Listeria triggers major recall of veggies across US, Canada

Mann's brand prepped salads, veggies, bowls recalled for possible Listeria (photo, product codes)

A California-based company is recalling a litany of vegetable products - from broccoli florets to brussels sprouts to cauliflower and stirfry medleys - over concerns about possible listeria contamination.

People other than pregnant women: Symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches.

A full list off all the recalled products can be found on the FDA's website.

According to the FDA, listeria can cause serious illness and even fatalities in young children, the elderly and those with a weak immune system. There haven't been any reported cases of people falling ill from consuming any contaminated product, but it's better to be safe than sorry, of course.

"Mann Packing is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution", the company said in a statement, adding that it is cooperating with United States and Canadian health officials to recall the products.

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Albertsons, Randalls, Tom Thumb stores in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas are among the stores voluntarily recalling Ready.

The recalled veggies were distributed throughout the US and Canada with "best if used by" dates from October 11-20 listed on the front of the packaging.

If you have any of the above products, then the FDA advises that you either discard it immediately or return it to its point of purchase for a full refund.

Archer Farms (Target): 12-oz. bags of broccoli slaw, broccoli cauliflower florets, broccoli medley and brussels sprouts, along with 9-oz. bags of shaved brussels sprouts, and 10-oz. bags of cauliflower florets. "This voluntary recall is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers". The infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and premature labor.

About 1,600 people become infected with listeria each year, and about 260 die, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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