Food Safety

There's a Trader Joe's Food Recall Right Now—Here's What You Should Know

Pay special attention when you're cooking with fresh vegetables this week.

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July  3, 2019

The FDA has issued a recall of several vegetable products grown and distributed by Growers Express—which are sold by several brands that include Trader Joe’s, Signature Farms, and Green Giant Express—over possible listeria contamination, the organization announced on July 1, 2019. As of now, there have been no reported illnesses associated with this recall, which was voluntarily issued by Growers Express.

The source of the contamination was traced back to a Growers Express facility in Biddeford, Maine, and the FDA notes that “most of the affected products are labeled with a 'Best If Used By' date of June 26 to June 29, 2019.” The affected products include cut and packaged vegetables such as cauliflower, diced butternut squash, and zucchini, and were distributed to retailers across multiple states.

At Trader Joe’s, the products were sold as Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Spirals and Zucchini Spirals. Other retailers sold them under the aforementioned distributor brands—chiefly, Signature Farms and Green Giant Express.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium responsible for listeriosis food poisoning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most healthy, adult individuals who contract listeria typically only suffer short term symptoms including “high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea,” the risk for infants and young children. However, the elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system, are at a much greater risk, with the possibility of the infection becoming fatal. (Currently, there are approximately 260 fatalities from listeria-related food poisoning in the U.S. each year.)

The FDA urges consumers to check their recently purchased produce for those “Best If Used By” dates, and notes that no Green Giant canned or frozen vegetables are part of this recall. If you find any products that you believe to be part of this recall, either at home or on grocery store shelves, make sure that they are disposed of. If you did purchase any items related to the recall, you can contact Grower’s Express for a full refund.

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“Hire a home cook who uses whole foods that you buy; and practices only clean hands on deck and no cross contamination between meat or poultry or fish/ seafood and raw vegetables. You're welcome. P.S. Grow a home garden. You can even start in containers: the lettuce, peppers, herbs and more. No downside to home grown home cooking! ”
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For a complete list of the recalled items, refer to this FDA announcement and Grower’s Express for product package images.

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Naima M. July 4, 2019
Well. Looks like more incentive to become a better home cook. More cost effective, too to buy fresh only as much ss you need and chop, slice and dice as needed. Science: The more surface on a raw food, especially ground meat, as well as veggies and fruits the more surface area there is for bacterial growth. Freezing doesn't stop it once the contamination is there and the more handling -- you get the picture.You already know the stats on handwashing, right? Not good. You already know that the antiseptic sprays and such cannot compete with hot or cold running water and plain soap. So, become a better home cook and reduce your chances of food poisoning is my view. Don't cook, can't cook, eat out frequently? Simple. You can afford it! Most Americans are rich rich even when they're not, compared to others. Hire a home cook who uses whole foods that you buy; and practices only clean hands on deck and no cross contamination between meat or poultry or fish/ seafood and raw vegetables. You're welcome. P.S. Grow a home garden. You can even start in containers: the lettuce, peppers, herbs and more. No downside to home grown home cooking!
 
Anna C. July 4, 2019
Of course!
 
Lee D. July 5, 2019
Hmmm...
 
Aleksander M. July 5, 2019
I truly can't imagine what kind of privileged life you have to have lived to sincerely believe that "hire a home cook" is feasible or reasonable advice for 99% of the population.
 
Nancy July 7, 2019
. No downside to homegrown home cooking! If only!! What do you do if you live in a senior apt building? Well, not to worry, I cannot even get to Trader Joe's. And I think it depends on the supermarket. Yes, I tried a spiralizer; sent it back. I have been a HOME COOK for over 50 years. My food is delicious.