If This Butternut Squash Is In Your Fridge, Throw It Out Now
Trays of butternut squash sold at stores in 11 states have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.
More than 30 types of Pero Family Farms' trays and bags of butternut squash spirals, cubes, and chunks are involved in the voluntary recall. It was initiated after a supplier notified Pero Family Farms of the potential health risk to consumers. No illnesses have been reported yet, and production has been temporarily halted amid an investigation, according to the FDA. (One way to keep yourself healthy is with The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)
All products feature a blue Pero Family Farms label, and some are even safe for microwave use. They were distributed to retail stores in the following states between Jan. 2 and Jan. 11, 2021: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. Use by dates ranges from Jan. 13 through Jan. 22. To view the full list of products, their use by date, and their run numbers, you can check out the official FDA announcement here.
A Listeria infection can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, headache, nausea, stiffness, and stomach pain in healthy individuals. In young children, elderly people, and others who are frail or have weakened immune systems, it "can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections" in addition to "miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women," the recall notice warns.
This isn't the only recall you should be aware of before your next shopping trip—these chocolate bars are being recalled because they may contain bits of plastic. To get the latest recall and grocery store news delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our daily newsletter!