Man, trying to eat healthy has been dangerous lately! There’s been a rash of vegetable recalls over the last couple of months. I’m still not entirely sure it’s safe to eat romaine lettuce, to be honest. The latest danger comes in the form of frozen broccoli.
A voluntary recall has been issued for Private Brand Frozen Broccoli Cuts. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection issued the recall alert, after listeria was found in a sample after it was tested by regulators.
The recall effects Private Brand Frozen Broccoli Cuts sold at Stop & Shop, Giant, and Martin’s stores nationwide.
Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull says, “We’re incredibly proud that our staff was able to catch this during a routine sampling. We work hard every day across all of our divisions to ensure public health and safety both by conducting regular inspections, and by responding to complaints.” The listeria bacteria was found in a package of the frozen broccoli during a routine sampling performed by the agency.
Listeria is a very serious illness, with life-threatening implications for those with compromised immune systems like infants and elderly. It can also be disastrous for pregnant women, who are advised to avoid certain foods that may expose them to listeria.
According to Romper, “the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that listeria can cause blood and brain infections, along with kidney and heart problems for the fetus or newborn. So it really is important for pregnant women to avoid listeria to the best of their ability and check in with their doctor as soon as something feels wrong.”
Symptoms of listeria include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. So far, there have no reports of illnesses related to the frozen broccoli recall.
At this time, it remains a voluntary recall done as a precautionary measure. However, stores have removed all of the bags from shelves. The affected bags have a sell-by date of March 15, 2020 and a UPC code of 68826700926. Customers are being told to return the bags of broccoli to the store for a full refund. You can also call 1-800-767-7772 if you have any other questions or concerns regarding the recall.