Packaged Butternut Squash May Be at Risk of Listeria
Pero Family Farms and Lancaster Foods started voluntary recalls on a wide range of butternut squash products on the suspicion that they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, as the Food and Drug Administration reported Tuesday.
There haven’t been any reports of illnesses yet, but products that are part of the recall and items such as packaged cubed butternut squash, butternut squash spirals, butternut squash lasagna noodles, and a vegetable rice blend that has butternut squash.
The products from Pero Family Farms were sent to stores in the following states:
- New York
The packages had use-by dates that ranged from the 13th of January through the 22nd of January. You can check the full list, here.
Butternut squash products from Lancaster Foods were distributed to the stores in the following states:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- Washington, DC
The packages had use-by dates from the 2nd of January through the 20th of January. You can check the full list, here.
The FDA did not give a list of retailers that carried the products of either company.
Both Pero Family Farms and Lancaster Foods received whole butternut squash from a Pennsylvania produce supplier, Race-West in Clark Summit.
Harris Cutler, CEO of Race-West, mentioned that both Pero and Lancaster processed the squash delivered to them into their own products.
Lancaster Foods then notified Race-West that the squash may be contaminated, according to Cutler, and they informed Pero Family Farms of the situation.
Cutler said that the butternut squash came from Brightly Farms in Hamlin, New York.
What Are the Risks of Listeria?
It is a type of bacteria that may cause fever, diarrhea, and muscle pains. If it spreads to the nervous system, it may also cause headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and even convulsions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Listeria can also cause fatal infections in young children, old people, or ones with a weakened immune system.
It can also cause miscarriages in pregnant women or life-threatening infections in newborn babies.
If you cook food items to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, it may kill listeria, but never take a chance with a suspected product or may be contaminated with the bacteria.
If you have the said butternut squash products from either Pero Family Farms or Lancaster Foods, make sure you clean your fridge thoroughly.
For any questions, call Lancaster Foods at 410-7999-0010 extension 1530 or Pero Family Farms Food at 561-498-5771 extension 2107. You can reach either company from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern time, Mondays to Fridays.
Editor’s Note on Butternut Squash Recall:
This piece is written about the recent recall of butternut squash containing food products from Lancaster Foods & Pero Family Farms.
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You might also be interested in reading about another Listeria affected recall, the Green Giant Listeria Recall.