Consumers are urged to check their freezers for the recalled product, not to consume it and either discard the product or return it to the store for a full refund.Plant and fruit-based food producer SunOpta announcing that their subsidiary company Sunrise Growers has issued a voluntary recall of certain frozen fruit products due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Why It Matters: The fruit products were voluntarily recalled due to the potential for contamination from the germ Listeria monocytogenes. Infection from this organism "can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems," the company shares, noting that while "healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women." Learn more about Listeria HERE.
More Details: The frozen fruit products voluntarily recalled were distributed to stores including Walmart, Target, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Aldi. As of June 21, there were no illnesses reported associated with the recall. To find out if you have one of the products impacted, click HERE.
On Thursday, food company Townsend Farms also announced a voluntary recall of certain frozen fruits "linked to mango chucks supplied by SunOpta (Sunrise Growers) due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination." The fruit products impacted were distributed to Kroger stores in several states.
Big Picture: Earlier in June, two other food companies – Willamette Valley Fruit Co. and Wawona Frozen Foods – announced voluntary recalls of certain frozen fruits due to the potential for Hepatitis A contamination.
FULL RECALL ANNOUNCEMENTS BELOW:
- SunOpta (Sunrise Growers) Recall: Voluntary Recall of Specific Frozen Fruit Products Due to Possible Contamination by Listeria monocytogenes
- Townsend Farms Recall: Townsend Farms Inc. Voluntarily Recalling Specific Frozen Fruit Products Because of Possible Listeria monocytogenes Contamination
- Willamette Valley Fruit Co. Recall: Willamette Valley Fruit Co. Recalls Great Value Sliced Strawberries, Great Value Mixed Fruit Great Value Antioxidant Blend, Rader Farms Organic Fresh Start Smoothie Blend, and Rader Farms Organic Berry Trio Because of Possible Health Risk
- Wawona Frozen Foods Recall: Wawona Frozen Foods Voluntarily Recalls Organic Daybreak Blend Processed and Sold in 2022 Due to Possible Health Risk
by Jenna Lee,