Northern Star Co. has announced a frozen potatoes recall for Simply Potatoes hash browns, homestyle slices and red potato wedges, as well as Dinners Choice and Farm Fresh shredded hash browns. The bags of frozen potatoes may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which could produce listeriosis symptoms.
The recalled potatoes were sold throughout the United States at Food Lion, Albertsons, Harris Teeter, Giant, Kroger, Safeway, Publix, Stop Shop & Save, Wegmans, Winn Dixie and Walmart stores. All of the potentially tainted potatoes have a “use by” date between March 29, 2009 and April 3, 2009.
The Simply Potatoes recall was announced in a statement released by Northern Star Co. on February 20, 2009.
The following products are affected:
- 20 oz. bags of Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns (UPC code 20169-22233)
- 20 oz. bags of Simply Potatoes Southwest Style Hash Browns (UPC code 20169-22236)
- 20 oz. bags of Simply Potatoes Homestyle Slices (UPC code 20169-22237)
- 20 oz. bags of Simply Potatoes Red Potato Wedges (UPC code 20169-22238)
- 2 oz. bags of Diners Choice Shredded Hash Browns (UPC code 20169-22223)
- 16 oz. bags of Farm Fresh Shredded Hash Browns (UPC code 20169-22533)
The FDA has indicated that the frozen potato bags are “not ready to eat”, meaning that consumers need to cook them thoroughly to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit for two minutes kill any Listeria bacteria. However, Northern Star Co. is also offering a full refund or replacement at the store where the potatoes were purchased.
According to the manufacturer, they are not aware of any illnesses or cases of food poisoning that have developed as a result of the potatoes.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause a rare but serious disease known as Listeriosis, with symptoms like diarrhea, muscle ache, fever and nausea. People with high-risk profiles for Listeriosis include pregnant women, HIV and chemotherapy patients, newborns and the elderly.
In severe cases, the bacteria may enter the nervous system, causing a stiff neck, headaches and convulsions. Listeria food poisoning during pregnancy may result in premature deliveries, miscarriages, stillbirths, or infected newborns.