August 17, 2018

Some Greenbelt Microgreens Recalled in Canada for Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Greenbelt Greenhouse in Canada is recalling some of their microgreens for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall.

You can see the long list of recalled products at the CFIA web site. They include Arugula Microgreens, Broccoli Microgreens, Fresh Microgreen Mix, Sweet & Crunchy Microgreen Mix, Spicy Microgreen Mix, Pea Shoots Microgreens, Sunflower Microgreens, Wheatgrass, and Spring Pea Microgreen Mix. These products were sold in Alberta and British Columbia at the consumer level.

If you bought these products, do not eat them. Wrap the containers well and place in a secure garbage receptacle, or take them back to the store where you purchased them for a full refund.

It’s important that you then clean out your refrigerator with a mild solution of 1 tablespoon liquid chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of warm water to kill any bacteria. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures, unlike most bacteria, and freezing does not kill it. Wipe down any other products or packages that may have come into contact with the microgreens containers, or may have been on a shelf or drawer where you placed the greens. Wash your hands well with soap and water after you handle these products and after cleaning.

If you ate any of these products, monitor your health for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. Symptoms include high fever, stiff neck, severe headache, stiff muscles, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Pregnant women need to be very aware of this bacteria, since it can cause miscarriage, premature labor, and stillbirth. If you do get sick, see your doctor.

Greenbelt Microgreens Listeria Recall

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