On April 1, 2016, Alimentos Congelados S.A. issued a voluntary recall for Frozen Broccoli Cuts. Some 1,800 cases of product have been recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The recalled products were distributed to retail stores in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The Wylwood brand Fresh Frozen Broccoli Cuts are packaged in 1 LB green bags. Affected products are marked with a UPC of 5193300110 and a bag code of either A25335P or A15335P.
There have been no reported cases of illness associated with this recall. This recall comes after routine testing done by the State of Ohio Department of Agriculture revealed that the broccoli tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Alimentos Congelados then ceased production of their products, and are cooperating fully with health officials.
Listeria monocytogenes infections are very serious, especially in children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with suppressed immune systems. After infection, Listeria poisoning may begin to produce symptoms in as quickly as 3 days, although the disease may lay dormant for up to 2 months. Usually, Listeria infections will produce symptoms including stiff neck, muscle aches, headache, diarrhea, nausea, and fever. Listeria infections have a high tendency to require hospitalization. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Listeria poisoning, contact a medical professional.