Food agency recalls packaged vegetables

Packaged vegetables are on a lengthy list of products subject to recall due to risk of listeria contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced.


The products include Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, kale, kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli coleslaw, stir-fry mixes, beets, red cabbage and various other packaged vegetable combinations that were distributed nationally.


Brands affected include Mann’s, Compliments and Western Family. All have best before dates from Oct. 11 to Oct. 20, 2017.


A complete list can be found at http://bit.ly/2h1um4q


The CFIA first announced the recall Oct. 20 and expanded it on Oct. 22 as its investigation developed. It warned consumers, retailers and food services including hotels, restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes not to consume, sell or use the products.


However, as of Oct. 22 there had been no reported illnesses in connection with the recall.


Those who have the listed products should discard them or return them to place of purchase, the CFIA said.


Symptoms associated with listeria include vomiting, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. The elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable.


The CFIA said the recall was triggered by its own test results and an investigation is ongoing.


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