Green Giant & Trader Joe’s Recall – Contaminated with Listeria


Company Announcement Date:
June 30, 2019
FDA Publish Date:
July 01, 2019
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name:
Growers Express
Brand Name:
Green Giant Fresh, Growers Express, Signature Farms, Trader Joe’s
Product Description:
Butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini, and butternut squash based veggie bowl products

Company Announcement

Growers Express takes issues of food safety seriously and is issuing a voluntary recall of select fresh vegetable products in an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting its customers and end consumers. The fresh vegetable products include packaged varieties of butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and a butternut squashed based veggie bowl. Please refer to the detailed chart below for specific product names and retailers.

The products originate from a Growers Express production facility in Biddeford, Maine and were distributed to the states referenced in the chart below. The voluntary recall was issued due to the potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. There are no reported illnesses.

Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Most of the affected products are labeled with a “Best If Used By” Date of June 26 – June 29, 2019. No other Growers Express products are impacted or part of this recall. This recall does not affect or include any Green Giant® canned or frozen vegetable products.

“The safety of our consumers is our first priority,” said Tom Byrne, President of Growers Express. “We self-reported the need for this recall to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and stopped production immediately after being notified of a single positive sample by the Massachusetts Department of Health. We are deep sanitizing the entire facility and our line equipment, as well as conducting continued testing on top of our usual battery of sanitation and quality and safety tests before resuming production.”

Consumers who purchased any of the products listed below from the affected sell by dates or with an unreadable date code are urged not to consume them and to throw the products away.

Retailer/DistributorLabel Description/BrandItem NamePackage WeightItem SKUUPC NumberLot No.States AffectedBest By
Big Y FoodsGreen Giant FreshCauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles1 lb.MXC100101605806000515190612-403102MA6/28/2019
Green Giant FreshCauliflower Crumbles “Fried Rice” Blend1 lb.MXC101101605806000744190612-4031016/28/2019
Green Giant FreshButternut Diced12 oz.BNC101101605806138010190614-4035456/26/2019
BozzutosGreen Giant FreshCauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles1 lb.MXC100101605806000515190612-403102CT6/28/2019
Green Giant FreshCauliflower Crumbles “Fried Rice” Blend1 lb.MXC101101605806000744190612-4031016/28/2019
C&SGreen Giant FreshCauliflower Crumbles “Fried Rice” Blend1 lb.MXC101101605806000744190612-403101MA6/28/2019
Green Giant FreshButternut Diced12 oz.BNC101101605806138010190614-4035456/26/2019
Green Giant FreshButternut Cubed2 lb.BNC102101605806138218190614-4035766/26/2019
Food LionGreen Giant FreshCauliflower Crumbles “Fried Rice” Blend1 lb.MXC101101605806000744190612-403101SC, NC, PA, VA6/28/2019
Four SeasonsGreen Giant FreshRamen Bowl7.4 oz.MXC183104605806027864190614-403534PA6/28/2019
Native MaineGrowers ExpressButternut Peeled10 lb.BNC103103Foodservice190614-403578PAPack Date Only
ProcacciGreen Giant FreshCauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles1 lb.MXC100101605806000515190612-403102PA6/28/2019
Ruby Robinson (PFG)Growers ExpressButternut Peeled10 lb.BNC103102Foodservice190614-403577MEPack Date Only
ShawsSignature FarmsCauliflower Crumbles1 lb.CAC1011092113098438190612-403100MA, ME, NH, RI, VT6/28/2019
Green Giant FreshCauliflower Sweet Potato Crumbles1 lb.MXC100101605806000515190612-4031026/28/2019
Green Giant FreshRamen Bowl7.4 oz.MXC183104605806027864190614-4035346/28/2019
Green Giant FreshButternut Diced12 oz.BNC101101605806138010190614-4035456/26/2019
Stop & ShopGreen Giant FreshZucchini Noodles10.5 oz.MSC104102605806000881190614-403567NY, MD6/26/2019
Green Giant Fresh10.5 oz.190617-4039546/29/2019
Trader Joe’sTrader Joe’sButternut Squash Spirals10.5 oz.BCN105106623391190614-403565AL, CT, D.C., DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN (only Knoxville, Nashville), VA, VT, WI6/28/2019
Trader Joe’sZucchini Spirals10.5 oz.MSC104106634908190617-403814AL, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, OH, SC, TN (only Knoxville, Nashville), VA (only Glen Allen, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg), WI6/27/2019

Customers also have been notified to remove any remaining products from shelves and inventory. Please refer to the toll-free number listed on each package with any questions or requests for refund. Visit Link Disclaimer for the most up-to-date information.

For over three decades, Growers Express has been committed to rigorous agricultural standards to ensure all vegetable products are the most wholesome and highest quality fresh vegetables available.

About Growers Express

Founded in 1987, Growers Express, LLC (GE) is an innovator of premium-quality fresh “value added” vegetable products, including first-to-market innovations such as Cauliflower Crumbles® chopped cauliflower, vegetable noodles and Veggie Bowls. Located in Salinas, California, also referred to as the “salad bowl of the world,” Growers Express is the primary licensed partner of Green Giant™ Fresh, the exclusive fresh produce arm of the iconic Green Giant® brand.

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