Frozen Broccoli Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of frozen broccoli sold under the Save-A-Lot label of Wylwood due to a fear of listeria, found during a random test of the vegetables in Ohio. Photo from Food and Drug Administration

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) — Frozen broccoli cuts sold in 11 states have been recalled over fears of listeria contamination.

Alimentos Congelados, S.A. announced a voluntary recall of 1,800 cases of frozen broccoli cuts because possible health risks. The vegetable may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause “serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.

Frozen broccoli packaged under Save-A-Lot’s exclusive Wylwood brand is being recalled after a random test by Ohio officials found Listeria monocytogenes, reported.

While healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the FDA said in a statement.

The cut broccoli was distributed to stores in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina.

The recalled Wylwood brand that some of the broccoli is packaged in inside 16-ounce plastic bags has specific label information consumers should look out for, CNN reported. Its label information is UPC 5193300110 and the bag code is A25335P or A15335P.

“The company has ceased distribution of frozen broccoli cuts, and is fully cooperating with regulatory agencies,” the FDA recall announcement said.

The company urged anyone who has this product to throw it away.

Customers can call 1-800-888-4646 for a refund or other questions.


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