Kroger Recalls More Than 20 Products Due to Listeria Concerns
Like most people, you probably try to incorporate as much fresh produce into your diet as possible, in hopes of keeping things balanced and full of nutrients. If Kroger happens to be your go-to place to pick up ready-to-eat versions of your favorite veggies, however, the most recent recall may tempt you to just go for the burger.
Kroger — which happens to be the largest grocery store chain in the U.S. — has issued a recall of nearly two dozen ready-to-eat vegetable products distributed by GHGA. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s site (FDA), the recall comes as a result of a potential listeria monocytogenes contamination within each of the products.
The recalled items all have a sell-by date of September 15 through September 19 and were distributed on September 11 at Kroger stores in Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama. Items included in the recall are Asparagus Sauté, Diced Bell Pepper and White Onion, Diced Red Onion, Hamburger Fixins, Large Medium Salsa, Large Mild Salsa, Mango Habanero Blender, Mexican Style Layered Bean Dip, Mild Guacamole Blender, Mushroom Stir Fry Blend, Seasoned Squash Onion & Dill, Snacking Peppers, Spicy Guacamole Blender, Steak Topper, and Vegetable Bowl. For the full list of product descriptions, lot codes, and photos of the labels, you can check here.
Though the recall was issued on September 20, it is likely not a widespread problem as it occurred after a single sample tested positive for listeria monocytogenes in the company’s laboratory on September 16. Luckily, there have been no reported illnesses to date.
Listeria is a significant worry because it can cause severe infections in small children or the elderly as well as those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms tend to be flu-like and may also involve fever, headache, and stomach issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
If you purchased any of these products, both Kroger and the FDA recommend that you do not consume them. Instead, you can throw them out or return them to the store for a full refund.
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