If you bought some ready to eat vegetables from Sobey’s in Canada recently take note. Various Compliments vegetables were recalled recently due to the risk of listeria contamination. The recall includes six different types of products.
The recall, issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), was first released on October 30 and only affected one product, sweet kale. They warned that the product was being removed from the marketplace and customers should not eat it.
However, in the following days, an investigation from CFIA found that the sweet kale wasn’t the only vegetable at risk of listeria contamination. On November 1, five more Compliments brand products were added to the recall. This includes a vegetable platter with ranch dip, broccolini, cauliettes (chopped cauliflower), their power green blend, and green beans.
According to the recall notice, “this recall was triggered by CFIA test results.” It continues, “the CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.”
Consumers who have any of the affected products are being asked to throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased.
The affected products were all sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Only Quebec and the territories are spared from this recall for now.
This recall is really recent too. The six different types of Compliments products listed in the recall include “All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019.”
That means if you bought a Compliments vegetable tray for a Halloween Party you might want to monitor yourself for symptoms of listeria.
Speaking of symptoms, the recall notice warns that “symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.”
They also highlight that the biggest risks are for pregnant women, the elderly, and people who have weakened immune systems. For pregnant women especially they warn that “the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth.”
In severe cases of listeria infection, the illness can cause death.
Unfortunately, there is no way to know if your food has listeria until you get sick, as the recall notice says that “food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenesmay not look or smell spoiled.”
Vegetables, in particular, are at risk for listeria contamination as the bacteria is found in soil and water. During the growing process, it can contaminate the vegetables.
The bacteria is killed off in cooking, however, in the case of this recall the products are “ready to eat” raw vegetables and therefore aren’t often cooked before being consumed.
If you think you may have a listeria infection you are advised to contact your doctor.