Salad mixes and other "minimally processed" vegetable products from a California supplier have been recalled at outlets across the US out of what Mann Packing says is an "abundance of caution." The supplier voluntarily recalled the products, which have "best if used by" dates of Oct. 11 to Oct. 20, after food inspectors in Canada detected the listeria bacteria in a randomly chosen sample, CNN reports. The Food and Drug Administration's list of affected products sold in the US and Canada is here. The list has expanded to include products sold at Walmart, Target, and Trader Joe's, among other outlets, reports MLive.com.
The affected products include store brands as well as the Mann brand. Consumers have been advised to either throw the products away or return them for a refund. There have been no confirmed illnesses linked to the possibly contaminated products, though the incubation period for listeria is up to 70 days, meaning cases could surface more than two months from now, Consumerist reports. Listeria kills hundreds of people in the US every year, with pregnant women particularly at risk. Sandy Eskin, leader of the Safe Food Project at Pew Charitable Trusts, tells Quartz that the massive recall is actually good news, since it shows the food-safety system is working to stop potential outbreaks before people get sick. (Read more listeria stories.)