Listeria – What Is It, and What To Do

Listeria sounds like one of those beautiful native flowers you have growing behind your house. “Don’t the listeria look lovely?” Unfortunately folks, Listeria monocytogenes is a deadly bacteria that is not to be trifled with, found commonly on fruits like melons and a variety of raw veggies.

And Mann Packing turned up the little guy on a screening test, and thus had to recall loads of pre-packaged vegetables that were being sold at a grocery store near you. Mann’s white labels their product for many other brands, and in Central Texas, H-E-B and Walmart is where you would most commonly spot them.  

Here are the recall items that are sold under the H-E-B and Walmart brand:

HEB Brand:

  • Broccoli Carrots, 12 OZ bags UPC Code: 4122097508
  • Broccoli Cauliflower, 12 OZ bags UPC Code: 4122097503
  • Broccoli Florets, 12 OZ bags UPC Code: 4122097505
  • Broccoli Slaw, 12 OZ bags UPC Code: 4122097512
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad, 10OZ bags UPC Code: 4122065112
  • Veggie Toss Kit Caulibit Mushroom Sauce, 11oz bags UPC Code: 4122017706
  • Caulibits Chopped Cauliflower, 14oz bags UPC Code: 4122009327
  • Cauliflower Florets, 10 OZ bags UPC Code: 4122032278
  • Fiesta Salad, 12 OZ bags UPC Code: 4122097501
  • Power Slaw, 10 OZ bags UPC Code: 4122083223
  • Stir Fry Medley, 12 OZ bags UPC Code: 4122097504
  • Vegetable Medley, 12 OZ bags UPC Code: 4122097506

Walmart Brand:

  • Broccoli Cauliflower Florets, 12 OZ bags UPC Code: ‘681131328852
  • Broccoli Florets, 32 oz bags UPC Code: ‘681131122344
  • Broccoli Florets, 12 OZ bags UPC Code: ‘681131328845
  • Broccoli Slaw, 16 OZ bags UPC Code: ‘681131148207
  • Stir Fry Medley, 12 OZ bags UPC Code: ‘681131457460
  • Cauliflower Florets, 10 OZ bags UPC Code: ‘681131091381
  • Cauliflower 6/16 oz bags UPC Code: ‘681131122320
  • Super Blend, 10oz bags UPC Code: ‘681131148368
  • Vegetable Medley, 2LB bags UPC Code: ‘681131457378
  • USA Vegetable Medley 9/12 OZ WM UPC Code: ‘681131328791

To see the full list of products, click here.

The recalled products have a “Best If Used By” date October 11, 2019 to November 16, 2019. We’re gonna go on record as saying probably “Best if Never Used” would be more appropriate.

Listeria causes a GI illness typically with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, usually with fever and headache. The illness is not dangerous to healthy people, but it can be very serious in infants, the elderly, and pregnant women.  In healthy folks, the illness is self-limited typically lasting less than two days, and is not treated with antibiotics.

Isolating Listeria by a diagnostic test is difficult and requires culture of blood or cerebrospinal fluid. So, this is typically only done when there is a high suspicion of outbreak or immunocompromised person with infection (infant or elderly with serious infection).

This is a voluntary recall, so these items will have been pulled from shelves at your retailer. And to date, no one has actually fallen ill. Phew!

Last Updated – 11/6/19