Attention, Southwestern Whole Foods Shoppers: Your Pesto Pasta Salad may be Contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Green Cuisine has initiated a voluntary recall of it “Pesto Pasta Salad with Arugula” because the pasta salad may potentially be contaminated with Listeria, a potentially fatal bacteria that disproportionately affects young children, people otherwise immunocompromised individuals, and the elderly.
Healthy individuals may contract the illness ass well; however, these individuals tend to experience short-term symptoms limited to high fever, stiff neck, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and headache.
The recall comes after the supplier to Green Cuisine, Natural Frozen Foods, notified the company that the frozen green peas that are being utilized in the product are being recalled “because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.”
Distribution and Labeling Details
The product subject to the recall was sold at Whole Markets Foods locations in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona as late as June 16, 2016 and as early as June 15, 2016. Each unit of the Pesto Pasta with Arugula was sold in 7.4 oz. clear plastic containers. All containers bear the name “Whole Foods Pesto Pasta Sala w/Arugula,” and are labeled with UPC cade 857898004333 and with the “best by” date of June 20, 2o16.
For any consumers who may have purchased the recalled product, the manufacturer advises that you discard the product and “bring [the] receipt back into the store for a full refund. “Consumers with questions,” the company states, “should call Green Cuisine’s customer service line at 818-837-7774,” which for the foreseeable future will be open “between the hours of 8am to 4pm PST, Monday through Thursday.”