Butternut squash products are being recalled in a number of states due to possible Listeria contamination. A press release by the Food and Drug Administration confirmed that at the time of publication no illnesses related to the recall have been recorded.
Lancaster Foods LLC announced a voluntary recall of their processed butternut squash items due to a potential Listeria contamination. Listeria can cause an infection that can be extremely harmful for immunocompromised individuals, pregnant women, and people over the age of 65. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.
The recalled items were distributed widely across the country to Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Another company, Pero Family Foods Co., also announced a recall for their butternut squash items that were sent to retail stores in Louisiana, Florida, Texas, New York, Maine, Georgia, Ohio, Virginia, Alabama, Virginia and Missouri. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall either.
Products include vegetable medleys, squash noodles, chopped squash, and a squash and rice medley. Publix received some of the recalled items from Pero Family Foods Co. in the form of Steam in Bag products. You can find extensive lists of the recalled products with their names, product codes, and expiration dates on the FDA website.
As always, if you happen to have any of the recalled produce in your possession be sure to dispose of it immediately and do not consume it. In some areas, you may be able to return the item to where it was purchased for a refund.
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