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Taylor Farms and Safeway Broccoli Recall Issued Due to Listeria

A number of broccoli products sold under the Signature Café, TFarms and Raley’s labels have been recalled due to the risk of Listeria food poisoning.

The broccoli recall was announced on Friday by the FDA, Safeway and Taylor Farms Pacific after Washington Department of Agriculture inspectors detected the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in Taylor Farms broccoli. There have been no reports of foodborne illnesses in connection to the recalled products.

The recalled broccoli products were originally distributed in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington from February 7 to February 24.  Products impacted by the recall include:

  • TFarms, Snack Pot Penne Alfredo
  • Signature Café, Veggie Pleaser
  • Raleys Cheese Stuffed Shells W/ Rustica Tomatoes Sauce
  • Raleys Grilled Chicken Breast w/ Pashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Raleys Broccoli Rice & Cheese
  • Raleys Udon Pork Noodle Bowl
  • Raleys Udon Chicken Noodle Bowl
  • Raleys Family Grilled Chicken Penne Alfredo
  • Raleys Asian Pasta Toss
  • Raleys Yellow Curry Chicken Rice Bowl
  • Raleys Veggie Blend
  • TFarms Snack Pot Pasta Primevera
  • Raleys Vegetable
  • Raleys Vegetable & Dip Pre-Made Impulse
  • Signature Café Mediterranean Snacker Tray
  • Raleys Vegetable Catering Kit.

The Signature Café items were sold at Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak’N’Save. All of the affected items have “Use By” dates from 2/7 to 3/7. Those products were distributed across a wider variety of states.

Some of the broccoli was also sold by Safeway as Deli Broccoli Salad, Deli Signature Café Broccoli Bowl and Deli Italian Pasta Salad. See Safeway’s press release for further details.

Listeria infections, also known as listeriosis, pose a particular risk for children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. For pregnant women, illness from Listeria bacteria can cause miscarriages and still births. The fatality rate associated with listeriosis is about 25%.

Blood tests are usually required to diagnose listeriosis, which can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of listeriosis include muscle aches, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, severe headaches and fever. If the bacteria spreads from the intestines to the bloodstream and nervous system, it could cause meningitis and other complications.

Taylor Farms recommends that any consumers who have the affected broccoli products discard them immediately. The company is also in the process of securing recalled Taylor Farms items still with distributors. 

Anyone with questions should call the Taylor Farms Response Center at 209-835-6300.

Photo Courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfllaw/ / CC BY 2.0

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