July 10, 2020

Secondary Listeria Monocytogenes Recalls for Produce, Salads, and Herbs

Mann’s Packing recalled minimally processed vegetable products for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination on October 19, 2017. A single positive result was found during random sampling in Canada. There is zero tolerance for the presence of this bacteria in the United States on ready-to-eat foods. Since then, there have been a slew of secondary recalls for products made with those vegetables.

We are keeping an ongoing list of recalls so you can see them all in one place. These products should not be eaten, even if you intend to cook them. Listeria bacteria that may be on this produce can contaminate work surfaces and utensils in the kitchen, possibly cross-contaminating them and causing illness.

Important Notice Recall

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these recalls, but listeriosis can take up to 70 days to appear. The symptoms of listeriosis include high fever, stiff neck, severe headache, nausea, and diarrhea. Pregnant women must be especially cautious of this type of illness, since it can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, infection in the newborn, and premature labor. These women may only have a mild illness similar to the flu. If you have eaten any of these products, see your doctor.

If you bought these products, you should clean your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution to kill bacteria. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can grow at temperatures below 40°F. Freezing doesn’t kill it.

These recalls are listed from newest to oldest in reverse chronological order. For more information about each recall, click on the link to see the FDA page.

Secondary Recalls

Chelsea Food Services, dba Journey Cuisine, recalled pork and chicken burritos for possible Liberia contamination on November 1, 2017. The brand names are King Soopers and Shamrock Foods.

The USDA issued a public health alert for Trader Joe’s Broccoli Slaw & Kale Salad with White Chicken Meat with specific use-by dates on October 31, 2017.

The USDA issued a public health alert for Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Kale & Broccoli Slaw Salad with chicken for possible Listeria contamination on October 25, 2017. No recall was issued because the product is past its set by date and officials think none are in commerce. The broccoli was recalled by Mann Packing.

Randalls, Tom Tumb, and Albertsons stores recalled Ready. Chef. Go! Cod Fillet Seafood Meal Bags on October 25, 2017. Those products have sell by dates up to and including 10/22/17.

Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, and Pak N’ Save stores in eight states revised their list of recalled products on October 24, 2017.

Pacific Coast Fruit Company recalled bagged processed salads as part of the Mann’s Packing recall on October 23, 2017. These products were sold in grocery, restaurants, and deli chains in Oregon and Washington.

Paragon Foods recalled Just Cut bagged broccoli florets because they came from Mann’s Packing on October 23, 2017. They were sold in the Greater Pittsburgh and Butler, PA areas between October 9 and 16, 2017.

King Soopers and City Market recalled deli broccoli salads and coleslaw for possible Listeria contamination on October 23, 2017.  They were sold from the service case in the deli department.

Randalls, Tom Thumb, and Albertsons stores in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas recalled their Ready. Chef. Go! Seafood Meal bags on October 21, 2017.  This product included vegetables from Mann’s Packing.

Meijer recalled their brand name packaged produce on October 21, 2017.  These items were available in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin on September 27, 2017 through October 20, 2017.

Triple B Corporation recalled more salad kits and stir fry mixes for possible Listeria contamination on October 21, 2017. These products were sold in Oregon and Washington through retail store delis, hospitals, schools, and hotels.

Fresh Foods Manufacturing recalled great to Go by Market District chicken products for possible Listeria contamination on October 20, 2017. Once again, broccoli used in those products was recalled for Listeria.

Triple B Corporation recalled salad kits and stir fry mixes on October 21, 2017.  These products were sold in Alaska through store delis.

Whole Foods recalled three types of salad sold at their stores in California on October 20, 2017. You can see the list of stores that carried those products at the FDA site.

Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, and Pak n” Save stores recalled some fresh vegetable trays and cups that included Mann’s produce on October 20, 2017. They were sold in Safeway stores in California, Hawaii and Nevada; Pak’N Save stores in California; and Vons stores in Fresno, Clovis and Oakhurst, California.

H-E-B recalled some of their single serving soups for possible contamination on October 20, 2017.  These products were sold in Texas.


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