Jul 2, 2019
Growers Express issues voluntary recall of multiple fresh vegetable products

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 Foods

Green Giant Fresh

Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles

1 lb.

MXC100101

605806000515

190612-403102

 

MA

 

6/28/2019

Green Giant Fresh

Cauliflower Crumbles “Fried Rice” Blend

1 lb.

MXC101101

605806000744

190612-403101

6/28/2019

Green Giant Fresh

Butternut Diced

12 oz.

BNC101101

605806138010

190614-403545

6/26/2019

Bozzutos

Green Giant Fresh

Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles

1 lb.

MXC100101

605806000515

190612-403102

CT

6/28/2019

Green Giant Fresh

Cauliflower Crumbles “Fried Rice” Blend

1 lb.

MXC101101

605806000744

190612-403101

6/28/2019

C&S

Green Giant Fresh

Cauliflower Crumbles “Fried Rice” Blend

1 lb.

MXC101101

605806000744

190612-403101

MA

6/28/2019

Green Giant Fresh

Butternut Diced

12 oz.

BNC101101

605806138010

190614-403545

6/26/2019

Green Giant Fresh

Butternut Cubed

2 lb.

BNC102101

605806138218

190614-403576

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

Growers Express

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

6/28/2019

Green Giant Fresh

Cauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles

1 lb.

MXC100101

605806000515

190612-403102

6/28/2019

Green Giant Fresh

Ramen Bowl

7.4 oz.

MXC183104

605806027864

190614-403534

6/28/2019

Green Giant Fresh

Butternut Diced

12 oz.

BNC101101

605806138010

190614-403545

6/26/2019

Stop & Shop

Green Giant Fresh

Zucchini Noodles

10.5 oz.

MSC104102

605806000881

190614-403567

NY, MD

6/26/2019

Green Giant Fresh

10.5 oz.

190617-403954

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

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

6/27/2019

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/voluntaryrecallExternal Link Disclaimer 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.

Located in Salinas, California, 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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