Food & Drink

Listeria recall of frozen green bean, mixed vegetable reaches 7 brands, 21 states

Selected lots from seven brands of frozen green beans and mixed vegetables distributed to 21 states have been recalled by a Seattle-based manufacturer because they might be contaminated with listeria.

National Frozen Foods’ FDA-posted recall notice says the recalled food went in bulk to distributors in Florida, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

Listeria monocytogenes cause listeriosis, a sometimes fatal infection in young children, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. It can cause miscarriages and stillbirths when pregnant women get infected. Healthy people might have to deal with only diarrhea, nausea, harsh headaches, feverish temperatures, stomach pains and muscle stiffness.

This recall covers Bountiful Harvest Foundations and Bountiful Harvest Originals green beans, lot No. 17100903A02; Sysco Classic and Sysco Imperial green beans, lot No. 17102703A03; NW Treasure green beans, lot No. 17102603A02; Valamont green beans, lot No. 38474-7H08F3N and 38510-7H11F3N; and The World’s Harvest green beans, lot Nos. 38475-7H08F3N and 38475-7H08G3N. Simplot Classic’s Meadow Blend mixed vegatables, lot No. 965AUG081705H; and Monarch’s Capri Blend mixed vegetables, lot Nos. 38511-7H11G3N and 38511-7H11H3N.

Also covered are several cases of green beans not branded yet, but with lot Nos. 38627-7H28A3N; 38627-7H28B3N; 38627-7H28C3N; 38627-7H28D3N; and 38627-7H28E3N.

Lot numbers can be found on the back of the 32-ounce bags or the side of the master case box.

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.

Earlier this week, as reported by Food Safety News, National Frozen Foods recalled green beans sold to US Foods and the U.S. Department of Defense Commissary Agency.

“The recall was initiated based on a third party test result of the individually quick frozen Green Beans only by a downstream customer that revealed that the finished products may potentially be contaminated with the bacteria,” National Frozen Foods said in Thursday’s recall notice.

That “downstream customer” might be the supplier to California-based JustFoodForDogs, which recalled its Beef & Russet Potato, Fish & Sweet Potato and Turducken dog food meals last week because the green beans used might be contaminated with listeria.

“The potential for contamination was discovered after a purchaser of JFFD products reported to JFFD veterinary medical staff that her dogs had become ill,” the FDA-posted recall notice stated. “Tests to date confirm that green beans purchased from a restaurant supply distributor were positive for Listeria monocytogenes.”

Consumers with questions can call National Frozen Foods at 1-800-253-8269, Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Eastern time.

There are many numbers and dates on the foods, drugs, cosmetics, and other products we use every day. When unsafe products must be removed from the market, these numbers and dates can help identify them quickly.

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