Kroger Recalls Several Frozen Vegetables Over Potential Listeria Contamination

The Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of 18 frozen vegetable products sold mostly under the Kroger brand labels. These items are being recalled because they may be contaminated with listeria, which may cause illness if consumed. These products were produced for the supermarket chain by Twin City Foods, Inc., and they include several batches of Kroger Mixed Vegetables with Carrots, Super Sweet Corn, Green Beans & Green Peas, in both the 32-ounce size and the 12-ounce size. The other product affected by the recall is the Kroger Super Sweet Corn in both the 32-ounce size and the 12-ounce size.

To see if you may have one of the recalled products, consult the FDA recall notice. Check your product against the UPC codes, lot numbers, and best if used by dates listed on the official recall list. Three products sold by Food Lion were also included in this recall. One item sold under the Signature Select brand was on the list as well. If you have one of the recalled products, please return it to the store where you purchased it for a refund.

Contaminated foods pose serious health risk

So far, there have been no reports of consumers becoming sick from eating these items, though the FDA strongly encourages consumers not to eat any of the recalled products as they pose a possible threat to their health. Listeria, formally known as Listeria monocytogenes, is a bacteria that may give people a disease called listeriosis. Symptoms of the condition include fever, muscle pain, and upset stomach, which can last for days and even weeks.

For certain parts of the population, the disease can lead to serious health problems, which can even be fatal in some cases. Older adults, meaning those over the age of 65, and people with weakened immune systems will be at greater risk for blood and brain infections, according to the Mayo Clinic. The disease may lead to serious complications for pregnant women as well, including premature delivery and miscarriage.

This frozen mixed vegetable and sweet corn recall is just the latest from the supermarket chain. Earlier this summer, Kroger recalled some of its frozen fruit items over concerns regarding listeria, which reached stores in certain Southern and Midwestern states.