Green Giant, Trader Joe’s Vegetables Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

By Zachary Stieber

A supplier of Green Giant and Trader Joe’s vegetables announced a recall of some products due to potential listeria contamination.

Growers Express said that the Massachusetts Department of Health alerted the company to a sample that tested positive for listeria. The sample originated at the company’s Biddeford, Maine facility.

Bags of diced butternut squash, cauliflower “fried rice” blend, and zucchini noodles were among the recalled products.

The products were sold at Big Y Foods, Food Lion, Stop & Shop, and Trader Joe’s, among other stores. They were sold in dozens of states, including Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, and Pennsylvania.

(Growers Express)
(Growers Express)

“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,” the Food and Drug Administration noted in the recall alert.

There have been no reported illnesses as of yet.

Most of the affected products have a “best if used by” date of June 26 to June 29, 2019.

“The safety of our consumers is our first priority,” said Tom Byrne, president of Growers Express, in a statement. “We self-reported the need for this recall to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and stopped production immediately after being notified of a single positive sample by the Massachusetts Department of Health. 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.”

People who purchased any of the following items, listed below the next pictures, should throw them out.

(Growers Express)
(Growers Express)

1 lb. Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles, Green Giant Fresh
Item SKU: MXC 100101, UPC Number: 605806000515, Lot Number: 190612-403102
Best by used date: June 28, 2019
States Affected: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania
Retailer/Distributors: Big Y Foods, Bozzutos, Procacci, Shaws

1 lb. Cauliflower Crumbles “Fried Rice” Blend, Green Giant Fresh
Item SKU: MXC101101, UPC Number: 605806000744, Lot Number: 190612-403101
Best by used date: June 28, 2019
States Affected: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina
Retailer/Distributors: Big Y Foods, Bozzutos, C&S, Food Lion

12. oz. Butternut Diced, Green Giant Fresh
Item SKU: BNC101101, UPC Number: 605806138010, Lot Number: 190614-403545
Best by used date: June 26, 2019
States Affected: Massachusetts
Retailer/Distributors: C&S

2 lb. Butternut Cubed, Green Giant Fresh
Item SKU: BNC102101, UPC Number: 605806138218, Lot Number: 190614-403576
Best by used date: June 26, 2019
States Affected: Massachusetts
Retailer/Distributors: C&S

7.4 oz. Ramen Bowl, Green Giant Fresh
Item SKU: MXC183104, UPC Number: 605806027864, Lot Number: 190614-403534
Best by used date: June 28, 2019
States Affected: Massachusetts, Pennsylvania
Retailer/Distributors: Four Seasons, Shaws

10.5 oz. Zucchini Noodles, Green Giant Fresh
Item SKU: MSC104102, UPC Number: 605806000881, Lot Number: 190614-403567; 190617-403954
Best by used date: June 26, 2019
States Affected: New York, Maryland
Retailer/Distributors: Stop & Shop

10.5 oz. Butternut Squash Spirals, Trader Joe’s
Item SKU: BCN105106, UPC Number: 623391, Lot Number: 190614-403565
Best by used date: June 28, 2019
States Affected: Alabama, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin
Retailer/Distributors: Trader Joe’s

10.5 oz. Zucchini Spirals, Trader Joe’s
Item SKU: MSC104106, UPC Number: 634908, Lot Number: 190617-403814
Best by used date: June 27, 2019
States Affected: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin
Retailer/Distributors: Trader Joe’s

The following customer service numbers were provided:
Growers Express/Green Giant Fresh 1-831-757-9951
Albertson’s/Safeway 1-888-723-3929
Trader Joe’s Customer Relations 1-626-599-3817