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Vegetable recall

If you’ve recently purchased packaged vegetables at Trader Joe’s, Food Lion, Stop & Shop, Shaw’s or another small grocery store chain, you’ll want to check your fridge for recalled products. Growers Express is recalling several products due to possible listeria contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall July 1 and is asking the public to throw away any of the affected product they may have on hand.


The recalled products include butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and select veggie bowls, sold under the Green Giant Fresh, Trader Joe’s and Signature Farms brands. The products originated in a Growers Express production facility in Biddeford, Maine, and were distributed throughout the United States. One sample tested positive for listeria by the Massachusetts Department of Health. So far, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the recalled foods.

The majority of the products have a “Best If Used By” date of June 26 through June 29. The recalled products include:

  • 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

Listeria infections, which affect more than 1,000 people each year, stem from improper food handling and storage. President of Growers Express, Tom Byrne, said in a 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.”

A listeria infection can manifest in different ways, depending on the severity and the spread of bacteria in the body. Common symptoms include diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal pain, nausea, muscle aches, a stiff neck, loss of balance and confusion.

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