More than 140 vegetable products made by a Fresh Del Monte Produce subsidiary and sold at supermarkets across the U.S. and in Canada have been recalled due to concerns they might be contaminated with listeria.
The recall includes items like veggie trays, mixes and bowls sold under the Mann's brand or private labels, including Trader Joe's, H-E-B, Kroger and Safeway's Signature Farms, according to a notice posted Sunday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Mann Packaging Co., a division of Fresh Del Monte Produce, said it initiated the recall in response to a notification by the FDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency of a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The organism can cause serious and at times fatal infections in the young, frail or elderly and in those with weakened immune systems, Mann Packaging said in a statement.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die, the CDC noted. Pregnant women and newborns are among those most at risk from the infection, with pregnant women 10 times more likely than other people to get a listeria infection, the agency said.
The company would work with authorities to investigate the problem, Mann said.
The recalled products have "Best If Enjoyed By" dates of October 11, 2019, to November 16, 2019. A list of the recalled products and images can be found here for the U.S. (or see the list below) and here for Canada.
Consumers who purchased the recalled products were urged to discard them. Those with questions can call (844) 927-0707 or email Mann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two companies have used the same red "Del Monte quality" logo since 1989, when Del Monte Corp spun off into two separate entities: Del Monte Tropical Fruit and Del Monte Foods. The former was acquired several times over the years and renamed Fresh Del Monte Produce and is based in the Cayman Islands. Here are the recalled products from Fresh Del Monte Produce's Mann Packaging subsidiary.
U.S. products and UPC codes: