While an extensive list of meat products have been under recall in Canada over the past few weeks, a large—and growing—list of vegetable products are now being recalled nationwide.
On October 30, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that Sobeys began recalling Compliments brand Sweet Kale Blend due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The affected product is sold in 255 gram packages with UPC 0 68820 13305 6 and date codes BEST BEFORE 19 OC 28, 19 OC 31, 19 NO 01, 19 NO 02, and 19 NO 03.
Then on November 1, Sobeys expanded its recall to include the following Compliments brand fresh-cut vegetable products (all units sold up to and including October 31, 2019):
- Compliments Vegetable Platter with a Ranch Dip (680 grams) with UPC 0 55742 53490 0;
- Compliments Broccolini (170 grams) with UPC 0 68820 13307 0;
- Compliments Cauliettes—Chopped Cauliflower (397 grams) with UPC 0 68820 13254 7;
- Compliments Power Green Blend (284 grams) with UPC 0 68820 13304 9;
- Compliments Green Beans (340 grams) with UPC 0 68820 10625 8.
On November 3, the product list expanded to encompass an extensive number of vegetable products from Mann’s, Sysco Imperial, and Western Family.
The list includes the following products (all with best before dates up to and including November 16, 2019):
- Mann’s Crave a Bowl: Spicy Marinara, Sweet Corn, Zesty Green Chile;
- Mann’s Family Favourites: Broccoli and Cauliflower, Broccoli Wokly, Brussels Sprouts, California Stir Fry, French Beans, Green Beans, Vegetable Medley;
- Mann’s Nourish Bowls: Cauli-Rice Curry, Fresh Veggie Noodles—Basil Pesto, Fresh Veggie Noodles—Spicy Thai, Fresh Veggie Noodles—Tomato Bolognese, Sesame Sriracha, Southwest Chipotle;
- Mann’s Organic: Broccoli & Carrots, Broccoli Cole Slaw, Broccoli Florets,
- Mann’s Snacking Favourites: Organic Vegetable Tray with Organic Ranch Dip, Veggie Hummus, Veggie Ranch;
- Western Family: Broccoli Slaw, Sweet Kale Salad Kit;
- Sysco Imperial: Veggie Power Blend.
For full details about these affected products—including specific package sizes and UPC numbers—please visit the list available at the CFIA website.
Anyone who has these products should dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase.
Although food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not appear or smell spoiled, it can still make a person ill.
Symptoms include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headaches, and neck stiffness. Infection in pregnant women can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or stillbirth. Severe cases can be fatal.
More information about Listeria is available at the Health Canada website.
Thus far, no illnesses associated with the consumption of these products have been reported.