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Several products from Trader Joe's are being recalled over possible listeria contamination

Posted at 7:31 AM, Dec 04, 2019

Trader Joe's announced a voluntary recall on Monday of a number of its products that may have been contaminated with listeria.

So far there are no reports of anyone getting sick, but the company said it is taking the measures as a precaution.

Each of the products are packaged in plastic trays with clear lids.

The Trader Joe's brand food items listed in the recall include ready-to-eat meals of California Rolls, Classic California Rolls with Brown Rice & Avocado, Spicy California Rolls, Tempura Shrimp Crunch Rolls, Tofu Spring Rolls, Shrimp Spring Rolls, Smoked Salmon Philly Roll, Smoked Salmon Poke Bowl, Banh Mi Inspired Noodle Bowl and the Queso Fundido Spicy Cheese Dip.

The company urges anyone who's purchased these items not to eat them, and to return them to any Trader Joe's store for a refund.

The concern stems from a facility in Massachusetts

The Trader Joe's announcement comes after the grocery chain's supplier, Fuji Food Products, announced its own voluntary recall last week.

During a routine inspection of Fuji Food facility in Brockton, Massachusetts, the Food and Drug Administration flagged a problem. The company has stopped all operations at the facility, and initiated the first recall in its history.

"As responsible processors of safe, fresh food for nearly 30 years, we are addressing this problem vigorously and we apologize to those who are affected by it," Fuji Food Products CEO Farrell Hirsch said in a news release.

He said the company will resume manufacturing there only when the FDA confirms the area is free of contamination.

The full Fuji Food list includes a number of other ready-to-eat sushi and salad meals separate from the Trader Joe's brand.

All told, the Fuji Food items in question were sold in stores including 7-Eleven, Walgreens, Food Lion, Hannaford, Trader Joe's, Giant Eagle Supermarkets, Porky, Bozzuto's, Supreme Lobster and Superior Foods.

Those stores are located in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Listeria is a dangerous microbe

Listeria monocytogenes is a species of bacteria that can cause the infectious illness listeriosis. The bacterium is resistant to extreme hot and extreme cold situations.

It can cause sometimes fatal infections in those who are frail, elderly or young children with weaker immune systems, the FDA says.

Healthy individuals may experience high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

And in pregnant women, the microbe is known to cause miscarriages and stillbirths, according to the FDA.

About 1,600 people in the US become seriously ill from listeria each year, and about 16% of the cases prove fatal.

To protect yourself, public health officials say to cook all meat to temperatures recommended by US Department of Agriculture and to wash all vegetables and fruit.