Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash, Red Quinoa and Wheatberry Salad Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
A voluntary recall of Trader Joe’s Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Quinoa and Wheatberry Salad has been implemented by Huxtable’s Kitchen, Inc. after information suggests a potential listeria monocytogenes contamination.
As described in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration Press Release dated July 27, 2012, “listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems . . . . Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.” Although adult symptoms are less severe, potential complications include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Huxtable’s Kitchen, Inc. believes that contaminated onions from Gill Onions in Oxnard, California are to blame for the possible contamination. The recalled Trader Joe’s Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Quinoa and Wheatberry Salad—which bears a “use by date” of 7/28/12 or 7/30/12 and come in a 9.5 oz clear plastic container—were immediately removed from stores and destroyed. Based on shipment information, the only Trader Joe’s stores affected by this recall are located in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.