Two holiday recalls: pre-cut vegetables, chocolate milk

Hy-Vee reports distributing the recalled products in eight states, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  According to the Hy-Vee website the store is recalling:

  • Hy-Vee Short Cuts Pot Roast Mix (pictured right) – UPC Code 0272083305352
  • Hy-Vee Short Cuts Grill/Oven Ready Veggie Mix (above) – UPC Code 0272104105992

All affected products have a “Best if Used By” date through Dec. 3, 2020. No other Hy-Vee Short Cuts products or products used in Hy-Vee stores are affected by this recall.

What should consumers do? Customers who purchased any of these products with these dates should not consume them. Customers are being asked to discard these items or return them to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 772-4098.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause a serious infection known as listeriosis that is usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium. An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die. The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems.

What are the symptoms of listeriosis? Listeriosis can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the person and the part of the body affected. Listeria can cause fever and diarrhea similar to other foodborne germs, but some individuals experience invasive listeriosis, meaning the bacteria has spread beyond the gut. The outcome generally depends on whether the person is pregnant:

  • Pregnant women: Pregnant women typically experience only fever and other flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue and muscle aches. However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
  • People other than pregnant women: Symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches.

People with invasive listeriosis usually report symptoms starting 1 to 4 weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria; some people have reported symptoms starting as late as 70 days after exposure or as early as the same day of exposure.

In a second recall, Prairie Farms which distributes milk in Wisconsin has issued a limited voluntary recall of its Prairie Farms Premium Flavored Chocolate Milk gallons and Prairie Farms 1% Lowfat Chocolate Milk gallons (Best by Date: Dec. 4, 2020) that were not labeled for an egg allergen that may be present.

The recall was initiated after cross-contamination with egg nog was discovered following a valve malfunction at a Rockford, Illinois plant. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

A total of 1,152 units of chocolate milk gallons (355 units of Premium Flavored Chocolate and 797 units of 1% Lowfat Chocolate) were distributed at retail outlets in the Chicago area, including the Northern Illinois Suburbs, Rockford, Illinois, and Southeastern Wisconsin. The recalled products contain the following code dates and UPC#’s:

  • One Gallon Prairie Farms Dairy Premium Flavored Chocolate Milk
    UPC: 72730-26110
    Best by Date: Dec. 4, 2020
    Plant Code: 17-284
  • One Gallon Prairie Farms Dairy
    1% Lowfat Chocolate Milk
    UPC: 72730-26126
    Best by Date: Dec. 4, 2020
    Plant Code: 17-284

What should consumers do? Customers who have purchased this product are encouraged to destroy the product or return it to their local retailer to exchange the product for a like item. Consumers with questions may contact Prairie Farms Dairy at 618-659-5700 or, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time.

Stay well and food safe! Barb

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