Growers Express Issues Voluntary Recall of Multiple Fresh Vegetable Products Due to Potential Contamination of Listeria monocytogenes

SALINAS, CALIF. (June 30, 2019) – Growers Express takes issues of food safety seriously and is issuing a voluntary recall of select fresh vegetable products in an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting its customers and end consumers. The fresh vegetable products include packaged varieties of butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and a butternut squashed based veggie bowl. Please refer to the detailed chart below for specific product names and retailers. 

The products originate from a Growers Express production facility in Biddeford, Maine and were distributed to the states referenced in the chart below. The voluntary recall was issued due to the potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. There are no reported illnesses. 

Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Most of the affected products are labeled with a “Best If Used By” Date of June 26 – June 29, 2019. No other Growers Express products are impacted or part of this recall. This recall does not affect or include any Green Giant® canned or frozen vegetable products. 

“The safety of our consumers is our first priority,” said Tom Byrne, President of Growers Express. “We self-reported the need for this recall to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and stopped production immediately after being notified of a single positive sample by the Massachusetts Department of Health. 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.” 

Consumers who purchased any of the products listed below from the affected sell by dates or with an unreadable date code are urged not to consume them and to throw the products away. 

 

Retailer/Distributor   Label Description/Brand  
Item Name Package Weight  
Item SKU
UPC Number
Lot No.
States Affected Best By
Big Y Food Green Giant Fresh Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles
1 lb. MXC100101
605806000515  
190612-403102  
MA
6/28/2019  
Big Y Food
Green Giant Fresh
Cauliflower Crumbles "Fried Rice" Blend
1 lb.
MXC101101
605806000744
190612-403101
MA
6/28/2019
Big Y Food
Green Giant Fresh
Butternut Diced
12 oz. BNC101101 605806138010
190614-403545
MA
6/26/2019
Bozzutos
Green Giant Fresh
Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles
1 lb.
MXC100101
605806000515
190612-403102
CT 6/28/2019
Bozzutos
Green Giant Fresh
Cauliflower Crumbles "Fried Rice" Blend  
1 lb.
MXC100101
605806000744
190612-403101
CT 6/28/2019
C&S
Green Giant Fresh
Cauliflower Crumbles "Fried Rice" Blend
12 oz.  MXC100101
605806000744
190612-403101
MA 6/28/2019
C&S Green Giant Fresh
Butternut Diced
1 lb. BNC101101
605806138010
190614-403545
MA 6/26/2019
C&S
Green Giant Fresh
Butternut Cubed
2 lb.
BNC102101
605806138218
190614-403576
MA 6/26/2019
Food Lion
Green Giant Fresh
Cauliflower Crumbles "Fried Rice" Blend
1 lb.
MXC101101
605806000744
190612-403101
SC, NC, PA, VA 
6/28/2019
Four Seasons
Green Giant Fresh
Ramen Bowl
7.4 oz.  MXC183104  
605806027864
190614-403534
PA 6/28/2019
Native Maine
Green Giant Fresh
Butternut Peeled
10 lb. BNC103103
Foodservice
190614-403578
PA Pack Date Only 
Procacci
Green Giant Fresh
Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles
1 lb.
MXC100101
605806000515
190612-403102
PA 6/28/2019
Ruby Robinson (PFG)
Growers Express
Butternut Peeled
10 lb.
BNC103102
Foodservice
190614-403577
ME Pack Date Only
Shaws Signature Farms
Cauliflower Crumbles
1 lb.
CAC101109
2113098438
190612-403100
MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
6/28/2019
Shaws
Green Giant Fresh
Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles
1 lb.
MXC100101
605806000515
190612-403102
MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
6/28/2019
Shaws
Green Giant Fresh
Ramen Bowl
7.4 oz MXC183104
605806027864
190614-403534
MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
6/28/2019
Shaws
Green Giant Fresh
Butternut Diced
12 oz.  BNC101101
605806138010
190614-403545
MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
6/26/2019
Stop & Shop Green Giant Fresh
Zucchini Noodles
10.5 oz.  MSC104102
605806000881
190614-403567
NY, MD 6/26/2019
Stop & Shop
Green Giant Fresh
Zucchini Noodles
10.5 oz. MSC104102
605806000881
190617-403954
NY, MD 6/29/2019
Trader Joe's Trader Joe's
Butternut Squash Spirals
10.5 oz. BCN105106
623391 190614-403565
AL, CT,  D.C., DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN (only Knoxville, Nashville), VA, VT, WI
6/28/2019
Trader Joe's Trader Joe's
Zucchini Spirals
10.5 oz. MSC104106
634908
190617-403814
AL, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, OH, SC, TN (only Knoxville, Nashville), VA (only Glen Allen, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg), WI
6/29/2019

 

Customers also have been notified to remove any remaining products from shelves and inventory. Please refer to the toll-free number listed on each package with any questions or requests for refund. Visit www.GrowersExpress.com/voluntaryrecall for the most up-to-date information. 

For over three decades, Growers Express has been committed to rigorous agricultural standards to ensure all vegetable products are the most wholesome and highest quality fresh vegetables available.
About Growers Express  Founded in 1987, Growers Express, LLC (GE) is an innovator of premium-quality fresh "value added" vegetable products, including first-to-market innovations such as Cauliflower Crumbles® chopped cauliflower, vegetable noodles and Veggie Bowls. Located in Salinas, California, also referred to as the "salad bowl of the world," Growers Express is the primary licensed partner of Green Giant™ Fresh, the exclusive fresh produce arm of the iconic Green Giant® brand.

 

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