Butternut squash products recalled over potential listeria contamination

January 21, 2021

    Butternut squash is being recalled over Listeria contamination concerns.

    A notice on the FDA website notes that it affects fruits purchased at Lancaster Foods, Pero Family Farms, and Publix.

    The product was distributed in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

    "Out of an abundance of caution, Lancaster Foods has temporarily halted production of these items as the FDA and the company investigate the source of the issue," the notice read.

    "Consumers who have purchased units noted above are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund,” it added.

    Products from Pero Family Farms were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. The 33 recalled items are all on plastic trays.

    Both Lancaster Foods and Pero Family Farms noted that no illnesses have been connected to the products.

    Additionally, Publix announced a recall on the following “Steam in Bag” products: Steam In Bag Green Bean Butternut Squash, Publix Steam In Bag Season Butternut Medley, and Publix Steam In Bag Butternut Brussel Pecan.

    The FDA revealed a full list of recalled items along with their UPC codes and expiration dates.

    Anyone can become ill with listeria, but it’s particularly dangerous and fatal for children, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms typically include high fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, confusion, and diarrhea.

    For pregnant women, the symptoms may present as fever or flu-like symptoms, and may lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

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