Ready-to-eat vegetarian products sold at Kroger in 3 states recalled over Listeria concerns

A company is recalling several ready-to-eat vegetable products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The products were sold in Kroger stores in three states.

The recall was initiated after a “single sample” of a product tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, according to the company’s GHGA announcement on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website. This affects a whole range of ready-to-eat vegetable products, including the 3-skewer veggie kebabs, the mild guacamole mixer, the Mexican-style layered bean dip, the medium hatch salsa, the spiced squash with onion and dill, the fajita -Mixture and the small ranch tray of dip.

The full list of recalled products, including UPCs, expiration dates, and lot codes customers should be aware of, as well as this Kroger recall notice are available on the FDA website. Photos of the recalled products are also included in the FDA announcement.

The products were reportedly sold to Kroger and distributed to retail stores on September 11. The products’ best before dates vary from September 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th and are therefore no longer available in stores. However, the recall has been initiated in case consumers still have them in their homes.

The products were sold “primarily” at Kroger stores in Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia. They would have been in the deli or produce department. Those who discover that they are in possession of a recalled product are advised not to consume it.

“Please return the product to this store for a full refund,” Kroger noted. “We apologize for the inconvenience. Your safety is important to us.”

Those with questions about the recall can contact the company at (888) 449-9386.

listeriosis

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis if someone eats contaminated food. Each year, approximately 1,600 people in the United States contract listeriosis, and 260 die. In fact, it’s estimated to be the “third leading cause of death” from foodborne illness, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Older adults, people with a weakened immune system, and pregnant women and their newborns are particularly at risk from listeria infection. In older adults and people with weakened immune systems, listeria infection can develop into a serious bloodstream infection or affect other parts of the body. And while the disease is usually mild, even in pregnant women, it can cause serious illness in the fetus or newborn, even leading to miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature birth.

In the case of the current recall, the company is “not aware” of any medical conditions related to the consumption of the recalled product.

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