Rice, 1 lb. pkg. UPC #25313500000
- Wegmans Cauliflower Rice, 8 oz. pkg. UPC #25307200000
- Wegmans Stir Fry Blend (with cauliflower), 1 lb. pkg. UPC #25335800000
- Wegmans Veggie (cauliflower) Rice Blend (sold by the pound), UPC #253162000000
The recalled products were sold in the produce department of Wegmans Food Markets between 12/7 and 12/18/18, in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Massachusetts.
The recall was initiated after a supplier of Wegmans informed the company of the potential E. coli contamination, FDA said. Wegmans subsequently placed automated phone calls to customers who purchased the product using their Shoppers Club card.
June 2018 – Del Monte recalled vegetable trays in response to an outbreak of cyclospora linked to 144 serious illnesses. The recalled trays had broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery sticks, and/or dill dip. Cyclospora infections were reported in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
The recalled veggies were sold in 6, 12, and 28-ounce trays to the following establishments nationwide:
- Kwik Trip
- Kwik Star
- Country Market
- Food Max Supermarket
The recalled veggie trays feature “best by” dates of June 17 or earlier, FDA said.
February 16, 2017 – The Veggie Noodle Company is recalling butternut spirals over listeria contamination. Recalled products were packaged in a 10.7oz clear plastic container with a UPC Code of 852287006059. An “Enjoy By” date of Feb. 23, 2017 is printed on the side of the packaging. The butternut spirals were distributed to Whole Foods Markets and other retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.
December 2012 – Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, LLC, recalled listeria-tainted Veggie Patch Ultimate Meatless Burgers, FDA said. Recalled products included:
- Veggie Patch Ultimate Meatless Burger, UPC 61012900211, 9 oz., sell by date of January 12, 2013
The recalled meatless burgers were distributed to Stop & Shop locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey.
August 2012 – Sliced apples distributed to fast food and grocery retailers nationwide were recalled due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The bacterium was found on equipment used to produce apple products by Missa Bay LLC, owned by Ready Pac Foods Inc. of Swedesboro. Specific products involved in the recall included:
- packaged apple slices distributed to McDonald’s and Burger King;
- packaged fruit, veggies, salads and sandwiches containing apples distributed to Wawa convenience stores and Wegman’s grocery chains;
- apple and fruit snacks with “Ready Pac” labels, and
- apple salad kits with “Safeway Farms” label
These products had use-by dates of July 8 through August 20.
August 2010 – Fresh Express recalled 2,825 cases of Veggie Lovers Salad over potential listeria contamination. Affected products had a Product Code of 1208 and a ‘use-by’ date of August 10, 2010, according to the FDA.
E. Coli Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of E. coli infection typically begin 3 to 4 days after exposure to the bacteria, and may include:
- Abdominal cramping, pain or tenderness
Listeria infection, or Listeriosis, is a commonly reported form of food poisoning caused by the ingestion of the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Unlike most foodborne pathogens, listeria can grow in foods stored in the refrigerator, making it hardier and more resistant to adverse conditions than most types of food poisoning. Listeria is typically spread through contact with infected hands or countertops in the process of food preparation. Those at greatest risk of developing listeriosis include children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Signs and symptoms of listeriosis in adults may include:
- severe headache
If listeriosis spreads to the nervous system, symptoms may include:
- stiff neck
- loss of balance
In babies, symptoms may include:
- loss of appetite
- difficulty breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Stomach cramps/pain
- Increased gas
Can I File a Class Action?
Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to food poisoning lawsuits. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you’ve been injured by a contaminated food, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I Have a Veggie Recall Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in veggie recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new food poisoning illness cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you fell seriously ill after eating any of the products mentioned in this article, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.