Frozen asparagus spears may have listeria

Cases of asparagus spears that were distributed to retail stores across the country are being recalled because they are potentially contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The Pictsweet Company recalled 1,872 cases of the Pictsweet Farms brand of Steam’ables Asparagus Spears after it was notified by the manufacturer that product suspected of containing listeria monocytogenes was inadvertently shipped to The Pictsweet Company.

Potentially contaminated 8-ounce packages of asparagus spears were distributed to stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The recall includes Pictsweet Farms 8-ounce Steam’ables Asparagus Spears with UPC 0 70560 97799 9, production codes beginning with 2138XD, and a best by date of August 1, 2020. Consumers who have purchased packages of these frozen asparagus spears should not eat them, to avoid possible food poisoning.

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. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

For more information about the Pictsweet Farms 8-ounce Steam’ables Asparagus Spears recall and about the health effects of listeria contamination, contact the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901.