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Potential Listeria Risk Prompts Recall of Growers Express Fresh Vegetables

— July 3, 2019

Growers Express is recalling certain fresh vegetables that may be contaminated with listeria.

A recall was recently issued for certain brands of fresh vegetable products, including the Trader Joe’s Green Giant Fresh, and the Signature Farms brands, over concerns they may be contaminated with listeria. The voluntary recall was issued by Growers Express and includes vegetables such as cauliflower, butternut squash, zucchini, and certain veggie bowls.

Image of Listeria Bacteria
Listeria Bacteria; Image Courtesy of the CDC,

According to the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website on Monday, the affected products came from a “Growers Express production facility in Biddeford, Maine.” Fortunately, there have been no reports of illnesses or other adverse reactions linked to the consumption of the recalled vegetables. To check if you have one of the recalled products in your home, take a peek at the Best By date. According to the notice, the affected products have a ‘Best By’ date of June 26 through June 29. The following is a list of the specific products included in the recall, according to Growers Express:

  • Green Giant Fresh Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles, UPC 605806000515, Best By 6/28/2019
  • Green Giant Fresh Cauliflower “Fried Rice” Blend, UPC 605806000744, Best By 6/28/2019
  • Green Giant Fresh Butternut Diced, UPC 605806138010, Best By 6/26/2019
  • Green Giant Fresh Butternut Cubed, UPC 605806138218, Best By 6/26/2019
  • Green Giant Fresh Ramen Bowl, UPC 605806027864, Best By 6/28/2019
  • Signature Farms Cauliflower Crumbles, UPC 2113098438, Best By 6/28/2019
  • Green Giant Fresh Zucchini Noodles, UPC 605806000881, Best By 6/26/2019, 6/29/2019
  • Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Spirals, UPC 623391, Best By 6/28/2019
  • Trader Joe’s Zucchini Spirals, UPC 634908, Best By 6/27/2019

When commenting on the recall, Tom Byrne, the president of Growers Express, issued the following statement:

“The safety of our consumers is our first priority. We are deep sanitizing the entire facility and our line equipment, as well as conducting continued testing on top of our usual battery of sanitation and quality and safety tests before resuming production.”


Green Giant, Trader Joe’s and Signature Farms veggies recalled for potential Listeria risk

Vegetables from Trader Joe’s, Green Giant and Signature Farms Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

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