Food & Drink

Organic green beans recalled after inspectors find listeria in a bag

Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods is recalling its Organic Fine Whole Green Beans after an inspection found a retail bag contaminated with listeria.

The recalled green beans come in 10-ounce bags with Best By dates of June 4, 2017, through June 21, 2019. They’re sold in three retail chains in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Though it’s rare only one product from a single food manufacturer gets recalled when listeria is found, Nature’s Touch claims none of its other products has been affected. October’s listeria recall by Mann Packing, for example, touched off days of ripple-effect recalls that touched supermarket chains and products all over North America.

Ironically, Canadian testing found California-based Mann Packing’s listeria while Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection found the listeria in the product by Quebec-based Nature’s Touch.

Consumers should toss the green beans or return them for a refund. Anyone with questions can call Nature’s Touch at 877-850-2664, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or email info@naturestouch.ca.

As the FDA warns, Listeria can cause serious infections that can be fatal, especially in young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. In pregnant women, listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause food-borne illness, known as listeriosis. It can grow in foods such as uncooked meats, vegetables, soft cheeses and unpasteurized milk.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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